Opeth’s Martín Méndez signs with Sandberg for new signature bass

Sandberg Martín Méndez Signature bass
(Image credit: Sandberg)

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Martín Méndez, bassist for progressive-metal titans Opeth, has partnered with Sandberg for his own signature bass guitar.

Based on Sandberg’s California TT Passive, the Martín Méndez Signature features an alder body, available with a Soft Age finish in Virgin White or an ash body with Black Matt finish.

A six-bolt-on hard-rock maple neck is teamed with a matching headstock and ebony fingerboard, with the option of a maple fingerboard with black block inlays on the Black Matt model.

Tone-wise, Méndez has equipped the bass with two Delano JMVC pickups and positioned them closer to the bridge for a little more bite than Sandberg’s regular pickup position.

Those pickups are adjusted via volume, balance and treble-cut controls, while Sandberg’s ‘Vibration Treatment’ promises an improved resonance and worn-in tone.

The Martín Méndez Signature will be available as a 34”-scale four-string or 35”-scale five-string, with the price TBC.

Head over to Sandberg for more info.

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Michael Astley-Brown

Mike is Editor-in-Chief of GuitarWorld.com, in addition to being an offset fiend and recovering pedal addict. He has a master's degree in journalism from Cardiff University, and over a decade's experience writing and editing for guitar publications including MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitarist, as well as 20 years of recording and live experience in original and function bands. During his career, he has interviewed the likes of John Frusciante, Chris Cornell, Tom Morello, Matt Bellamy, Kirk Hammett, Jerry Cantrell, Joe Satriani, Tom DeLonge, Ed O'Brien, Polyphia, Tosin Abasi, Yvette Young and many more. In his free time, you'll find him making progressive instrumental rock under the nom de plume Maebe.