I looked at every kind of bass imaginable before buying the Steinberger. I chose this bass because of its look (I like guitars that have a unique look), its reputation and its price. I would definately replace it if something were to happen to it. The only drawback I've found with this bass is the way it hangs when you strap it on. The body is so short that the bass is pushed to the left (There are two strap buttons on the back of the bass. Using the bottom one centers the bass better on your body). I think anyone looking for an inexpensive bass, with the sound and feel of expensive basses should give the Steinberger a very close look.
Model Year: 2005
Price: $295.00 (new)
Where Obtained: www.musicYo.com
This bass is made in Korea. It has a very nice headless neck-thru 3-piece hard maple neck with a 24 fret rosewood fretboard. The Bass has a volume control for each pick-up and one tone knob. It has two passive EMG Humbuckers: one at the neck and one at the bridge. My XT has a black finish with the "classic Steinberger" broom shaped body. It is stock with the Steinberger Bass Bridge with the classic Steinberger double-ball rear tuning system.
This bass is very easy to set up. It came with a nice gigbag along with the tools needed to adjust everything including the trussrod. I have three distinctly different basses: 1) 1965 Zerosette Hollowbody; 2) Fretless Wishbass; and 3) the headless Steinberger Spirit XT-2. Each bass has its own unique feel and each plays differently. The Steinberger really rounds out my collection of basses with its extremely smooth and fast 2-octave neck. The bass arrived with absolutely no flaws. In fact, it is so well built that I was stunned by its quality considering the price. It has the feel, playabiity and sound of bass guitars that cost three times as much.
I have been running it through a Zoom 506II and a Peavey 35 watt combo. This bass would work well with any bass style. I don't have any plans to modify this bass and believe it will work great on stage or in the studio.
This bass is solid as a tree trunk. The Steinberger rear tuning system locks the bass in tune and hardly ever needs to be tweaked.
My first bass was a Ibanez Fender jazz bass copy, and my Jazz bass is a 5 string Alverez. I sometime use my AL for rock for its very mellow and bass tone. but when I play rock my steiney comes with me. With its punchy bass tone and funk-ability, as well as it portability this bass cant be beat. I cant imagine how this bass could be better and if it where stolen I would find out who took it and cripple him, or If I could not get it back i'd get a new one(but I would cry). For the price of this bass, as well as the rock tone, quality and features you cant do better than a spirit XT-2 Bass
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Price: $239.00 (new)
Where Obtained: MusicYo
Made over seas, maple constuction, thru-neck, 23 frets, two volume controls and one tone, two EMG Humbuckers(That Kick Ass!) Passive. Mine is in a nice white, but I also comes in black, with that great paddle steiny shape! Tunes in the back with the steiney bridge with locking bridge saddles. And of lets not to forget it HEADLESS!
As far as playability for this bass, lets just say a big 5! Now this bass is not for everybody, but if you like the feel and speed of a small slim bass(much like a hofner) Than this has what you are looking for. The action and intonation are all very easy to adjust, that bridge is just excellect!
I play it threw a Peavey bass head and a 20" Hartke cab and boy does this bass sound great. I play a alot of Jazz and Rock, and sorry Jazz guys butwith the exception of Funk(witch this bass plays very well)this is a excellent rock bass. The tone is very light, bassy yet with a treble punch! I play alot of classic rock, from the 60s and 70s, espeically the beatles(which I play the most). This bass can get those hipnotic high McCartney bass parts right on the head. Listen to Rain and paperback write and you'll know what I mean. I can also get a great slap and pop funk tone from this bass, and if you can get used to the feel and size than for a passive bass this is it! This bass is DEAD quiet, but sad to say I cant comment on how it handles in the studio but for stage, well this bass will turn heads and amaze along with many stupid questions as to where the head went, but thats to be expected from a steinberger.
This bass is as soild as a rock! Its one piece of maple and is perfectly symmetrical with three strap buttons, teo on the back of the body on the tip of the wings and on in the middle, so because of this a guitar stand is not needed for this little number. It rest perfectly stable against your amp or any other surface. The strap buttons are very very strong and big on top, so I will never worry about them coming out or the strap slipping.