If you asked us to show you a guitar that we thought looked the most like it came from a technologically-advanced society from the future, a Strandberg would most likely be our pick - in particular, this awesome Boden+ NX 8. The stunning Twilight Purple finish evokes a hard-edged modern vibe to go along with the blacked-out hardware.
You may have noticed the funky-looking frets - this is their True Temperament fretting system. This revolutionary feature ensures every fretted note has perfect intonation and pitch. While, as per Strandberg's own words, the technology won't win any awards in the visual aesthetics department, the sheer functional effectiveness is absolutely incredible.
This guitar also features the venerable Fishman Fluence Modern active humbuckers that stay tight and forward under high distortion, which make them perfect for metal, and the switchable voicings and coil-splits make the set supremely versatile. The Alnico magnet in the neck makes it warm, creamy and dynamic, and the ceramic humbucker in the bridge keeps your riffage aggressive, powerful and focused.
Strandberg has been long known for making excellent headless guitars that are absolutely effortless to play, and while yes, "effortless playability" is used to describe many of the great guitars we've had here at the shop, it especially is true for Strandberg because of the deliberate improvements they have made to ergonomics, weight distribution, neck and body relationship, and more down to the smallest of details.
This Boden+ NX 8 is no exception, and is in fact one of the greatest examples of their innovation.
The Boden+ NX True Temperament models are the world’s first production model guitars with the True Temperament frets, providing the union of the acclaimed Boden design with the revolutionary True Temperament fretting system for virtually perfect tuning anywhere on the fretboard. Boden’s ergonomic comfort and superb organic tonal characteristics are further enhanced with the sweetness of tuning perfection and increased resonance. The new NX features provide improved tone, greater comfort, and enhanced functionality for an even better playing and ownership experience. Available in fixed-bridge 6-, 7- and 8-string versions, the Boden+ NX True Temperament takes the Boden design and features even further into the future. Due to the complexities involved in the manufacturing process of the Boden+ NX True Temperament models, availability will be limited.
All the ergonomic design benefits and the unique sonic characteristics of the Boden are taken a big step further with the revolutionary True Temperament fretting system which offers virtually perfect tuning anywhere on the fretboard. Lightweight chambered body with time-tested tonewoods, aircraft-grade aluminum hardware, patented EndurNeck™, and industry standard pickups and electronics from .strandberg* and Fishman meld together with a fretting system into an instrument that has to be heard and felt to be believed.
The True Temperament fretting system was certainly not designed with visual aesthetics in mind. This is all about getting the best tuning and intonation possible on a guitar. Every note you play on the fretboard sounds more in tune than you’ve heard before but it’s especially noticeable on the chords you play. The “beating” of notes that are not in tune with each other is eliminated, improving the perceived loudness as well as the overall sustain. When you strum a chord, the notes within the chord all seem to bloom together in perfect harmony. Not only will you hear the tuning sweetness in your ears, you will feel the instrument resonating in a way you have not experienced before.
The True Temperament fretting system on each of these Boden models is custom calibrated to the multi-scale lengths of the 6-string (25.5” to 25.0”), 7-string (26.25” to 25.5”) and 8-string (28.0” to 26.5”) models so you can simultaneously experience the full benefits of both cutting-edge concepts in modern guitar technology. Balanced tension from the lowest to the highest strings and a more ergonomic spread of the scale lengths are coupled with the most advanced tuning system to offer a truly exceptional and unmatched playing experience – both physically and aurally. See, feel, and hear how far you can take your playing and music with all the benefits that the Boden+ NX True Temperament offers.
- Bolt-on Construction with new sculpted neck joint heel
- American Basswood body with Arm and Torso carves
- Book-matched Solid 4A Flame Maple Top
- Manufactured in Indonesia
- .strandberg* EGS Series 7 fixed bridge & string locks
- Black Anodized Hardware
- Original Luminlay™ Green Side Dots
- Original Luminlay™ Green Inlays
Neck & Frets
- Roasted Maple, Carbon Fiber reinforced
- EndurNeck™ Profile
- Richlite Black Fretboard
- 16-20” Compound Fretboard Radius
- 24 Frets
- True Temperament Stainless Steel Frets
- D’Addario NYXL 09-84 (8-string) strings
- Standard tuning F#BEADGBE (8-string)
- NX Multitool and Allen Key Kit included
- Strap optional
- Deluxe Toolkit optional
- H-H Pickup Configuration
- Neck: Fishman Fluence Modern Alnico, Black Plastic Cover
- Bridge: Fishman Fluence Modern Ceramic, Black Plastic Cover
- 3-Way Pickup Selector
- Neck + Bridge in parallel
- Master Volume w/ push-pull for Split Coil
- Master Tone w/ push-pull for Voices 1 and 2
- Venture Gig Bag included
- Instrument Weight: 5.7 lbs