Boden Original 8 Red

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

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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1,996.00 (incl. 0.00 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
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AB
11 Mar 2021
Alexei B.
US US
Unbelievable instrument!

Having played 6-string for 20 years I was concerned about adapting to the extra strings and much larger neck. After giving the Boden 8 a workout I can say now that the ergonomics and design of the guitar are so good that I find it easier to play than my other instruments! I'll still keep the old Strat around because nothing can duplicate that sound, but if I'm not trying to capture a particular vintage tone, I will now reach first for the .strandberg*

26 Mar 2021
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Awesome to hear that the Boden Original 8 worked out for you and that the transition was smooth! /Ola

PK
15 Feb 2021
Philip K.
GB GB
Great guitar, the best customer service!

The guitar itself is great. I spent a long time deciding between this and a kiesel Vader. I watched a lot of reviews and saw pros and cons of both. So I emailed both companies to see who would be better to work with and Strandberg definitely came out on top. By the time kiesel had replied I had already exchanged several emails with Frederik at Strandberg and chosen my exact guitar model and had a great time. The shipping was no hassle which is great post Brexit. It arrived within a week (ordered Monday, arrived friday). When it arrived I originally thought it was broken since the sound was super quiet. Frederik went far above and beyond his position as customer service to help me out and get the guitar working again and I can't express enough how much I appreciate his efforts. It actually turned out not to be broken and turned out to not work with that one specific cable (that cable works fine on all my other guitars). I have no idea what the cause of this is, but if you get it and think it's broken, it could be it not liking the cable. I was concerned that I wouldn't like the endurneck or have a hard time getting used to the guitar (first 8 string, first multiscale) but honestly I got used to it in no time at all. The endurneck is ok, i am not head over heels for it like some are but I will say it's very comfy with an 8 string and feels thinner than it is (apart from for open chords but I like how the neck feels bigger there). The guitar shape was a bit weird at first but the more I play it, the more comfortable it is. I do wish it bevelled more for your right arm as sometimes it can feel like it's digging in a bit to your arm, but this also got more comfortable as my sitting position changed to accommodate it. All in all great guitar, love the cleans and love the 8 string sound. What I really really love is the customer service that Strandberg provided, especially Frederik! That man deserves a raise :D Can't recommend the company enough. If you are interested in seeing my first cover with this guitar to see the clean sounds then check the link below :) https://youtu.be/nbREcceTQHs

19 Feb 2021
.strandberg* Guitars EU

Thanks for the detailed and thoughtful review, Philip. I'm happy that the entire process was pleasurable in the end! /Ola

YR
20 Jul 2020
yoan r.
FR FR
Perfection

This guitar is just amazing. Everything is perfect. I think every guitarists needs to try a strandberg to know.

LF
15 Jul 2020
Luke F.
GB GB
Forward Thinking Design

I’m very happy with the instrument sounds and plays. The neck in particular is an incredibly impressive piece of design: Although noticeably different to play at first, I now find myself missing it’s contours and shape when returning to traditional neck profiles on my other guitars. I’ll be surprised if I don’t invest in another Strandberg at some point in the future!

BK
22 Jun 2020
Brandon K.
US US
Life-changing (no joke) aquisition

K so I have been playing guitar since I was 8 (am 34 now), so thats some 26 years. I have owned many Ibanez guitars, and a few fenders. For a while I wanted to get the Music-Man JP15 but couldn't since I love my kids and getting them food was more important to me than buying guitars. Until this year when my sweet wife went and bought me not one, but two guitars in the same week: the JP15 limited edition Ball Family Reserve, and the Strandberg Boden Plini. I was mostly excited for the JP15, and the Plini was like a bonus b/c me and my wife really loved the look of the Strandbergs- headless, cutaway body shape, etc. So the day came when they both arrived, and I was BLOWN AWAY with the quality of the Strandberg!!!! No joke, literally blown away. The JP15 cost nearly double what we paid for my Strandberg, but the Strandberg surpassed the quality, playability, you-name-it of the Music-Man John Petrucci guitar- so much so that I immediately returned my brand new JP15 and ordered another Strandberg when it was available (this one the Boden Original 8). I LOVE MY STRANDBERG GUITARS. And I have owned an Ibanez JEM, Ibanez JS1000, and (briefly) a MusicMan JP15. My Strandberg's blow them all away. Also they are the sikkest looking guitars I have ever seen. My Strandberg acquisitions have been life-changing. I am playing more than I have in the last 10 years, my kids all want their own strandbergs, and my wife wants to start playing as well with a strandberg of her own. I cannot say enough great things about Strandberg guitars, except that I can absolutely and unequivocally promise you that if you get one you will be as blown away as I was.

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*.