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Stanberg Forty Eight questions

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Snowbro, Dec 9, 2018.


  1. Snowbro

    Snowbro

    Aug 26, 2016
    Fiumicno
    Hello! Recently I have been fascinated with this particular bass. I am considering getting one, but I have some questions, mainly directed to bass owners or people who know their way around buying basses.

    Why is this cheaper
    https://www.thomann.de/intl/sandberg_forty_eight_4_vm_tobacco_burst.htm
    Than the other models? Even in the site where you can make your own making exactly that turns out to be more expensive.

    Anywhere I can look for a used model?

    Is it true that it's kind of heavy in weight and not so comfortable to play near the head? I read it somewhere.

    Anything special I should know about it?

    As always, thank you for your time!
     
  2. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW
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  3. bikeplate

    bikeplate Supporting Member

    Jun 7, 2001
    Upstate NY
    Message dub56. He has one. Loves it
     
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  4. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Vermont
    That's only four questions.
     
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  5. Snowbro

    Snowbro

    Aug 26, 2016
    Fiumicno
    @tpaul You're right. I had more question when I started writing but I just got them answered with research. For instance, the bass comes with shielding and it's very versatile in terms of tone range.

    @bikeplate thanks for the suggestion, I have messaged him!

    @bdgotoh I will message the man as well!

    Ah heck I might as well write it here.
    Sandberg Forty-Eight Bass in Tobacco Sunburst £50 off - Classic & Cool Guitars

    This bass sells for 900 pounds, shipping included. It is by far the cheapest I have found online, runner up is a 1,200 pounds found on thomann.de, new. I mean, my experience can't tell me if it's a good deal, but it really looks like one. Am I crazy?
     
  6. BK bassist

    BK bassist Schroeder Cabinets endorsing artist Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    I did sell it back in February... and then traded back for it a few months later as I missed it and regretted having sold it.

    But alas, I’m considering selling it once again, as much as I love Sandbergs AND considering I have a Sandberg California TM4 which is the same pup config, I’m already getting a very similar tone.

    The very sleek body shape on the Forty Eight does not match my own less than sleek (dare I say “round”?) body shape :roflmao: and I feel uncomfortable rocking that look.

    OP, I’ll reply to your PM shorty.

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  7. Dub56

    Dub56 Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    Colorado
    PM replied!

    I do have a Forty Eight and love it. I'll PM you some more info soon, and I'll also post a bit more info in this thread when I get a few mins.

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  8. Dub56

    Dub56 Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    Colorado
    Is that an Epiphone Thunderbird case? Did you have to modify it at all to get the Forty Eight to fit?

    I recently slightly modified a different Epi Thunderbird case to fit mine (see pic below)
    20181205_210117.jpg
     
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  9. BK bassist

    BK bassist Schroeder Cabinets endorsing artist Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    It is an Epi TBird case and no modifications were necessary .... fits like a glove.

    That white Forty Eight is a beauty! You don't see very many in white ... nice! :thumbsup:
     
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  10. Dub56

    Dub56 Supporting Member

    May 28, 2005
    Colorado
    Thanks!! I love that bass a lot, I was really excited to find it in white with the black stripes. That config is perfect for me and I didn't see it offered on the Sandberg configurator for some reason..

    I found this one on Thomann online, then I drooled/agonized over it for a few weeks before finally deciding to pull the trigger. I'm really glad I took a chance on it, super cool bass.

    Too funny about the case... I have the newer Epiphone T-Bird case (wider at the bottom than the top rather than rectangular) and it didn't quite fit at first. I had to cut out a bit of foam to get the pointy portion pictured below to fit. Looks like your case fit great! Oh well, I suppose it worked out fine in the end lol
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  11. BK bassist

    BK bassist Schroeder Cabinets endorsing artist Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 20, 2017
    Brooklyn, NY
    The "black blocked" maple fingerboard also adds to it bad'assery! :thumbsup:
     
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  12. Mark76

    Mark76

    Dec 1, 2015
    Leicester
    Mmmm drool Screenshot_2019-01-21_14-42-55.png
     
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  13. Snowbro

    Snowbro

    Aug 26, 2016
    Fiumicno
    Oh in the end I did buy a Sandberg 48, found an used one for 1k euros and I have to say it was a great deal. The bass is exactly what I was looking for. It's just perfect.
     
  14. Panther

    Panther

    Dec 9, 2004
    Nova Scotia
    I'm really digging mine. With the 5er I prefer active mode to boost the bass for the B. 20190403_102510.jpg
     
  15. Mark76

    Mark76

    Dec 1, 2015
    Leicester
    BTW, OP. What were your other 43 questions?
     
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