Steinberger - Synapse or Steinberger USA from MusicYo?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by macmrkt, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. macmrkt

    macmrkt Banned

    Dec 4, 2002
    Decided to take a chance on an XQ-25A from MusicYo after my bum experience with a Synapse 5 string:

    WHAT A DIFFERENCE!!! This sounds and plays like my old XL2! The neck seems very similar - maybe thinner and easier to play. The sound is pure XL2...some say it's warmer but I don't remember enough to compare. The sound and feel, along with the excellent balance would be enough to make me happy. But there's more.

    The bass is beautifully done, arrived from MusicYo's stock (they have most basses in stock now, and in lots of colors) and is quality all the way. As opposed to the Synapse, this bass has the details right - the batteries are high quality, the pots and knobs are vastly better, even the case is a Canadian made TKL hard case. I hardly have to do any adjustments.

    Now here's the kicker - the parts on this bass have to cost a LOT more - this is the epoxy/carbon fibre neck, there are twin high-quality EMG's, an 18v HAZ preamp and a much better piece of wood than on the Synapse. So how is this bass only $300 more and made in the US? If the Synapse sells for $1200 and is Korean, with shoddy craftsmanship in comparison to this US XQ - the XQ should sell for around $4000. No kidding. Thinking Steinberger? Get 'em while they're hot!
  2. macmrkt

    macmrkt Banned

    Dec 4, 2002
    Further update. Took advantage of the 'B' stock sale of a Synapse 5 string fretted bass at The bass is awesome! The setup is perfect and the bass sounds great. I can't even really find the any damage at all. All the strings are balanced, the action is comfortably low and it has a wonderful growlly Steinberger sound with the controls set flat. What a deal at $650. I guess I either got a bad bass the first time around or in resetting the string height, it got wacked. I ain't touching this one!
  3. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    Glad to know you're happy. post soundclips when you can, please.:cool:
  4. RSchuster


    Jan 27, 2006
    Alexandria, VA
    I'd love to hear how the XQ sounds . . . I've been hankering for a USA XQ 4-string with the DB-tuner lately.
  5. Lo end PUNCH

    Lo end PUNCH

    Jan 28, 2005
    Anyone able to bum a pic of the upcoming 6 string Synapse?
  6. Lia_G


    Oct 27, 2005
    I don't have a pic of the 6 string, but I do like my 5-string Synapse fretless:

    I bought it mostly for the form factor for travel. I personally don't care for the EMG sound, and I didn't much care for the piezo pickup either, so Mike Lull has it right now, putting a Bartolini pickup and 18-volt 3-band eq in it. He's also going to widen the b-string slot on the headpiece so that I can use Thomastik flatwounds (the huge .136 b string wouldn't fit through the channel!). That will be a bass that fits my needs very well: Bartolini humbucker in the MusicMan position, bart 3-band eq, and Thomastiks. I can't wait ... ;)

  7. richnota

    richnota Gold Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2005
    hudson valley
    i got a 5 string fretless synapse and returned it. i wasnt crazy about the feel, the weight and the oversize body. The larger body might help resonance but I just dont feel the update is an improvement over the classic design.
  8. NewWaveBass


    Jul 1, 2004
    Does anybody know what is up with MusicYo? I've been looking at getting a Spirit XT, probably the one with the de-tuner bridge but they hardly ever have them in stock. Especially of course when I actually have the money. Most of the time they only have the left handed model. Is there anyplace else to buy them new?
  9. AndroWal


    Sep 28, 2003
    Ojai, CA
    Would one of you Synapse owners tell me what the string spacing is at the bridge? I have a Spirit and it's 16mm...a bit tight. Curious if the Synapse is 17mm.

  10. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    I would love a Spirit XT Fiver from MusicYo but unfortunately, they are out of stock and will probably be for the foreseeable future.

    They can be found on EBay but they tend to get bid up to sky-high prices and philosophically, that ticks me off. (If MusicYo had them, the would NOT be going for $300-400 on EBay -- but that's the law of Supply & Demand at work.)

    That leaves me with two options:

    1) A B-stock Synapse (Which can be had for +/- $650 on MF) Click Here


    2) A Hohner B2AV from Ed Roman guitars (Which are right around $500) Click Here

    I know that the Synapse has the EMG/Piezo pups vs. Active EMG Selects on the Hohner. I also know of the concerns some folks have with Ed Roman.

    All that said, all I need is a "Travel Bass" that doesn't take up a lot of space. Getting the perfect tone is not my objective with this bass -- I need something with which to shed while traveling.

    Any advice/suggestions?
  11. AndroWal


    Sep 28, 2003
    Ojai, CA
    I have the Spirit just for this reason...problem is the tight spacing at the bridge. Due to the spacing I am thinking about the Synapse B-stock. Won't do it unless the spacing is wider...but not 18mm!

    The tone on the Spirit isn't bad! It's not like my Wals...but good for what it is.
  12. IotaNet

    IotaNet Supporting Member

    Interesting. My main bass is an Ibanez SR505 -- I LIKE the tight spacing!
  13. RG


    May 11, 2000
    central Illinois
    String spacing on my Synapse 5 is about 16 mm , I just went and measured it but my ruler was kind of hard to see so you,d better get a second opinion. So far I've had a lot of different basses and whatever the spacing is I seem to get used to it.
    I got my synapse at M.F. at a reduced price and it was in perfect condition. I really like mine. Now I think I'm hooked on the headless concept.
  14. MikeBass

    MikeBass Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2003
    Ferndale MI.
    Artist: Xotic Basses/AccuGroove
    Oohh, a E-C fretless five!!
  15. psi


    Mar 11, 2005
    New Jersey
    I've always been curious about the XQ's sound. Please post sound clips when you can.
  16. 00Funk

    00Funk Banned

    Jul 17, 2006
    Dallas TX
    When is this coming out ?
  17. Totally agreed with Iota on this. The Steinberger Spirits are fine little basses, but you can only buy them from MY two weeks out of the year! It's stupid.
  18. Was checking out the Synapse - I have an old Spirit that I really like but have been disappointed with the adapter for regular strings. I tried to put on piccollo bass strings but they kept pulling out of the adapter.

    I saw the info about the Synapse and the bit about the "Combo head that accommodates double-ball and single-ball strings". I am curious to know if anyone has had experiance using single-ball strings (particularly piccollo bass) with this new head.