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1989 Gm4R original paint?


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Pickups, knobs, the second strap button, and the finish are not original. The missing logo tells that, and silver has never been a regular finish option. Just used on a few factory custom models, and this is not one of them.

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A GM came with either the TransTrem or the S-Trem, and for those it had a non-symmetrical tremolo routing. That's the main difference which you can spot on the first glimpse. Additionally the early GMs (Newburgh) came with a binding, and in most cases active EMGs (which can of course be replaced, and there were GMs with passive pickups, too). You can get a good overview of "what is what" by looking at the old catalogs here, e.g. 1986/87 (bound GMs) or 1989 (without binding)

By the way, the designation "GM4R" is a made up name used by Ed Roman who regularly butchered GM bodies to take up R-Trems and sold this as "original Steinberger", which it never was. Don't worry, that's not what you have. You just have a refinished GR-4R.

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6 hours ago, Be.eM said:

A GM came with either the TransTrem or the S-Trem, and for those it had a non-symmetrical tremolo routing. That's the main difference which you can spot on the first glimpse. Additionally the early GMs (Newburgh) came with a binding, and in most cases active EMGs (which can of course be replaced, and there were GMs with passive pickups, too). You can get a good overview of "what is what" by looking at the old catalogs here, e.g. 1986/87 (bound GMs) or 1989 (without binding)

By the way, the designation "GM4R" is a made up name used by Ed Roman who regularly butchered GM bodies to take up R-Trems and sold this as "original Steinberger", which it never was. Don't worry, that's not what you have. You just have a refinished GR-4R.

Great info. Thanks very much!

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