Strandberg / Astral EXR Systems / Announcement!

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  1. Casper777

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    My Boden 6 has finally been shipped!!!

    Should be here on Thursday! :eek: :hbang:

    Can't wait to see this one, as I didn't get any pictures (I was not part of the last run, it's a direct order).

    Specs as a teaser:

    - Ash body
    - birdseye maple board
    - Trans black flame maple top
    - Blue hardware (yep)
    - SD Pegasus / Sentient pickups with black metal covers

    will post a NDG thread soon!
     
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    That's correct.

    Boden OS models are being made in South Korea and will continue to be made there.

    Washburn will no longer be making the USA guitars, and instead those models will be made in Sweden alongside the M2M guitars. (Strandberg has been calling the USA guitars "Custom Shop" guitars, so the three grades of model would be OS, Custom Shop and Made to Measure.)

    The reason for the Washburn spilt is unknown, but I think it's probably got something to do with the Parker shut down.
     
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    :ninja: 'd. thanks Steven, haha
     
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    This was what I heard from US Musicorp:

    "This is actually our last run of guitars period in our factory.

    We’re reformatting some stuff- looking at a smaller shop to build some of our Washburn stuff still and in the process of merging our operations with a sister company.

    Frankly, I’m not entirely sure what the future holds overall but we’re just doing our best now. We loved our time with Strandberg, though unfortunately we’ve had to change some directions on a few things."
     
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    I saw someone in the Parker shutdown thread mention that they were closing the whole factory, but I didn't want to mention it without a source. But here you go. This seems to be the reason.
     
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    Yeah that's direct from their CS department so I would imagine he knows a bit more than some of the other dudes making random speculations. :lol: I'm hoping this isn't the end for a lot of the other brands but I guess we'll just have to see how it plays out.

    On the same note, I'm curious to see how things go with the custom shop Boden orders coming out of Sweden! :D I'm glad we won't be losing that option at least! :wub:
     
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    HERE IT IS!!! :eek:

    Just came back home for lunch time and found the FedEx truck in front of my door!!

    NGD to follow, for now pics...

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    Casper, amazing guitar... Is that USA made or already from the Swedish shop?
     
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    Thanks Cubix...

    This is from the Washburn shop. The guitar has been ordered in mid-January.

    Can't wait to come home tonight! :) I won't say anythong prior to a full test, but that far I'm very happy with the flame maple top and birdseye neck!
     
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    finally a nice top. congrats! :)
     
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    Is colored hardware an option now? When I wanted to order one they wouldnt let me do it :(
     
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    Actually, I asked Ola directly for the colored hardware, and he accepted to make a one-off with an upcharge. I'm very happy with this color touch :)
     
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    Lovely guitar Casper. Especially loving the top and the blue hardware! HNGD
     
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    Anyone else see the OS Chris Letchford model? Really liking all their NAMM announcements so far!
     
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