HeadlessUSA Newsletter 1

by Don Greenwald on February 22nd, 2012

Hello and welcome to our first "official" newsletter. We here at HeadlessUSA.com have been very busy over the last few months, so we'd first like to thank all of our loyal customers for their support.

Jeff just came back from the NAMM show and reports that business was good and there were lots of exciting new products.
We are now authorized dealers for Ned Steinbergers NS Design products, including Ned's new electric solid-body bass guitar. We placed our orders very early, so we should be one of the first dealers in the world with inventory of these amazing basses. If you're interested, we are accepting deposits. Earliest deposit dates will receive the lowest serial numbers.
We are also happy to announce that we will soon be offering brand new GM hardshell cases. These will be top-grade rectangular cases with the form-fit interiors, just like the ones that were provided with new GM guitars in the 1990's.

In other news, our first shipments of roller saddles have arrived. USA manufactured by one of Ned's original machine shops here.
Replacement Roller Saddles

We will also be releasing another impossible-to-find part. We are manufacturing the Delrin strap-buttons for the L2 and XL2 swiveling strap holders. To our knowledge, these have never been re-manufactured anywhere. They should be available on our site by about mid-February.

We'd also like to mention our newly created Facebook page and Twitter account. You are welcome to Like Us on Facebook and Follow Us on Twitter.

Finally, we'd like to present the following article that was just published in the January edition of Premier Guitar magazine. Please read and enjoy it.
Steinberger Prototype: The Missing Link
How scouring the internet led me to the long-lost first Steinberger prototype— perhaps the most revolutionary bass of the last 40 years.

I’ve been an avid Steinberger collector for many years, so I’m always on the hunt for rare and unusual iterations of the headless, graphite-and-carbon fiber basses and guitars that Ned Steinberger debuted in 1979—and that subsequently garnered fame in the hands of players such as Rush’s Geddy Lee and Edward Van Halen.
Ned is not a player himself, but he got interested in the world of instrument design through noted bass luthier Stuart Spector. The two began a collaboration, and the experience sparked Ned’s interest in basses. Because Ned was not a musician, he had no experience or preconceived notions of how a bass should look or perform. Arguably, this clean-slate approach was largely responsible for Ned’s early success—just as it had been for Leo Fender’s in the ’50s and ’60s. Leo relied primarily on customer feedback for his design adjustments and modifications. With these notable examples in mind (and plenty of others to draw from), one might argue that not being a musician can have a lot of benefits for a bright, innovative luthier—rather than looking at things the way they have been or “ought” to be done, the builder can observe problems and brainstorm solutions that aren’t hindered by tradition.
I’d heard rumors over the years about a missing Steinberger bass prototype. I encountered a photograph of a bizarre-looking bass that appeared to have a composite neck but also seemed to have a headstock—only at the body end. The story I heard was that this bass had been Ned’s very first attempt at a compositeconstruction bass, but unconfirmed rumors floating around the Steinberger community said it had been lost or stolen at the time, and that it had not been seen again since. This meant it had been missing in action for almost 35 years! This tale reminded me of stories of the elusive Gibson Moderne guitar, of which a confirmed example has never (yet) been found.

Click here to read the full article.

Stay Headless!

-Don Greenwald & The Crew


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