CybroSonic™ Technology: Combines our patented the Steinberger Graphite U-channel with a truss rod to create an ultra-stable yet adjustable "hybred" neckwith the same definition, clarity and focus you've come to expect from Steinberger but with the added "warmth" of a 1-piece hard maple neck.
Combo™ Headpiece: The functional advantage of Steinberger's headless concept dramatically improves balance, ease of tuning and tuning stability. All Steinberger guitars feature the patented Double-Ball™ tuning system that allows string changes in seconds. The Combo Headpiece accommodates both Double- Ball and single-ball strings.
Phenolic Fingerboard: Much harder and more durable than wood, this ultra-stable composite material works in conjunction with our CybroSonic technology to give the Synapse guitar consistent feel and sustain as well as brilliant harmonics with no dead spots. Each note seems to jump off the fingerboard for that dynamic "live" quality that identifies the Steinberger sound.
TranScale™ Integrated Capo (TranScale Only): Another first from Steinberger. With the patented TranScale Capo in the "resting" position, the Synapse is a 28.5" scale guitar with thundering bass and complex baritone voicings. Roll the Capo up and you can change scale length "on the fly" creating completely new and unique voicings and tonal qualities. Experiment with different string gauges for even more possibilities.
Strap Hook: At Steinberger, we believe that the instrument should never get in the way of your musical expression. The patented strap hook allows the Synapse to hang in the optimum position on your body while maintaining perfect balance.
Custom Active Electronics: Developed in cooperation with EMG, the Synapse combines EMG-81 and EMG-85 Low-Z pickups with an active EQ system available only on Synapse guitars. The results are clean, warm and powerful sound with full band frequency response that compliments the natural brilliance and clarity of the Synapse. High signal-to-noise ratio (-85dvB) makes them hum-free which is especially important in today's recording environment.
Magnetic/Piezo Blend with center detent
Hi-Band EQ with center "flat" detent
Low-Band EQ with center "flat" detent
3-Way Pickup Selector
Forward - EMG-85 Neck Pickup
Middle - EMG-85 + EMG-81 Pickups
Back - EMG-81 Bridge Pickup
Steinberger Piezo Saddle (TranScale Only): Designed and patented by Steinberger, the bridge features a simple yet innovative under-saddle piezo pickup with 3 separate ceramic crystals for even string response and true acoustic tone. Combined with the magnetic pickups and custom active electronics, your TranScale can produce deep, growling harmonic "pings" to shimmering acoustic-like chimes and everything in-between.
Optional: Your TranScale comes equipped with an Ebony saddle. As an option, change the saddle to either Steel (part #SPZ-103) or Graphite (part #SPZ-104) and experiment with different tonal properties.
Patented 40:1 Direct-Drive Double-Ball™ Bridge: Tune it up once and don't tune it again until you change strings. Providing micrometer precision and stability, this revolutionary advance over traditional tuning methods allows string changes in seconds with no winding or cutting. Just insert the ball ends and tune it up.
Recessed Tool Holder: Conveniently located under the bridge, this innovation keeps the necessary tools with your Synapse and always within reach. Use the tools to adjust intonation and string height as well as to secure single-ball strings.
Recessed Output Jack (TranScale Only): The rear output jack conveniently tucks your guitar cable out of the way of your performance and out of sight of your audience.
Pop-Up Battery Compartment : Located and recessed on the back of your Synapse is the battery compartment housing a standard 9V battery. By flipping the lever located on the top, the compartment will open allowing for quick and easy battery changes.
Fold-Down Leg Rest: Another patented Steinberger innovation! Only 1/4" thick when folded, the permanently attached leg rest snaps out instantly to provide exceptional comfort and balance when playing your Synapse in the seated position.
Adjustable Pickup Stabilizers™: Like other pickup mounting methods, Synapse pickup Stabilizers allow you to raise and lower pickups to the optimum height. But unlike others, Steinberger Stabilizers keep the pickups parallel to the strings and don't allow the pickups to inadvertently tilt from side to side. They also add a clean, uncluttered look to the Synapse.
Zero-Fret: By using a "zero-fret" instead of a traditional nut, intonation is improved. It also allows for use of varied string gauges because there is no nut slot to widen. Action at the 1st fret and beyond is more consistent and improved as well.