For sale here’s a very nice example of a black STEINBERGER GM4T with cream white plastic binding, serial N8458, made at the Newburgh plant in 1989/1990. Very good conditions. The guitar comes with two original STEINBERGER gigbags.
DEMO VIDEO: https://youtu.be/ZT7tFf4JeD4
The guitar has just been completely disassembled, cleaned and restored for optimal performances. TransTrem spring, bearings and pins have been replaced with new ones.
The neck is straight and frets do not show major wear, I would give them a 85/100. They have just been dressed and polished, and even with low action you do not get any buzz anywhere on the neck. No dead spots. The fretboard is clean and slick and only show a couple of minor marks in correspondence of the 8th fret. Neck’s back paint is also good, just a few light scratches. The headpiece is chipped on the high-E side, slightly visible and not hampering performance in any way.
The body is in extremely good conditions; paint is intact and it has no dings. The only minor flaws I can detect are a 2-3 cm rectangle on the lower right part of the body (the opposite side of where the lower strap lock sits) where some lucid lacquer has faded a bit, due to so some glue residue left by a piece of rubber that used to protect the lower part of the guitar. There are also one or two more visible scratches on the back, but always at the more superficial level, nothing has impacted the black paint underneath. Please see pictures for clearer references about scratches.
The EMG pickup configuration is HSS, with two EMG SA and an EMG85 in the bridge position. All pickups are original except for the EMG85 which has been replaced with a new one, a solderless version from the early 2000s. Volume and tone pot work fine with no scratching or noise; the same goes for the 5-way switch. Plastic knobs are original and unaltered. The two single coil pickups show some wear on the top, mainly on the EMG “M” and “G” lettering, but the logo is still visible on all three pickups.
The TransTrem is in perfect working order, has just been fully disassembled, cleaned, lubed and restored. It has some wear, mainly on the left part of the block, where the right hand sits while playing, and on the top part of the saddles. There are a few spots where the superficial black paint has started to peel off, but there’s intact black tint underneath, so it’s barely visible. Saddles are not spinning properly but have been cleaned, they would benefit some extra burnishing, but the tremolo works fine, it returns to zero and transposes correctly. The high-E saddle is different from the others, it’s one of the earlier ones with the nickel-plated brass insert.
The transposing pin has been somehow partially sanded down on the upper part by the previous owner; the result is that it has been slightly raised in order for the transposing arm to be able to grip on the dent with its various notches related to the different tonalities. As you can see from the demo video, it transposes fine in each position. The only thing that could happen is that the dent on which the tremolo locks might suffer a bit from tremolo abuse, since the surface is a bit smaller than usual, but I believe the transposing pin in made of steel and it should be quite durable.
The transposing feature has already been calibrated and it’s ready to be played.
I often hear that due the peculiar materials of which Steinberger guitar are made, they all tend to sound the same, but this is not the case. I have had many Steinbergers and this surely is one of the best sounding ones, don’t know the actual reason, it might be related to how the body resonates with the neck, but the overall sound you get is astonishing.
Original tremolo arm included.
Black Schaller strap locks included.
Two original STEINBERGER Logo gigbags included (one has a been fixed in the zipper’s lower part, but works fine).
WORLDWIDE SHIPPING at a fixed flat rate of EUR 75,00 (with an additional EUR 15,00 for optional insurance)
Buyer pays for import/custom duties, if there’s any – I will only ship to a verified PayPal address
Note: item is for sale on other platforms too, so I could end this auction without prior notice. Thanks
Item sold as is, all you see in the pictures is what you get, but please feel free to ask if you have any question