Boden Original 8 Black

SKU: BD8CT-17O-M-F-BK

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 that is available in fixed-bridge and tremolo versions – 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 7- and 8-string 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.

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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
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4.8 Based on 4 Reviews
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SK
16 Jul 2020
Steven K.
US US
Incredible Workmanship. Outstanding 8 string design.

I was blown away by the feel and look of the .strandberg Boden Original 8. I also own a Boden Plini edition and these guitars are worth the price. I rarely have to tune these guitars, they hold tune perfect. The tone is beautiful and action/feel is remarkable. I highly recommend.

SG
28 Jun 2020
Samuel G.
US US
Almost Perfect!

I love my Strandberg Boden 8. It feels great to play. It looks awesome and inspires me. The endurneck ironically makes me notice how uneven other guitar necks are. I can tell this was designed and crafted with feel in mind, however I think a few things would improve the guitar overall.  1. The knobs and pickup selector switch need to be further from the bridge and strings. I am a player that loves to palm mute my high strings with chords just enough to get a nice purr out of it, similar to chugging on the low strings. The position I need to have my hand in order to do that is further than someone may think it would be. I end up running into the knob even with a great picking posture with my hand, I need it flat for palm muting up there, the outside of my palm hits the knob.  When I'm sweeping a chord in the same fashion, my ring finger will hit the pickup selector switch, which is also distracting just like the knob. I think even people with smaller hands could run into these issues if they're looking to get this type of sound out of their guitar. I understand the switch might be away from the area when playing the high strings, but I like to play where the bass is the loudest followed by mid and then treble, so my switch is always pulled towards me.  2. The zero fret is too soft in that the highest string digs into it right away. I noticed it after one day of owning this instrument. Then, If I do a bend on that string, there is an audible and visible clicking sound that happens because the string is popping in and out of this crevice it has created. That's it! Those are my only criticisms of this guitar. I think they're super important when it comes to how easily I can express myself while I'm creating music. I can see it getting some people down that there isn't a ton they can do about these issues without modifying their guitar. I would position the knobs next to each other down in that lower corner where on knob already is. The pickup selector go on either side of the knobs in that corner making a little triangle down there, just far enough for the playing room needed, while not changing too much. I wish the strap could go even shorter, I am 6'1" but it's not short as what I'm used to. The design of the strap is really great though. Feels good and fits the guitar.  Thanks a lot for reading! -Sam

03 Jul 2020
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the great constructive feedback, Samuel. With the smaller body style, and having removed a lot of the control cavity to give room for the leg carve, there are some inevitable compromises to be made. We'll keep this in mind for future revisions. If you are not using the tone control (which many don't), you may try just letting it dangle (isolating it first) in the control cavity and move the volume knob there, which will free up some room.

KA
21 May 2020
Kjell A.
SE SE
Boden Metal 7 Pearl white refurbished

My guitar plays, looks and feel flawless. Its such a joy to play it, i can play for hours and hours and not feeling tired in my hands.

TP
26 Mar 2020
Thomas P.
FR FR
Best guitar I played out of more than 20s

Easiest I ever played. The guitar is SO LIGHT ! You don't have to change your posture to accomodate the instrument. Bye bye low back pain. Endurneck never felft weird or anything : your thumb will find it's natural position immediately. Materials are gorgeous. Specially fond of the flamed maple neck, the paint finish that's not over the top and the dots that glow in the dark. And finally : mics on my 8 strings are awesome !

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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What our artist say

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*.