• Steinberger GM4S (post Gibson buyout)
  • Steinberger GM4T (pre Gibson model with binding)


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1988 to 2001

Production of the Steinberger GM4 began in 1988 and ended in 2001. The Steinberger GM4S was the standard GM4 model - with passive pickups and the S-Trem bridge. Optional extras for the GM4 model were the Trans-Trem (GM4T) and active pickups (GM4SA). You could also have combinations - for example the GM4A has both Trans-Trem and active pickups. Pickups were an EMG 85 humbucker at the bridge and two EMG SA single coils.

Most of the early GM4 guitars were had bound flat tops: either black or red with white binding or white with black binding. Although some custom finish models were also made. Steinberger used bodies supplied by various OEM manufacturers (including Unico, Roscoe and Guitabec). When Gibson took over Steinberger the production of bodies moved in house. These Gibson made bodies did not have binding and had more of a curved edge on the top and a more sculpted heel- some featured figured maple tops with transparent finishes. Gibson also used alder (presumably for solid finished bodies). There were a wider range of finishes on the Gibson produced models including: Natural oil, Clear, Clear Red, Clear Blue, Clear Green, Clear Purple, Clear Amber, Cherry Burst, Honey Burst, Fire Burst, and of course Black or White

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Specifications (24)


Body materialalder body, maple body
Body shape featuresdouble cutaway


BridgeSteinberger S-Trem, Steinberger TransTrem, Steinberger vibrato
Hardware colorblack hardware


Circuit functionsactive electronics, passive
Pickups brand and modelEMG 85 pickup(s), EMG SA pickup(s), EMG pickup(s)
Pickups configuration2 single coil pickups and 1 humbucker pickup


Fingerboard materialphenolic fingerboard
Fingerboard position markersdot fingerboard position markers


Finish colorsblack finish, blue finish, red finish, white finish
Finish effectstransparent finish
Made inUSA
Number of strings6 strings
Scale length25.5 inches scale-length


Neck jointbolt on neck
Neck materialcarbon fiber neck
Neck width1.625 inches wide at nut
Number of frets24 fret
Nutzero fret at the nut
Peghead (headstock)headless
Tuner layouttuners on body


Pickup selector controls5-way selector switch
Tone controls1 tone control
Volume controls1 volume control

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19941200000 ITL new

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