An open letter to Gibson regarding Steinberger

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassrique, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Dear Gibson,

    Please sell the Steinberger rights to an entity that actually cares.

    Thank you.
  2. XD
  3. SuperDuck


    Sep 26, 2000
    If you really feel that way, drop them a line.
    Gibson Corporate
    309 Plus Park Blvd.
    Nashville, TN 37217
    615.889.5509 FAX
  4. Anybody feel'n me?

    Wouldn't it be cool to buy a Steinberger again? I'm not saying the MusicYo basses were junk, but from what I understand they were really a "hit or miss" proposition.

    Then there's the Synapse line. The guitars I don't mind as much, but the basses have a one piece bridge saddle. That's a deal-killer right there.

    Why not Brooklyn or Newburgh reissues?

  5. Kitsapbass

    Kitsapbass What key is this?

    May 26, 2005
    Bremerton, WA
    I'd love it if they would re-issue any of them really...

    I loved the XQ series, and the XM series, but my faves were the XLs...marvelous basses, with a very distinctive sound of their own.
  6. My XL has become my #1 bass, replacing my NYC Sadowsky PJ. It has the most unbelievably clear tone -- and it's even better and more distinctive in the mix. My band mates have said they've never heard such a clear bass tone.

    It's too bad Gibson bought Steinberger and they stopped making the XLs. To me, it's all about that one-piece composite body. Nothing else sounds like one.
  7. Stealth


    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    And there goes my last chance of buying a new XP-25 Arrow. :bawl:
  8. GM60466


    May 20, 2006
    Ed Roman in Las Vegas has a bunch on NOS SteinbergersUSA in stock.

  9. Alienation


    Jul 29, 2008
    Music Yo was a pretty good source at one time for Steinberger Spirits, I bought couple of XP2's that I wouldn't trade for the world.

    I can't understand why Gibson doesn't sell what Music Yo was selling, XP2's included, I thought that was the idea.

    The XP2's were actually hard to get, I waited for the white one a long time.

    Good point about Gibson though, let's all write them and rant some, you never know. :bassist:
  10. Alienation


    Jul 29, 2008
    So far as Ed Roman goes do a quick search on him and that will pretty much answer any questions.
  11. andrewd


    Sep 5, 2003
    P.S. Where is the 6 string Synapse?
  12. smperry

    smperry Administrator Staff Member Administrator Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 3, 2003
    Bay Area, CA
    If it were a wide 5 string, I never would have sold my old XQ. Good basses!
  13. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    Gibson really doesn't seem to care what happens to Steinberger, unfortunately.
  14. I think the cost of production for the original fiberglass Steinies would be so ridiculously high that no one would do it now. I paid $1300 for mine in '82 -- no longer have it -- and the sale price on EBay for the orginals is anywhere from $1300 to $2000. Would you be willing to spend $4000 for a new L2? I wouldn't.
  15. As soon as they sell more than 8 of the fivers, maybe ...:bag:

    I hate that Synapse bridge, no matter how much Ned says it works.
  16. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    I haven't tried any of the newer Steinbergers - I'm happy with my XM2 from 1986.

    Still would like to see Gibson let somebody else take the reins, though. The Synapses really aren't cutting it.
  17. svtb15

    svtb15 Inactive

    Mar 22, 2004
    Austin,TX - McKinney,TX - NY,NY, - Nashville,TN
    I play it all. Whatever works for the gig. Q+
    I wish i never sold my original.. I bought one in 1984 for about 1500.. I should have kept it.. I hate to say it , but we all know what Gibson did to Tobias, and trace Elliot, and a few others.. The companies seem to go missing into a blck whole somewhere,,Is it by design.. One would have to think so since it happens over and over again..
    But I took would love to see Steinys manufactured again but to the original materials and specs without any updates that seem to ruin so many (so called) reissues... The reiisue B15 is similar but not exactly as the originals. As is the reissue of the SVT,similar but not the same at all. They sound similar but its not .
    Just replicate an already proven design without the hoopla. Oh a new Stienberger would be sweet. i would buy one if it were just like my 80s version