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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 12-04-2008, 12:36 AM Thread Starter
 
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Showing my age? NGD

There are 80s guitars and 80s guitars, but if one really summed up the whole 80s look for me it was the Steinberger GL. Fast (!) forward 28 years and:



A bit closer:



This is straight out of the box so I didn't have a chance to defluff it yet! My first import, through Sweetwater and a forwarder, and I've got to say their service was fantastic. If you don't have a sales engineer there yet, Stuart Niven is an absolute pleasure to deal with.

I got it as a travel guitar, and it fits the bill perfectly. Just under 32" long, say 36" in the bag, about 12" across at the widest point. Only 6.2 lbs, but it actually feels heavier since it's so compact.

It's all about the neck I suppose, so: neck-thru (says set neck in the spec sheet as well, but I don't think so), feels pretty much like a Gibson neck joint but not as deep. It's wider than an LP's neck, has a Fender feel across the fretboard, but the same kind of depth as a Gibson. It's hardly tapered at all, so there's a lot of heft to the neck at the 'headstock'. Maybe it's the small size, but overall I still find it pretty comfortable. Radius is almost dead flat, fretboard is a phenolic compound which looks and plays pretty much like ebony.

Pickups: EMG 81 and 85. This might be offputting to some, but they work really well in the guitar and add to the clean look.

Hardware: Outstanding. The micrometer tuners are unbelievable, honestly. Ultra smooth, there are no blips on the tuner as you tighten/loosen, just a smooth pointer movement. I haven't got round to a string change yet (it comes strung with 0.10s though, so it's coming soon) but it looks relatively simple, even with normal strings - the tool kit is onboard. Clever. Built-in leg rest is very comfortable indeed and it's a great player seated.

Sound: Ned Steinberger apparently designed for stability first, and it has that. Sustain is outstanding when you want it, but muting seems easier than most as well. The overall sound, though, is EMG, so expect to dial in the sound you want rather than pulling it out of the guitar. Downtunes comfortably to about drop-C with 0.10s, but I doubt you'd get it much lower even with heavier strings.

Originally I was looking at the longer scale Transcale, but this is primarily a travel guitar and I couldn't justify getting the longer version.

Verdict? It's very non-traditional and not for everyone - very much something I can happily sit with for hours though. Ned Steinberger took a very fresh approach to electric guitars (OK, basses originally)and came up with something very different. Try before you buy.
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Yes its a set neck, only the SS-2F Custom is neck thru.
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Quite right Robb, why else would it have a heel? (opens head and reinserts brain) - it's absolutely seamless, actually the whole guitar is beautifully finished.

The Demon is neck thru as well? Not entirely my kind of axe though.
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Great collector's piece...reall cool piece of kit. I remember my buddy at school had a black one as his first axe....brings back memories! I'm convinced these will come back in fashion....congrats, Davy

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Nice guitar man, congrats! having said that I completely disagree with you, I don't think that axe is a good representation of what guitars in the 80's were like and trust me I know! that's my hobby after all!!! The only Rockers I remeber with an axe like this were VH and Vito Bratta other than that this type of guitar was used a lot by Reggae players...

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Is that picture from the 80's?
Guess so, kinda explains that couch color.
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Nice guitar man, congrats! having said that I completely disagree with you, I don't think that axe is a good representation of what guitars in the 80's were like and trust me I know! that's my hobby after all!!! The only Rockers I remeber with an axe like this were VH and Vito Bratta other than that this type of guitar was used a lot by Reggae players...
Paul Stanley had one on his solo tour and Crazy Nights tour, at least at the Donnington show. And Cliff Williams (AC/DC bassist) used Steinberger around Flick Of The Switch (but it was a bass). I also remember a band called mammoth, I think the guitarist there had one too. The joke being they were huge fat blokes playing the smallest guitars they called find.

I kind of agree with you though Olie, this guitar itself may not be the ultimate example of the 80's guitar, but the spirit of it deffinately is. New technology, new designs, getting away from the norm of the LP, Strat etc (my favs but that's a different story). That, to me, was the spirit of the 80's guitar.

I'd love one, deffinately a great toy to have in the collection.
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Very nice! I've always wanted to try one of those, especially in that colour too. I just always thought that they'd be a cool guitar to have lying around to noodle on and stuff.

Congrats on the guitar!
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Is that picture from the 80's?
Guess so, kinda explains that couch color.
haha.
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I kind of agree with you though Olie, this guitar itself may not be the ultimate example of the 80's guitar, but the spirit of it deffinately is. New technology, new designs, getting away from the norm of the LP, Strat etc (my favs but that's a different story). That, to me, was the spirit of the 80's guitar.
Exactly. I'm glad you got it, Humpy.

Olie, I'm old enough to remember Black Sabbath's first TOTP appearance. It follows that I was around during the 80s - I get what you're saying, but it's more that these represent (to me!) the musical ethos at that stage, rather than that they were everywhere.

One of Bowie's bands played them fairly extensively as well around then?
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The trans trem is the coolest.
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Jerrys dead and he still loves his.
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