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Sandberg California Nighthawk VM5

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The Sandberg California Nighthawk VM5 is a 5-string electric bass in a black finish with Sandberg Black Label active pickups.  All product info

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Sandberg California Nighthawk VM

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  • Manufacturer: Sandberg
  • Design: California V
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: 'C'
  • ...

Sandberg California Nighthawk TM

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  • Manufacturer: Sandberg
  • Design: California T
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: 'C'
  • ...

Sandberg California Nighthawk TM5

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  • Manufacturer: Sandberg
  • Design: California T
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: 'C'
  • ...
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California Nighthawk VM5

Five-string electric bass in complete black finish with Sandberg Black Label pickups and active electronics, including gigbag

The Sandberg California Nighthawk VM5 is a 5-stringed electric bass with a completely matte black finish, classic wood combination and Sandberg Black Label active pickups for a versatile and powerful sound that’s perfect for fat rock and metal grooves.

Classic Woods
Under the none-more-black matt finish of the California Nighthawk TM5 dwells a classic alder body which is fastened by six screws to a maple neck and rosewood fingerboard. This combo was chosen for its fat sound with crisp attack and sustain, providing the perfect foundation for hard and heavy riffs, plus the "C" profile neck means hours of comfortable blasphemous metal attack.

Sandberg Black Label Pickups
The Sandberg California Nighthawk TM5's features infernal active pickups from the Sandberg Black Label Series, a T-Style Single Coil in the centre position and an M-Style humbucker at the bridge. Versatile rock sounds and new levels of brutality are conjured easily. A handy split switch also allows the humbucker to emulate single coil sounds while the 2-band tone control allows for fine tweaking.

Perfectly Matched Hardware
Matte black high-quality hardware crowns the California Nighthawk TM5. The large aluminium pickguard with its brushed hairline surface blends in perfectly. The Sandberg Bridge 5 and tuners keep the playing clean, bad intonation is not aloud!


The main features of the Sandberg California Nighthawk VM5 include:

  • 5-String Electric Bass
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: 6-Fold Bolt-On Maple
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Sandberg Black Label Series T-Style Single Coil and Black Label Series M-Style Humbucker
  • Active 2-Band Tone Control with Active/Passive Switch (Push/Pull Volume), Split Switch
  • Sandberg Bridge 5
  • Tuners: Sandberg Machine Heads
  • Includes Sandberg Gig-Bag
  • Finish: Black

Sandberg TM5 Nighthawk by Bass Buddha


  • Manufacturer: Sandberg
  • Design: California V
  • Body: Alder
  • Neck: Maple
  • Neck Profile: 'C'
  • Thickness at 1st Fret: 21
  • Neck Lacquer: Matte
  • Neck Construction: 6-point, bolt-on
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Fretboard Radius in Inches: 14
  • Fretboard Type: Fretted
  • Number of Frets: 22
  • Inlays: None
  • Nut type: Plastic + Zero Fret
  • Nut width in mm: 45
  • Width at Last Fret: 73
  • Scale: Longscale
  • Scale (inch): 34
  • Manufacturer pickups: Sandberg
  • Pickup neck: No
  • Pickup middle: Black Label V-Style Split Coil
  • Pickup bridge: Black Label M-Style Humbucker
  • Active pickups: No
  • Piezo Pickup: No
  • Electronic: active, 2-band equalizer
  • Control: Vol, Bal, Bass, Treble
  • Tuners: Sandberg Machine Head
  • Bridge: Sandberg Bridge 5
  • Number of Strings: 5
  • String spacing (mm): 18
  • Strap Button: Standard
  • Hardware: Black
  • Colour: Black Matte
  • Finish: Matte
  • Country of Origin: Germany
  • String Gauge: .040 - .128
  • Factory Tuning: Standard H
  • Case included: No
  • Gigbag included: Yes
  • Certificate: No
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