Boden Original 7 Natural

SKU: BD7CT-17O-M-F-NA

Get the most out of your playing and the sounds that you’ve been honing with your hands. What you put into a Boden Original guitar is what you’ll get out of it – loud and clear with style and substance.

This is the Boden model that started it all. Featuring Swamp Ash body mated with 4A Flame Maple top and roasted Maple neck with roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard, the acoustic character is lively and balanced with superb articulation for both rhythm and lead playing. The Original models feature the highly-touted Suhr passive pickups and Fishman active pickups to faithfully transfer the natural sound of the woods and the unique .strandberg* hardware to your amplification systems.

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  • 2 year warranty*

The original-spec .strandberg* look, sound and feel – versatile and cutting-edge

The Boden Original

What makes it special?

This is the Boden model that started it all. Featuring Swamp Ash body mated with 4A Flame Maple top and roasted Maple neck with roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard. The light weight chambered body and the patented EndurNeck enhances comfort and reduces fatigue for long playing sessions, allowing you to better focus on your playing and the music you are creating.

What does it do?

The acoustic character of the Boden Original is lively and balanced with superb articulation for both rhythm and lead playing. The classic wood combination of Swamp Ash and Maple provides an exceptionally clear and punchy tone with an emphasis on the high-midrange. The Original 7- and 8-string models feature the highly-touted Fishman Fluence Modern powered pickups to faithfully transfer the natural sound of the woods and the unique .strandberg* hardware to your amplification systems.

Who is it for?

Our most popular model and the flagship series of our Premium production models – this is the ultimate “Swiss Army Knife” of guitars for the widest range of music styles and playing styles. You can simply never go wrong!

This is the Boden model that started it all. Featuring Swamp Ash body mated with 4A Flame Maple top and roasted Maple neck with roasted Birdseye Maple fretboard, the acoustic character is lively and balanced with superb articulation for both rhythm and lead playing. The Original models feature the highly-touted Fishman Fluence powered pickups to faithfully transfer the natural sound of the woods and the unique .strandberg* hardware to your amplification systems.

During the course of manufacturing of this guitar model, the color of the roasted maple has varied to some degree. The wood is roasted to achieve the desired properties (tonal response and dimensional stability in different weather conditions) and not to a certain color. This means that the color sometimes does not match that of the product photos, which were taken of the first produced sample guitars. We are working on a revised process and acquiring new equipment for roasting maple that will give us greater control of the results, which should be in place in early 2021. Until then, if you have any concerns about the color of the roasted maple neck or fretboard before ordering, please reach out to us through the contact form at the bottom of this page, and we will be happy to send you a photo in advance, or talk you through the process. For more information about roasted maple, and colors, please see: https://support.strandbergguitars.com/article/95-how-dark-is-roasted-maple

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Measurements

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

General

  • Bolt-On Construction
  • Chambered Body with Arm, Torso and Heel Carves
  • Book-matched Solid 4A Flame Maple Top
  • Swamp Ash Body
  • Available Finishes: Natural/Red/Black Semi-gloss Polyurethane
  • Approximate Weight
    • 2,5 kg / 5,5 lbs +/- 10% (7-string)
    • 2,6 kg / 5,7 lbs +/- 10% (8-string)
  • Manufactured in Indonesia

Hardware

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

Neck & Frets

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

Accessories

Sonic Profile

  • H – H Pickup Configuration
  • Neck: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico, Black Plastic
  • Bridge: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic, Black Plastic
  • 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
Customer Reviews
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JH
15 Apr 2021
Johannes H.
DE DE
My new beloved Boden

The guitar is perfect. For me it’s my new Strat, but in a version Space X would also qualify for Mars flight (STRATosphere is so 1960s). I was first sceptical if buying this guitar at age 41 would be a sign of midlife crisis. Does it djent etc?! (I play clean hybrid picking etudes and atonal music on it mostly). Even sent it back in the first place due to this and some inherent guitar conservatism. But then I had the privilege to chat with an Avant-garde guitar legend from NYC. And I was surprised he played a Boden 8 string and totally loved it. Then I thought: Give yourself a push. I am happy. Thank you unnamed legend and master Ola for making my life as a guitarist a better one. Also thank you Gustavo Assis Brasil - you were a great influencer as well!

21 Apr 2021
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the 5 stars, and for re-considering and challenging your original position! I assume you are referring to Elliott Sharp? Such a great artist! I hope you will continue to push boundaries and find inspiration in your Boden Original 7. /Ola

RR
25 Feb 2021
Robert R.
US US
Best guitar I’ve ever owned

An instrument should inspire you to play it every day. That’s the experience I’ve had with my Boden since getting it. The guitar plays like a dream, produces a wide gamut of tonal options, and the Endurneck is super comfortable. The unique body shape makes for a few different ways to be played sitting down, and the instrument is unbelievably light. I really couldn’t recommend this guitar enough, I love it.

01 Mar 2021
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the glowing recommendation, Robert! /Ola

PN
24 Feb 2021
Patrick N.
NL NL
It is dependent on how much you want to play the guitar

I wish I bought one sooner. It is really a joy to play this guitar. Short review: Life is short want to play guitar comfortable and with no fuzz, stop and buy one. It's right out of the box, plug and play guitar. Long: First thing first craftsmanship is great no flaws to been seen (goes with the price). The second thing are the weird shapes neck and body. Headless: YES! a big yes for me because I always struggled to maintain the neck in the correct position. (the tuners on a head stock do have quite a bit weight to them) I'm not really bothered by the fanned frets, trapezoid neck and the puzzle piece body. The feeling I get is that the weird shapes becomes a part of your playing. I find this the most difficult part to review because "I am not you" so this guitar can be a hit or a miss. Thirdly is the sound. Due to a chambered body it makes the guitar light but also sound brighter. Most of the brightness of the sound comes from High Output Active Fishman pickups. The Fishman pickups sounds great the setup on guitar is on Volume knob the is coil-split and on the Tone knob there are two voicing. Haven't used it much to me it sounds like an mid-range booster but I could be dead wrong It doesn't matter what your playing style is or what your poison is. All that it matters is, that you want to pickup the guitar more than ever before. This Boden Original 7 Natural, this is the one for me. I really wish I bought one sooner. Thank you Ola and team for innovating this guitar. Ps. If the price still puts you off, but you really want one. Just ask yourself a few questions. 1 Can I afford one? 2 Will I play guitar enough to justify the price? 3 Do I like the guitar? 4 Do I want to learn/progress my poison on a strandberg? 5 How often do I want to play? 6 Am I willing to put time into playing guitar? 7 You can always try for 2 weeks no question asked policy. Yes it dependent on how much you want to play the guitar. That's it.

01 Mar 2021
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the very helpful and detailed review, Patrick! I'm sure many readers will appreciate it. /Ola

JL
07 Dec 2020
József L.
HU HU
Ergonomy over everything else

Best guitar I've touched so far. Main selling point for me was ergonomy. I like to play guitars in classical posture with the neck pointing upwards. With a superstrat that is only possible having the guitar between the legs, and then the more load is on the left leg. But that is painful for me after a while due to medical issue in my left hip joint. Also related to that I tend to have pain in back and waist. But this guitar is so lightweight and well balanced, that every position is comfortable, but most importantly it can be played in classical posture laying on the right leg! Perfect! And the guitar is compact and short - regardless being a longer 26.25" 7 string. I feel it closer to me. I always preferred thin D shape shredder necks, but found that EndurNeck is simply better, love it. So natural feeling, really makes me think I always wanted this. In the past people thought that a good guitar neck can only be made of woods that are dried for decades and blessed by Tibetan monks. I guess here the material is carefully chosen as well, but I think technology (roasting and adding carbon fiber) wins. But there is so much more about this high quality instrument. Excellent fretwork, luminous dots, Fishmans, etc. Odd 'alienish' look, 'prog metal' vibe - for me at least :D. If I really want to show that I am unbiased I have to say sg negative, but I can only mention a few minor cons, like the string height at the body is a bit higher than I am used to (I rest the picking hand fingers on the body all the time), also fret access on the highest registers could be slightly better, but I'm fine since the neck joint seems very sturdy. Both no big deal for me. I think this is what a modern guitar should be like. Ergonomic and versatile. I still love traditional guitars, the look of a well shaped headstock, but maybe from now on only as decoration hanging on the wall...? Definitely will buy a 6 and 8 string version Boden in the future.

28 Dec 2020
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the thoughtful review József, and I'm happy to hear that you are enjoying the guitar! The design features you are enjoying are very intentional, so I am happy they they are appreciated. /Ola

JR
24 Oct 2020
Joseph R.
US US
Magnificent Guitar

I have had my Boden Original 7 Natural for about a week now. Outstanding quality. the instrument itself is gorgeous and feels amazing. it is the most comfortable guitar I have ever held, period. the tone is pretty good (for what I am looking for). I am not a metal head and will be using it for jazz primarily. I have been working on the tone with my amp and am pretty satisfied with where it is. It's generally a pretty bright sound. The intonation is perfect and the 7th string is everything I ever wanted, ha ha!

27 Oct 2020
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Happy to hear that the Boden Original 7 is working out for you in a jazz context. We aim to start with a great and versatile sound to begin with, and that you can then shape downstream whatever your needs are. /Ola

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The Boden Original Concept

Unique Qualities

Anatomy of a Strandberg

There are many design elements and factors that comprise a .strandberg* guitar. Each aspect - from the materials and components used to the ergonomic design features - has been carefully thought out and implemented to produce a guitar that is light weight, easy to play and has a big woody organic sound. Explore these different aspects that set a .strandberg* guitar apart from the rest.

Headless

By removing weight from the headstock, your guitar can be made very light and yet balanced. You can play with greater comfort for longer.

Versatile Body Shape

The body shape provides multiple seated playing positions for maximum comfort and versatility.

Scale Lengths Adapted to You

A multi-scale design allows your wrist to remain relaxed throughout the range of play. A longer scale length for the heavier strings provide better tone, and shorter in the thinner strings better playability.

Patented Neck Profile

Our patented EndurNeck™ profile promotes a more correct playing position. The result: you can play longer, faster, better and avoid injury.

Space Age Materials

Our hunt for great tone and low weight led us to using aircraft grade aluminium and carbon fiber for maximum performance.

Proprietary Hardware

The custom .strandberg* hardware is a vital contributor to the tone of the instrument. Lightweight aircraft grade aluminium and tight coupling of components ensure that nothing prevents the strings' vibrations from entering the body.

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The extremely talented artists who play .strandberg* guitars have a clear vision of where they want to take their art and how to get there with the instruments they play. The guitar they choose to play is a statement of who they are as an artist and a reflection of the music they create. Find out why some of the most cutting-edge players in the world today choose a .strandberg*.