NGD: Strandberg Boden Prog NX6

Ok, I caved in. Not to the GAS, but to the community to post this topic! :grin:

I have struggled with posture and position since I started learning. I suffered a neck injury as a teen that is not forgiving when I am in questionable posture for playing guitar. This purchase is an attempt (and agreement with my wife as condition to buy it…) to improve playing posture.

As an engineer, I really like the design elements that went into this. They seem to have thought through a lot of what a guitar needs to be. They used modern techniques so were not bound by maintaining an old design limitation.


Engineering elements:

  1. Flat surfaces so you can place it left leg, right leg, neck generally horizontal to floor or up over your shoulder.
  2. Light-weight aluminum bridge and string fixturing after the nut.
  3. The “nut” is really a combination of slotted traditional nut but with the height set with a fret.
  4. the body is hollowed out a little. they call it “chambering”. this reduces the weight.
  5. headless to reduce the weight
  6. multi-scale to even out string feel and response characteristics

Physical, after 5 days with it:

  1. This has a lot of positions to play in. I find that placing it on my right leg, rotating into a position with the neck near my left shoulder is probably the easiest on my head/neck, but does mean I need a strap to hold the guitar in position. It is a little difficult to get used to the new rotation of both hands, but that is coming along reasonably well. I like it in regular position but that defeats the purpose (cough agreement) and placing it on my left leg is a good balance of those two, but I tend to bend the cable a little more than I like (it comes out behind the bridge).
  2. The neck being a trapezoid is REALLY comfortable for my hand. There is good depth for gripping with the whole hand, and there are flat edges for a thumb when trying to play more with finger tips. The flat edges are rotated a little along the length and seem about right no matter where on the neck you are trying to play.
  3. Tremolo bridge can easily detune your strings if you are heavy-handed with placing the picking hand down on it
  4. Strings are a little higher above the body than anything else I have. I tend to mute the big E unintentionally. Not muted by much, but I need to get used to holding my hand a little higher.
  5. Tuning screws are ok, but I feel more control with the traditional machine that has the big ‘paddle’ to grip. It is very easy to engage the tremolo when tuning, so you need to just let go to see if you tuned it to the right pitch.
  6. The angle of the frets barely feels different. Maybe this is because I don’t have a strong hand-mind connection yet? Just isn’t an issue for me at all.

Tonal after 5 days with it:

  1. this has a lot of pretty harmonics in all switch positions. I think this is in part from the chambering.
  2. It is a bit darker than I wanted, but it is easy to EQ where I want
  3. I have lot more of the rabbit hole to investigate, but there are amp models in the Helix that are not exciting on other guitars, and really interesting on this one. The Helix GSG100 model is wonderful on other guitars but sounds a little too noisy on this. I think it is the interaction of the resonances in the guitar and the feedback in the GSG model colliding.
  4. Switch settings are interesting: 1=neck HB; 2=outer split coils combined; 3=HB combined; 4=inner split coils combined; 5=bridge HB. Doesn’t have a single coil attack, but has about the right tonal mix.
  5. Still fine-tuning EQ settings and gain settings. I have been able to get acceptable sounds for acoustic, clean blues, Heart, Metallica, AC/DC. Almost SRV, missing the pop from those single coils but could be me too. :slight_smile:

Still a lot to chase. rabbits everywhere! Why am I still writing this…
:rabbit2: :love_you_gesture: :guitar: :rabbit2:

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Happy (belated) NGD, Michael! :partying_face:

This guitar looks interesting, still guitar-alike, not as silent guitars or other light-weight solution. Cool stuff. :smiley:

Good to hear it’s also nice to play and offers a lot of possibilities to hold it. Keep my fingers crossed it will also be truely helpful for your posture and neck issues. :slight_smile:

Wish you lots of fun together and many joyful hours of playing around. In case you make it out of the rabbit hole occasionally ( :joy:) you can give some update after fully getting used to your new toy. :slight_smile:

Cheers - Lisa

Happy NGD Michael enjoy !
:sunglasses:

Happy NGD Michael :partying_face: :sunglasses:
Very nice guitar … I hesitated between a Strandberg and my current one (Ibanez Q54) … the unknown of the multi-scale held me back :blush:
Have fun with this great lightweight guitar :sunglasses:
Greetings,

Hope it helps you with posture Michael, enjoy.

Wow, that is a unique beast! Happy NGD.

Happy NGD Michael I hope it helps.
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Happy NGD Michael. That is an interesting looking instrument. I hope it does what you are wanting it too and I look forward hearing it being played sometime, hopefully.

Beaut!
(and the wood matches your table and chair :wink:)

thanks everyone!

a couple comments:

Don’t let it. At the very least see if you can try one out at your favorite dealer. I went to Git Center and let them open a box for me. It wasn’t the model I wanted, but the shape was the same. Sat with it for 10 minutes and knew it was the most comfortable neck I have ever tried. Sat with it another 20 minutes and decided it was worth the very high price. Never thought I’d buy a guitar this pricey.

@Lisa_S, @Malz, @amandaw57, @SgtColon
I do think this is helping with posture. It s also encouraging me to stop looking at the fretboard so much. I am trying to just glance once in a while to re-center my hand.

@brianlarsen
yes - I like wood, lol. Lived in a log house at one time in the middle of a forest. That table and chair were old when my great grandmother had them. If you look at my user summary page, I have a similarly colored Ibanez in the image.

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Every store I can go into is my favorite guitar store :joy:

But that store which is within a normal (for me) distance, did not have a multi-scale (this brand) … I get the idea/feeling/the itch to try one with a multi-scale, and if I like it, I have something online again to watch :smiley: now I have that teribble feeling for a while now that I don’t have a guitar in mind and that I was not looking forward to a new guitar for a long time…
so thank y… Nooooo what are you doing??? :boom: G.A.S :fire:

Greetings … I will be back on this :smile:

the .strandberg* multiscale is different if you look at more strings. The neutral fret will move. On the 6-string it is at the nut. Might be interesting to try a 7 or 8 string where the neutral in in the middle somewhere.

Hope I have added to the GAS buildup. :sunglasses:

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Thanks for posting this, Michael, that’s a really interesting, and aesthetically pleasing, guitar. What does Multi-scale mean? Its not a term I’m familiar with

Look at the bridge and frets, they are at an angle - more than just the regular intonation tweaks. The small strings are shorter than the thick strings by about half and inch. This is called multi-scale because the scale length is different on each string.

Multi-scale is supposed to improve intonation - not sure how as my engineering mind considers it tho. It does even out the string tension a bit. I think I need to calculate that just for fun and see how even it is. One more rabbit hole! :slight_smile:

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I see it now that you’ve pointed it out. Makes much more sense than those microtonal guitars you see on youtube :exploding_head:

Strandberg has one of those too. Seems like it would create band bends and I like blues.

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Ooo no, my wife has drugged me again, I see very strange things :woozy_face: :woozy_face:
I’m going to lie down for a while…
Gooood night :sunglasses: