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Steinberger Model Abbreviations
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|Most of the Steinberger employees didn't even know all the
info on this page.
In fact I
never once even met a Factory Rep who could grasp
all the Information!!!
This page is a compilation of models and designations that will help you
to figure out the model of your guitar. It is not complete. I welcome any and
all comments and assistance.
I have chosen not to bother with Spirit series because in my mind these
guitars aren't really Steinbergers, In fact the older 98 and back Spirit Series
guitars are the exact same guitar as a Hohner. The new Music Yo Spirit series
is not even close to the Hohner.
There is virtually no interchangeability of parts on Spirits &
Steinbergers, In fact the strings aren't even interchangeable. Recently one of
my customers bought a case from Music Yo, He reported to me that not only was
the fit wrong but the quality was very substandard. It's a shame to see Ned
Steinbergers name on a substandard product. I know Ned would not be happy about
Oar Shaped all graphite model Like
Eddie Van Halen always played) (No Longer Available)
||Matrix, (The Pseudo Strat shaped model like Joe
Perry, David Gilmour, Mike Rutherford & Vito Bratta played)
||Power-Vee, (Mini Vee model
small like the L series & sounds a lot better) Andy Powell,
||Racer, (Lower cost model M series
usually no Active EQ, Trans/Trem or EMG pickups) "Korean Made Body"
||Quint or Quad Bass, The
they ever made, But they sound pretty good.
||Quint or Quad Bass Series 2 much better
looking but bodies were all imported
||Scepter (The short lived headstock
||Kleinberger (The Steve Klein model)
(Originally distributed by Steinberger)
||When T appears in the model number
it means Trans Trem included.
||When S appears in the model number
it means Std Trem Included.
||When A appears in the model number
it means The built in active EQ circuit is included.
||When 2 appears in a model number
it means 2 humbucking pickups.
||When 3 appears in a model number
it means 3 single coil pickups.
||When 5 appears in a model number
it means 1 hum & 1 single coil pickup.
||When 4 appears in a model number
for a Guitar it means 1 Hum 2 Single pickups.
||When 7 appears in a model number
for a Guitar it means Hum, Single, Hum pickups.
||When the letters DB are included
it means there is a Drop D bridge included.
||When the numbers 12 are at the end
of the designation it means the guitar is a 12 string.
||When the letters DN are at the end of the designation it means the
guitar is a double neck.
||When the letters LH are at the end of the designation It means the
Instrument is left handed.
||L Series 5 String Bass with a
||L Series 5 String Bass with a Wide
with a Trans/Trem &
Active EQ Circuit
M Series Guitar
with 1 humbucker & 2 single coil pickups & an
Active EQ System.
start at $1,750.00 for one in good condition.
Ed Roman has 50 or
more of these in stock at any given time
If you like this bass check out
LSR Bass Guitars
How to tell them apart
|Original Newburgh USA bound pre Gibson model
||First Gibson model non bound imported body
|Flat body with gradual chamfer on face
||Rounded body with chamfered edges
|Almost all units had active EQ Circuitry
||Rarely had active EQ circuitry
Final Original Lower Quality Gibson Model Introduced around 1991
Asian Made Average Quality Body
All "M" Series available with or without Trans Trem
All "M" Series available as 12 string or in Lefthanded versions
Only the Original 2 were available as a Bass
In my opinion the original bound bodies were by far the best sounding basses
Steinberger ever made.
If you have a "P" series, They sound just as good and you get the added
convenience of size.
All models available and in stock
Available in 4 string or 5 String, Available with or without DB Tuner
Excellent Tonality, Not Balanced very well, Horrible appearance (My
This Model not available in 6 string guitar
Redesigned version of the original Q Bass
Much more streamlined, balanced better, much more attractive.
In 1991 I designed this Steinberger headstock model, It was called the Mega Axe
There were less than 10 made and it never saw production.
Most of them were transparent red over Mahogany
Several of them had quilted maple tops.
This design is still available today in a neck through Abstract Model
"P" Series Body Shape
Available in Guitar & Bass, 6 String 12 String, 4 String & 5 String.
Available in Doubleneck version also
Available in black white red & custom fame top bodies (Of
course custom colors are always available)
Easily Convertible to M series This model was the most short lived of all the
headless models. It was my favorite one because it incorporated a
wooden body which made it sound great and it employed the small size
of the "L" Series for transportability.
This model was huge in Europe and for a couple of years around
1998 they became very rare in the US. The prices went up to
around $3,000.00 for a while simply because of rarity.
Today I have these starting as low as $1,295 in pretty good
condition. This model guitar is probably the least expensive
true travel guitar, that you could also take onstage at Madison
I think originally, Steinberger tried to design & produce a lesser costly model.
failed because the final cost of manufacturing actually cost more
than the all graphite "L" model. True it did sound better, However
the average Steinberger buyer has been duped into thinking that the
graphite models are better.
Example Of Steinberger Retops
Available in 6 Plus 12
Available in 6 String Guitar Plus 4 Bass
Available With Fretless necks for Guitar Or Bass
Available in Any Configuration You Can Imagine
Available In Klein Body Styles
XQ2 Picture With Extra Electronics
Steinberger GS Series Guitars
European Designation "Scepter"
4 in stock
We Are currently able to convert a Trans Trem GS into
a Kahler Flat Mount
Labor Cost for Conversion $190.00
When this is done the job is virtually undetectable
The GS Model
This model came with the Trans Trem or the Jam Trem
It had the most innovative designed tuners I have ever seen
It was supposed to be the Savior for the failing company but it almost wiped
That's another story for another day.
Parts, Sales, Service, Repair, Advice
has acquired several hundred thousand dollars of Original Steinberger guitars
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 way whatsoever with “Music Yo” which is Gibson’s Sales vehicle to sell the
imported product on the uneducated consumer/beginner market.
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.
LSR is affiliated with Ed Roman’s Abstract
Guitars, Roman Bass
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
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 Steinberger’s made in the USA from day
one to the last days of production in the 90’s. LSR will offer over 20 different
kinds of woods and a multitude of wood combinations on all LSR Guitars and of
course these will retrofit on original Steinberger’s also.
Why Buy Your
Original Steinberger From Ed Roman?
The Steinbergers Ed sells are the
original Brooklyn & Newburgh models
We rarely if ever even have one of the Music Yo or Gibson Spirit or
All Ed Roman Steinbergers are totally refurbished & fully inspected
before being shipped out.
02, All Ed Roman Steinbergers have had the claws, saddles, frets,
bearings, Etc replaced.
03, Ed Roman Stands Squarely Behind Every Steinberger Sold.
04, No other dealer has access to original & upgrade parts like Ed
05, All available parts will be accessible to you as long as you can
prove you purchased from Ed Roman.
06, All Ed Roman Guitars leave our facility fully set up and ready
to play (All Brands)
07, Your cost on Steinberger Strings will be $2.00 cheaper than we
have seen anywhere else on the net.
08, We provide a free loaner if your Steinberger ever breaks !
It does not matter whose fault it was.
09, Our Steinberger basses utilize military spec aircraft aluminum
titanium alloy unbreakable string claws.
10, We usually replace all the pickups, pots, knobs etc etc before
11, Our Steinbergers are the only ones that come standard with a
precision truss rod adjusting wheel.
12, Ed Roman actually has Steinberger brand hardtails available to
retrofit for a small upcharge.
13, Any cracks dings or surface damage is expertly repaired so they
are 100% invisible & undetectable.
14, Our upgrade necks are lighter, thinner and have a frictionless
matte finish for ease of playing.
15, We offer Rosewood, macassar ebony, maple & virtually any choice
of wooden neck.
16, Our graphite necks are the finest in the world, We offer both
strandular & chopped graphite.
17, Ed Roman also offers do it yourself kits for hundreds less than
buying a standard guitar.
18, Ed Roman pays the freight back to you if you have to send your
guitar in for service or repair.
19, Ed Roman has 45 different types of tonewood if you need a custom
or replacement body.
20, Ed Roman has the largest selection of original Steinberger
guitars in the world, All Models, All Colors, Custom Bodies, Custom
Necks, Custom Electronics, Custom Bridges, Headstock Models & More
Ed Roman Guarantees if you can find a
dealer anywhere on this planet that has even 10% of the inventory at
our disposal he will pay you $1,000.00 !!!!
Ed Roman is supremely confident that
you will not come close to the selection available at his facility.
HERE'S THE SMALL PRINT !!
If you are an Ebay buyer,
maybe you think you can get a better deal on an instrument thru
them. We also have many instruments that don't measure up to the
standards set above.
Generally we put those inferior instruments up on Ebay through a
shill seller. We have to do something with them. They don't taste
good & eating them is pretty hard to do.
So if you find something several hundred dollars cheaper on ebay, We
can usually beat that also. However, we are not going to supply the
above caliber instruments to customers who are literally buying them
at cheaper than Ebay prices.
We are not going to provide free loaner service and our warranty is
quite a bit restricted compared to what we have printed above. Our
warranty will be much the same as you would get from most dealers
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