Parts, Sales, Service, Repair, Advice
Rewritten & updated 2009
STEINBERGER Shut down their entire USA manufacturing operation about 9or
10 years ago. They are currently importing low cost, Korean made products that
resemble the real thing, if you stand back about 10 feet. These guitars aren't
the worst guitars I have seen. If you are a beginner or someone who just wants
a travel guitar to putz around on they are an OK deal. If you are a serious
player and you are truly interested in acquiring a fine USA made instrument I
suggest you look elsewhere.
Recently the Gibson company, who today own
Steinberger, came out with a model they call the Synapse. They claim to make
it in the USA . I seriously doubt that to be true, however, I do know that the
necks are made by Moses Graphite in the USA . It is important to be aware
that all the original Steinbergers used individual USA high quality parts. The
parts for the new Synapse model are not interchangeable in any way.
Therefore I strongly recommend staying away from the Synapse.
LSR Guitar has acquired several hundred thousand dollars of original
Steinberger guitars & parts.
LSR has no affiliation with the Gibson Guitar Company that has acquired
the trade name Steinberger, and LSR is most definitely positively not affiliated
in any way whatsoever with “Music Yo”, which is Gibson’s Sales vehicle to sell the
imported product on the uneducated consumer/beginner market.
LSR did at one time offer Gibson $250,000.00 to purchase the Steinberger
name & trademarks. This offer was made when the company was completely shut
down and not delivering any product at all. Gibson declined the offer at that
LSR was only interested in purchasing the American rights and would have
not been involved in any importing. Gibson probably did not realize that at the
time the offer was made. It is this writers opinion that if Gibson had realized
that to be the case they would have probably accepted the offer.
LSR Guitars as of 11/01/05 purchased the
entire inventory of the Hohner USA. There will no longer be any Hohner G3
models or Hohner B2 Steinberger licensed models. Ed Roman has
approximately 1900 of these guitars in stock, bringing Ed Roman's total
guitar inventory to almost 8000 guitars in stock.
In 2006 Hohner decided to continue on with the headless guitars, They
knocked about $30,000.00 off of my invoice to make up for the fact that I no
longer had cornered the market. I was actually glad to see them stay in the
business, as I want no part of the low end headless market except perhaps on a
retail level. Hohner definitely made a really nice competitive piece to the
The slick very well done advertisements for “Music Yo” depict all the
familiar Steinberger body shapes. Be aware these are very definitely NOT THE
ORIGINAL MODELS and as far as we can tell, absolutely none of the parts are
interchangeable, not even the strings.
As of 2002, Music Yo has put out a new supposedly American Made Model. I
have not seen one up close but I have been told they are the imported model with
an American made Moses neck. (Be aware the Moses neck does not fit on a real
original Steinberger.) Be aware it is 100% legal to call something USA
made if it is simply assembled in the USA. Even Harley Davidson has
been doing that for some years now.
LSR is affiliated with Ed Roman’s World Class Guitar's, Abstract Guitars, Quicksilver Guitars, Pearlcaster Guitars. Centurion
Guitars, and JET Guitars.
LSR is an American Company, LSR products are all American made, and
normally LSR has no involvement or interaction with Korean or Asian companies.
There are certain situations where it becomes unavoidable and LSR must deal with
Asian companies for certain parts but LSR does that strictly as a last resort.
LSR will be manufacturing products to fit the real USA Steinberger guitars
as soon as patents expire. LSR also has a new stop tail piece bridge and
several other new items that will fit LSR Guitars and retrofit on Steinberger
Guitars. All LSR parts will retrofit on original real Steinberger Guitars.
Music Yo products do not.
LSR is dedicated to keeping the original Ned Steinberger guitars alive &
well. LSR is planning to try and reduce prices on many of the hard to find
parts as soon as possible so that the cost factor will no longer be quite as
LSR will be manufacturing over 100 different body styles for LSR Guitars,
these body styles will retrofit on all Steinbergers made in the USA from day
one to the last days of production in the 90’s. LSR will offer over 40
different kinds of woods and a multitude of wood combinations on all LSR Guitars
and of course these will retrofit on original Steinbergers also.