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The first Steinberger basses were produced in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York by Ned Steinberger, essentially alone.
A company, Steinberger Sound, was duly set up to manufacture the basses and later the guitars on a larger scale at Newburgh, New York; however demand always outstripped supply and the company was eventually sold to Gibson in 1987, although Steinberger remained part of the company for some time.
The latest Gibson/Steinberger line, known collectively as the Synapse line, are produced in South Korea.
This comprises two guitar models and one bass guitar model.
The all-synthetic construction gave a very smooth sound and feel, immediate note attack, and very even tonal response.Gibson still retains rights over the "Steinberger" name, precluding Ned Steinberger from calling his new instruments "Steinbergers".Ned Steinberger has operated a company called "NS Design" since 1990 and produces electric violin family instruments: double basses, cellos, viola, violin.As such, it required double-ball end strings in the same way as the Steinberger originals.Hohner continues to offer the G3T Steinberger licensed guitars, which have been available since "the late 1980s".