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SKU SDG-VM2-5-CREME

Sandberg California VM-2 5-String Bass, High Gloss Cream, Maple Fretboard, Active/Passive

$2,377.94
  • Sandberg California VM-2 5-String
  • Cream Finish
  • Alder Body
  • Canadian Hard Rock Maple Neck and Fretboard
  • White Pearloid Blocks Fretboard Inlay
  • Zero Fret
  • 34" Scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • 45mm (1.77") Nut Width @ Zero Fret
  • Thin D-Shape Neck
  • Neck Thickness: 21mm @ 1st Fret
  • Graphite Nut
  • White Pearloid Pickguard
  • 2 x Sandberg MM-Style Humbucking Pickups
  • Glockenklang/Sandberg Custom 2-Band Preamp (9V)
  • Controls: Volume (push/pull for active/passive), Blend, Bass, Treble
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Sandberg Ultra Light
  • Sandberg Custom Bridge: 18mm - 19.5mm Adjustable String Spacing
  • Sandberg Gig Bag Included
  • Serial #: 31812
  • Instrument Weight: 8.9 lbs
  • Made In Germany

Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to be an official Sandberg dealer! Made in Europe, with the finest German engineering, this bass will slap a smile on your face that you just can't shake. 

Sandberg basses are already very well known over in Europe and are now gaining popularity here in the U.S. for being some of the finest hand-made boutique basses available. The playability is just simply off the charts. The flat fretboard radius on this makes playing up and down the neck a complete breeze. The bass has a classic and timeless look to it, but the fun really starts once you put it in your hands. Along from the simply divine neck, you'll notice a very flat fretboard on there. This makes grooving or playing fast licks a breeze up and down the fretboard. Runs that require string skipping are a breeze and even if you make your living on just the first 5 frets, you'll want to explore the entire neck/fretboard on this because it's just so easy to do. The B-string is extremely tight and punchy, and it's only a 34" scale bass. But we would put this B-string up against any extended scale bass, any day. It goes to show that, if the instrument is built right, you don't need to extend the scale length to get rid of the dreaded B-wobble.

As well as being truly effortless to play, this Sandberg VM-2 comes loaded with some powerful and thoroughly kickass electronics. The two MM-style Sandberg pickups pump out a familiar, but refined tone. Even with both humbuckers engages and some extra bass dialed in, the response is still super tight and it seems like, even if you try to, you simply cannot make this beast sound muddy. The attack of the notes are all extremely articulate and whether you're after a growly and punchy tone or something a bit rounder and warmer that glides underneath the mix, you can easily achieve that using this dual humbucker configuration.

Overall, along with tightening up the bass response and providing fuller treble response, the giant pole pieces on the pickups help produce a powerful tone that is rich with harmonics and responds well to dynamics in your playing syle. A simple 2-band boost/cut EQ allows you to tweak your sound on the fly, without every having to turn around and fiddle with your amp knobs. The mini-toggle switch puts the bridge pickup in either single-coil or humbucking mode. For a more vintage sound, just pull the volume knob to disengage the preamp and you'll instantly be transported to bass sounds of the 60's and 70's. With the preamp engaged, you can really dial in a huge array of tones ranging from modern hi-fi to old-school and vintage. From round and thumpy, to bright and poppy.

This bass could really be at home playing virtually any genre of music. Unless you want something that sounds thin... You won't get that with this bass. The pickups have a very full sound to them and they make no apologies for that. Add to that the expert craftsmanship that all Sandberg basses share and you've got a true winner here!

Special Features

Sandberg Guitars was founded back in 1986 by Holger Stonjek and Gerd Gorzelke. Since then, they have been producing hand-made instruments at the highest quality. This bass features Sandberg's California body shape. The body is made out of alder and the neck is Canadian hard rock maple with a birdseye maple fretboard. Sandberg pickups and a custom wound Glockenklang 2-band preamp, made just for Sandberg, round out the electronics. 

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized Sandberg Guitars dealer. Along with our amazing inventory, we can custom order any Sandberg bass or guitar you'd like.

Overall Condition

This Sandberg California VM-2 is 100% brand new and is being sold by an authorized dealer with full manufacturer's warranty. Photos are of the exact bass you'll receive. 

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

  • Sandberg California VM-2 5-String
  • Cream Finish
  • Alder Body
  • Canadian Hard Rock Maple Neck and Fretboard
  • White Pearloid Blocks Fretboard Inlay
  • Zero Fret
  • 34" Scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • 45mm (1.77") Nut Width @ Zero Fret
  • Thin D-Shape Neck
  • Neck Thickness: 21mm @ 1st Fret
  • Graphite Nut
  • White Pearloid Pickguard
  • 2 x Sandberg MM-Style Humbucking Pickups
  • Glockenklang/Sandberg Custom 2-Band Preamp (9V)
  • Controls: Volume (push/pull for active/passive), Blend, Bass, Treble
  • Chrome Hardware
  • Sandberg Ultra Light
  • Sandberg Custom Bridge: 18mm - 19.5mm Adjustable String Spacing
  • Sandberg Gig Bag Included
  • Serial #: 31812
  • Instrument Weight: 8.9 lbs
  • Made In Germany

Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to be an official Sandberg dealer! Made in Europe, with the finest German engineering, this bass will slap a smile on your face that you just can't shake. 

Sandberg basses are already very well known over in Europe and are now gaining popularity here in the U.S. for being some of the finest hand-made boutique basses available. The playability is just simply off the charts. The flat fretboard radius on this makes playing up and down the neck a complete breeze. The bass has a classic and timeless look to it, but the fun really starts once you put it in your hands. Along from the simply divine neck, you'll notice a very flat fretboard on there. This makes grooving or playing fast licks a breeze up and down the fretboard. Runs that require string skipping are a breeze and even if you make your living on just the first 5 frets, you'll want to explore the entire neck/fretboard on this because it's just so easy to do. The B-string is extremely tight and punchy, and it's only a 34" scale bass. But we would put this B-string up against any extended scale bass, any day. It goes to show that, if the instrument is built right, you don't need to extend the scale length to get rid of the dreaded B-wobble.

As well as being truly effortless to play, this Sandberg VM-2 comes loaded with some powerful and thoroughly kickass electronics. The two MM-style Sandberg pickups pump out a familiar, but refined tone. Even with both humbuckers engages and some extra bass dialed in, the response is still super tight and it seems like, even if you try to, you simply cannot make this beast sound muddy. The attack of the notes are all extremely articulate and whether you're after a growly and punchy tone or something a bit rounder and warmer that glides underneath the mix, you can easily achieve that using this dual humbucker configuration.

Overall, along with tightening up the bass response and providing fuller treble response, the giant pole pieces on the pickups help produce a powerful tone that is rich with harmonics and responds well to dynamics in your playing syle. A simple 2-band boost/cut EQ allows you to tweak your sound on the fly, without every having to turn around and fiddle with your amp knobs. The mini-toggle switch puts the bridge pickup in either single-coil or humbucking mode. For a more vintage sound, just pull the volume knob to disengage the preamp and you'll instantly be transported to bass sounds of the 60's and 70's. With the preamp engaged, you can really dial in a huge array of tones ranging from modern hi-fi to old-school and vintage. From round and thumpy, to bright and poppy.

This bass could really be at home playing virtually any genre of music. Unless you want something that sounds thin... You won't get that with this bass. The pickups have a very full sound to them and they make no apologies for that. Add to that the expert craftsmanship that all Sandberg basses share and you've got a true winner here!

Special Features

Sandberg Guitars was founded back in 1986 by Holger Stonjek and Gerd Gorzelke. Since then, they have been producing hand-made instruments at the highest quality. This bass features Sandberg's California body shape. The body is made out of alder and the neck is Canadian hard rock maple with a birdseye maple fretboard. Sandberg pickups and a custom wound Glockenklang 2-band preamp, made just for Sandberg, round out the electronics. 

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized Sandberg Guitars dealer. Along with our amazing inventory, we can custom order any Sandberg bass or guitar you'd like.

Overall Condition

This Sandberg California VM-2 is 100% brand new and is being sold by an authorized dealer with full manufacturer's warranty. Photos are of the exact bass you'll receive. 

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.