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Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar  

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  • Body Wood: Maple
  • Top wood: Flame Maple
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
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Instantly transposing tremolo and coil tapping pickups with the other Steinberger features you love!

The Steinberger ZT3-Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar has a flamed maple top for killer looks, and a transposing tremolo system to make instant tuning changes on stage. You can transpose up or down a whole step, in half step increments, to give you five different on-the-spot tunings. Add to this Steinberger's brilliant design features such as the tune-it-once direct-drive double-ball bridge and graphite-reinforced neck with ultrafast phenolic fingerboard and you've got a truly advanced and infinitely playable electric guitar.

The ZT3 Custom guitar has USA-made humbuckers that offer volume, tone and individual coiltapping on both pickups so you can choose a variety of thick humbucker and bright, bell-like tone combinations.

Improved intonation from a zero fret. Unique Steinberger headpiece improves balance, ease of tuning, and tuning stability while the ZT3-Custom's 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.

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

Features

  • Body Wood: Maple
  • Top wood: Flame Maple
  • Scale Length: 25-1/2"
  • Neck Joint: Bolt-on
  • Neck Wood: Hard Maple
  • Fretboard: Phenolic resin
  • Neck Shape: C-Shape
  • Frets: 24 medium jumbo
  • Nut Width: 1.62"
  • Fretboard Radius: 14"
  • Bridge: PAF TransTrem3 Transposing Tremolo System
  • Pickup Bridge: Custom-made 91T USA Humbucker
  • Pickup Neck: Custom-made 90R USA Humbucker
  • Controls: Master volume (push/pull series/parallel neck pickup), Master tone (push/pull series/parallel bridge pickup), 3-way selector
  • Tuners: 40: 1 Direct-Drive
  • Hardware color: Black
  • Pickup selector: 3-way
  • Finish: Polyurethane
 
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SteinbergerZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 9 reviews)

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75%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (4)
  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small venues (4)
    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)

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    5.0

    Now My Favorite!

    By JonZ

    from Pittsburgh, PA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

      The guitar has an awesome sound! A bunch of sustain and harmonics seem like they are easier to hit everywhere on the neck. It is definitely fun to play. It is light weight and feels very thin to play (if that makes sense). Have Charvels, Jacksons and Ibanez and this plays as well if not better than the best of them. I lowered the action and reset the TransTrem in about 45 minutes (or less). No fret buzz what so ever. I watched Ned's video on the Steinberger website. Really not hard at all. I mostly play 80's rock and metal and I am a huge EVH fan. This guitar is a perfect fit for this style of playing. Can't speak for other styles but it plays fast and crisp.

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      5.0

      May be the best guitar I have owned

      By Peter Lucibelli

      from New Haven CT.

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      Pros

      • Cutting Edge
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Sleek
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • A Bit To Get Used To

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

      Now almost 51 years old I have owned over 40 guitars in my time playing, maybe more. I one time had 4 strats and 3 tele's, got rid of all of them only to miss them, got more and replaced the ones I sold. I have had many Ibanez guitars, Jems, love them, Gibsons, other Steinbergers, Jacksons, you name it I may have owned it. All that said, I recently purchased a Steinberger Zt3 as I was looking for a versitile guitar and I think this may be my best electric yet. This guitar does it all and is so sleek. I love the pickups, I love that they spilt coils, the bridge is the most comfortable ever to rest your hand on. the finish is beautiful, The tremelo ( while takes getting used to )is totally outstanding in the fact that the strings do not go out of tune and there is nothing locking the strings. The neck with the composite finger board is simply has an incredible feel and harmonics jump out all over the place on this guitar. I loved my transparent black one so much that I just made another purchase in transparent blue. If you are considering this and belive my review, I do not think you will let down. This si quiet a fantastic well made quality instrument.

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      (0 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

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      Pros

      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Flat Sound

      Best Uses

      • Small Venues

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      5.0

      Amazing guitar!!

      By Len Perry

      from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

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      Pros

      • Beautiful Guitar Finish
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • My Main Guitar
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

        Easy to tune. Stays in tune. Trem feel is great. Action is balanced (same height for entire neck). Tones are great with a big variety of tones with the push/pull nobs. The transtrem is very cool. I play jazz, blues, rock, funk, pop styles and this guitar has any tone you are looking for. Over the last couple of years I have bought a few new guitars which are great, but this is the first guitar I've ever owened that the first thought that comes to mind whenever I play it is so much FUN to play. Amazing guitar. I love it!!

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It's 5150 time!!

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

        The ZT3 is just plain awesome. Setup on arrival was perfect and sounded great. I'm finally able to play tunes like "Get up" and "Summer Nights" from Van Halens 5150. That alone was worth the money to me. But there are good and bad things about this guitar especially when compared to the Steinbergers equipped with the TramsTrem 1 and 2. First off is the range of transposing. The transtrem 3 - on the ZT3 - factory setup transposes from D - D# - E - F - F#. Which is awesome since the older transtrems didn't tranpose in half steps. Down side is that the older transtrems had a broader range. I think from C to G. Since I don't play anything in D, I just fine tune the strings higher a half step so now my ZT3 goes D# - E - F - F# - G. Sounds great and stays in tune no problem at all. I also must say the product manual does not explain very well how the actual transtrem operates. Either I'm just slow, but it took me a day or so till I finally figured out and mastered tranposing the keys. One last thing about transposing, is that you can't dive bomb the trem when locked into any of the keys. It will only work in the open unlocked position in E. But it's not a big issue at all. The fret board and neck are amazing and smooth. Stainless steel fret wire isn't big but isn't too small either. It feels great, the neck finish doesn't get sticky at all. I prefer unfinished maple necks myself. Last bad thing, no hard shell case? I feel any guitar priced over 1500 should come with one. We all know gig bags are just glorified dust covers. So expect to add another 100 for the custom ZT3 hardshell case. But it should fit in most cases just fine. It comes with 10 gauge strings, and only light option is to go to 9's. If you only like 8 gauge you will be upset to find you can't find transtrem calibrated strings in anything lighter than 9. Just a warning. I like 9's myself, but the 10's really aren't that bad too be honest. When you transpose the strings the tension changes so much anyway, you get used to having the strings feel tighter and the looser. Good thing is you don't have to use double ball ended strings at all. So you can use 8's if you really wanted. I'm just not sure how great they saty in tune while transposing. There is a great video on the steinberger site that shows Ned demonstrating the ZT3 and how to set it up.But overall this one is a winner. I just play with the 2 full humbuckers and don't bother much about trying to make this sound like a strat or tele. It has nice mids and the highs are just good enough to get some decent harmonics. You can definatly get a good brown sound from these. And also the ability to be able to clean up for a really clean clean channel. All I have to say is if your a Van Halen fan or if you just want to be able to have tons of versatility, you will be happy with the ZT3.

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        4.0

        nice guitar

        By marcocosmic

        from Indiana

        Comments about Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

        This is the third Steinberger in my collection. It plays very friendly. Sounds great. However the overall durability seems like it could be an issue. It's not built like the original Newburgh models. So you really have to treat with kid gloves. Another disappointment is that not all double ball end strings fit. Frustrating when you can't choose other brands of double ball strings. Daddario's fit except for the high E. STUPID! Overall the guitar does play nice and sounds fantastic.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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        By Telegraff wolff

        from Redding, CA USA USA USA USA!

        Comments about Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

        This Axe is a singing machine! It plays wonderfully and stays in tune for months. The fingerboard is as smooth as silk and plays extremely fast with harmonics on every fret! The push pulls take it to another level and plays clean. Notes SING and the trem is in a league of it's own! I love the tuning options and can play in different tunings all in one song. GREAT JPB NED!

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        5.0

        Transtrem setup?

        By SynapseTranscalite

        from Chicago, IL

        Comments about Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

        So I was at the Gibson store in Nashville and the tech there didn't know how to set up the Transtrem! He showed me what it's supposed to do but gave up on trying to set it up as he couldn't figure out what to do. The transtrem is a radical concept - basically it gives you back the two frets you lose if you get a Steinberger Transcale but without a rolling capo. It also has coil splitting but no Piezo bridge unlike the Transcale. So if you are a Fender Rock/Blues player, you'll likely love the ability to toggle the tuning 2 steps up or down in half step increments per toggle of the tremolo as well as hold tuning despite using the tremolo or heavy bending. I am a bit concerned about the durabiity of the Transtrem bridge as well, given its mechanical toggle to move tunings. The other concern is regarding altered tuning playability: If you play in DADGAD or open chords, the Transtrem will move the same tuning up or down but its not nearly what a Gibson Robot can do, which is to give you the ability to move to an altered tuning and tune the strings using pitch detection to control the tuner motors. Cool looking guitar though!

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        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Best Guitar I Ever Owned

        By Hard Core Tele Fan

        from Lake Charles, La.

        Comments about Steinberger ZT3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

        I am a Fender fan, I have a tele & a Strat, I thought I would never play anything else but I play the ZT3 almost all the time now. When the pickups are in the single coil position it sounds just like my tele for country music, then go to dual coil & it's great for rock music. The tremelo is unbelievable, I've heard about people not being able to get it to work right but if you follow instructions in the owners manuel it'll work great, the manuel says it will be + or - 5, but mine is right on. I play several types of music & this guitar is great for all of them.

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