Steinberger: Unique Styling and Total Stability!The Steinberger XS-15FPA Custom 5-string bass joins Steinberger's newest tribe of cutting-edge Synapse instruments. From its one-of-a-kind headless appearance to the complex engineering of its CybroSonic Neck, every element of the XS-15FPA Custom's design was expressly chosen to make a highly stable, ultra-playable bass. Ned Steinberger has long been famous for designing some of the most comfy and balanced basses the world has seen - and he's applied all that expertise to the Synapse Collection. Incredible humbucker/piezo tone coupled with the ultimate in reliability: the Synapse XS-15FPA Custom is a true player's bass.
Steinberger XS-15FPA Custom at a Glance:
- DoubleBall/SingleBall Tuning rig with Headless Design
- A Few Useful "Extras"
- The Newest Steinberger Masterpiece
- EMG Humbucker/piezo Pickup System
The Newest 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 newest piezo/humbucking pickup systems allow for an lots of range of tonal possibilities.
DoubleBall/SingleBall Tuning System with Headless Design
Originally, Steinberger basses and guitars featured an exclusively DoubleBall Tuning System 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 Collection has a redesigned headpiece so you can enjoy using these special double ball-end strings plus your favorite traditionals. This premier system lets you dial into tune using accurate micrometers rather than standard tuners - and when you get in tune, you stay in tune. Also, because Steinberger basses need no headstock, they're extremely ergonomically balanced and comfy to hold during longer jam sessions and performances.
EMG Humbucker/piezo Pickups
The XS-15FPA Custom's one low-impedance, active EMG USA bass humbucker mounted at the "sweetspot" combined with an internal low-impedance preamplifier and a stereo piezo bridge extends the range on both ends for earth-moving lows and phenomenal transients from slap-style playing. Internal trim pots allow you to adjust the balance of the piezo out between the high and low strings if needed. The XS-15FPA Custom is also equipped with a Rosewood saddle for warm, pure tone.
A Few Useful "Extras"
The one-of-a-kind design of the Steinbergers continues, as the XS-15FPA Custom also comes standard with a few unexpected and untraditional extras you'll be glad you have. First, there's an innovative "Strap Hook" that balances and positions the bass in the ideal playing position when standing. Second, there's a patented Steinberg fold-down leg rest made into the instrument to provide exceptional comfort and balance when playing in the seated position. And, finally, a heavy-duty gigbag with ample padding comes standard with every Synapse so you're ready to go wherever your playing takes you.
Steinberger XS-15FPA Custom Features:
- Finish: Trans Blue
- Body Top: Flame Maple
- Body Wings: Hard Maple
- NECK: CybroSonic patented Graphite U-channel with fully adjustable trussrod integrated with 3-piece Hard Maple
- Neck Joint: Set-Neck
- Fingerboard: Phenolic
- Fretboard Radius: 14"
- Frets: 24, Medium jumbo
- SCALE: 34"
- Pickups: EMG-40P, Fixed Piezo Bridge
- External Controls: Master Volume, Mag/Piezo Pickup Blend, Active Hi Cut/Boost, Active Lo Cut/Boost, 3 way pickup selector
- Internal Controls: 2 trim pots adjusting magnetic and piezo out levels
- Bridge: Patented DoubleBall Bridge with 40:1 ratio direct-pull tuners
- Saddle Material: Ebony
- Weight: 7.6 lb
- Length: 39.5"
- Zero Nut Width: 1.58"
- 12-Fret Width: 2.056"
- Bridge Spacing: 0.73"
- Included Case: Heavy-duty Synapse Gigbag