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Sandberg California Nighthawk VM-5 5-String Bass, Matte Stealth Black
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Sandberg California Nighthawk VM-5 5-String Bass, Matte Stealth Black


Condition: New


Out of stock


  • Sandberg California II Nighthawk VM-5
  • Matte Black Finish
  • Matching Headstock
  • 1-Ply Aluminum Black Pickguard
  • Black Hardware, Knobs, and Control Plate
  • Alder Body
  • Canadian Hard Rock Maple Neck
  • Pau Ferro Fretboard
  • Zero Fret
  • 34" Scale
  • 14" Fretboard Radius
  • 45mm (1.77") Nut Width @ Zero Fret
  • Thin D-Shape Neck
  • Neck Thickness: 21mm @ 1st Fret
  • Graphite Nut
  • Sandberg VM Black Label Pickups
  • Sandberg Custom 2-Band Boost/Cut 9V Preamp (designed by Glockenklang)
  • Controls: Volume (push/pull for active/passive), Blend, Treble (serves as passive tone control when preamp is turned off), Bass
  • Sandberg Ultra Light Tuners
  • Sandberg Custom Bridge: 18mm - 19.5mm Adjustable String Spacing
  • Sandberg Gig Bag
  • Serial #: 32720
  • Instrument Weight: 8.9 lbs
  • Made In Germany

Player's Perspective

Music Store Live is proud to be an official Sandberg dealer! Made in Europe, with the finest German engineering, this bass will slap a smile on your face that you just can't shake.

Built for the rocker that needs an aggressive and in-your-face tone coming out of a masterfully built instrument, the Nighthawk VM-5 is just that and then some! The Black Label pickups are articulate and pack a ton of punch. Whether you're loading them up with distortion to get really heavy or your playing clean but need to cut through a mix full of distorted guitarists and loud drummers, this bass is the way to go! We've always been thoroughly impressed with the build quality on Sandberg basses. Now there's an offering for those that need to rock out even harder and need a more modern and more aggressive sound that takes no prisoners. While I think that Sandberg had hard rock and metal players in mind when they designed this, it's also found a strong following among gospel and R&B players that are also looking for a bass tone that will stand out.

As well as being effortless to play, this Sandberg VM-5 comes loaded with some powerful and thoroughly kickass electronics. You'll probably also notice that the split-coil pickup is placed in that opposite orientation that you might traditionally find it. This is a brilliant adaptation of a tried and true design. By placing the B, E, and A string pole pieces closer to the bridge you end up with a tighter, punchier, and more focused tone on the bass strings while having a slightly fuller and rounder sound out of the D and G treble strings. It's subtle... But we definitely dig it. The resulting tone is one that tighter, growlier, and punchier, no matter how many other instruments are playing along with you. Add to that, the zero fret, and you truly have a bass with even response across all strings AND fretted as well as open strings.

It could be none more black, really. It's lean, mean, and it's ready to rip!

Special Features

Sandberg Guitars was founded back in 1986 by Holger Stonjek and Gerd Gorzelke. Since then, they have been producing hand-made instruments at the highest quality. This bass features Sandberg's newest version of the California body shape along with Sandberg pickups and preamp that Glockenklang helped them develop. The reverse-P pickup and MM-style bridge humbucker combine to provide anything from familiar vintage tones to uniquely modern and hi-fi sounds. This is an extraordinarily versatile bass.

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized Sandberg Guitars dealer. Along with our amazing inventory, we can custom order any Sandberg bass or guitar you'd like.

Overall Condition

Music Store Live is proud to be an authorized dealer for Sandberg. This Nighthawk VM-5 is 100% brand new and is being sold with a full manufacturer's warranty. Photos are of the exact bass you'll receive.

Our in-house guitar tech will inspect, test, set up, and clean all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.

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Free Shipping - Free Return Shipping - 30 Day Returns

At we are proud to offer free return shipping and a 30-day return policy in the 48 contiguous states on all new* items over $30. It's all part of our mission to bring the guitar shop to your living room. This policy allows you to get your gear hassle-free and try it with your own rig to be sure that it truly fits with your playing style and sound. If it doesn't work the way you had hoped we'll send you a prepaid return label and work up an exchange or issue you a refund once we get the item back in the same condition it was purchased. It's that simple.

Please allow 2-4 business days from the receiving date for returns to be processed.
  • Your order must ship to the billing address associated with your credit card, PayPal, or other method of payment (unless an alternate shipping address has been approved by an MSL Gear Specialist).
  • If you want the shipment to be held at a shipping company hub it is your responsibility to make those arrangements directly with the shipping company.
  • An indirect signature will be required upon delivery for all transactions over $250. If you would like to require a signature on a transaction of less than $250, please request it when you place your order.
  • We do not insure packages valued under $3,000. If you would like to add insurance for delivery or return please request it when requesting your order or initiating your return.
  • All returns are subject to a Tech Check upon arrival. Any instrument that is returned with damage, wear and tear (including pick marks), missing or replaced parts, missing protective or packing materials are not eligible for a full refund.
  • *Used / Open Box/ Vintage / Clearance items carry our same return policy, except with a 3­ day return window.
  • Orders shipped within California will be subject to 7.25% state sales tax.

In most cases we ship same day if your order is placed by 12 p.m. EST Monday thru Friday!

Return Policy Details
Is your instrument just not doing it for you? We understand and we absolutely want you to be thrilled with any gear that you buy from If you're not happy with your order, you can return it to us at no charge within 30 days of delivery.

  • Customers outside the continental USA must pay their own return shipping and are responsible for all applicable taxes and fees.
  • The return policy does not apply to custom orders or modifications (pickup installs, etc)
  • Contact MSL at or (866) 256-5725 to begin the return process. You can request a refund, store credit, or exchange.
  • We'll provide you a return label via email.
  • Ship the item back to us in its original packaging using the provided return label.
  • Customer is responsible for returning the item to Music Store Live in its original condition.
  • A refund or exchange will be issued within 3 business days from our receipt of the returned item.
  • All returns will go through a technical inspection and are subject to a restocking fee if the item is not returned in its original condition. Restocking fee to be determined by MSL.

Layaways & Financing


  • Deposit a non-refundable minimum of 10% down of the purchase price on anything in stock
  • Contact MSL at or (866) 256-5725 to place your initial deposit.
  • Pay it off at your convenience within 30 days.
  • $100 layaway fee for each additional month over the initial 30 days (on most items).


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