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Steinberger questions?? Value$$?? Rare???

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jsuwinski777, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Jsuwinski777


    Mar 1, 2017
    There is a person locally selling this Steinberger 5 string bass USA. There is a picture of the serial number and that's all they could find..From the research I've done I've concluded that this is aQ5( I think?) comes with original soft case. Asking $950 , but they will come down to $700 cash. I'm just wondering if this is a good deal? I buy/sell/trade gear, but also have wanted one of these. What do you guys think?

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  2. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    Do a quick Google search for “Steinberger Q5” and you’ll see some completed ebay & Reverb transactions pop up.
    The ones I checked out sold between $1200-$2200 just a few years ago.
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  3. TrustRod


    Mar 13, 2016
    The flat edge on the inside of the horns makes it the first version of that bass, they made a later version with rounder horns that looks more like the Spirit headless. I always wanted one of those and that price seems low and pictures look clean. Snag it!
  4. Jsuwinski777


    Mar 1, 2017
    Is there a way to see completed listings on Reverb? If so that would be very helpful
  5. Jsuwinski777


    Mar 1, 2017
    Can anyone verify this is a Q5? Most of the ones I've seen have a knob under the 3 other knobs
  6. cataract

    cataract Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    Richmond, VA
    I’m unsure of if there’s a way to filter search results on Reverb’s actual site (ala eBay) but completed Reverb listings will pop up in Google searches- just search whatever + “Reverb”
  7. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
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  8. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    Grab it now!!!

    I am sure you could flip it for that if you didn't like it. Sounds very reasonable.

    I like basses like these because they literally give you a chance to check something out.

    A decent price and a bass in decent condition.I

    Hit it......
  9. Lance Bunyon

    Lance Bunyon

    Jul 17, 2018
    Thats a good deal.
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  10. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    Check the neck relief. These are composite necks sans truss rod so you're stuck with what you've got.

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  11. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies!

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    That is a buy it immediately or cry later deal!
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  12. LanEvo

    LanEvo Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2008
    As others have mentioned, that’s a first generation Q5 bass. I had one about 20 years ago.

    Random thoughts/memories: They weigh a metric crap-ton. The necks are big and round. Excellent build quality overall: feels like it’s made of stone. Tone-wise I found it kind of blah. I don’t remember it being very distinctive. Some Steinberger nerds would swap out the pickups to Bartolinis to bring out some mid-range grunt. A lot of guys swapped out the (fairly primitive) HAZ preamp for something more modern.

    The tuning jaws in those later bridges tended to somehow stretch out. When I got mine, 2 or 3 of the tuners were pretty much maxed out to the point where I couldn’t tune to proper pitch. It took a very expensive trip to Peekamoose NYC to have it rebuild. Even back in the ‘90s a lot of parts were NLA and needed to be custom machined. If the frets are worn, that’s also a fairly significant expense.
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  13. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    String jaws are (or were) available on the aftermarket, too. The ones I put in my old XM1A were much higher quality than the originals.
  14. Jsuwinski777


    Mar 1, 2017
    I do have a question about the electronics though.. why is there nothing under this cover?? What are those metal thingies?? Are those for like spare batteries or something?

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  15. Jsuwinski777


    Mar 1, 2017
    Neck is perfect :)
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  16. superdick2112

    superdick2112 Mile High Bassist Supporting Member

    Nov 20, 2010
    The Centennial State
    It's not for spare batteries - its for your main batteries.
    See this thread to view the proper HAZ-Lab preamp, and the 2nd compartment normally held batteries.

    STEINBERGER Q5 V1 electronics
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  17. Jsuwinski777


    Mar 1, 2017
    Oh wow I see. So is there supposed to be a preamp there? Lol I'm confused.. is it just missing from mine? Did it come with it when they were built?
  18. hmmm - yeah at first look that looks sweet for $700.... but is it actually missing the electronics?
    I presume you can plug it in and get a sound but without the preempt I don't know if much will happen?
  19. Jsuwinski777


    Mar 1, 2017
    Yes and both pickups work..
  20. Jsuwinski777


    Mar 1, 2017
    Mine doesn't have ththe HAZ preamp.. just a basic one idk too much about it.. here is a pic of it

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