NAMM 2020: Sandberg launches its 2020 range of bass guitars
Including some new wood and finish options.
The Sandberg California TT4 SuperLight (top) and California VM5 with Aguilar Electronics. Image: Sandberg
Firstly, the Lionel 30” short-scale bass. These will be passive with a split coil pickup, and will feature both matte and aged finishes.
The California TT4 SuperLight introduces an ultra lightweight paulownia body to the SuperLight series, which is somewhat similar to swamp ash. The neck is roasted maple, providing a warm, balanced tone.
The Nighthawk Plus, as its name implies, upgrades the Nighthawk series, with Sandberg Black Label pickups and preamp for added bite and aggressive tones, a blacked-out headstock, black hardware, an anodized aluminium pickguard, and a series of new metallic finishes: Inca Silver, Copper and Dark Grey
Finally, the California VM5 with Aguilar Electronics includes the OBP-2 Preamp, which offers boosting and cutting of bass and treble. The neck position is loaded with an AG 5P 60s split-coil, while the bridge sports the more aggressive AG 5M pickup.