Ever wondered exactly what the Strangberg V-BDN can do? Mark Harley talks us through the drop tunings, what each dial does and gives audio examples of each setting along with showing off some really cool features.
The V-BDN is a trailblazing new instrument that fuses the compelling designs of Swedish guitar maker Strandberg with the advanced guitar synth and modeling technologies from BOSS. Based on the popular Boden J Standard model, the V-BDN includes all the unique design features that have made Strandberg guitars so appealing to forward-thinking players everywhere. The V-BDN’s onboard BOSS tech extends the instrument into uncharted tonal realms, with a large sound palette of guitar, synth, and bass sounds to choose from, plus instant access to full-instrument drop tunings with the turn of a single knob.
Offered in a limited production run, the inspiring V-BDN gives modern guitarists a bold new voice with unlimited creative freedom, backed by the renowned innovations of two of the most progressive companies in the musical instrument industry.
Customized Strandberg Boden six-string guitar with BOSS V-Guitar technologies built in
Headless guitar scientifically engineered by Strandberg for organic tone and unprecedented playability, featuring fanned frets, an ergonomic body, and the patented EndurNeck™ neck profile
Mode selector and 5-way switch provide access to the onboard standard pickups, modeled humbucking and single-coil pickups, bass, sitar, acoustic guitars, and synth tones
Synth voices include three variations on Roland’s classic GR-300 analog guitar synth from the early 1980s
Tuning knob enables instant virtual instrument retuning, including semitone down, whole-step down, drop D, drop C#, and drop C
V-Guitar features powered by four AA-size batteries; up to nine hours of playing time with high-powered rechargeable Ni-MH batteries (2,600–2,700 mAh)
Includes padded instrument bag
Authentic Boden Model with Innovative Strandberg Design Features
The V-BDN is based on the Boden style, the original Strandberg shape that combines excellent ergonomics with a uniquely stylish aesthetic design. Its materials have been carefully chosen to provide versatile tones for all types of music, with quick, punchy response and organic, resonant sound. The contoured body shape allows multiple comfortable seated playing positions, while the low weight saves your shoulders and neck. The patented EndurNeck shape relaxes muscles, joints, and tendons in your hand, wrist, and forearm, encouraging a more correct playing position. Another standout aspect of the Strandberg Boden is its custom hardware made from lightweight aircraft-grade aluminum, which provides highly effective transfer of string vibrations into the wood.
Onboard BOSS V-Guitar Tech for Powerful Versatility and Maximum Sonic Creativity
BOSS’s famous V-Guitar technologies are the perfect complement to the innovative, modern design approach of the Strandberg Boden. Via a multi-position mode selector, you have quick access to all types of modeled humbucking and single-coil guitar pickups, plus bass sounds, acoustic guitars, synths, and more. And with a twist of the tuning knob, you can go from standard tuning to five different down tunings, all without adjusting the actual string tension at all! The V-Guitar tech is powered by four AA batteries, and you can easily monitor battery status from the front of the instrument. And don’t worry—if the batteries ever run out, you can seamlessly switch to standard Boden guitar operation without a hitch.
Mode Selector Functions
The V-BDN has a five-position mode selector knob that provides access to 25 onboard sounds. Each position makes five different sounds available from the guitar’s five-way blade selector switch.
Position 1—Engages the guitar’s normal humbucking pickups.
Position 2—Modeled single-coil pickup sounds.
Position 3—Modeled humbucking pickup sounds.
Position 4—Hybrid sounds: bass; humbucker w/octave down on strings 5 and 6; electric sitar; nylon-string acoustic; steel-string acoustic.
Position 5—Synthesizer: string synth lead; synth organ; GR-300 lead variations (octave down, normal, octave up).
Tuning Knob Functions
The six-position tuning knob on the V-BDN provides instant access to standard tuning and five virtual down tunings.
Position 1—Standard tuning.
Position 2—E flat tuning (all strings a semitone down).
Position 3—D tuning (all strings a whole step down).
Position 4—Drop D (D-A-D-G-B-E).
Position 5—Drop C# (C#-G#-C#-F#-A#-D#).
Position 6—Drop C (C-G-C-F-A-D).