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Guitar One Platinum Award Winner features a 28-5/8" scale, an integrated rolling capo, and piezo/acoustic bridge for unprecedented flexibility.

The Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar has a flamed maple top for killer looks. Play it open and it's a baritone, roll the built-in capo up a couple of frets and it's a normal 25-1/2" guitar. Add to this Steinberger's brilliant design features such as the tune-it-once direct-drive double-ball bridge, fold-down leg rest, and graphite-reinforced neck with ultrafast phenolic fingerboard and you've got a truly advanced and infinitely playable instrument.

Low-impedance EMG USA humbuckers offer a broader bandwidth for unique and robust tone and are mounted on stabilizers that keep them from tilting.

Improved intonation from a zero fret. Unique Steinberger Combo headpiece improves balance, ease of tuning, and tuning stability while the patented Direct-Drive double-ball bridge lets you change strings in seconds then tune up once and not have to tune again until you change strings.

Includes gig bag.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

FEATURES
  • Cybrosonic Technology featuring an integrated graphite U-channel combined with a three-piece hard maple neck
  • Flamed maple top on maple wings
  • Phenolic fingerboard
  • EMG USA humbuckers
  • Built-in rolling capo
  • 28-5/8" scale
  • Direct-Drive double-ball bridge
  • Fold-down leg rest
  • Recessed tool holder
  • Recessed output jack
  • Strap hook
  • Combo headpiece
  • Zero fret
  • Adjustable pickup stabilizers
  • Takes single- or double-ball strings
  • Includes gig bag

It's the only guitar you need for any kind of gig and it's small enough to hang in the coat closet on the plane. Order today.

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SteinbergerSynapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar
 
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Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      FANTASTIC guitar!

      First the -0.5 point deduction on quality due to poor steinberger strings: I bought a red one last week, came with crappy light baritone Steinberger strings, B & high E strings were...Read complete review

      First the -0.5 point deduction on quality due to poor steinberger strings: I bought a red one last week, came with crappy light baritone Steinberger strings, B & high E strings were twisted so I replaced the whole set with Steinberger Std. Baritone double balls. The 5th string didn't fit the groove on the head. Too thick to fit so I switched to D'Addario flat wound chrome 11's with single ball ends, using the screws in the head to secure them. (It takes double balls or regular strings).Then I intonated the bridge by adjusting the three screws on it after loosening the side screw. The action came out perfect, but the high E & B strings kept slipping as I tuned it. So I ended up making my own double ball on the high E by using the ball from an old discarded string and twisting the string around it at the right length. The action is so perfect I hard touch it for perfect bar chords across the lenth of the neck now! I put it through an Epiphone Blues Custom 30 amp and tried the various piezo/EMG active pickup settings and switched to neck, both and bridge pickups while changing the treble and bass tone knobs. The sound quality and variation in tone and timbre when rolling the capo from zero to second fret is simply astounding. This guitar a bguilingly innocent looking - but can turn into Hellboy in a second. I can take it from superb jazz tones that remind me of Lee Ritenour's Gibson L5 ($12000 guitar) on Stolen Moments all the way to AC/DC tone snarling fire on every note in two seconds flat going stright to the amp without any pedals inbetween. I then ran it through my Roland GT-8/RC-50 looper into my headphones. Using the GT-8, I applied about 100 different patches using various amp/speaker pairs to it. The tonal range and width on this guitar is very large coming from the EMG active pickups and the awesome one-piece piezo bridge. Ned Steinberge responded to an email by me that it's one piece to ensure superb piezo tonality, although he could have done a six piece hex bridge and pickup system (I was looking for MIDI from a hex piezo PUP on this guitar so wrote to him to ask). Despite the initial string mess I got into due to poor Steinberger string quality, the guitar is utterly astounding - the neck is phenolic - try finding that in anything under $5000 - Parker Nite Fly is probably the closest to this neck, but the graphite U channel by the truss rod that give s this guitar it's extreme stability is patented so cannot be found anywhere else. Buy this guitar! You won't find anything better to play any style you want to! I have a Gibson original robot, an Epiphone Black Beauty, a Yamaha nylon string and three acoustics plus an Ibanez Mikro. The Synapse Transcale Custom is all I keep playing since I received it. Whatta guitar man! Simply astounding sound and balance, playability and tone. There is a slight gouge in the back of the guitar so when it's snug against your body, it tilts so you can see the entire fretboard clearly without having to lean forward. So you feel totally comfortable, and at 6.5lbs, this thing can be used all night and all day without getting your vertebrae crushed. The rolling capo is good but you have to watch it when playing open string chords, as the side protrudes and interferes a bit with your index finger but it's easily avoided once you become aware of it. The capo shines in that I can move it around at will during a song and it yields low, thundering rumbles on baritone scale at zero fret, while going to mandolineque tones in the next moment by moving it past the 5th fret.

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      No parts support
      The only reasion I didn't give the ST_2FPA a 10 raiting is because there is no parts support
      I need a capo and am told there is no...Read complete review

      No parts support
      The only reasion I didn't give the ST_2FPA a 10 raiting is because there is no parts support
      I need a capo and am told there is no capos supplied for old guitars. they are plastic and will break
      Lewis Morris
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      5.0

      Love it so much, I bought 2!

      By don

      from Shanghai, CHINA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Baritone
      • Build-in Capo
      • Easy To Travel
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

        Perfect for playing Hotel California, Stairway to Heaven,etc... the baritone and build-in capo make changing key a breeze. Not knowing how much longer this guitar will be in production, bought a 2nd one just in case.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        WARNING!!! Strings are NOT available

        By Downtown

        from Philadelphia, PA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Portable
        • Solid Electronics
        • Versatile

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

          So - this is a GREAT guitar. But Gibson, for whatever reason, is KILLING it. No end-user support is available. You must go through authorized dealerships. Musician's Friend is an authorized dealership, but their special-order capability is worthless for this guitar. I tried it with the rolling capo (because mine wore out). They were not able to manage it. I tried it with strings, they were not able to manage it. I emailed Gibson Cust Service (July 2013) and they assured me that the Standard gauge TranScale strings (SST-101) are still being manufactured, and are still available, but NOBODY is carrying them right now.
          Other than the parts/strings/lousy support issues, this is my absolute go-to guitar. It is light and small, so it's easy to transport. It is loaded with tone - any kind you want. It's definitely an attention-getter, and it is VERY easy to play. It does take normal single-ball strings, so the string situation is not an absolute deal-breaker. But the anchor for single-ball strings is via a little, bitty hex-head setscrew that takes a long time and a lot of fiddling just to anchor the string. By contrast, the double-ball strings drop in, and I can literally re-string the guitar and be up to pitch and ready to play in less than 5 minutes.
          For playability and versatility, I would heartily recommend this guitar. But the lousy support and parts availability really sets my teeth on edge.

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          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A state-of-the-art, precision instrument

          By shellsj

          from Portland, OR

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

              I love this instrument. I've wanted a Steinberger since the mid-80s and bought this because I wanted a travel electric and the price was so good for a fully fledged guitar. The baritone feature is awesome as is the built in capo - it suits me perfectly as I use open tunings and on a regular guitar, open-E can be too tight and open-D can be too slack - with the extra neck length in open-D its just right. I also put on a set of the baritone strings and tuned down to open-C - a great sound but still a little tight so now I'm in open-Bb! The electronics are awesome: the low impedance pickups and pre-amp mean that the sound is not dulled by the guitar cable and there is zero noise. The piezo is fantastic - I just dial in a little bit to give the electric just a touch of acoustic sparkle - but you can increase the piezo to give a nice, compressed fusion sparkle sound. The balance is great, the neck radius and circumference are great - and the string spacing allows me to finger pick. The frets are beautifully set up - nice and fat, well polished and set into the fantastic phenolic finger-board - like ebony but it doesn't wear out!The factory set up was too high, with too much relief in the neck. I fixed the neck with the hex key provided and lowered the action. The built in hex-key carrier is a very cool feature.I'm using the standard aluminum piezo bridge, but I hear that the ebony one is the warmest and the graphite is somewhere in between, so I might try one of those at some point.I got the blue one - it's beautiful. To me, a traditional 1950's design is just perverse when you can have an instrument that is truly precision, and picks out every note you play with beautiful balanced clarity. For[$] you're getting an instrument that can be set up with the precision and resonance of a $4,000 Gibson - but with the added features of low-impedance pickups, piezo, active electronics and indestructible materials - and you can travel with it!

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              (3 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              guitar player

              By Lewis Morris

              from Alabama

              Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

              No parts support
              The only reasion I didn't give the ST_2FPA a 10 raiting is because there is no parts support
              I need a capo and am told there is no capos supplied for old guitars. they are plastic and will break
              Lewis Morris
              No parts support

              Comment on this review

              (0 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing features, but I should have bought the regular guitar.

              By CASEY Van Tieghem

              from San Diego

              Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

              The guitar is not really for me, I'm just not that good of a player. I bit off more than I can chew. I would like to trade this for a Non-Baritone guitar without the TranScale, or for a Steinberger bass.
              When I play what I can play it sounds great, but I have to do alot of fiddling around in the dark to figure out what I'm doing. You have to remember it has a "kick stand".
              But I would definitely recommend it for just about any kind of player, unless you are going strictly for the classic look, or looks. It's kind of funky looking with the permanent capo, and minimal body design. I tried to sell it, but I can't let it go for half of what I paid for it, and I bought it used. It was in perfect shape when I bought it. I installed a Roland pickup on it, which was probably a mistake, but I bought the guitar specifically as a guitar to put my synth on, so I was kind of stuck with it.
              It's kind of weird taking it a notch down for features. The problem is it has too many features!
              I can barely operate the thing, it's like rocket science. The thing that I would change however is the reference dots on the neck. They are for baritone guitar on the face, and for regular guitar on the top of the neck. I wish it was the other way round.
              Also the battery pack is difficult to open up. Other than that, this thing has everything and then some. I get nervous that the battery will lose power.
              Other than a slight problem with one of the tuners on the bridge this thing is flawless, and looks like it was built for WWIII.
              It sounds great, it's a Steinberger what can I say? I had a Steinberger Spirit bass once and I sold it, and that was a big mistake although I don't play bass much.
              Considering all the features, the quality is perfect, and it is so distinct, it has lasting value. It's not fly by night.

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              (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              FANTASTIC guitar!

              By SynapseTranscalite

              from Chicago, IL

              Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

              First the -0.5 point deduction on quality due to poor steinberger strings: I bought a red one last week, came with crappy light baritone Steinberger strings, B & high E strings were twisted so I replaced the whole set with Steinberger Std. Baritone double balls. The 5th string didn't fit the groove on the head. Too thick to fit so I switched to D'Addario flat wound chrome 11's with single ball ends, using the screws in the head to secure them. (It takes double balls or regular strings).Then I intonated the bridge by adjusting the three screws on it after loosening the side screw. The action came out perfect, but the high E & B strings kept slipping as I tuned it. So I ended up making my own double ball on the high E by using the ball from an old discarded string and twisting the string around it at the right length. The action is so perfect I hard touch it for perfect bar chords across the lenth of the neck now! I put it through an Epiphone Blues Custom 30 amp and tried the various piezo/EMG active pickup settings and switched to neck, both and bridge pickups while changing the treble and bass tone knobs. The sound quality and variation in tone and timbre when rolling the capo from zero to second fret is simply astounding. This guitar a bguilingly innocent looking - but can turn into Hellboy in a second. I can take it from superb jazz tones that remind me of Lee Ritenour's Gibson L5 ($12000 guitar) on Stolen Moments all the way to AC/DC tone snarling fire on every note in two seconds flat going stright to the amp without any pedals inbetween. I then ran it through my Roland GT-8/RC-50 looper into my headphones. Using the GT-8, I applied about 100 different patches using various amp/speaker pairs to it. The tonal range and width on this guitar is very large coming from the EMG active pickups and the awesome one-piece piezo bridge. Ned Steinberge responded to an email by me that it's one piece to ensure superb piezo tonality, although he could have done a six piece hex bridge and pickup system (I was looking for MIDI from a hex piezo PUP on this guitar so wrote to him to ask). Despite the initial string mess I got into due to poor Steinberger string quality, the guitar is utterly astounding - the neck is phenolic - try finding that in anything under $5000 - Parker Nite Fly is probably the closest to this neck, but the graphite U channel by the truss rod that give s this guitar it's extreme stability is patented so cannot be found anywhere else. Buy this guitar! You won't find anything better to play any style you want to! I have a Gibson original robot, an Epiphone Black Beauty, a Yamaha nylon string and three acoustics plus an Ibanez Mikro. The Synapse Transcale Custom is all I keep playing since I received it. Whatta guitar man! Simply astounding sound and balance, playability and tone. There is a slight gouge in the back of the guitar so when it's snug against your body, it tilts so you can see the entire fretboard clearly without having to lean forward. So you feel totally comfortable, and at 6.5lbs, this thing can be used all night and all day without getting your vertebrae crushed. The rolling capo is good but you have to watch it when playing open string chords, as the side protrudes and interferes a bit with your index finger but it's easily avoided once you become aware of it. The capo shines in that I can move it around at will during a song and it yields low, thundering rumbles on baritone scale at zero fret, while going to mandolineque tones in the next moment by moving it past the 5th fret.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              a unique instrument

              By Smyth

              from Corvallis, OR

              Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

              First the bad news. The rolling capo was not a good idea. It requires distracting grooves in the sides of the neck and you can't use a partial capo. Better to just clomp on a Keiser. The multiple fret markers are worse - instant headache. I've covered mine up with black tape (which also gets rid of the groove).The good news is the sound! The neck design makes intonation ultra-solid. The humbuckers and active electronics let you rock hard. Interestingly, though, for such a spacey looking gizmo, I find myself using it a lot in acoustic contexts. Between the resonant body and the piezo, it has a warm, jangly sound that blends with acoustic instruments much better than a standard electric.If they would make one in a standard scale I would buy it in a heartbeat. (Especially if they got rid of that danged capo!)

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              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              awesome

              By twitchey93

              from hackleburg,alabama

              Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

              i played one of these in a guitar shop a few months ago and loved it.man it played great i oculdnt beleve it.ill tell you if u want i great guitar or a travel guitar get one of these.as soon as i get some more cash im gonna get one they rock i would recomend them

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              satisfied steiny owner

              By upright and double

              from Oakland, CA

              Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

              This is my third Steinberger. I have two bass guitars. This baritone guitar is extremely versatile. The sound is so pure that whatever effect you use, it will come through extremely pristine and clear. Makes an excellent jazz guitar or for blues/rock. Don't let the appearance scare you away--this is a for real instrument with three pickups waiting to bust wide open. The battery compartment is larger and easier to access than in my bass guitars--a welcome surprise. Don't leave your axe hooked up to the amp because battery will drain! Otherwise the batteries will last a long time and don't worry about them quitting on you suddenly. You'll know as it will cut out on you a little at a time. All of Gibson's quality is now focused on the Steinberger, and this is a good time to get one at a reasonable price.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I love this guitar

              By steveb

              from Durham, NC

              Comments about Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom Electric Guitar:

              I got it about 2 weeks ago and haven't played any other guitars since. Changed the strings (to 10's from light baritone, I think), lowered the action, and adjusted the intonation. This is a hell of a guitar. I have played for over 40 years, owned at least 13 guitars and this the only one that that stays in tune. I like to bend up a major third, but that usually (always) spells the end of being in tune. With the Transcale I can bend and then play chord melody. I play jazz mostly and the guitar has lots of suitable tunes, especially mixing in a little piezo. The tone is dry as a bone, so reverb or other stronger flavoring is essential for most styles. The only thing I'd change is the 2 different systems of fret markers. I'm playing the guitar without the capo, and I have trouble navigating the multiple markers up around the 12th fret.

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