Boden Original 8 Black
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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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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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.
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.
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.
I'm happy we converted you to an 8-string guitarist, Rafael! /Ola
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.
Hahaha, nice one! Thanks for the 5 stars, Vladimir. /Ola
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!
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
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!
Thanks for the 5 stars, Gabriel! You hit the main points we are aiming for. /Ola