Steinberger Guitars: a Marvel in Stability
The Steinberger Demon joins Steinberger's latest tribe of cutting-edge Synapse guitars. From its unique appearance to the complex engineering of its CybroSonic Neck, every element of the Demon's design was created with one idea chiefly in mind: Stability. Supreme intonation and an integrated capo system are just two end results of Steinberger's innovation, while a new standard in player-guitar trust could well be a third. Incredible humbucker/piezo tone coupled with the ultimate in reliability: the Demon is a true player's guitar.Steinberger Demon at a Glance:
- The Latest Steinberger Masterpiece
- DoubleBall/SingleBall Tuning System with Headless Design
- "Zero-fret" Rather Than Traditional Nut
- Flexible TranScale System
- CybroSonic Neck and Phenolic Fingerboard
- EMG/piezo Pickup System
- Integrated Tool Holder
- Larger Body with Ergonomic Sculpting
- Mean Look and Low-end Crunch
The Latest Steinberger Masterpiece
Ned Steinberger breathed new vision and life into stringed instruments when he introduced the L2 bass at Summer NAMM in 1979. Innovatively designed without headstocks, the L2s astonished the music world and prototypes were quickly sold to such esteemed players as John Entwistle of The Who, Tony Levin of King Crimson, and Andy West of The Dregs. Since then, Steinberger basses and guitars have continued to impress musicians - and engineers! - the world over. Their cutting-edge Headless Tuning systems make way for stability never thought possible, while their CybroSonic necks and newest piezo/EMG pickup systems allow for an extensive range of tonal possibilities.
DoubleBall/SingleBall Tuning System with Headless Design
Originally, Steinberger guitars featured an exclusively DoubleBall Tuning System that eliminated the need for a headstock. The strings came through and locked down on the bridge for incredible stability. Plus, with virtually no manual feeding and cutting required, you could change strings in under a minute. Today, the Synapse series has a redesigned headpiece so you can enjoy using these special double ball-end strings as well as your favorite traditionals. This premier system allows you to dial into tune using precise micrometers rather than standard tuners - and when you get in tune, you stay in tune. Also, because Steinberger guitars need no headstock, they're extremely ergonomically balanced and comfortable to hold during longer jam sessions and performances.
"Zero-fret" Rather Than Traditional Nut
By employing a "zero-fret" design instead of a traditional nut, intonation and action is greatly improved. Plus, you can use a variety of different string gauges because there's no nut to widen.
Flexible TranScale System
Thanks to Steinberger's innovative TranScale system you can change your scale length immediately, without a bulky capo messing up your tuning. Essentially, the Steinberge Demon has a built-in capo. Play it open and it's a baritone, roll the capo up a couple of frets and it's a normal 25-1/2" guitar; Wherever you want the capo, you'll love the stability the TranScale system offers.
CybroSonic Neck and Phenolic Fingerboard
All aspects of Steinberger guitars are on the edge of design, and that's exactly the case with the Synapse series' CybroSonic necks. Inside the wood is a U-shaped composite graphite structure with an integrated truss rod: You get full-on control of your instrument while enjoying the added stability the composite material provides. A durable phenolic fingerboard complements the neck, and, due to its material, it's dead-zone free for the ultimate in performance. Plus, the Synapse Demon's set-neck design ensures distinctive tonal clarity, sustain, "pop," and response with signature Steinberger stability.
EMG/piezo Pickup System
The Steinberger Synapse Demon features high-quality EMG-81 and EMG-85 humbucking pickups to provide unique, robust tone. For even more tonal diversity, Steinberg added their own piezo pickup system on the bridge. Referring to the piezo pickup, Steinberg says "the idea is not so much to create an acoustic sound as it is to exploit the potential of an electric guitar to sound all different kinds of ways" - and the Synapse does just that. You get intense, detailed sound from the piezo with much more highs and much more lows - and you can dial in the perfect piezo/humbucker blend using the onboard blend control. What's more, the piezo saddle can be removed and replaced with a saddle of different material, which makes an incredible difference in sound. With a Synapse, you can create nearly any kind of sound imaginable.
Integrated Tool Holder
Steinberger guitars are engineering marvels - not only designed to deliver incredible stability, but to become the exact kind of guitar you want to play. Rather than taking your Demon in for a complicated setup process, you can adjust intonation yourself. You don't need to haul around a workbench and tool box to make adjustments - all the tools you need are stored onboard the guitar inside its handy recessed tool holder.
Larger Body with Ergonomic Sculpting
Steinberger's first guitars were smaller than traditional instruments. And, while well received, Steinberger decided to create a guitar that would feel more comfortable and natural to the average player. Still, Steinberger was adamant about ergonomic detail: The Synapse Demon is carved so it hugs and contours comfortably to the player, while a back cutaway lets the instrument lean in a little bit so you get a better view of the fingerboard.
Mean Look and Low-end Crunch
All of the Steinberger guitars are unique looking in their own respect, but none so devilish as the Synapse Demon. This metal monster delivers its own signature growl - and, thanks to its EMG humbuckers and piezo equipped bridge, it has that serious low-end bite you're wanting.
- Finish: Pitch Black
- Neck Material: CybroSonic patented Graphite U-channel with adjustable trussrod integrated with 3-piece Hard Maple
- Neck Joint: Set-in
- Fingerboard: Phenolic
- Fingerboard Radius: 14"
- Frets: 24, Medium jumbo
- Scale Length: 28.5/8 adjustable
- Body Wings: Hard Maple
- Body Top: Hard Maple
- Pickups: EMG-81(B) & EMG-85(N) Pickups; HB/HB, Active EQ, Fixed Piezo Bridge
- External Controls: Master Volume, Mag/Piezo Pickup Blend, Active Hi Cut/Boost, Active Lo Cut/Boost, 3 way selector
- Internal Controls: 2 trim pots adjusting Magnetic and Piezo output levels
- Bridge: Patented DoubleBall Bridge with 40:1 ratio direct-pull tuners
- Saddle Material: Aluminum
- Weight: 6.5 lb
- Length: 37.25"
- Zero Nut Width: 1.65"
- 12-Fret Width: 2.05"
- Bridge Spacing: 0.42"
- Case: Heavy-duty Synapse Gigbag Included