A recent addition to Jon Bondy’s line of guitar and bass products, the LBG Carbon Graphite Composite Guitar is a significant departure from the original Steinberger GL design. While retaining the GL’s minimalist design approach, the LBG is dramatically lighter while having a distinctive body shape.
Composite Guitar Body
Compared to the GL’s 7.25 lb, the LBG Carbon Graphite Guitar is a light weight at a mere 4.5 lbs. That’s a huge difference in weight you’ll welcome during those long sets. The LBG accomplishes this weight loss with a hollow body composite back topped with a face plate.
Note that the hollow body approach was not done for acoustics and the face plate is there simply to hold the controls and pickups. In fact, the face plate could be wood instead.
Also relevant is the guitar body’s departure from the original Steinberger GL’s broom shape. A key functional element is the introduction of a thigh rest into the design thus eliminating the kick out leg rest.
The current finish contains a series of triangles that appear and disappear under the light. Being a matter of taste, I asked Jon about the finish. He stated that the graphite guitars “are easy to finish using any paint, so they could be black, white, red, blue, whatever.”
Graphite vs. Wood Construction
The LBG’s composite construction results in the same advantages seen in other carbon graphite instruments:
- Physically tough
- Largely unaffected by temperatures and humidity
- Light weight
The result is a travel friendly, road ready instrument that retains its tuning under even adverse conditions.
The only wood found in the instrument is its rosewood fingerboard.
The first guitarist to purchase one of the LBG’s is “sutainjapan” from the Steinberger World Yahoo Groups. Here are some highlights from his Monday, October 20, 2008 mini review:
The graphite composite quality is up to my expectation as is the clear coat finish. Fingerboard and frets are good, too.
The sound of the guitar is exactly what I expected from a graphite guitar with less body thickness than GLs. Clear, focused and airy, and louder than any of my Steinbergers when played unplugged. I attributes this to the fixed bridge to a certain extent but not all, as I’ve found that the basic character of the sound is not changed when the bridge is swapped with T-trem.
For more visit Jon Bondy’s page on the LBG.