so i went to go check out the new zt-3 at my local steinberger dealer. (had to drive almost 2 hrs to get there)
plugged it in, and loved the way it felt. the neck is larger than my 1990's gr-4, but very comfortable;
love the fretboard, and the metal lap thing really makes it much more comfortable to play, i thought it would useless, and i was wondering why you would need it on a non-broom shaped guitar, but it really puts the guitar in a much more natural playing position.
i noticed that the QA doesn't seem to be too tight, as the plastic cover on the back
did not fit correctly, and the finish was not as nice as one would expect on a $1,700 guitar.
i tried using the trans-trem, and it seemed to work pretty well, though the g and b strings wouldn't be exactly in tune when i transposed to different keys. (close, but not exact)
and even though i thought the quality could have been better for the money, i am such a die hard steinberger fan, that i had to have it. (as the gr-4 has been my main guitar since i started playing. ole reliable.) i passed on the synapses after seeing how poor the fit and finish was on the 3 guitars i got to try, and i didn't like the rolling capo. (although i do like it being a baritone.)
so i pay for the guitar, and ask for them to fix the set-up so it would be in tune when i transposed.
i was told it would take and hour and a half, maybe more. but i really didn't want to make another trip back out there, so i decided i would wait.
three and a half hours later, and they're still not done, and i need to leave, so i say, i'll just take it and adjust it myself when i get home.
two hours later i'm home. i take the guitar out of the bag, and strum an open e chord. (kerrang) out of tune. not just a little, but waaay out. odd, i think. oh well. tune it up to standard E, strum, ahh, better.
try transposing half a step down. (blereng!) waaay out of tune. try a different key, even worse, and another... all bad.
when i tried it in the store, (before adjustments) it was about 95% in good tune. now, 65%... what's going on?
i read the manual on how to set up the trans trem, and start following the instructions. back and forth, back and forth tuning, tuning, tuning.... and i can't even get it back to how it was at the store.
what gives?! something is not kosher here.