Players

There once was a time, when many musicians played a Steinberger. See for yourself, how did:

Guitar Players (alphabetical order):

  • Carlos Alomar (David Bowie)
  • Jennifer Batten (GL)
  • Walter Becker (Steely Dan, GP, XL see pic)
  • David Bowie (M and L guitars, see pic)
  • Vito Bratta (White Lion, M guitar, see video)
  • Buckethead (GS, see pic)
  • Vivian Campbell (DIO, Whitesnake)
  • Warren Cuccurullo (GM, Zappa, Duran Duran, see video)
  • Rick Derringer (see pic)
  • Buck Dharma (Blue Oyster Cult, see pic)
  • Rick Emmet (Triumph, GM Double neck, see interview)
  • Bill Frisell (Klein, see video)
  • Reeves Gabrels (Tin Machine, see pic)
  • Jerry Garcia (Grateful Dead, see pic)
  • Brett Garsed (GS, see video)
  • David Gilmour (GM, GL see pic)
  • Jason Gobel (Cynic, GM, see video)
  • Mick Goodrick (Klein, see video)
  • Michael Hedges (Custom made Klein Harp guitar, see video)
  • T.J. Helmrich (GM, see video)
  • Michael Hill (Michael Hill‘s Blues mob, see pic)
  • Allan Holdsworth (GL, see video)
  • Steve Howe (Yes, Asia, GM12, see video)
  • Jinmo (GL2T, see video)
  • Davey Johnston (Elton John, see pic)
  • Henry Kaiser (Klein, see pic)
  • Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits, GL, see video)
  • Paul Masvidal (Cynic, GM, GR, see video)
  • Steve Miller (GS see pics)
  • Steve Morse (Deep Purple,12 String; see reference)
  • Dean Pleasants (Suicidal Tedencies, GL see video)
  • Gary Pihl (Boston, GS and GL doubleneck, see pic)
  • Lou Reed (Klein, GL see video)
  • Vernon Reid (back then /w Ronald Shannon Jackson, GL, see link)
  • David Rhodes (Peter Gabriel, GL see pic)
  • Steve Rothery (Marillion, GM double neck 6/12, see pic)
  • Arlen Roth (see 1988 interview)
  • Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike&The Mechanics, GL, GM see video)
  • Neal Schon (Journey, GM Doubleneck, see pic)
  • Charles Smith (Kool & The Gang, GL2T, see video)
  • Paul Stanley (KISS, GL, see pic)
  • Dave Stewart (Eurythmics, GL see pic)
  • Darryl Stuermer (Genesis, GM, GL see pic)
  • Andy Summers (Klein, see pic)
  • David Sylvian (GL, see pic)
  • David Torn (see pic)
  • James Blood Ulmer (GL2, see video)
  • Edward Van Halen (GL see video – he even put TransTrems on his Signature EVH guitars, see pic)
  • Kazumi Watanabe (GL, see video)
  • Leslie West (Mountain, GP, GM, see video)
  • Dweezil Zappa (GM, see pic)

Bass Players (alphabetical order):

  • Dawayne Bailey (XL2, Chicago, see pic)
  • Garry „Gary“ Beers (INXS, L2, see video)
  • Robert Bell (Kool & The Gang, XL2, see video)
  • Richard Bennett (Neil Diamond)
  • Tim Bogert (Vanilla Fudge)
  • Tony Bowers (Simply Red, L-Bass, see Ad)
  • Pete Briquette (Boomtown Rats, L2, see video)
  • Dan K. Brown (The Fixx see video)
  • Gerald Casale (DEVO, L2, see pic)
  • Felton Crews (Miles Davis)
  • Kim Deal (Pixies, XM, see video)
  • John Entwistle (L2 The Who, see video)
  • Lutz Fahrenkrog-Petersen (Nena, L2)
  • Eric Falconer (Bay City Rollers, see pic)
  • Dean Garcia (Eurythmics, see Interview)
  • Roger Glover (XL2,Deep Purple, see pic)
  • Jerome Harris (XL, Sonny Rollins and many more, see video)
  • Darryl Jones (back then w/Sting, L2/5)
  • Les July (KD Lang, Slash, Dr. Dre, XM2, see pic)
  • Greg Lake (back then w/ASIA, L2)
  • Bill Laswell
  • Geddy Lee (Rush, L2 see video)
  • Tony Levin (King Crimson, Peter Gabriel, L2)
  • Alex Machacek (GM, see video)
  • Dee Murray (Elton John, L2, see pic)
  • Nils-Henning Oersted Pederson
  • Ben Orr (The Cars, XL2, see pic)
  • Manfred Praeker (Spliff, XL2)
  • Mike Rutherford (Genesis, Mike&The Mechanics, see pic)
  • Robbie Shakespeare (see pic)
  • Günther Sigl (Spider Murphy Gang, L2, see video)
  • Leland Sklar (Phil Collins and countless others, L2, see video)
  • Curt Smith (Tears for Fears, L2, see video)
  • Dave Spitz (Black Sabbath, White Lion, see video)
  • Sting (L2, see pic)
  • Jamaaladeen Tacuma (XL2, see video)
  • John Taylor (Duran Duran, XM2)
  • Ross Valory (Journey, L2, see video)
  • Andy West (Dixie Dregs, the boom for Steinbergers started when he played one at the 1980 NAMM Show, see video)
  • Tina Weymouth (L2, Talking Heads, see pic)
  • Cliff Williams (AC/DC, L2, see pic)
  • Bill Wyman (XM, XL, see pic)
  • Cliff Young (AC/DC, L2)
Further players, not widely known for playing/owning Steinberger guitars or basses. Some of them weren‘t too fond of Steinies…:
  • Jeff Beck (tested a custom made GL2T prototype /w passive Seymour Duncan Humbuckers but returned it, see here or here)
  • Greg Chaisson (Badlands, L2)
  • Peter Cetera (Chicago, see link, apparently was not too fond of it)
  •  Steve Farris (Mr. Mister)
  • Charlie Hargrett (Blackfoot, GL4T)
  • Roger Hodgson (Supertramp)
  • Frank Itt (German bass legend)
  • Mike Klvana (Hall&Oates, L2)
  • Mick Mars (Mötley Crue)
  • Mark Mendoza (Twisted Sister, see interview)
  • James Murphy (Testament, GM4S)
  • Graham Nash (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  • Matthew Nelson (Nelson, XL2T)
  • Richard Page (Mr. Mister)
  • Rick Parfitt (Status Quo, GM)
  • Jaco Pastorius (owned a L2, check out this interview from 1984)
  • Joe Perry (Aerosmith GM, see pic)
  • Nikki Sixx (Mötley Crue)
  • Kasim Sulton (Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, had a Steinberger bass because everybody had one. But he wasn‘t very fond of it, see interview)
  • Dan Spitz (Anthrax, GL)
  • Stephen Stills (Crosby, Stills & Nash)
  • Terry Uttley (Smokie, GM)
  • Johnny Winter (Tested a GL but didn‘t keep it)