How To Install Single Ball End Strings On Any Headless Guitar
This is a prototype single-ball adapter for a Steinberger Spirit. I am using it to put Ernie Ball Beefy Slinky strings for downtuning to A standard on my guitar, which typically requires specialist double-balled strings which are hard to find, expensive, and cannot be bought in unusual gauges. This was actually the first draft and I'm quite pleasantly surprised that it seems to be staying in tune, but I don't know how stable it is likely to be long term.
I would not be surprised if the combination of thin walls and self-tapping screws causes a crack in future. Installing the low A string was difficult not enough room in the corner in the tube. Once the high and low string are in, it does not move. Screws are required, which clamp down onto the strings inside the adapter and stop them sliding out under tension. This was modelled after a "proper" single ball adapter such as: Be sure to print it out of PLA to make it bioactive ;. Say thanks by giving jameswilddev a tip and help them continue to share amazing Things with the Thingiverse community.
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The highlight of this event for the headless crowd was the evening's exclusive Steinberger preview. It was the very first public display of this completely new line of instruments for anyone outside of Gibson - and even a first viewing for some on the inside! The introduction of a complete line of new instruments is an aggressive move for the brand. He then introduced Ned Steinberger to join him for the unveiling. Ned proceeded to introduce another key member of Steinberger's history, Hap Kuffner, one of the four founding partners in Steinberger Sound and still an avid supporter of the brand.
The three of them then proceeded to introduce the Synapse line. Click on the image above to download this video segment in a Windows Media format. Rosenberg began by outlining some the past historical achievements of the line. Many of these achievements are not so ground breaking today, but were decidedly revolutionary for their time.
They then jumped right into showing the instruments and detailing all their features and innovations. First up was the SS-2F. This is a standard Synapse guitar featuring a First thing you'll notice is that the new Synapse body is a bit wider and longer than the L series it was modeled after. It also features back body contouring for a more ergonomic fit. Studio shot of the SS-2F. In it's basic configuration the guitar features a new fixed bridge. The very first Steinberger GL's were hardtails, though at the time they were introduced tremolos were all the rage.
Ned felt it was time to once again offer a hard tail and this version is an improvement over that first fixed bridge. Similar to the standard 4 string bass version, it adds an intonation screw for precise adjustment.
Plans are to offer a trem version in the future, but these first instruments will offer only fixed bridges. Close-up of the new standard fixed bridge.
The body of these instruments is a one-piece maple neck-through construction, but the neck combines composites with traditional materials to produce a "hybrid" neck - the sonic clarity and definition of graphite with the warmth of wood.
The composite core of the neck is made through a state of the art pultrusion manufacturing technique. This allows for precise tolerances, quality and consistency in the material. The neck also features a phenolic fingerboard which adds more stability and bite. Rear body shot of the Synpase guitar showing the body contour.
Another noteworthy improvement is a new dual use headpiece. This new headpiece accommodates standard double ball strings, but also includes an integrated string adapter for use with any brand of single ball end strings.
Fuzzy close-up of the new headpiece. It accommodates both single and double ball end strings. To help with balance on a small bodied instrument, Steinberger has designed a new strap extension.
Ned contends this setup is superior to past Steinberger designs, as it allows the instrument to balance better and hang in a more natural playing position.
Close-up of the guitar strap extension. The output jack on the Synapse line has been moved to the back where it is less obtrusive. They've also added a small tool holder to secure the hex head wrenches for use on the headpiece and bridge.
Rear shot of the Synapse showing the new output jack location and the tool holder.