Boden Metal 8 Black Pearl


NOTE: starting June 2020, the Boden Metal models will be delivered with black anodized hardware in place of the Black Nickel hardware that is pictured.

Visually sleek and futuristic, the Metal model was designed for over-the-top metal sounds that are still articulate and expressive as well as being exceptionally versatile to cover various other genres of music. The model name certainly belies what is hidden beneath its aggressive yet refined look. From brutal heavy to crystalline clean and everything in between, the Metal delivers them all with authority and musicality.

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Over-the-top brutal yet musically articulate and expressive

The Boden ‘Metal’

What makes it special?

Developed with the needs of the modern metal and prog players in mind, the Metal features American Basswood body for a strong low midrange with a quarter-inch Maple top that provides an ideal balance for both chunky palm-muted metal sounds and searing lead tones. The roasted Maple neck with Ebony fretboard plays fast while adding punch and a cutting attack to the overall sonic character to cut through the most dense mix.

What does it do?

The Metal was designed for speed and power while providing the intangible musicality and feel that discriminating musicians demand. The patented EndurNeck is fast playing and ergonomic so you can play longer with more precision and less fatigue in your hand and arm. The Ebony fretboard with the Jescar stainless steel frets feels super slick, allowing you to zip through the most difficult and speedy passages. The Fishman Fluence Modern pickups and electronics integrate perfectly with the guitar to provide power and versatility.

Who is it for?

The Metal is for the modern innovative musician who is not bound by tradition and seeks to expand musical boundaries with new sounds and techniques. With its highly-touted ergonomic features, superb playability, sonic flexibility and righteous tone, the Metal covers all the needs that today’s musician seeks in a guitar. Whether it’s brutal metal rhythm, sparkling clean or blistering lead sounds, the Metal has them all along with the ease of playability so you can focus on your playing and your music.

Each Metal model features the innovative Fishman Fluence humbucker pickups that combine the power and clarity of active pickups with the organic sound and feel of passive pickups as well as superb single-coil tones, making it an incredibly versatile instrument for many other musical genres besides metal

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  1. Width: 315 mm/12,4” (6-string) | 320 mm/12.6” (7-string) | 330 mm/13″ (8-string)
  2. Length: 800 mm/31,49” (6-string) | 820 mm/32.3″ (7-string) | 850 mm/33.5” (8-string)
  3. Thickness: 42 mm/1.65″
  4. Long Scale: 25.5” (6-string) | 26.25” (7-string) | 28” (8-string)
  5. Short Scale: 25” (6-string) | 25.5” (7-string) | 26.5” (8-string)
  6. String spread at nut: 35 mm/1,38” (6-string) | 42 mm/1.65” (7-string) | 49 mm/1,92” (8-string)
  7. String spacing at bridge: 10.5 mm/.41″
  8. Neutral fret: 0 (6-string) | 10 (7-string) | 7 (8-string)


  • Bolt-On Construction
  • Chambered Body with Arm, Torso and Heel Carves
  • Solid Maple Top
  • Basswood Body
  • Available Finishes: Black Pearl/White Pearl Satin Urethane
  • Approximate Weight
    • 2,4 kg / 5,3 lbs +/- 10% (6-string)
    • 2,5 kg / 5,5 lbs +/- 10% (7-string)
    • 2,6 kg / 5,7 lbs +/- 10% (8-string)
  • Manufactured in Indonesia


  • .strandberg* EGS Series 5 fixed bridge & string locks
  • Black Nickel Plated Hardware
  • Original Luminlay™ Green Side Dots
  • Original Luminlay™ Green Inlays

Neck & Frets

  • Roasted Maple Neck, Carbon Fiber reinforced
  • EndurNeck™ Profile
  • Ebony Fretboard
  • 20″ Fretboard Radius
  • 24 Frets
  • Jescar 51100 Stainless Steel Fretwire (57110 for zero-fret)
  • D’Addario NYXL 10-46 (6-string) / 095-64 (7-string) / 09-84 (8-string) strings
  • Standard tuning EADGBE (6-string) | BEADGBE (7-string) | F#BEADGBE (8-string)


Sonic Profile

  • H – H Pickup Configuration
  • Neck: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico, Black Plastic Cover
  • Bridge: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic,Black Plastic Cover
  • 3-Way Pickup Selector
    1. Neck
    2. Neck + Bridge in parallel
    3. Bridge
  • Master Volume w/ push-pull for Split Coil
  • Master Tone w/push-pull for Voice 1/2
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20 Oct 2020
Matthias H.
More Strings, less weight and a badass sound

This guitar is a dream! It feels like it weighs almost nothing but that doesn't make the sound any less heavy. Things that were tough to play on other guitars, 8-strings especially seem so effortless on the strandberg it sometimes feels like cheating. It plays like a beast and the overall design and aesthetic are just beautiful. Personally I think this is the best instrument I ever held in my hands. Thank you strandberg. Life is good!

20 Oct 2020
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the awesome review Matthias. We do our best to disprove ideas such as that guitars have to be heavy to sound good :) /Ola

12 Oct 2020
Michael M.
Game Changer

I originally joined the waiting list back in April and ordered in July, however I ordered 5 seconds too late and the guitar sold out. The folks at Strandberg (David and Johanna) were excellent at keeping me up to date on the new stock which due to shipping issues (COVID related) took another 3 months. However, the Boden Metal 8 was more than worth the wait. The pickups are crystal clear (if a little hot for direct recording into an interface), and the ergonomics of the neck and the fanned frets guide your hand into the right position. I've never player an 8 string before, so it's a bit of a learning curve adding 2 extra strings into the mix, but it's been such a great time of creativity and discovery. It's a completely different instrument to a 6 string, the hand position, picking hand and shapes are totally different and it takes a while to adjust, but it's so much fun to play and extremely comfortable to play for long periods due to the light weight and shape. Super impressed with the instrument, but more so really impressed by Strandberg's customer service in trying to get the guitar to me as soon as possible despite disruptions to shipping and stock. 10/10

13 Oct 2020
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the 5 stars, Mike! And thanks for waiting so patiently for our stock situation to improve! Happy to hear that you are taking to the 8-string, and that you are enjoying it. We feel that the transition is less drastic with the EndurNeck than when transitioning to a more conventional 8-string guitar. /Ola

05 Aug 2020
Ivo H.
Strandberg Boden Metal 8

This is my first 8 string guitar, and I must say it‘s fantastic. Needed sone time to get adjusted to 8 strings (it‘s my first one), and now it‘s even hard to back to regular 6‘s. Fantastic sustain, great tuning stability and big tone!

26 Mar 2020
Demian L.
Boden metal 8

The set up of this model has so much comfort. It’s surprising how you can play fast and technical while your hand muscles stay relax. The wood choices on this model, the scale length, pickups, the look, all perfect to me!

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