"Sandberg’s MkII California series doesn’t ditch all its original Fender references, the bodies being subtly remodelled, creating intelligent and visually appealing variations on the classic templates with a strong identity.
California VM Nighthawk
"The standard active electronics with Sandberg preamp are hooked up to the Splitcoil pickup in neck position and Powerhumbucker at the bridge, although sans the coil-tap switch of the TM for obvious reasons. Controls number volume (pull for passive mode), balance and a two-band EQ.
"We found that, whilst imbued with decent width and aggression, there was a wirey quality to the VM’s basic noise, almost a slight weakness in output, so we reached for the bass dial. Half boost creates a more up-front sound with depth and power, growling at the bottom end, and dark and aggressive in the midrange with plenty of slightly stunted top-end clarity.
"Dialling in treble provokes a snappy, slicing edge to thinner strings and more overall harmonic life – perfect for metal. Whilst soloing, the neck pickup brings hints of the P Bass, while the VM has more authority, with much more rasp and aggression across the neck.
Boosting the treble gets more snap before re-awakening the wiry clank on full boost – it’s fun and almost pick-like. Bass boost also uncorks a warm, fat gurgly funk tone at the bridge, where your note is given real purpose."
- review from theguitarmagazine.com
|NECK||6 x bolted / canadian hardrock maple|
|FRETBOARD||22 frets or fretless|
|SCALE||864 mm / 34"|
|FINISH OPTIONS ||only black matt finish, matched head|
|PICKUP||sandberg black label series V- and M-style humbucker|
|PREAMP||sandberg 2-band, active / passive|
|EXTRA||special hairline structure black aluminium pickguard|