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Does this look right for a steinberger?

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

  1. Lobster11

    Lobster11 Supporting Member Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2006
    Williamsburg, VA
    Thanks for noticing! :laugh:
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  2. DrayMiles


    Feb 24, 2007
    East Coast
    Definitely fake.
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  3. Maxdusty


    Mar 9, 2012
    Michigan USA
    Yes, it's a fake and nothing at all like the original. I tried one not too long ago, if it's the same manufacturer for this one, it's even a poorly made copy at that. Had buzzing up the wazoo from badly done frets, bridge was super stiff to tune, pickups are of poor quality. Not even worth a "fake" price imo unless you're really into modding it to get it half way decent.
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  4. RichSnyder

    RichSnyder Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2003
    Columbia, Md
    I owned an XM for a long time. That’s fake.
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  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Hmmm...let's see:

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  6. FishDub

    FishDub Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2011
    Charlotte, NC
    Ill agree with the all of the above for sure...I would bet money that Don Greenwald at headlessusa would agree as well:)
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  7. gidbass

    gidbass Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Not even close. Knockoff of some sort.

    Good Luck!
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  8. 2112


    Apr 30, 2005
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  9. JaseyT


    Jun 18, 2009
    Now, on the other hand, if it were outright advertised as a Steinberger copy, and had CHEESEBURGER stamped on the body, I'd kinda want it...
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  10. Low84

    Low84 Supporting Member

    Mar 30, 2014
    Run, Forrest... run!!! :smug:

    What appears to be rosewood on a Steinberger M (or any Steinberger for that matter)???

    Plus, body shape is off... logo is off... face dots are off (shouldn't have anything on the 24th)... switch wasn't standard on original Steinberger basses... and that looks like hanger frets on the fretboard... eeeesh.

    Yeah, that seller is up to no good.
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  11. arbiterusa


    Sep 24, 2015
    San Diego, CA
    I’ve owned a Steinberger since 1985. That is not one.

    ETA: hilariously enough, they have one good idea on that thing. I pulled my middle volume, made the remaining one a master volume, and put in a toggle. If you’re doing fast switching between rear-pickup “Pino” cello-tone and both pickup rock tone, which I do, it works far better than having dual volume controls. But this is an instrument that is not going to make anyone happy.
    Last edited: Aug 10, 2018
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  12. Hues


    Nov 27, 2012
    see Burn Notice
    Also,the Tuner block on the fake is much wider than on the real one.

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  13. rogerbmiller

    rogerbmiller Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 16, 2003
    That’s a wood neck as evident by the rosewood board. Maybe this is a Hohner Jack that has been painted and decaled? The Jacks has the license by steinberger bridge and the XM shape like this one does.
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  14. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Peter... your thoughts, if it didn't have the logo and was priced accordingly for a no name instrument...
  15. Usidore T Blue

    Usidore T Blue

    Jun 28, 2017

    I think buying a deceptive copy is probably a bad idea even if it plays well. What possible advantage is slapping a logo on it going to beee?
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  16. Spidey2112


    Aug 3, 2016
    Guaranteed to cure all slices and most hooks...

    ... you can shank me later...
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  17. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Looks suspiciously like an alibaba special or something of that ilk. I searched the Jack series and didn't see any with the XM body shape.

    I'm a big Blue Oyster Cult fan and that is Buck Dharma's "Cheeseberger". I met the band years ago and got a really close look at it...a thing of beauty. He got a lot of his stuff from our buddy Ed Roman.

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  18. higain617


    Sep 12, 2013
    Those early BOC albums rule! Buck is one of the greats.
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  19. xnewyorka

    xnewyorka Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2006
    NYC Area
    I wouldn't buy it for $5.
    But I would ask the seller something like: "If I bought this bass for the full asking price, would you be able to look yourself in the mirror and be proud of what you see? Would you be able to sleep well at night? Do you believe in karma?"
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  20. Peter Guthrie

    Peter Guthrie

    Jun 17, 2018
    I think it's a cool looking bass. Love the body shape, but I probably wouldn't even have looked twice of I hadn't seen the logo.. and I definitely wouldn't have dragged you guys into this whole thing. ;).
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