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Sandberg California VS Lionel Soft Aged Marley Blue #39164  From Sandberg

The Lionel, the short-scale bass of your dreams by Sandberg!

Sandberg Guitars

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What We Think

The Lionel has a little something for just about everyone! An easy to navigate 30" scale that will delight 6-stringers looking to expand their repetoire or 4-stringers looking for that "cheat code" feeling with way more notes in typical range. The Sandberg Alnico Split-Coil pickup adds a little something extra to the traditional short scale sound with extra growl and grit more like our beloved Precision sound. Another slam dunk on all accounts from our friends at Sandberg Guitars!

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 II VS Lionel

Serial: 39164

Weight: 7.5 lbs

Body: Alder

Color: Marley Blue - Soft Aged

Neck: Canadian Hard Rock Maple

Fingerboard: Maple

Inlays: Black Side Dots

Fingerboard Radius: 14"

Nut Width: 1.5"

Scale: 30"

Fret Size: 2.5mm

Number of Frets: 22

Pickguard: Parchment

Preamp: Passive - Volume/Tone

Neck Pickup: Sandberg Alnico Split-Coil

Bridge Pickup:

Hardware: Chrome

Aging Level: Soft Aged

Case: Sandberg Gig-Bag