A founding member of Cynic, Paul Masvidal has shaped modern progressive music since the early/mid 90s. The Masvidalien Cosmo model is the second signature model for Paul, and an evolution for both parties, pushing the boundaries of music and guitar making. Says Paul: “Strandberg breaks new ground yet again. Kabir, the 15th century Indian mystic poet said ‘Wherever you are is the entry point”, and the Masvidalien Cosmo captures this spirit as a instrument.
“When I first started conversations with Ola about the guitar, words such as ‘effortless’, ‘ease’, ‘elegance’, and ‘versatility’ came to mind. Not only was this captured with the instrument, but it was also taken further. The finished product managed to strike a rare alchemy, where everything from the way it sounds, feels, and appears fell seamlessly into place: the guitar both expresses and is itself an expression.
“Strandberg is in a league of its own, holding the greatness of progressive design at its heart. Ola’s work benefits the present by not being bound to it. It’s truly an honor to be working with a visionary company like Strandberg.”
The Boden ‘Masvidalien Cosmo Edition’ features chambered Swamp Ash body with a Maple top for a superbly balanced and punchy sound and an open pore Poplar Burl veneer top for a dramatic and unique finish, roasted Maple neck with Ebony fretboard accented with his trademark Masvidalien inlay across the fretboard. Paul challenged us to come up with a guitar that sounds better than anything else, while remaining minimalistic, which is achieved by a single EMG 57 bridge pickup and an active EMG VMC tone control.
Chambered Swamp Ash body
Open Pore Poplar Burl Veneer on Solid Maple Top
Roasted Maple neck
25.5″ – 25″ scale
24 Stainless Steel frets
Masvidalien signature inlay on fretboard
EMG™ 57 pickup
EMG VMC active tone control (with on/off switch)
.strandberg* EGS Pro 5 Bridge & String Locks
Average Weight 2.3 kg (5 lbs)