Strandberg Boden Original NX 6 review

With a decade of guitar making behind it, Strandberg’s new NX level Boden is both modernistic and superbly detailed

Strandberg Boden Original NX 6
(Image: © Future / Olly Curtis)

Guitar World Verdict

The neck may take some getting used to, but the NX 6's playability is superb and the balance and weight had us wondering why we still lug our big ol’ heavy solidbodies about. The revolution is here.


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    Beautifully detailed ergonomic design and crisp build.

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    Light weight.

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    Superb fretwork and setup.

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    Immensely versatile yet simple drive.


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    Obviously, not everyone will enjoy the headless style or the unusual neck shape.

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While the mainstream guitar industry seems more than content to continue recreating the past, the majority of forward-thinking and genuinely new designs come from what we used to call the underground. Except, of course, thanks to social media, the underground is worldwide and very visible. 

Radical, niche guitar designs are just a tap or mouse-click away. Ola Strandberg’s designs might certainly appear out-there, but the new NX level guitars are made in Indonesia by Cor-Tek (one of the largest guitar factories in the world), a reflection of their increasing popularity.

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Dave Burrluck
Gear Reviews Editor, Guitarist

Dave Burrluck is one of the world’s most experienced guitar journalists, who started writing back in the '80s for International Musician and Recording World, co-founded The Guitar Magazine and has been the Gear Reviews Editor of Guitarist magazine for the past two decades. Along the way, Dave has been the sole author of The PRS Guitar Book and The Player's Guide to Guitar Maintenance as well as contributing to numerous other books on the electric guitar. Dave is an active gigging and recording musician and still finds time to make, repair and mod guitars, not least for Guitarist’s The Mod Squad.