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Sandberg Guitars Innovates New Steamed Oak fingerboard

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jun 21, 2017.


  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Due to new regulations in January 2017 pertaining to the import of rosewood, string instrument manufacturers worldwide are forced to adapt and move away from rosewood fingerboards. Sandberg Guitars has responded with an innovative new Steamed Oak fingerboard option for their basses which will become their standard dark colored fingerboard wood. Oak is a very eco-friendly and sustainable wood with very desirable sonic qualities and dynamic response.

    Sandberg has adopted a process which changes the chemistry of the wood’s pigments and oxidizes the naturally occurring tannins in the wood. Oak is loaded with tannins so the final ‘steamed’ result is a permanently deep and warm dark wood with accentuated grain patterns that will look familiar to those who favor rosewood.

    Once steamed, it has the warmth of rosewood yet gives the player improved right hand dynamic response similar to maple and a sharper attack like ebony. The final results are permanent and easy to maintain.

    “We are very pleased with this new fingerboard option, it’s so nice to play, the dynamics and attack are wonderful and it looks great” - Holger Stonjek, founder and president of Sandberg Guitars.

    The product was previewed at the 2017 Winter NAMM show and was well received by dealers, artists and even multiplatinum producers. Many didn’t know that they were playing a new type of fingerboard until they had fallen in love with the bass; a California VM4 in our new Black Matte finish with European Ash body, Canadian Rock Maple neck and Steamed Oak fingerboard. There was almost a bidding war!

    While the stringed instrument industry is being forced to adapt to new regulations, Sandberg’s steamed oak is a friendly and innovative eco-friendly solution to the challenge. It also just happens to sound and feel amazing!

    Sandberg Basses with steamed oak fingerboards are shipping now and will be soon added to the handy Sandberg online configuration utility Sandberg Configurator

    Diffusion Audio is the North American distributor of Sandberg Guitars.

    Please visit us at Diffusion Audio Inc. Homepage E. For more information and review requests of this new innovation please contact Clint Ward - theaudioward@me.com - 905-410-4716

    Sandberg_VM4_SteamedOak.
     
  2. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Vegas
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    Is this the future!?!?!?
     
  3. osv

    osv Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2009
    Milwaukee, WI
    I think it looks nice.
     
  4. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    California
    Fine, but I gotta put myself in the "fingerboard wood is not all that important" camp. Glad they are finding alternatives, and I think it looks nice. It's the overselling/marketspeak about attack and dynamic response that makes me wince.

    Let's see, if I go through my own fave instruments, the boards are maple, maple, tigerwood, rosewood, rosewood. So I don't have much pref. Maybe you do.
     
  5. Scoops

    Scoops Why do we use base 10 when we only have 8 fingers Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 22, 2013
    Sugar Creek, Wisc
    I am me
    For fretted instruments I wholeheartedly agree

    For fret less instruments, there is a difference
     
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  6. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    California
    Truth.
     
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  7. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    I miss Rose...:( Too bad she was regulated.
     
    Last edited: Jun 25, 2017
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  8. CaseyJ

    CaseyJ

    Jul 28, 2016
    Northern Indiana
    More fuel for the tonewood/ fingerboard debates
     
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  9. ThuzzleFump

    ThuzzleFump All your bass...

    Nov 15, 2015
    California
    Wood/fuel...pun intended or no? Plus, steamed hams.

    151075_2.
     
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  10. CaseyJ

    CaseyJ

    Jul 28, 2016
    Northern Indiana
    tastes like rosewood.
     
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  11. Thrillhouse

    Thrillhouse Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2009
    Chicago, IL
    Whether it makes a difference tonally or not, it certainly looks nice. And good on them for trying something different.
     
    Last edited: Jun 24, 2017
  12. FunkHead

    FunkHead Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2007
    I think I'll give one of them a try.
     
  13. It certainly does look very nice!

    My only question is this -- since Oak is so widespread and readily available --- why has this not been done before? Oak is certainly cheaper to harvest than rosewood (for example); so the realist in me says there must be some reason this hasn't been done before. Maybe it splits or cracks easy, is hard to care for in the long run, I don't know, but something smells off to me . . . . . .
     
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  14. kerrycares

    kerrycares Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2006
    Michigan
    Not a fan of the sound of ebony fingerboards on electric basses, to my ear they sound "pingy"
     
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  15. Tom Bomb

    Tom Bomb Supporting Member

    Apr 23, 2014
    Mighty fingerboards from little acorns grow :)
     
  16. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
    I'm glad someone is being proactive and has a great alternative to rosewood.
     
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  17. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Sadowsky has been offering morado, chechen, and grenadilla as alternatives to rosewood. I'm fond of morado, myself.
     
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  18. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Vegas
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    Good question.
     
  19. NaH

    NaH Supporting Member

    Mar 14, 2010
    Everything else they had tried in the past failed? Maybe they hadn't thought to steam it. They said "Sandberg has adopted a process which changes the chemistry of the wood’s pigments and oxidizes the naturally occurring tannins in the wood. Oak is loaded with tannins so the final ‘steamed’ result is a permanently deep and warm dark wood with accentuated grain patterns that will look familiar to those who favor rosewood."
     
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  20. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Vegas
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    I don't think the question is about the appearance, but about the quality/lifespan.
     
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