Sälen Jazz NaturalSKU: SL6CT-20J-R-M-NA
The Sälen Jazz takes a whole new direction – both visually and sonically – with a chambered Mahogany body capped with solid Maple top and Mahogany veneer, Mahogany neck with Rosewood fretboard, F-hole, and a pair of the new .strandberg* MF Classic humbuckers. One of the most versatile .strandberg* guitar models ever with its unmatched ability to explore various shades of clean and low-to-medium gain sounds, the Sälen Jazz can also bark and roar like a true rock-and-roll machine in high gain settings. Hyper responsive to your picking attack and touch, the Sälen Jazz covers a wide spectrum of classic and modern electric guitar sounds to suit a wealth of playing styles and musical genres.
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The Sälen Jazz joins the Sälen family with a Mahogany body and neck, Rosewood fretboard, and a pair of our new MF Classic humbuckers to explore new tonal frontiers that only such a configuration can provide. From jazz and blues to classic rock and metal, the Sälen Jazz can cover them all and do so in a most convincing manner. With an all-natural and organic look, the Sälen Jazz delivers
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I had a pleasant experience playing the Salen Jazz and enjoyed its playability and ergonomics. I have a disability that comes with difficulty playing long hours with heavy and non-ergonomic guitars. I recommend the Strandberg guitars to people with back/neck/shoulder problems. The fit and finish however can certainly improve at the price point of 2.1k USD. The fit and finish quality were on par with Ibanez premium guitars made in Indonesia and Sub 1k USD Korean made guitars. Here are the photos I took right after receiving the guitar. If you don’t value the innovative design and patent at around 1k USD, you won’t enjoy the guitar and may regret the investment. https://imgur.com/a/9gTxYXy
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My experience purchasing the Salen Jazz was 100% positive. The purchasing process was easy and the guitar was shipped and arrived quickly. The Salen Jazz is a beautiful instrument. The quality of the build is outstanding and the guitar I received was flawless. It’s everything described. Very light and ergonomic. Effortless to play. Nice tone selection from the pickups. A suggested improvement would be tapering the armrest area, although I recognize this would not be so easy with the hollow body and top. The gig bag was also high quality. Traveling should be easy with this guitar. Finally, the communication and interaction with the company was professional, cordial and timely. .Standberg* is really a first class operation. I am impressed. If you think the Salen Jazz could be the guitar for you, I highly recommend you go for it.
Thank you for the thorough review and kind words John!
I was surprised how the low strings resonant into your chest when holding the guitar in your lap. The guitar sings in a way that I never had in any electric. I love the pick ups sound quality and the 5 way switch options. Though the bridge pick up face plate was darkly discolored compared to the neck pick up. Thats just character and had no effect on the sound. Some minor metal flakes on some screws and unfinished edges on the wood f hole very minor and the pick guard could use a light sanding on the top edge. I will probably get the back top edge rounded by a luthier where my right arm rests. I had some tingling in my forearm from playing so much. It does not have the tapered arm rest that all other models have on the top back edge. Just being able to rest the guitar in a an upright (Segovia) lap position and have the neck in perfect position for my left hand allows me to play and reach chords so much more comfortably i can play things i could not before. Its like the chiropractor adjusted you and feel great not understanding exactly why. The odd neck shape is something to experience in a way that expresses solid structure and holding true intonation which allow strings to chime all the way up to 24thf fret. The back edge also provides a sort of ledge anchor that I can rest while playing like no other traditional neck. I don't know I 'm still discovering what I can do with this fine instrument. With all that thought to all the comfort and style and shape not having the tapered back or at least a rounded edge for your right forearm seems to be a choice between the thickness in the veneer and the natural manufactured wood look.Probably can't have both the look and the tapered comfort without a painted model.
Thank you for the 5 star review Alex! Your feedback is also very much appreciated!
I’ve been playing a Boden 6 for a few years now. The design has made it possible for me to play for hours without debilitating neck, hand and back pain. I liked everything about the Boden, but I had to work hard to make it sing in a jazz context. The Sälen plays a lot like the Boden, but the chambering and the pickups give it a beautiful sound for jazz. I am also pleased with the voicing of the tone control; a lot of tone controls are dead and useless with full roll-off, but the Sãlen’s gives useful colors throughout. The guitar looked great on arrival, and after a slight loosening of the truss rod played perfectly with sweet intonation all the way up the neck. One of the advantages of all the Strandbergs is the accompanying tool kit making adjustments of truss rod, etc, simple. Great job! Steve Bocckino
Thank you for the 5 star review and kind words Steve!
My first Strindberg and I love it. The craftsmen ship on this one is amazing. The neck feels really smooth. It makes me play better in a way. I was a little skeptical about the endurance neck but can totally see the benefits. The guitar is light so playing for long hours isn’t an issue. Because of the 5 way pickup selector I am able to go from mellow jazz to metal. So it’s versatile. My only gripe is with the volume and the tone know. There are crazy smooth with not much grip so turning them is a pain. I would highly recommend it.