Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom, headless Baritone, Transparent BLUE, flamed Maple top, with OEM gig-bag and all factory accessories. Year of manufacture is approximately 2008. Guitar is stamped as a factory 2ND. More information on this designation will follow in the listing.

This Steinberger TranScale guitar has a 28.5” baritone scale, an epoxy resin fretboard, active EMG 81 and EMG 85 pickups, a master volume control, magnetic/piezo blend, 2 band EQ (high and low bands) and a piezo pickup under the bridge. The guitar has a combination headpiece, which allows for the use of single-ball or double-ball strings. Be sure to watch the attached video. Synapse model guitars were designed and manufactured to be very strong structurally for unsurpassed stability.

When the roller capo is positioned in the home position, which is off the scale above the zero fret, the guitar is set to be played a full step down from a standard guitar, a baritone DGCFAD. When the sliding roller capo is positioned on the second fret, the guitar is then set to be played as a standard guitar, EADGBE. If you are not familiar with the TranScale model, please research the design, operation, and dot markings prior to purchasing this guitar. The reference dot markers on the TOP of the fretboard are NOT THE SAME as the reference dot markers on the SIDE of the fretboard (see pic # 12).

The fretboard TOP dot markers are for reference when using the guitar as a 28.5" scale baritone. With Light TranScale strings, the tuning without the capo engaged is DGCFAD.

The fretboard SIDE dot markers are shifted up 2 frets for reference when the capo is rolled up toward the bridge by 2 frets. With Light TranScale strings, this capo position sets the ST-2FPA tuning to EADGBE like a standard 25.5” scale guitar.

Synapse TranScale guitars come stock with Steinberger Light TranScale 10-13-17-26w-36w-46w double-ball strings.

If you want to tune the ST-2FPS even lower than DGCFAD using double-ball strings, Steinberger also manufactures a Standard Baritone 12-16-26w-38w-52w-68w string set.

This Transparent BLUE ST-2FPA comes with all the goodies originally supplied by the factory, to include a Steinberger gig-bag, instrument cable, owner’s manual, and hex wrenches. Gig-bag is in excellent condition too, with no rips, tears, or stains in the fabric.

Per my postal scale, the weight of the guitar by itself with a 9-volt battery installed is 6 pounds, 8.5 ounces. Total weight with it inside of the gig-bag plus the accessories is 8 pounds, 6.0 ounces.

As far as manufacturing defects go, the only spot I could find was a micro-thin, 3/16” long crack in corner of the wood near where the body was routed for the electronics cover. The crack was so narrow, a regular sheet of office paper would not even fit into it. Although this small crack was barely noticeable, it was technically still a defect. I wiped the blue satin finish around the area with 99% Isopropyl Alcohol and then covered over the crack with clear epoxy to seal the wood. See pics # 15, # 16, and # 17.

That small crack appears to be the only reason the guitar was stamped as a 2ND by the factory. The 2ND designation is noted by the faint embossing of 2ND underneath the flip-down leg rest. It's stamped in the BLUE finish just below the serial number. The rest of the guitar looks like new, and it functions perfectly in every respect, as you would expect from a Korean-built Steinberger with virtually no play time on it.

This ST-2FPA Custom has only faint traces of it being played on the frets. These traces are so light, the guitar looks like it was only played to perform a functionality test. Aside from the slight traces of play, the frets look like new and have zero wear on them.

The BLUE satin finish shows no signs being played. All areas of the body and neck look original with no shiny spots. There aren't any pick swirls on the top or scratches on the back of the body either, not even light ones. The finish looks like it just came straight from the factory.

This guitar is roughly 14 years old, so it is being sold as-is with no warranty, expressed or implied. Prior to shipping, the ST-2FPA will be given another full functionality test into an amplifier to verify that the electronic components are still operating normally and without any scratching, crackling, or popping sounds coming out of the instrument jack.

The ST-2FPA has barely been played, so it is most likely still set up as it was when it came from the Gibson factory. You might want to take it to your local guitar shop to have it set up more to your liking.

Please research all aspects of the Steinberger ST-2FPA via Google searches, YouTube demo videos, Facebook groups, music stores, musician’s blogs, etc. I recommend watching every posted YouTube demo video at the bare minimum. It is your responsibility to fully understand the details, pros, cons, and particulars surrounding this piece of gear before finalizing the sale from your Reverb shopping cart.

Message me with any questions prior to purchasing and consider all sales to be final as stated in the Reverb listing. This shop does not offer a try-before-you-buy option. If you purchase this ST-2FPA guitar and for some reason do not like the fit, controls, sound, functionality, or whatever, it will then be your turn to list it for sale from your Reverb shop. By purchasing this guitar, you are agreeing to the terms of sale outlined in this listing.

Shipping will be to the continental lower 48 USA states only, Hawaii and Alaska excluded. The total amount shown for shipping includes the packaging materials, handling, and Reverb Protection full-coverage shipping insurance, which typically costs 3% of the selling price.  Package will require a signature at the time of delivery.

The Steinberger Synapse ST-2FPA TranScale Custom will be shipped in the gig-bag inside of a standard guitar shipping box. Any remaining space inside of the guitar box will be filled with Styrofoam peanuts, cornstarch peanuts, Kraft paper, foam, and/or bubble wrap for maximum protection of the guitar.

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Listed2 months ago
ConditionExcellent (Used)
Excellent items are almost entirely free from blemishes and other visual defects and have been played or used with the utmost care.learn more
  • Synapse Transcale ST-2FPA Custom
  • Flametop
  • approximately 2008
Made In
  • Korea, Republic of
Right / Left Handed
  • Right Handed
Number of Strings
  • 6-String
Body Type
  • Solid Body

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