Steinberger refers to a series of distinctive electric guitars and bass guitars, designed and originally manufactured by Ned Steinberger. An electric guitar is a type of Guitar that uses pickups to convert the vibration of its steel-cored strings into an electrical current which is made louder The electric bass guitar (also called electric bass, or simply bass; ˈbeɪs as in "base" is a Stringed instrument played primarily with the Ned Steinberger (b Princeton, New Jersey, 1948) is an American creator of innovative Musical instruments. The word Steinberger can be used to refer to either the instruments themselves or the company that produced them. Although the name has been applied to a variety of instruments, it is primarily associated with a minimalist "headless" design of electric basses and electric guitars.
The most famous Steinberger design is the L-series instrument, described as "broom", "boat oar" or "cricket bat" shaped. Initially produced as an electric bass and later as a guitar, the instrument was made entirely of a graphite and carbon fibre mix in two pieces. The Mineral graphite, as with Diamond and Fullerene, is one of the Allotropes of carbon. It had no headstock for tuning, tuning instead at a redesigned tailpiece using micrometer-style tuners and special strings with a ball at both ends. A string is the vibrating element that is the source of vibration in String instruments such as the Guitar, Harp, Piano, and members This design quickly became known as "headless". The rationale for the overall design was the elimination of unnecessary weight, especially the unbalanced headstock, and the use of modern materials, such as graphite, for their advantages over older materials.
The all-synthetic construction gave a very "smooth" sound and feel, immediate note attack, and very even tonal response. Depending upon the preferences of the listener this was either a good thing, as it made the instrument sonically clean, or a bad thing, as it made the instrument sound synthetic and unnatural. Steinberger was and still is proud of this dichotomy and one of their slogans was "We don't make 'em like they used to". A slogan is a memorable Motto or Phrase used in a Political, commercial, Religious and other context as a repetitive expression of
Another innovation created by Ned Steinberger for these instruments was the Trans-Trem, a transposing assembly that detuned the strings in parallel so that the entire tuning of the instrument could be changed immediately and the unit keeps relations of notes as chord played perfect. Trans-Trem is a guitar tremolo system developed by Steinberger in 1984 Bass and guitar versions were available.
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Several companies licensed the headless technology from Steinberger and produced all-wood clones or similar instruments. Hohner, for example, produced all-wood L-series copies and Cort produced headless guitars with different body designs. Current "official" all-wood instruments are sold under the Spirit by Steinberger brand.
The first Steinberger basses, as opposed to the NS instruments built with luthier Stuart Spector, were produced in 1979 in New York by Ned Steinberger essentially alone. A company, Steinberger Sound, was duly set up to manufacture the basses and later the guitars on a larger scale but demand always outstripped supply and the company was sold to Gibson in 1987. The Gibson Guitar Corporation of Nashville Tennessee, USA is a manufacturer of acoustic and Electric guitars The company's most popular guitar Gibson still retains rights over the Steinberger company name so that Ned Steinberger cannot call his new instruments "Steinbergers". This is analogous to the situation Leo Fender found himself in after the sale of his company to CBS in 1964. Clarence Leonidas Fender ( August 10, 1909 - March 21, 1991) also known as Leo Fender, was an American inventor who CBS Broadcasting Inc ( CBS) is an American radio and Television network. Ned Steinberger has run a company called "NS Design" since 1990 and produces electric double basses, Cellos and similar instruments, all with a number of interesting innovations in material and design. The double bass is the largest and lowest-pitched bowed String instrument used in the modern symphony orchestra. The violoncello (abbreviated to cello, or 'cello, plural cellos or celli —the c is tʃ
With changing musical fashions and the complex manufacturing and high prices putting off buyer and producer alike, Gibson stopped selling Steinberger guitars in the late 1990s. Enthusiasm for the instruments has now revived to a sufficient extent that they are again being produced and sold. The latest Steinberger line, known collectively as the Synapse line, comprise two guitar models and one bass guitar model. The new instruments are part wood, part graphite composite. The two guitar models most resemble the original Steinbergers, with rectangular bodies only slightly larger than the originals. One of the guitar models, the Trans Scale model, features a longer than average scale length and a built in adjustable capo. For the musical (rather than instrumental scale, see Pythagorean tuning. A capo tasto (from Italian capo, "head" and tasto, "tie or fret" or simply capo, is a device By moving the capo closer to the end of the neck, one can play notes lower than standard guitar tuning without having to detune. Detuning loosens the strings, changing the timbre of the notes played. In Music, timbre (ˈtæm-bər' like timber, or, from Fr timbre tɛ̃bʁ is the quality of a Musical note or sound that distinguishes different By not forcing guitarists to detune to get lower notes, the Trans Scale allows guitarists to maintain consistent tone while playing lower-than-standard notes.
The Washburn Bantam was an unlicensed 1980s imitation of the Steinberger Headless style. Washburn Guitars is an American Guitar manufacturer It was established in 1883 in Chicago Illinois. The Bantam did not require the double-ball end strings of the Steinberger. The Hohner Jack Bass was a licensed imitation, and used the same patented locking and tuning system as the L series, although without the graphite neck. For the music band from Cologne see Höhner. Hohner Musikinstrumente GmbH & Co As such, it required double-ball end strings in the same way as the Steinberger originals.