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Username: moonliner

Post Number: 148
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Monday, May 06, 2013 - 10:32 pm:   Edit Post

I'm having my dream bass built by Alembic and am thinking of selling this bass to help fund it.
This started life as a regular, fretted Steinberger. Not sure of the year, but it believe it's mid 90's. I had Matt Hill (who was the bass tech at Bass Northwest) pull the frets, make a wood top, and add a Bartolini pickup. I believe the electronics are Agular active bass boost and cut and treble boost and cut. When you pull the volume knob up it goes into passive mode. I had the wood top put on in an attempt to warm up the tone and give it a hybrid look of high tech and antique violin. The wood is spalted maple.
It's an AMAZING sounding bass... lots of punch and growl. As you would expect from a graphite instrument it is a very even playing and sounding bass. I'm not sure how to price it, as it is a very unique bass. Obviously not stock any more, but it's very special! I hate to sell it as It's my only fretless bass, and very dear to me, but hopefully it can go to a good home and help me with my current Alembic dream.
I'll put a price of $1800, but I would consider a trade for Series II electronics. I'm open to offers and discussion. Thanks for your interest.
Intermediate Member
Username: moonliner

Post Number: 150
Registered: 12-2004
Posted on Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 10:20 pm:   Edit Post

I heard someone hacked my Talkbass account and posted this listing there. I guess it's been taken down because I can't find it.... if anyone sees it listed there please let me know! I'd really appreciate it.
Oh, for those that have not played a Steinberger, I know they look very odd and have some negative 80's connections but really, they are great playing instruments. Amazing sustain (insert Spinal Tap quote here) and perfect balance.

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