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  1. Yes. Gibson missing the bus on a trend once again. Nothing to add.
  2. Just make sure you've still got a string break angle greater than 0 afterwards. The ball ends of the strings need to be lower than the break point of the saddle, otherwise you've got a new problem… 😉
  3. No, these posts are (or should be) fully screwed into the base. You cannot lower them. The only thing you could do at this point is removing the trem completely and make the routing a little bit deeper. However, this should not be necessary. Is the neck relief adjusted correctly?
  4. Most likely made around July/August 1986. See this serial list for reference. Bernd
  5. It's officially called a "Spirit XZ-2/GU4R DoubleNeck". The serial on Spirits won't tell you anything (except the manufacturing date). Bernd
  6. Yes, that's a factory retrofitted TTv1.
  7. Uncle Freddy, this is the type of bridge which has been installed on Steinberger Spirits (and Hohner basses), not the bridge mounted on USA instruments. Hohner in Germany has stopped making headless instruments two years ago, but they still have a few spare parts available (selling them off, once gone then gone). However, they don't ship to the US, so if you are there, you'd need somebody in Europe to order and ship them for you. Do you know somebody there? Bernd
  8. Chris, most likely it was made around August or September 1986, see this list for comparison. If you want a precise date, you should write an e-mail to Gibson service. They have the original manufacturing logs and should be able to tell you more details. By "type 1, 2nd generation TransTrem" you mean a TTv1 with the v2 jaws retrofitted? Bernd
  9. The list at SteinbergerWorld is old, no longer updated.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?
  10. Hi Anders, although you already found out what you need, here is a link to the wiring of a HazLabs board. Bernd
  11. There's a guy in Ireland fixing them, details here.
  12. No ebay link, I've bought these (the M3 version, for the specs)
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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
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