Korean and Indonesian made .strandberg* guitars? Please tell me about their differences!

Several of our current guitar models were made in Korea up until mid 2017 when we changed manufacturing location to Indonesia. This means that there are both Korean and Indonesian made Bodens with the same model name on the second hand market which raises questions about the differences between them. The most frequently asked questions are therefore answered below.

I've heard that your Korean made guitars are better than the Indonesian ones. Is this true?

We have changed manufacturing locations several times through history. Each time to improve quality, not to impair it. We consider our current Indonesian instruments the best ones yet and take great pride in the performance of these guitars. Our Korean made guitars were great as well, but we felt the need to create a specialized manufacturing line solely devoted to .strandberg* instruments in order to attain the control we require. Being made from wood, every guitar we make will have a personality of it's own regardless of where it was made. There are players out there that swears by their Korean Boden guitars, but this doesn't mean that all Korean made .strandberg* guitars are superior to everything else. We feel that quality and consistency are improving every year we're in business, but there are still many older Korean guitars being used to great success all over the world every day. If the guitar plays and sounds great, it is great. Do you find this answer complicated? It most definitely is. 

Can I buy a new neck for my Korean made .strandberg*?

The anser is no. When we moved from Korea we stopped making bodies and necks with those exact specifications and we have no stock of spare bodies and necks.

Can I swap necks between a Korean and Indonesian .strandberg*?

The answer is both yes and no. These guitars are not identical in neck width, screw pattern and the shape of the neck pocket. A neck swap is possible, but not without some woodwork and modification. We do not offer neck swap modification service to instruments other than warranty repairs.

I've read online that current .strandberg* necks have a slimmer profile compared to older Korean ones. Is this true?

Both yes and no. Whether it's true or not depends on the model in question. All OS guitars had a different neck profile, approximately 1-2 mm thicker than our current necks depending on model. All non-OS Korean made necks have our current neck profile.

What are the differences between an OS, Korean Original and an Indonesian Original?

There are a couple of differences between these generations of instruments. Some that can be felt and heard and some that are mere design changes "under the hood": 

OS

Body: Chambered Swamp Ash with figured Maple top

Neck: Thicker profile EndurNeck made from non-roasted Maple with Rosewood and Graphite reinforcements.

Fretboard: Non-roasted Maple or Rosewood

Pickups: Seymour Duncan TB-4/SH-2n or Lace Alumitone humbuckers (6-string), EMG 707X or Lace Alumitone X-bar 3,5" (7-string)

Bridge: EGS series 4 tremolo system or .strandberg* gen 4 hardtail bridge

Pots/knobs: Split shaft pots with push-on knobs

Jack: Sealed tube output jack

Korean Original

Body: Chambered Swamp Ash with figured Maple top

Neck: Current profile EndurNeck made from roasted Maple with Graphite reinforcements

Fretboard: Roasted figured Maple

Pickups: Suhr SSH+/DSV humbuckers (6-string), Fishman Fluence modern humbuckers (7/8-string)

Bridge: EGS series 5 tremolo system or .strandberg* gen 5 hardtail bridge

Pots/knobs: Solid shaft pots with set screw knobs

Jack: Open standard output jack (3-pole)

Indonesian Original

Body: Chambered Swamp Ash with figured Maple top

Neck: Current profile EndurNeck made from roasted Maple with Graphite reinforcements

Fretboard: Roasted figured Maple

Pickups: Suhr SSH+/DSV humbuckers (6-string), Fishman Fluence modern humbuckers (7/8-string)

Bridge: EGS series 5 tremolo system or .strandberg* gen 5 hardtail bridge

Pots/knobs: Solid shaft pots with set screw knobs

Jack: Open standard output jack (3-pole)

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