Steinberger basses were produced from 1979 in New York by Ned Steinberger and Bob Young, a materials engineer with good understanding of carbon fibre. A company, Steinberger Sound, was duly set up to manufacture the basses and later the guitars on a larger scale at Newburgh, New York. Steinberger Company remained independent till 1987 when taken over by Gibson, who still retain rights over the “Steinberger” name, precluding Ned Steinberger from calling his new instruments “Steinbergers”.
Here a Steinberger XP-2 design, again with the headless construction and mixture of resin and carbon fibre. The bass is relatively easy to play if you bear in mind there is no headstock.