“As user-friendly as a guitar can get”: Strandberg Boden Essential review

The groundbreaking sound and feel of Strandberg's future-forward guitar designs arrives at a price more of us can manage, but does this craft translate to a more affordable instrument? You bet

Strandberg Boden Essential
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

You might look at a guitar like this and think it’s too far evolved from the Strats and Les Pauls that made history in the 1950s. But that could prove to be regrettable – the Boden Essential may be a modern classic, but it’s a classic nonetheless.


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    Groundbreaking ergonomics made affordable.

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    This is a super-versatile instrument.

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    Great neck.

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    The price.


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    Might be too futuristic for some players.

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Any discussions around forward-thinking brands fixated on evolving the design of the electric guitar will almost always include a mention of Strandberg – and with good reason. 

Though founded in 1982, the Swedish company have risen to prominence over the last decade with an impressive list of endorsees, from Australian instrumental mastermind Plini and Scar Symmetry’s Per Nilsson to American YouTuber Sarah Longfield and Haken’s Charlie Griffiths. 

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Amit Sharma

Amit has been writing for titles like Total GuitarMusicRadar and Guitar World for over a decade and counts Richie Kotzen, Guthrie Govan and Jeff Beck among his primary influences as a guitar player. He's worked for magazines like Kerrang!Metal HammerClassic RockProgRecord CollectorPlanet RockRhythm and Bass Player, as well as newspapers like Metro and The Independent, interviewing everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Lemmy to Slash and Jimmy Page, and once even traded solos with a member of Slayer on a track released internationally. As a session guitarist, he's played alongside members of Judas Priest and Uriah Heep in London ensemble Metalworks, as well as handled lead guitars for legends like Glen Matlock (Sex Pistols, The Faces) and Stu Hamm (Steve Vai, Joe Satriani, G3).