NBD: Strandberg Prog 4

aleclee

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I recently joined a project where I was a better fit on bass than on guitar. While I had an okay Ibanez bass, I decided that if I was spending significant time on the instrument, an upgrade was in order. As a general Strandberg fanboy (I have three of their guitars), the choice was obvious, particularly since their basses only weigh about six pounds. :eek:

Anyway, this is what followed me home from the FedEx store. :D

 

two fingers

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Ridiculously cool. Getting my hands on a fiver of theirs scares me to death.... cuz I just KNOW I'll buy it.
 

derekd

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Ooo, I wanna try one of those. Yours looks great, congrats.

Be sure and give us a follow up after you've played it a while.

I'm thinking a 5 string version would be a whole lotta fun.
 

aleclee

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I seriously thought about getting the 5 but there's something about the slim feel of a J-Bass width neck in my hand that I didn't want to give up.
 

MartinCliffe

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Wow, congrats, HNBD! Been meaning to try one of those, even though I need a new bass like a hole in the head, after buying two Mike Lull 5s this year
 

aleclee

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Be sure and give us a follow up after you've played it a while.
Four weeks in...

No regrets. I know I got the right bass for me. It plays great and has the base (no pun intended) sound I want. It’s definitely a more modern sounding bass with its humbuckers but the active EQ offers plenty of control.

I find the Enduraneck shape to be even more helpful on bass as I rarely wrap my thumb around so the bevels keep it in a good place.

One thing that surprises people is the location of the volume knob back towards the butt of the instrument. In practice, this makes great sense because I find myself working the volume knob far less on bass than guitar. Having the blend knob that I use most often closest to the action makes a ton of sense.
 

derekd

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Four weeks in...

No regrets. I know I got the right bass for me. It plays great and has the base (no pun intended) sound I want. It’s definitely a more modern sounding bass with its humbuckers but the active EQ offers plenty of control.

I find the Enduraneck shape to be even more helpful on bass as I rarely wrap my thumb around so the bevels keep it in a good place.

One thing that surprises people is the location of the volume knob back towards the butt of the instrument. In practice, this makes great sense because I find myself working the volume knob far less on bass than guitar. Having the blend knob that I use most often closest to the action makes a ton of sense.
Thanks, Alec.

Really good to hear this. They are certainly tempting to me. I'm glad you're enjoying yours.
 

aleclee

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That is very very nice, if I did not already have 3 Parker Fly Basses I would be in the market for one of those.
Funny you mentioned Parker. It was that brand’s demise that led me to discover Strandberg guitars. Sold my Fly Deluxe a couple months ago but still have my Classic.
 

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I had a Parker Fly Deluxe once upon a time. There were quite a few things I really liked about it, save for the upper horn jabbing me in the chest (which isn't an issue with their bass). I don't even recall why I sold it other than was going through a guitar flavor of the month phase back then. That being said, all I have been using this year are my Strandbergs. That bass must be a lot of fun to play.
 




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