Steinberger Synapse... what would YOU do?
So the steinberger bug has finally bitten. I've been drooling over the Synapse XS-15FPA (5-stringer), but all reports call them kind of meh. I'm attracted to them for several reasons:
- weight (apparently lighter than older steinies)
- cheaper than an older steiny
- the strap hook. sucker for the strap hook
Basically, I'm wanting a small headless 5er. Should I just get the Synapse and decide for myself whether it was worth it? What are my options? What would you do?
Well, given your criteria, what are the alternatives?
Buy and enjoy. I own a Spirit, which ain't no Synapse, and I'm happy.
Yeah, try it out! What's the worst that can happen? You don't like it? THen just sell it.
The best that can happen, you bought an inexpensive bass that you really like! :)
I've own an XL2 and I like it a lot.
I've tried a synapse at Sam Ash in NY, it was not my cup of tea but it was more than fine.
Very different from the old ones (but not sure if that is the tone you are looking for), I'd say more polite.
However if you are going for a 5ver forget about getting one of the old ones (they go for crazy ebay prices).
Go for the synapse, they are sold cheap in the second hand market.
Ok, thanks for the input, guys. I was faltering, because I'm unlikely to find one to play in my small town. Argentum, yeah, I pretty much decided against trying to find an original 5er, though a man can dream... So ok, I'll just have to take a chance. I was hoping there'd be more options in the headless 5er category, but it's still a Steinie niche, I guess... So thanks, guys! Keep my eyes peeled for a used one.
My XL2 4-string became my "go to" bass years ago, and when I started working with 5-strings I decided I really wanted a headless, graphite, 5-string. So much so that I oredered one built by Status Graphite in the UK - and it's an absolutely wonderful bass. But it was an expensive path to go down. The Synapses are somewhere in quality (and price) between the all-carbon-composite L and XL series and the mass-market Spirit line. The electronics are very different from the L/XLs, but whether that's a good thing or a bad thing depends on your taste and amplification system. Personally, given your description of your situation, I'd go for it.
Every now and then I check eBay to see if there's anything interesting on this very front (or to see if an Ibanez Axstar surfaces…me want!). I get the best results using the search strings "headless bass" and then "steinberger bass". A lot of sellers will put "Steinberger" into their titles, despite the fact that what they're selling isn't a Steinie or even licensed by them.
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