Peekamoose Custom Guitars and Guitar Repair NYC

Frequently Asked QuesTIons (FAQs)

  1. How do find out the year that my Steinberger was built?
  2. Can I buy a Steinberger from Peekamoose?
  3. How do the contemporary Steinbergers compare to the originals?
  4. I have a Steinberger and the jack is worn/ Can I order the part from you?
  5. The jaw/ claw that the ball end of the string is held by at the bridge is broken, what now?
  6. I'd like to order some parts from you, how do I make that happen?
  7. I'm thinking of buying a used Steinberger, what do I need to watch out for?
  8. Can you install a Trans Trem bridge on my guitar?
  9. Can you refret my Steinberger?
  10. I am mechanically inclined and want tips on maintaining/adjusting my Steinberger myself.

Go to Click on the serial number database link.

Steinberger World is an unofficial site created with Ned's Blessing. It is the best source for Steinberger historic and new release information. Andy Yakubik has collected and distilled more information about Steinberger instruments than anyone. The site is easy to navigate and will serve as a Steinberger primer for anyone wanting learn. Using the Steinberger production logs, and aided by eager participation of members from the Steinberger World User Group on Yahoo, a large data base has been compiled which can help determine the age of most Steinbergers. There is a slight potential for error because some instruments may have been modified between the time they were made and the time it's current owner added it to the data file. But for the most part the list is extremely helpful.

There are serial number data gaps: One of Steinberger's early production logs containing serial numbers, model types, and production dates covering a few years was misplaced during one factory relocation. Andy has made every effort to fill the s/n log void, and sort out other inconsistencies in Steinberger data. Peekamoose contributes information whenever possible to aid Andy. And for Peekamoose, Andy is an amazing source of support in our goal to help keep Steinberger owners and their instruments happy. Andy tracks the tiny little details which are too hard to remember and puts them in a useful context. We are indebted to Andy. He has made our job doing instrument care a lot easier. >>TOP

No, we are not a retail instrument dealer. We build and repair instruments. The instruments we sell are the ones we make.

We are a Steinberger authorized service center providing warranty support. We can re-build and repair non-warranty Steinbergers. And, for now, we are not selling them., and Musician's Friend are selling various models. If you are looking a 1998 or earlier model, you can try eBay, see if anyone in Andy's Yahoo User Group has one for sale, or we may have a client selling one.

Peekamoose had the distinction of being the only stocking Steinberger instrument dealer prior to the production freeze in August of 1998.

In late 2002 under the umbrella of MusicYo, Steinberger gradually re-introduced a product line. By eliminating retail dealer markup, Steinberger was able to bring products to market at a lower price point for the end user. The idea being: Make Steinberger more affordable and build a larger market share. It worked and it was a good idea. Jim Rosenberg and the people at Music Yo were able to resurrect a brand that was up to that point being kept alive by Peekamoose, Andy Yakubik, and a very dedicated niche group that refused to give up being headless. >>TOP

First there are no one piece molded instruments in production. There are composite neck bolt on models which are assembled in Nashville. There are also a few new hybrid construction models. These new hybrids were designed by Ned and are equally as clever as the original designs. Ned Steinberger is a wonderfully creative gift to us all.

The current bolt on necks are manufactured by Moses Inc. The new neck shapes are generally slimmer than the late 50's Les Paul-esq profile found on the originals. An adjustable truss-rod is now standard. And it is now a four bold neck instead of five bolts. The (hybrids) Synapse and Trans-Scale models are made in Korea. They are shaped similar to the GL & XL models but made of wood with a synthetic reinforcing bar in the neck. It has an adjustable truss rod, and the synthetic bar has a similar sonic effect in terms of evening out frequency response and resonance. They don't sound like the older ones. But they do sound more balanced than the all wood Spirit line models.

The new necks are not designed to be a replacement for the original 1998 & earlier necks and are not being sold separately. Additionally the sound of the Moses neck is noticeably different.

If you have a pre-8/98 Steinberger, you will probably be happier restoring it versus buying a new one. But aesthetics and tonal quality are a matter of personal preference. We often meet clients who bought a contemporary model got the bug and decided to buy an original production model to restore. There is something about the sound of the older ones. We are not saying older is better, just different in a way many prefer. It's impossible to project what will happen. Even the last ones produced in 98 are now almost 10 years old. It is highly conceivable these newer composite neck versions will develop a more classic tone over time. Every instrument mellows with age. Even synthetic ones.

We are seeing a lot of current production Steinbergers. Clients often send or bring us their instrument to have the assembly and adjustments fine tuned beyond factory spec. Many also have electronic upgrades.

If you want optimum performance characteristics from your Steinberger regardless of it's age, we can make it happen. >>TOP

Please understand, we are not that type of company. We don't do mail order parts sales.

The jacks needed to repair any Steinberger are easy enough to acquire through a full scale electronic parts supplier and some guitar parts vendors. Our business is building and repairing stringed instruments. We are not a mail order parts company. We don't have a staff to support retail parts sales. The parts we sell are installed in repair jobs. Music Yo is the primary source for Steinberger parts. Andy at Steinberger World also does some after market parts. However, Andy is not about jacks. He tries to support the hard to find stuff.

If you are uncomfortable using a soldering iron to replace a jack. Or, you don't have a local repair person. You can send the instrument to us. A Steinberger jack replacement averages between $38 & $75 plus parts and freight. Labor varies based on the instrument model and what is actually wrong.

When replacing jacks in Steinbergers, we generally use Switchcraft brand jacks. They fit with little or no modification. We believe Switchcraft makes the best quality jacks and plugs in the world. Even on non-Steinberger instruments, we recommend that brand above of all others, except where it is impossible to substitute for a proprietary jack. >>TOP

Jaws are $30 each. We replace damaged jaws as part of a bridge rebuild when an instrument comes to the shop for service. If you need to ship your instrument here see our shipping information page.

If you want to buy jaws mail order, please contact Andy has very high quality jaws usually made from brass. They will work with both types of rods (full thread or slot head). Andy has picked up the slack when Steinberger has supply gaps. He's gone out on a limb to support Steinberger players on more ways that can be covered here. He's invested tons of personal time and money to have parts made when none were/are available, he's championed a cause for an instrument design he loves. Let if suffice to say, Andy deserves your support. >>TOP

Please understand, we are not that type of company. We don't do mail order parts sales.

Music Yo is the primary supplier of Steinberger parts as retail sales. Andy Yakubik (Steinberger World) is making some after market parts that Steinberger can't easily support. Andy fills in to help us in our efforts as a repair service and you as a D.I.Y. enthusiast. Andy covers the hard to find stuff for instruments no longer in production. We don't do mail order parts sales because, our business is building and repairing instruments. We are not a mail order parts company. We don't have a staff to support retail parts sales. The parts we sell are used in repair jobs. >>TOP

We recommend you buy it on approval. If it's an eBay deal and you just have to have it, e-mail the seller see if you can work out a deal.

We are often asked to serve as an evaluation service between seller and buyer. We do a full inspection and estimate. If the instrument could use work, we will explain to both parties what is involved. If the instrument is solid great. If it needs work many sellers are reasonable enough to offer some price consideration against the price of the sale. You'll know exactly what the condition of your instrument is. At that point you can either purchase the instrument and have us do the work or send it back to the seller. >>TOP

We can, but only a few instruments can handle it. Most instruments can't. If you have a Steinberger with an S-Trem. It's a pretty simple upgrade. If it is a GR-4 the mod is a little harder.

For a short time Steinberger made a headstock model (GS-7TA). It used special design tuning machines and a Trans-Trem bridge which lacked tuners. It had a rocker nut. The HS angle and (nut to tuner) string distance were all created to support transposing needs. The guitar did not transpose as accurately as headless models. It was not as popular and production lasted a very short time.

We receive several requests each year to install Trans-Trems on non-Steinberger guitars. Once cost and accuracy issues are understood, most clients realize it's not a great idea. Not only based on those two points. It is also important to recognize this type of mod dramatically changes the sound of an instrument. It is more practical to upgrade a lower model Steinberger. We have upgraded numerous S or R-trem Steinbergers to TT. Cost varies based on the condition of an instrument.

If you decide to have a non-Steinberger instrument modified for Trans-Trem, we recommend using a TT headpiece or we can create a string anchor variation that functionally resembles it. Having double ball TT calibrated strings helps improve Transposing accuracy. It is possible to use a Floyd Rose style locking nut as the head end termination point, it's not as effective but it will work.

Aside from less accurate transposing performance, a locking nut increases string breakage, it also affects an instrument's feel and tone. Consider this: The original V1 Trans-Trem is most accurate, the V2 when properly tweaked is as good, and GS version is far less precise. Because of these facts, we recommend making any Trans-Trem retro-fit install mechanically resemble a Steinberger GM as closely as the instrument will permit. We are not saying: "off with it's head". We are saying go double ball with a zero fret & some string anchor point that will act like a headpiece. Installing a TT also means excavating an area behind the bridge great enough to accommodate access to the tuners and trem balance adjustment. This body route will dramatically alter the sound of your instrument.

We will do the mod if you are determined to go there. But due to numerous design factors that can't be easily replicated most people find greater satisfaction on playing a Steinberger. If you want to ship an instrument here see our shipping information page. >>TOP

Yes we have done hundreds of Steinberger re-frets on all models.

The thing about re-fretting a Steinberger is basic enough. First there is no margin for error. In older models there is no truss rod to adjust. Recent versions have a rod. But, even with a rod, a transposing neck flexes in response to varying string tension. This means fretwork must be extremely accurate. Second is a phenolic board is very unforgiving. It is harder to install frets, a person's fretting technique must be excellent. You should find a shop with proven experience re-fretting: rodless synthetic necks, wood neck that lack an adjustable rod, and synthetic necks with an adjustable rod. Peekamoose has been re-fretting Steinbergers since 1985. Our history and track record in servicing Steinbergers speaks for itself. If you are in the area and want to visit, we always have examples of our fretwork so you can take a test drive. If you can't visit, please read what satisfied customers write about us on the web. There are several web sites and on line user groups, the most Steinberger specific being >>TOP

We firmly believe you will be happier having an instrument professionally adjusted at regular intervals. If you are determined to learn by trail and error, and you accept all of the accompanying risks, there are several how to pages on the steinbergerworld web site.

This is not about us wanting more work. It's about trying to save a client money. We have salvaged an absurd number of Steinberger instruments which suffer the woes of improper adjustments. Some by their owner and some by inexperienced repairmen. Parts are often damaged, or inappropriate adjustments & fretwork are common when a person is unaccustomed to handling Steinbergers. The margin for error is near zero. If components are not properly adjusted they usually wear more rapidly and/or break. Either way performance characteristics are compromised. We are not saying don't do it. We are saying if you are going to do it, use the right tools, read all the data, don't force anything, and if you are not sure what to do, please don't simply wing it. In the end, this always costs someone more money than if it was done right the first time. Also please consider: With older Steinbergers, these instruments are becoming collectible. Replacing a phenolic fretboard or doing structural repairs because someone got mod happy... It's just not an optimal situation. You want to learn about this stuff. Please learn on something replaceable. We all did.

Peekamoose is the most highly recommended shop for Steinberger repairs & restoration. We have clients living all over the world. They choose to ship instruments here because the job will be done right and it will stay right for a very long time. Paul has been playing and servicing Steinberger instruments since 1985. He has extensive experience with these instruments both as a player and a luthier. He has a great affection for these instruments and brings that love to every job. We have performed well over a thousand repairs on Steinberger products. >>TOP