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  1. The list at SteinbergerWorld is old, no longer updated. Its successor on the headless-europe.eu website is still continuously updated. The L2 bass with the serial number 1008 is already in the list. L-type instruments don't have a prefix (N or TN). Just the number. Is there anything you'd like to add to the existing entry?
  2. Hi Anders, although you already found out what you need, here is a link to the wiring of a HazLabs board. Bernd
  3. There's a guy in Ireland fixing them, details here.
  4. No ebay link, I've bought these (the M3 version, for the specs)
  5. No. The pivot posts sit directly on the (metal) trem base, without any movement up or down being possible. This would also lower the pivot base (trem top), and the spring tab might touch the base of the trem routing, thus preventing it from moving freely. There's no way other than modifying the trem routing. Which should not be necessary in the first place. Bernd
  6. Hi, your guitar has been built on May 31, 1991, which clearly is within the Newburgh era. According to the 1991 price list the GS body was made of "imported and domestic hard woods". No way to tell for sure, if you can't see the body (or a part) without finish. Later (in Nashville) body specs changed, there were swamp ash, poplar, even mahogany back with figured maple top and other woods mentioned in lists and catalogs, however, I'm not aware of any reliable list or rule to know. Bernd
  7. There is no "conversion". For replacing the passive electronics of a Spirit by active ones, you'll need to throw everything out, starting with the pickups and ending with the output jack. Once everything gets replaced, the corresponding wiring diagrams apply, e.g. as you can find them on the EMG website (or other manufacturers of active pickups). You'll need the active pickups, matching pots (25k), and a stereo output jack for switching battery power on when plugged in. Bernd
  8. The XL adapter is made for the classic USA basses which don't have a "combined headpiece" like your Synapse bass. You can use double and single ball end strings without an additional adapter. That's what the screws on top of your installed headpiece are made for. Loosen the screws, and feed the string ends through the opening, until they come out on the upper end of the headpiece. Here are the official instructions for guitar. Bernd
  9. No, they won't work. You've linked strings for standard scale (25 1/2") Steinbergers. SST-103 are strings for the 28 5/8 scale of the Synapse Transcale (.012 to .068).
  10. If you have the saddles already set in their lowest position there's nothing more you can do at this end of the guitar. The R-Trem doesn't have any height adjustment. Maybe you should check the neck relief (and neck angle) for further improvements. Bernd
  11. Not a Steinberger. It looks like a Warwick Nobby Meidel bass, however, I've never seen a plain white one. Maybe refinished? Bernd
  12. Hi all, in case you're looking for one, because your tremolo arm got lost or has stripped threads, a first small batch of replacement arms is now available. See a detailed description here: TransTrem 3 replacement tremolo arms Bernd
  13. Hi, the GR4 serial puts that guitar into 1991. Hard to tell a realistic price, as current asking prices are just crazy these days. I mean: crazy. Most of them reliably prevent instruments from getting sold, though. The price range I (and probably a few other experienced Steinberger players) would consider "realistic" is $1,000-1,300 for a GR. Yours has a few chips and dents around the trem and the neck pocket, which have an impact on the price. Those around the trem might point to issues with the R-Trem which need to be fixed. The trem top coming too close to the body (bridge pickup) may happen due to bent pivot posts. The Synapse SS2F is a more current guitar. Yours was built in November 2008, just check the serial here. The two holes between bridge and bridge pickup look like the mounting holes of a Roland GK/Midi pickup which has been removed again. My understanding of a "realistic" price would be more in the $600-700 range. I have one like yours (just without flaws and missing knobs) and once paid $500 for it. However, now it's out of production and prices are crazy… I repeat myself… ;) Bernd
  14. The first and most important thing when playing a Steinberger (or any instrument using Steinberger hardware): Don't go to guitar setup dudes. They usually have no idea of how things work on a Steinberger. Learn to understand the hardware, the principles, how it does what it does, and how to set it up. The very, very best thing you can do.
  15. Hi rednebb, it's very likely that this guitar has been modified. I guess the second switch does the "coil tap" (single coil/humbucker switching) on what appears to be an EMG 89 in the bridge position. The bridge is definitely the normal Synapse piezo bridge, but if the electronics have been modified, it's possible that the piezo connection has been removed or other parts of the electronics replaced. Bernd
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