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Steinberger Synapse XS-1FPA Bass with Gig Bag

Designed by Ned Steinberger, the Synapse bass guitar is a HYBRID instrument combining the strength, rigidity and clarity of graphite with the warmth and beauty of wood!
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Steinberger has long been famous for designing the most comfortable and balanced basses the world has ever seen and the Synapse bass is no different. Designed by Ned Steinberger, the Synapse bass guitar is a HYBRID instrument combining the strength, rigidity and clarity of graphite with the warmth and beauty of wood.

At the heart of every Synapse is the Cybrosonic neck featuring the patented graphite U-channel with adjustable truss rod uniquely crafted into a 3-piece, hard maple neck. Steinberger then adds a smooth and durable phenolic fingerboard and a glued-in body design to create an instrument with distinctive tonal clarity, sustain, ‘pop’ and response as well as ultimate stability!

One low-impedance, active EMG USA bass humbucker mounted at the ‘sweetspot’ combined with an internal low-impedance preamp and a stereo piezo bridge extends the range on both ends for earth-moving lows and phenomenal transients from slap-style playing. Internal trim pots allow you to adjust the balance of the piezo output between the high and low strings if needed. It is equipped with a Rosewood saddle for warm, pure tone.

Other features include a Combo headpiece that accommodates DoubleBall and single-ball strings, the patented 40:1 ratio, direct-drive double ball bridge for super-fast string changes and rock-solid tuning stability. With its headless design and new, innovative ‘Strap Hook’, the Synapse bass balances perfectly and positions the bass in the ideal playing position when standing. The fold-down leg rest accommodates performance while seated as well.

Provided with a premium, padded gigbag, the Synapse’s headless design is compact and capable of fitting into tight places including most overhead airplane bins. Put it all together and you’ve got a bass of unequalled performance, comfort and flexibility. Steinberger - State of the Instrument.

Product Specifications
Steinberger Synapse XS-1FPA Bass Specifications
  • Neck Materials: Cybrosonic Patented Graphite U-Channel w/adjustable trussrod, 3 Piece Hard Maple.
  • Neck Joint: Set Neck
  • Fingerboard: Phenolic
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14 inches
  • Frets: 24, medium jumbo
  • Scale Length: 34 inches
  • Body Wings: Hard Maple
  • Body Top: Flamed Maple
  • Pickups: EMG 40P
  • External Controls: Master Volume, Mag/Piezo Pickup Blend, Active Hi Cut/boost, Active Lo Cut/Boost
  • Internal Controls: Two trim pots adjusting Magnetic and Piezo output levels
  • Battery: 18V
  • Bridge: Patented DoubleBall Bridge with 40:1 ratio direct-pull tuners
  • Saddle Material: Ebony
  • Weight: 7.6lb
  • Length: 39.5 inches
  • Zero Nut Width: 1.58 inches
  • 12-Fret Width: 2.056 inches
  • Bridge Spacing: 0.73 inches
  • Includes: Deluxe Gig Bag
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I have had 3 Spirit basses before the Synapse. Always wanted one, but never had the spare cash and AMS wasn't selling them at the time. The Synapse is pro gear. It sounds great, feels great. I had to lower the strings to my liking, but it was a no brain er. I've been playing for 51 years and I'v been playing with my band the Crosstones for 40. If you like the look. Go for it. The thing I also like is that there are NO dead spots at all. I have owned at least 30 basses and this one is a keeper.
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