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Sandberg California TSBS Letterbox Yellow Bass #34251  From Sandberg

The Torsten Scholz / Beatsteaks signature model from Sandberg. Featuring two Sandberg special design Alnico V pickups in modified mounting locations and Sandberg's Hardcore aging process.

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What We Think

Built in collaboration with bassist, Torsten Scholz of the band Berlin punk band, Beatsteaks, the TSBS (Torsten Scholz/Beatsteaks) has plenty of brash, bright, cutting tone as one might expect. However, at its core this bass is a very well-built Jazz-style bass in European Alder with custom Alnico V pickups.

About Manufacturer

Sandberg Guitars is a German-based company that was founded in 1986 by friends Holger Stonjek and Gerd Gorzelke. In the humble beginnings, Holger was training as a piano maker in Braunschweig, Germany (Wilhelm Schimmel Pianofortefabrik GmbH) and found his passion in building and repairing bass guitars at their small factory located in an old farm building near Wolfsburg — eventually naming the company after the street this factory was located, Am Sandberg. 

After many years of innovation and building custom instruments upon request, the company moved to a larger facility in Braunschweig, expanding their line from stunning 5/6-string exotic basses to a wider selection with a wider market appeal. It was in this time when they attracted the attention of legendary session bassist Ken Taylor, built a signature model for him, and gained significant international appeal for years to come. 

Since 1986, every Sandberg instrument has received individual care and attention; the hand-shaping of each neck, the precise fretwork (which also sees a PLEK!), hand contoured bodies, remarkable finish work, fine sanding, and unique aging processes have formed the company into a powerhouse among string players. 

Special features on select Sandberg instruments will include Vibration Treatment and Thermo Treatment (each designed to increase sustain and emphasize the instruments natural frequency range), and the new In-House Roasting process to maple. 


Model: California TSBS

Serial: 34251

Weight: 8.7 lbs

Body: European Alder

Color: Letterbox Yellow

Neck: Canadian Hard Rock Maple

Fingerboard: Maple

Inlays: Aged Pearl Block Inlays

Fingerboard Radius: 14"

Nut Width: 1.5"

Scale: 34"

Pickguard: Aged Pearl

Preamp: Passive

Neck Pickup: Sandberg Alnico 5

Bridge Pickup: Sandberg Alnico 5

Hardware: Chrome

Aging Level: Hardcore

Case: Sandberg Gig-Bag