Friday, 31 January 2014

1980s Ned Steinberger-designed Gibson 20/20 Bass
Ned Steinberger's later guitars and basses whilst still being full of innovation never quite had the same impact as his now legendary minimalist headless L-series bass guitars, originally produced in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York. Here is one of his later 1980s' bass designs for Gibson, a model that has sunk almost without trace into obscurity. I remember a more youthful version of me seeing some of these instruments at a Music Show in Kensington, London, back in the day and am ashamed to say that I said rather loudly something along the lines of, "Oh look, Steinberger have invented the headstock!" I also remember all too well the dirty look I received from the guy on the booth. He'd probably heard the same thing 100 times already that day.

Currently being auctioned on eBay, with bidding at $510 at the time of writing. (Item located in Waterloo, Illinois).

G L Wilson

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  1. Neat! But what's that nut all about? Is it locking?

  2. From Gibson's lost years. Gibson must be one of the few successful companies who's customers demand zero innovation. Can anyone suggest a Gibson guitar launched in the last 40 years that was an ongoing success?

  3. ned stienberger is not a musician nor a artist. he is the son of a scientist. so there is science in his creations, and i admire him for that.and iam a big headless fan.



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