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Featured Sandberg Introduces California GRAND DARK Bass Guitar

Discussion in 'News & PR' started by TalkBass, Jun 7, 2019.


  1. TalkBass

    TalkBass News Poster

    Mar 12, 2004
    Due to the huge success of the Sandberg California GRAND DARK Series launched three years ago, Sandberg proudly announces a limited run of 40 pcs in a highgloss orange finish.
    The Sandberg California GRAND DARK Series offers a custom built preamp, designed by Darkglass Electronics, including a PU-split switch, an active/passive push/pull pot as well as a 3-band EQ. With its 35” scale and the custom designed Sandberg PLUS Pickups, this bass is a true powerhouse of deep tunings and growly tones. It comes equipped with Sandberg´s custom designed bridge and aluminum light weight tuners.

    40 PCS Limited Edition:

    NECK Canadian hard rock maple, 6x bolted
    FRETBOARD 22 frets, pau ferro
    SCALE 35”, 4 and 5 string
    BODY European alder
    FINISH orange highgloss
    HARDWARE Sandberg, black
    PICKUPS Sandberg PLUS TM-set
    PREAMP Darkglass 3-band EQ, PU-split, active/passive
    Pickguard black matt

    SANDBERG Grand Dark limitied orange 1. SANDBERG Grand Dark limitied orange. SANDBERG Grand Dark limitied orange 3. SANDBERG Grand Dark limitied orange 2.
     
  2. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Wow jeeze! Dingwall NG-2 much?! Sheesh.
     
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  3. Just go for it

    Just go for it

    Feb 8, 2019
    What a beautiful bass! now I have GAS (again)
     
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  4. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Vegas
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    That's what I immediately thought of. However, I really like it.
     
  5. Wow. That’s a very intentional reference to the ng-2 there.

    But then Dingwall have models that are very clear references to other classic basses.

    I like it.
     
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  6. You know much that is hidden.
     
  7. CyberSnyder

    CyberSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Maryland
    I Endorse Alien Audio Basses
    Just needs fanned frets.
     
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  8. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Switzerland
    Never noticed that. Which ones, for example?
     
  9. Super J
    Super P

    Unlike Sandberg though, Dingwall is good enough to be open about which models it is referencing though
     
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  10. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Switzerland
    I haven't noticed that. I'll compare them though, I'm sure you're right. Which Sandberg models do Dingwall's Supers resemble?
     
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  11. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    He wasn't saying they look like Sandberg basses. He was saying they clearly look like "other classic basses"...... like a P bass and a Jazz.

    Not a huge fan if the orange. But it's a cool bass.

    I don't understand why they copied the three little cutouts on the guard though. It's a pretty obvious rip off.
    SANDBERG Grand Dark limitied orange 3. T1-1.
     
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  12. FerK

    FerK Supporting Member

    Dec 11, 2011
    Switzerland
    Oh, I see. Well, the body shape is clearly a traditional shape. I wouldn't call it a rip-off, as it's an established shape that, I believe has no IP protection.

    Yeah, that's a super weird move. I like it, it gives the design a "novel" element. I don't know how popular Dingwall is, but I assume not as popular as Sandberg, meaning many more traditional players who don't like or are detracted by the fanned frets and angled pickups might appreciate.
     
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  13. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    Yeah the Sandberg is a cool design. I dig it. But they could have either left the cut outs off or put them in an obviously-different place.
     
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  14. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I think what he meant was that Dingwal does it too. In that they model their basses off classic looks as well. That's who I took his comment as anyway. And I agree. It is also a little weird where they put those design accents though. I also agree with that.
     
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  15. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012
    Chicago IL
    I like this a lot. I would probably even prefer this over the Dingwal NS2. It seems like it would be a more traditional, yet aggressive if wanted, sounding bass than an NS2. I still think the NS2 rocks as well, just probably not my cup of tea as much as this Sandberg appears to be. Never played either btw.
     
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  16. two fingers

    two fingers Opinionated blowhard. But not mad about it. Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 7, 2005
    Eastern NC USA
    We are saying the same thing. :D
     
  17. bass40hz

    bass40hz Cigar smoker, scotch drinker, American Patriot Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2014
    Sussex County, NJ
    no endorsements yet...Are you listening Spector, DR, GK, Line6?
    I have an NG2, it is all that and a bag of chips...the Sandberg looks to be a really awesome bass as well...so it does take styling queues from the Dingwall...big deal...how many P and J clones are out there? DG pres are in other basses as well, I think the Sandberg stands on its own and I think this will be on my GAS list once they show up on the secondary market.
    I am certain YMMV.
    Rock on.
     
  18. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    Agreed. On paper, the pickup positioning on the Sandberg is closer to what I'd typically prefer (VS the Dingwall NG-2).

    It was just the the aesthetic "similarities" that had me shaking my head. I'm sure the Sandberg sounds and plays great.
     
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  19. NKBassman

    NKBassman Lvl 10 Nerd Supporting Member

    Jun 16, 2009
    Winnipeg, MB, Canada
    LOL this whole time I didn't even notice that it also has a Darkglass preamp! lolololo
     
  20. cnltb

    cnltb

    May 28, 2005
    These may have visual similarities with Dingwall.
    No big deal to me, as really they are quite different instruments.

    ...And no one is shouting 'Looks like a NOVAX!!!' when seeing a Dingwall. Right? :)
     
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