Highly flamed European maple, ebony, and the latest high performance composite materials are combined in a painstaking process of traditional handcrafting and precision machining. The result is a beautiful instrument with flawless performance. The Steinberger upright bass has a minimal body allowing complete access to the high register. When I asked Ned to talk about his favorite part of the instrument, he focused on the pickup system. The BiPolar piezo bridge transduced system delivers the percussive attack and natural bowed sound of an acoustic bass with one control setting, and the smooth, long sustaining sound of a fretless bass guitar with another setting. Rather than compromise with one combined sound, the BiPolar system allows the artist to select and combine sounds that fit the application.
The instrument attaches to an adjustable floor stand, freeing the musician's arms and shoulders to finger, pluck, or bow without having to support the weight of the bass.