The German company celebrates the arrival of their new CNC setup with fresh, updated cosmetic options.

Serpentine Finish on Sandberg's Panther.

Braunschweig, Germany (July 29, 2014) -- Since we purchased a new CNC router earlier this year, we've experimented a lot with the creative possibilities that have opened up with this new machine. The first feature we came up with is a new finish. This time we're not talking about a new color, a new lacquer or an extension of our rarewood range, but a completely new approach. The new router allows us to combine woods in a way that would not have been possible using pure manual craftsmanship without incurring large costs due to the extreme time it would have taken do the same work. The new option offspring is called "Serpentine Finish" and stretches across the entire instrument, from the lower strap button to the tip of the headstock. The "Serpentine" runs through the instrument and separates two different types of wood visually from each other. We have been doing this over the last few years in a similar approach with the Puzzle Bass bodies, now this can be done for the neck and fingerboard. The end results are not only visually exciting effects, but new sound possibilities can be achieved as well. A neck from mahogany and maple, combined with a fingerboard made of ebony and birdseye maple is just one of countless possible combinations. To design an instrument with our new Serpentine finish all of our standard and rarewood options are available.

We're getting orders for 4-string basses with a special setup for low-B tunings quiet often. These bassists love our strings, but so far they had been forced to buy 5-string sets to get what they need. Rather than starting a recycling program for lonely G-strings, we have decided to offer 4-String Low-B sets from now on. These are available in 060-128 and 065-130. You can order these strings from all our official sandberg dealers.

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