Boden Original 8

The Original 8 String Boden 

As the name suggests The Original was the first of the Boden series, like its 6 string brother in many ways yet featuring 8 strings string to cover more ground. 8 strings are popular in many circles including metal, prog, experimental jazz and many more. The extended range gives access to very interesting chord shapes and scale patterns.

Unique in its design and features, the woods and pick up selection wouldn’t normally be seen on classic guitars. Humbuckers and a maple top would fall at home on a gibson or PRS where as the swamp ash body and maple neck are most commonly found in the land of Fenders yet it all works so well together. 

The Strandberg* Boden 8 string range are very likely unlike anything you’ve played before, yet somehow Strandberg have improved on what’s familiar in almost every way and managed to keep an extended range guitar feeling natural even for guitarists used to 6 or 7 strings. 

By honing the way the guitars resonate, the weight has been reduced without sacrificing an ounce of tone.

With careful consideration of how we play differently at various parts of the fretboard the specialised neck carve adapts our hands to more easily reach those harder to reach notes effortlessly both low down and high up the neck. This is super important for 8 string guitars as the next is wider.

Then the frets which are fan fretted. This isn’t done so for appearance, the subtle fanning gives greater accuracy to intonation without making notes strange to play. 

Not many get it so right the first time, an excellent first! 

Boden Original 8 technical specifications

Manufacturer Strandberg
Series Boden
Made In Indonesia
Manufacturer Part Number BD8CT-17O-M-F-RD
Serial Number C1810045
Colour Black
Left/Right Handed Left Handed, Right Handed
Body Type Chambered
Body Shape Family Other
Top Material Family Ash
Body Material Family Acrylonitrile butadiene styrene
Fretboard Material Family Brownwood
Neck Material Family Birch
String Number 6
Number of Frets 17
Pickup Configuration H
Pickup Brand Aguilar
Pickup Active/Passive Active, Passive
Tremolo Yes, No
Tremolo Brand Aria
Left-Friendly? Yes, No

Boden Original 8 reviews & comparison videos

Boden Original 8 reviews & comparison

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