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Does this look right for a steinberger?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Peter Guthrie, Aug 10, 2018.

  1. Peter Guthrie

    Peter Guthrie

    Jun 17, 2018
    Hey now. I don't know enough about these basses to know if this is a real steinberger. The label looks a little off from the other ones I've seen online. Any help is appreciated. I'm thinking about picking it up. I just don't want a fake. I know they are awful pics. But that's all the seller provided. Screenshot_20180810-062533. Thanks!!

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  2. Can’t say exactly, but the lines of the body look off to me. Could be the angle of the picture, though. More and/or better pictures would help.
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  3. Peter Guthrie

    Peter Guthrie

    Jun 17, 2018
    Thanks Matt. I'm gonna ask for more pics
  4. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    On most I've seen, the logo is much closer to the edge of the body. I'd be very suspicious. I believe the rear pup is too far forward as well.
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  5. SpazzTheBassist


    Jun 20, 2006
    also, the 24th fret on a Steinberger doesnt have any dots.....hey, lug, hows it goin? (drf)
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  6. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Other than finding out the only bass player in the world that looks better than me is still alive, fine. :D
  7. Roland GR 88

    Roland GR 88

    Sep 16, 2013
    This bass is doubtful for the reasons outlined above. The Steinberger serial # database is easy to find and interpret as well. You could call Headless USA who are the experts in all things Steinberger. They answer the phone and are quite friendly.
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  8. mmbongo

    mmbongo Dilly Dilly! Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Logo is 100% fake.

    Steinbergers did not have a pickup switch.

    And look at the EMG logos on the pickups...Steinberger went out of business well before they started using that logo.

    Also, Steinbergers have graphite necks/fingerboards....not Rosewood that sticks out over the body like that. So I'd say the whole thing is fake.

    This is a real Steinberger:

  9. Peter Guthrie

    Peter Guthrie

    Jun 17, 2018
    Thanks bongo
  10. Peter Guthrie

    Peter Guthrie

    Jun 17, 2018
    Looking at the sellers other ads. He has....

    A fake Rick...
    2 fake MM bongos
    The steinberger...
    And a prince bass.

    But no fake fenders....hmm.

    He's asking short $$ for it. I might go play it. And decide after. Thank you guys for all the help
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  11. Looks like the logo was 'applied'with a rubber stamp. Lol. Fakey McFakery.
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  12. Peter Guthrie

    Peter Guthrie

    Jun 17, 2018
    The more I compare the sellers pictures to real ones, the more I'm thinking it's more of a cheeseburger than a steinberger
  13. TideSwing

    TideSwing Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2014
    what a poor fake job
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  14. Logo don't look right AT ALL.
    Hard pass.
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  15. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Is he advertising the Rick and MM's as real, or does he acknowledge them as fakes/copies? If he's trying to pass them off as real, I wouldn't consider buying anything from him -- if not because it is unethical (IMO), because I just wouldn't trust him.
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  16. Peter Guthrie

    Peter Guthrie

    Jun 17, 2018

    They are advertised as MM basses

    Rick bass

    And stien headless.

    And the prices are in line with copies....I guess.....
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  17. Jim C

    Jim C Is that what you meant to play or is this jazz? Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    There's not much that gets by this bunch
    Well played men
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  18. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies!

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    These are Chinese copies sold on Ali Express and other Chinese import sites.
    That same exact bass is on there.

    It's hard to fake a Steinberger, the Graphite necks are unique, expensive and hard to come by. That will be the first "tell" if you see it in person. It is obvious that this is not a graphite neck.

    As pointed out, the EMG pickups of that era are no longer produced, and the bass you posted does not have them. I've never seen a Steinberger with that toggle switch - maybe on a prototype, but I've never seen one in production - which again, if it were a prototype, would make this bass very expensive.

    The logo font and placement is all wrong and that is a copy of a Steinberger bridge.

    I've owned 4 Steinbergers and 3 of them were XM's. This bass is a fake.
  19. Peter Guthrie

    Peter Guthrie

    Jun 17, 2018
    You guys are great! Thanks
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