Steinberger guitars, also known by their signature "headless" look, were first used by EVH on the 5150 album in the song
"Summer Nights". The Steinberger guitar featured the TransTrem tremolo which allows the player to change the key in which
the guitar is tuned, this is referred to as transposing. Below is table of the available transpositions with the
During Summer Nights Ed puts the Steinberger
TransTrem through its paces, and uses a primary function of this sophisticated vibrato bar: capo-less key transposition.
The first 12 measures demonstrate this application, as Ed plays in a manner simulating the placement of a capo in the
third position, while during the bridge, both guitars have been "TransTremmed" to a whole-tone below normal (standard A-440
tuning). The outro solo also employs the TransTrem.
|String||Down 3 Steps||Down 2 Steps||Down 1 Step||Center Notch||Up 1 Step
||Up 2 Steps
|1st or E||B||C||D||E||F#||G|
|2nd or B||F#||G||A||B||C#||D|
|3rd or G||D||Eb||F||G||A||Bb|
|4th or D||A||Bb||C||D||E||F|
|5th or A||E||F||G||A||B||C|
|6th or E||B||C||D||E||F#||G|
Where to Buy
Today Steinberger is owned by Gibson and sold through the MusicYo.com online
Do you live outside the USA but still want a new Steinberger? Well, for International buyers MusicYo.com
only ships to the US. However it turns out that if you order through Amazon, the International restriction is not imposed. And with
the US Dollar a bit down, European buyers especially can get a great deal and shipping isn't too expensive either.
If you're outside of the US and want to buy a Steinberger, check out Amazon now.
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