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#1 Jaykingfunk

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:42 AM

So I've been fortunate enough to come into some money I wasn't expecting. I need to fix the car, put some money away for holiday and the kids bedrooms could do with redecorating. So I've decided I need another bass instead.

Years ago I played a Sandberg, not sure of the model but I liked it. Tempted by a California VM5 or similar. Anybody got one and can tell my what it's like? Or anyone selling one?

Basses I've got already: Musicman SUB (USA), Warwick Thumb BO 5 and a MIM Fender jazz Deluxe 5.

I like the idea of having something with a P pickup on it to get a different sound to what I've already got. Faveourite style to play is funk/soul but currently doing most of my gigging in a Mod band so something with a bit more 'bite' would probably be good.

Any recommendations?

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 11:46 AM

In b4 Maruszczyk is recommended. Custom bass made to your spec in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, see the thread here http://basschat.co.u...40#entry3336039 .

Or P pickup ready to go, you could look at Yamaha BB series. New ones on the way so the higher end older models 1024/2024 are on offer and apparently incredible passive basses.


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Posted 17 July 2017 - 12:19 PM

If it were me, I'd be looking at Yamaha BB1024X or 5 string version, Fender 50's RW P or a used Dingwall Combustion (or NG2) for around that money. A used Spector Euro LX 5 could sneak on to that list too....

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:27 PM

Sandberg are great and a VM will suit you nicely, P presence but the M adds more cut.
The Sandberg in house pups are more vintage and the Delano's they use more hi-fi.

Can't argue with what other people have said either, just got to get out and play them!

On another note how about an Olinto P bass made by Mas Hino, they look the beans

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 02:31 PM

View PostCuzzie, on 17 July 2017 - 02:27 PM, said:

On another note how about an Olinto P bass made by Mas Hino, they look the beans

Add another $1000 onto the price and you're just about there I think ;)

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:07 PM

I realised that after writing it (doh!) but when you are so close by chance he may be able to take the last jump.

Personally I would get a Hamer 12 string bass, that is completely different to what he has!

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:17 PM

I've got a black Sandberg VM5 (35") that although I like, it's not getting much playing so might be tempted to let go...
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 05:44 PM

Thanks for the replies people!

The frets on Dingwall basses look a bit weird to me, I'd definitely have to try that first!

Markstuk: send me some pics via private message if you're serious about selling your Sandberg.

Cheers, J.

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 08:55 PM

What i would do, is enjoy the basses you have and spend the money on the other priorities apart from your need for a Pbass pickup in a bass. But thats just me.

Any of your current basses will do Funk and Soul and Bite, and anything else in between.
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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:17 PM

Spector innit

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Posted 17 July 2017 - 09:25 PM

Only one choice for my money... build your own. Go nuts.
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 06:20 AM

View Postwateroftyne, on 17 July 2017 - 09:25 PM, said:

Only one choice for my money... build your own. Go nuts.

Hard to keep below budget nowadays though!
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 08:05 AM

Classic & Cool Guitars have a few Sandbergs up for grabs at present, why not see if you can visit them and try them out?
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:38 PM

Thanks for that Lozz, any idea where they are based?! Can't seem to find them online...

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 12:48 PM

No idea where they are, but I`ve spoken online with Mark, the owner a few times, decent guy, and knows his stuff:

http://classicandcoolguitars.co.uk/
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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:01 PM

They are based down in Devon.

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 04:03 PM

Also Mark is an official supplier for Sandberg, so you could look at a custom if you are prepared to wait

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Posted 18 July 2017 - 05:27 PM

View Postwateroftyne, on 17 July 2017 - 09:25 PM, said:

Only one choice for my money... build your own. Go nuts.

Wow, wish I had seen this 12 months ago! Just made my perfect bass for Euro1300.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 08:26 PM

Id go secondhand, much more bang for the buck, you need to be patient though.

Having said that Anderton's have USA Dimensions for under a grand currently. That's a lot of bass for the money.
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Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:00 PM

Can't go far wrong with a Sandberg I reckon, I have a Classic TM4 and it's uber.

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 09:54 PM

View PostPaul S, on 18 July 2017 - 05:27 PM, said:

Wow, wish I had seen this 12 months ago! Just made my perfect bass for Euro1300.

There's a chap on here from Newcastle who had one of these built. I don't know what it plays like but the videos he's posted on YouTube sound fantastic.

I was in the process of ordering one of these, but I got sideswiped by an AVRI P that came up for sale on here. I'm still not entirely sure that was the right decision, but you pays your money ...
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Posted 29 July 2017 - 05:12 PM

Try out as many as you can, and buy the one you like the most.

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 07:41 PM

If I had £1100 for a new bass right now I'd be having one of these.

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