Steinberger Guitars, Upgraded Necks

Ed Roman Carries Real Graphite Replacement Necks
Not Just Composite Necks Like Everyone Else

When buying a Moses neck somewhere else, please be aware that the externally mounted truss rod adjusting wheel that Ed Roman provides will not fit correctly on a Moses Neck. The Moses cavity is too deep. Moses makes a good quality neck. In fact they make our necks also. The prices are about the same and our neck will allow you to adjust your truss rod without removing your neck. So unless you want to remove your neck to adjust the truss rod,  we suggest you buy the neck from us.  Plus our price is always lower than direct !!!!

Neck Prices Click Here


Ed Roman specializes in headless Guitars from LSRAbstract, Status,  Klein and of course Original USA Newburgh Steinberger.


Carbon Graphite Necks (Sonically Engineered)
All the upgrades on this page are incorporated into the LSR headless Guitars. The LSR Brand Neck uses a completely different blend of Carbon Graphite, Kevlar & Epoxy.  Exclusive To Ed Roman...

The Carbon graphite necks LSR offers are an upgrade  they are blended completely differently than the original Steinberger blend of almost 30 years ago.

The original composite blend was a mixture of Fiberglass, Kevlar, Strandular Carbon Graphite Fiber and Epoxy.  This blend works quite well,  it is designed for stiffness reliability and stability. Today's chemists, physicists and other assorted Einstein propeller heads know a lot more about the tonal characteristics of Carbon Graphite than they did years ago. The newer LSR Blend TM Graphite is designed more with sonic performance in mind. It is totally different from what any of the other companies like Modulus, Zon or Steinberger offer. Without giving away any deep dark trade secrets I can safely say that the LSR Blend TM uses a lot less Epoxy stiffener in the mix.  (The sacrifice here is of course stiffness). That is compensated for with the addition of a truss rod and the Carousel TM truss rod adjuster.  (AKA The Edwheel)

The many benefits outweigh the one sacrifice.                            Neck Prices

1. The Sonic Resonance is measurably different, Even to a non trained ear the difference stands right out.

2. The truss rod allows adjustment of the neck relief so that every player can adjust the feel of the neck to meet their own personal requirements.

3. The neck is satinized to get away from the stock bowling ball feel.

4. There is  a truss rod which allows for several different relief's to accommodate several different basic styles.

5. The LSR Blend Graphite with laminated wood fingerboards.  (Stronger even than Steinberger)

I also carry the stock Original Steinberger Necks          To Check Out The  LSR Brand Necks Click This Link)


Steinberger uses a phenolic fingerboard exclusively on all of their necks. Phenol is the prime ingredient in Epoxy. Phenolic fingerboards are smooth & slick and feel great on your fingers. I firmly believe that if anyone would ever call a Steinberger "cold and sterile" it would probably be because of the Phenolic Fingerboards.

Phenolic fingerboards will give you about as much tone as a phenolic circuit card. This is not necessarily a bad thing! If for example you are recording,  Stock Steinbergers have always been a favorite of recording studio engineers.
We offer a multitude of different fingerboard woods, Brazilian Rosewood, Birdseye Maple, Morado, Ebony, Pau Ferro, Kingwood, Koa, Snake wood and many other exotics. Custom Inlays Available.

Retopped Steinberger  Done In Ed Roman's Shop


Satinized Necks

If you play an LSR satinized necks I guarantee it will feel exactly like wood.
You may have to close your eyes but I am sure you will agree it feels just like wood.
Due to the use of less epoxy stiffener they sound very woody also.

Truss Rod

The stock Steinberger neck requires no truss rod. The fact is that the Steinberger neck is designed  for stiffness and does not allow variations of relief for different styles of playing. On my upgrade necks this poses no problem, because you can easily adjust the relief without removing the neck. There is another high quality neck available on the market that I also carry.  At this time it does not provide for adjustment without removing the neck entirely.  If you own already one of these I can modify it for you in about 1 hour's time.

Graphite Neck with Laminated Wood Board, (Stronger than anything)

Steinberger uses a Phenolic fingerboard exclusively on all of their necks. Phenol is the prime ingredient in Epoxy. But understand that Phenolithylin has no memory like real wood. I know you thought your Steinberger neck was totally indestructible. It is definitely conceivable that if you left your guitar in the trunk on a real hot day that the Phenolic board would "bite the proverbial  bag". It would be totally un-repairable even if you did have a truss rod it could not be fixed. But laminated wood fingerboards are more resilient, the likelihood of an inexpensive repair on an LSR blend neck with Pakka wood laminate would be 95% versus  0% on the phenolic model.

Plus The LSR necks are available in solid wood, Rosewood, Ebony, Macassar Ebony, Maple, & Koa. They are of course also available with custom inlays and in several different strandular graphite blends.  Nothing else comes close.

Stock Steinberger Necks:

Naturally I offer the stock Steinberger necks as well.  I keep several of each model in stock at all times. I can also satinize either your existing stock neck or a new stock neck for a small fee,  if you feel inclined to do so. 

This process is 100 percent reversible if you aren't happy with it but so far I have never put one back to shiny.  I also will accept trade in's on stock Steinberger necks.  Even if they need a fret job.

Currently Ed Roman stocks upwards of 75 headless necks at any given time.  Including but not limited to. 4 string Bass, 5 String Bass, Headless Guitar and models with headstocks also.  Fretless too.

The picture on the left is actually an LSR Rocket model with a graphite neck and a maple fingerboard. These custom necks will retrofit on any real USA Steinberger.

The newer Steinberger Synapse will not accept the original parts. In fact nothing from Gibson or Music Yo will accept any of the original parts.

The Music Yo models resemble the original Steinbergers if you are looking at it from a distance. But they are not even close and nothing is interchangeable.                 Also See  LSR Brand Necks


Carbon Graphite Composite Necks
Genuine Mother of Pearl and Abalone



1 Abalone Split Block



2 Mother of Pearl Block w Diagonal Abalone Columns



3 Mother of Pearl Block w Triangular Mother of Pearl Inserts




Composites 101

There are various Pros & Cons regarding Composites Vs Wood.
 Just remember there are other forces at work besides what you read here.

The purpose of this article is to educate the reader on composites, and why they are a compelling alternative to wood.  Composites work very well with wood, or can replace wood if needed.

For example here in Las Vegas we are firmly recommending Rainsong acoustic guitars as the absolute best sounding instruments that won't give you problems with drying out or being affected by the local heat.

The word “composite” means two or more materials combined to form a composite material.  Fiber reinforced materials, commonly referred to as composites, have been around for centuries.  Early settlers found that by combining straw with mud, the composite was much stronger.  Highways & bridges are composite because of the steel rebar embedded in the concrete.  In today’s modern age, light weight composites in the form of fiber reinforced resins have become the standard in sporting goods and aerospace applications.

Modern composite materials use high strength fibers made from a variety of materials such as fiberglass, carbon, aramid, boron, and others.  The most popular is carbon fiber, due to its high stiffness, high strength, and light weight.  Carbon fibers may be manufactured from polyacrylonitrile (PAN), pitch, or rayon precursor materials by high-temperature (2000 to 35000 F) carbonization or graphitization processes, hence the name “graphite.”

Carbon fiber is useless without a resin binder.  Typically, carbon fibers are coated with an epoxy resin which surrounds the fibers and holds them in place.  This material is known as a pre-preg, which stands for “pre-impregnated” meaning the fibers have been embedded into the epoxy resin.

 With pre-preg materials, the carbon fibers are unidirectional, meaning all the fibers run in the same direction parallel to each other.  This is the most efficient arrangement of fibers.   Fiber-Sonic, takes the pre-preg sheets and cut them to different shapes and at different fiber angles to create a “lay-up” specific to each individual product.  For example, they can change the stiffness of a neck by simply changing the fiber angle.  We can also combine different fibers to create a hybrid composite, which has beneficial properties of both.  In addition, once the recipe is optimized  the composite structure is repeatable part after part, ensuring consistent high quality time after time.





This is what an ideal composite structure looks like up close, magnified 500X.  The fibers should be distributed in the resin matrix uniformly.  This allows the matrix material to transfer the load to the fibers in a uniform manner, resulting in an efficient structure. 



Wood has a fiber structure very similar to a composite material.  Wood is comprised of a fibrous structure of cellulose, which has a grain to it where the wood is stronger in one direction than another.  This is because the cellulose fibers are parallel to each other, much in the same way unidirectional composites are formed.

Wood comes in a variety of species, all which have different grain structures, densities, strengths, and beauty.  Even the same species of wood varies based on growing conditions.  Furthermore, within the same tree, the properties of wood can vary.  Despite these inconsistencies, wood is an excellent material for musical instruments, but has limitations:

Wood is a natural material, meaning that variance can occur from batch to batch.  Trees grow at different rates depending on weather, so every batch can be different.

Wood is affected by moisture, so factories must treat the wood & store in temperature & moisture controlled environments while manufacturing the product.  Once the product is shipped, it remains susceptible to these environmental conditions, which can cause the wood to warp, crack, and change dimension.

Wood can expand and contract with temperature & moisture, effecting the production of wood parts, and affecting the sound of musical instruments.  It is easy to see why wood instruments require constant tuning.

The fiber orientation of wood is limited to what nature gives us.  It is possible to create a laminate of different plies of wood at different grain orientations (e.g. plywood) but the above deficiencies still exist. 

Fiber Sonic, can design in the exact tone desired by changing the stiffness and weight of the component.  Sound travels through a structure as a function of stiffness and weight, so it is possible to “dial in” the optimal combination for every application.  With fiber reinforced composites, there are numerous ways to adjust the tone of the product:

Type of fiber used: 

You can use very stiff and light carbon fibers, or heavier and more flexible glass fibers, or a combination of each to optimize the performance and cost.

Orientation of fiber angles: 
A low angle like 0 degrees maximizes stiffness, where an intermediate angle such as 45 degrees is much more flexible.

Stacking sequence: 
different plies are stacked up creating the layup, the sequence and location of each fiber type can affect the stiffness and tone.

Different resin systems: 
e can use a strong resin such as epoxy, which will produce good attack and sustain, or use a softer resin like a thermoplastic, which will produce a warmer tone.

The world of composites offers unlimited options to optimize the performance of a musical instrument.  They can be used alone or in combination with wood, to take advantage of the best parts of both.

See LSR Guitars, 
Beautiful Wood Bodies, with Composite & Real Graphite Necks.