The Steinberger SS-2F Custom joins Steinberger’s latest tribe of cutting-edge Synapse guitars. From its unique appearance to the complex engineering of its CybroSonic Neck, every element of the SS-2F’s design was created with one idea chiefly in mind: Stability. Supreme intonation and a hardy composite neck are just two end results of Steinberger’s innovation, while a new standard in player-guitar trust could well be a third. Incredible EMG humbucker tone coupled with the ultimate in reliability: the Steinberger SS-2F is a guitar you won’t put down.
Steinberger SS-2F at a Glance:
- The Latest Steinberger Masterpiece
- DoubleBall/SingleBall Tuning System with Headless Design
- “Zero-fret” Rather Than Traditional Nut
- CybroSonic Neck and Phenolic Fingerboard
- EMG Humbucking Pickup System
- Integrated Tool Holder
- Larger Body with Ergonomic Sculpting
The Latest Steinberger Masterpiece
Ned Steinberger breathed new vision and life into stringed instruments when he introduced the L2 bass at Summer NAMM in 1979. Innovatively designed without headstocks, the L2s astonished the music world and prototypes were quickly sold to such esteemed players as John Entwistle of The Who, Tony Levin of King Crimson, and Andy West of The Dregs. Since then, Steinberger basses and guitars have continued to impress musicians – and engineers! – the world over. Their cutting-edge Headless Tuning systems make way for stability never thought possible, while their CybroSonic necks and EMG humbucking pickup systems allow for an extensive range of tonal possibilities.
DoubleBall/SingleBall Tuning System with Headless Design
Originally, Steinberger guitars featured an exclusively DoubleBall Bridge that eliminated the need for a headstock. The strings came through and locked down on the bridge for incredible stability. Plus, with virtually no manual feeding and cutting required, you could change strings in under a minute. Today, the Synapse SS-2F Custom has a redesigned headpiece so you can enjoy using these special double ball-end strings as well as your favorite traditionals. This premier system allows you to dial into tune using precise micrometers rather than standard tuners – and when you get in tune, you stay in tune. Also, because Steinberger guitars need no headstock, they’re extremely ergonomically balanced and comfortable to hold during longer jam sessions and performances.
“Zero-fret” Rather Than Traditional Nut
By employing a “zero-fret” design instead of a traditional nut, intonation and action are greatly improved. Plus, you can use a variety of different string gauges because there’s no nut to widen.
CybroSonic Neck and Phenolic Fingerboard
All aspects of Steinberger guitars are on the edge of design, and that’s exactly the case with the SS-2F Custom’s CybroSonic neck. Inside the wood is a U-shaped composite graphite structure with an integrated truss rod: You get full-on control of your instrument while enjoying the added stability the composite material provides. A durable phenolic fingerboard complements the neck, and, due to its material, it’s dead-zone free for the ultimate in performance. Plus, the Synapse’s neck-thru-body design ensures distinctive tonal clarity, sustain, “pop,” and response with signature Steinberger stability
EMG Humbucking Pickup System
The Steinberger Synapse SS-2F features high-quality EMG-81 and EMG-85 humbucking pickups that work in concert with the guitar’s design features to provide broader bandwith and, most importantly, its unique, robust tone.
Integrated Tool Holder
Steinberger guitars are engineering marvels – not only designed to deliver stunning stability, but to become the kind of guitar you want to play. Rather than taking your axe in for a complicated setup process, you can adjust intonation yourself. You don’t need to haul around a workbench and tool box to make adjustments – all the tools you need are stored onboard the SS-2F Custom inside its handy recessed tool holder.
Larger Body with Ergonomic Sculpting
Steinberger’s first guitars were smaller than traditional instruments. And, while well received, Steinberger decided to create a guitar that would feel more comfortable and natural to the average player. With the Synapse series, the amount of frets was decreased from 24 to 22 to make way for a longer, larger body. Still, Steinberger was adamant about ergonomic detail: The Synapse is carved so it hugs and contours comfortably to the player, while a back cutaway lets the instrument lean in a little bit so you get a better view of the fingerboard.
Steinberger Synapse SS-2F Pitchblack Features:
- Finish: Pitch Black
- Body Top: Maple
- Body Wings: Hard Maple
- Neck Material: CybroSonic patented Graphite U-channel with adjustable trussrod integrated with 3-piece Hard Maple
- Neck Joint: Thru-Neck
- Fingerboard: Phenolic
- Fingerboard Radius: 14″
- Frets: 22, Medium jumbo
- Scale Length: 25.5
- Pickups: EMG-81(B) & EMG-85(N)
- External Controls: Master Volume, Master Tone, 3-way Pickup Selector
- Bridge: Patented DoubleBall Bridge with 40:1 ratio direct-pull tuners
- Saddle Material: Steel
- Weight: 6.2 lb
- Length: 31.75″
- Zero Nut Width: 1.68″
- 12-Fret Width: 1.68″
- Bridge Spacing: 0.42″
- Case: Heavy-duty Synapse Gigbag Included