Boden Original 8 Black

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.

Also available in these finishes:

2,495.00 (incl. 499.00 VAT)

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  • Free returns - No questions asked
  • 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 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.

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
4.5 Based on 11 Reviews
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RS
13 Jun 2021
Richard S.
DE DE
Great guitar that didn‘t live up to my expectations

Upon arrival i was blown away by the look and feel of this guitar. This was truly the guitar i wanted. Unfortunately, i noticed scratches/marks on the side and top of the fretboard. In addition the high e string was not setup correctly which lead to it getting muted very quickly when played openly. There is a quality checklist you get with your guitar, and in my case it didn‘t reflect the guitar i received. The customer support offered a free repair which is fair enough. They weren‘t able to fix all the issues and i decided to not keep this guitar. Other offerings like a replacement instrument were not made to me. For the price point, i expected a flawless instrument, and unfortunately my expectations were not met.

18 Jun 2021
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Richard, I'm very sorry to hear that you didn't have a great experience with the guitar. It's unfortunate that we couldn't resolve the issues fully or find a replacement guitar for you this time, but I hope you will give us another chance in the future, and hopefully you will see that this experience was not the norm. Thank you for the review and for your honset feedback. We appreciate it.

RM
24 Feb 2021
Rafael M.
DE DE
I´m also not going back

Unbelievable! I´m never going back to play a 6 string guitar ever. It´s just the instrument I´ve been looking for decades. flawless.

01 Mar 2021
.strandberg* Guitars EU

I'm happy we converted you to an 8-string guitarist, Rafael! /Ola

VY
21 Feb 2021
Vladimir Y.
US US
Convenient

You're hitting 30, working 16 hours / day (including weekends) at a hedge fund, but these goth girls kissing at your first live still linger in your dreams? Well, Mr. Strandberg has a guitar for you! Case fits right in a business-class seat over Atlantic, thing stays in tune after flight, and all f# are killing and in place the moment you pick it up right before routine death in lonely cold bed of foreign country. Tight, transparent, can pronounce every chord Toby Driver would be jealous of and make NYC condo finally wish for 7K/month less than for your eviction! 7/10 leasing agreements terminated by mutual agreement.

23 Feb 2021
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Hahaha, nice one! Thanks for the 5 stars, Vladimir. /Ola

MH
15 Dec 2020
Martin H.
AT AT
The most consistent modern electric guitar in the world… in other words… simply the best!

Dear readers and (maybe) Strandberg fans, this is a bit of a longer story, so please grab a hot chocolate on one of those comfortably cozy northern winter nights and bear with me…. I remember the time when I first saw a Strandberg guitar in a web store of a very well known European retailer - oh boy, lemme tell you, it was love at first sight. The multi-scale approach coupled with the headless design and the unique body contour made my guitarist heart beat faster. When I took a closer look, disappointment set in: Oh hells, THAT much for an Indonesian-made instrument - oO - better keep the paws off that one. All the Indonesian-made instruments I checked out in the past didn’t fulfill my expectations of a proper instrument, especially certain Cort instruments were purest horror and thus „to-be-avoided“. So, no Strandberg for now! Some weeks later I had the chance to purchase probably the last of the Swedish Custom Shop 7-string Bodens directly from the Strandberg Euro store. A wonderful and masterfully built instrument. As I didn’t feel good about playing such a valuable instrument live with my „bar band“, I took the plunge and ordered an Indonesian-made Boden 7-string from the Strandberg B-stock with the promise that I could return it in case it didn’t fulfill my expectations. Guess what, it never left for Sweden again and it’s my main live guitar nowadays, it completely changed my mindset about overseas manufacture, at least in regards to Strandberg. The company has its own production line inside the Indonesian Cort plant and it seems to me a lot of time, patience and personal involvement by Mr. Ola Strandberg went into training the Strandberg-exclusive (?) Indonesian luthiers to build instruments of this quality level. That’s also the reason why I chose this Strandberg 8-string Boden which honestly feels even a little bit better to play than the 7-string, I get the impression that they improved the neck finish a little bit on this 2020 model. Everything I like about my Seven also applies to the Eight, just with an even more extended range: The craftsmanship in regards to fretwork, wood and finish is remarkable, and even unplugged, this chambered beauty resonates beautifully. The Fishman Fluence Modern pickups offer a wide tonal range and seem to be the perfect choice for this modern instrument. Thanks to two different voicings and a split, the Fishmans outperform every other active pickup I’ve experienced so far. The patented Endurneck feels as comfortable on this 8-string as it does on my 7-string, it feels naturally comfortable and will always be my personal neck-design of choice. How does it fare against my Swedish Custom Shop model? There are slight differences - ranging from pickups to finish to wood selection and how the neck feels - but then again, it’s a joy to play all of them and no matter the origin, all of my Strandbergs feel like Strandbergs. And honestly, if I had to choose between my Indonesian and the Swedish Strandberg, I’d probably take the Indonesian one as it offers a wider tonal variety. Now comes the best part: The Indonesian-made Strandbergs are the most consistent guitars I have in my collection. As both body and neck are not as „open-pore“ as - for example - on the Swedish Custom Shop model, they are less prone to humidity- and temperature-related effects that would change the neck tension and thus affect string action and tuning stability. Electronic-wise these guitars never failed me, the only important thing is to unplug them when they are not in use, else it will drain the 9V battery for the active electronics… Bottom line: Both my seven- and eight-string Indonesian Strandberg Boden Originals are top-notch, absolutely flawless guitars that offer a huge tonal variety thanks to a highly refined production line and state-of-the-art Quality Control. In addition, Peter from Strandberg HQ is a friendly, welcoming and polite person to communicate with in case you need support or information. Unfortunately, the Strandberg site design only allows five Star reviews, so I have to award the SIXTH STAR for my 8-string Boden IN WRITTEN… Enjoy every day of your life and stay safe!

28 Dec 2020
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thank you very much for the great and very detailed review, Martin! I'm happy to hear that you could pick up on all of the hard efforts we are making to keep our production quality high and consistent. It doesn't come automatically! /Ola

GS
29 Oct 2020
Gabriel S.
US US
The Tesla of Guitars

I received my beautiful Boden 8 original black and...it is simply OUTSTANDING. Ergonomics top, super light, deep tones on lower notes and clear on higher...it is a joy in motion to spend time with this guitar! Really seem like the first time you enter a Tesla: is this the future ? Thank you for your amazing tech, this is my guitar passion Renaissance!

03 Nov 2020
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the 5 stars, Gabriel! You hit the main points we are aiming for. /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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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*.