Steinberger ZT-3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar


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Since the introduction of the first Steinberger instruments in 1980, the Steinberger name has become synonymous with evolution, innovation, ergonomics and performance. The Steinberger ZT3 guitar continues that tradition.

The Steinberger ZT3 guitar is equipped with the revolutionary version of the TransTrem transposing tremolo system. As it was with the introduction of the first Steinberger’s equipped with the original TransTrem, the ZT3 is the world’s ONLY guitar capable of transposing keys and bending chords in pitch. Simply move the tremolo arm to the un-locked playing position and dial in your key.

The TransTrem can take you from standard “E” tuning up to “F” and then to “F#” or down to “Eb” or way down to “D.” Lock in the key by moving the arm back and you’re ready for anything. And, when locked, the tremolo acts much like a “fixed” bridge in that sustain is improved and should you break a string, the other strings still stay in tune. In the un-locking position, the TransTrem acts like a regular tremolo capable of extreme pitch bending with smooth and renowned Steinberger accuracy.

But the ZT3 isn’t just about the TransTrem. This “Z” design created by Ned Steinberger is a HYBRID instrument combining the strength, rigidity and clarity of graphite with the warmth and beauty of wood. At the heart of its construction is the Cybrosonic neck featuring Steinberger’s patented graphite U-channel with adjustable truss rod uniquely crafted into a 3-piece, hard maple neck. Steinberger then adds a smooth and durable phenolic fingerboard to create an instrument with distinctive tonal clarity, sustain, "pop" and response as well as excellent stability.

Two custom-made USA humbuckers combined with an innovative switching system lets you tap into 8 different combintations. By using a push/pull switch on both the volume and the tone controls, you can use the ZT3’s pickups “in series” as you would other two humbucker-equipped instruments but also “in parallel” to create single-coil tones but without the noise typically associated with stand-alone single coil pickups. The result is a guitar that works for a variety of styles – from rock to blues, jazz to country.

Other features include a gorgeous flame maple top, zero-fret for improved intonation, the new Steinberger Combo headpiece to allow for the use of DoubleBall and single ball strings and our patented Direct-Drive double-ball bridge with 40:1 tuners for tuning ease, accuracy and stability that only a Steinberger can provide. With Steinberger, you can change strings in seconds, tune up once and not have to tune again until you change strings again. Provided with a premium, padded gigbag, the ZT3 also makes a great travel instrument measuring only about 35" in length and capable of fitting into the tightest of places including overhead airplane bins. The result is a guitar of unequalled performance, comfort and flexibility. Steinberger - State of the Instrument.

Get your Steinberger ZT-3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar today at the guaranteed lowest price from Sam Ash Direct with our 45-day return and 60-day price protection policy.

Things You Will Get:

  • Electric Guitar
  • Gig Bag
Series Z Series
Other Features TransTrem 3 Transposing Tremolo System, Gibson 91T & Gibson 90R Pickups
Model TransTrem


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Cleveland Rocks with Trans Trem


from Cleveland Ohio

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  • Beautiful Black Finish
  • Neck- Great Feeling
  • Transposing Feature
  • Very Good Pickups


  • Getting Used To Transposi
  • Stringed With 10guage

Best Uses

  • Classic rock
  • Hard rock
  • Jazz
  • Rock
  • Some Metal

Comments about Steinberger ZT-3 Custom TransTrem Electric Guitar:

I had one of the M Series years ago and thought I give the new Trans Trem a go. It takes a bit of feel to lock up or down the transposing, but you get used to it quite easily. It was strung with 10 gauge strings, I am used to 9's, noticed the tone is much punchier and louder than 9's. I adjusted the action a bit down, and it made the 10 gauge strings easier to finger. The finish (black transparent) has a deep gloss. back of neck the same. Fret board has some type of gloss that makes string bending very smooth. Volume/tone/push-pull pots work well for a versatile combination of sounds. I heard some say the pickups are "flat" in tone. ( Some say they are Gibson P90 series) I think that comes from not tweaking the settings on your amp. I have no problem with any tone I want to makewith this guitar.
It seems I may have gotten SA's last Steinberger ZT-3. I am glad I did. Great price as well!!!

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