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Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar Black 

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Overview
  • Number of Strings: 4
  • Body Wing Material: Maple
  • Neck Material: 3-piece Hard Maple
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    $665.00
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  • Your Price:
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A travel-friendly 4-string electric bass that can fit in places where other basses can't

The Spirit XT-2 from Steinberger is among the most travel-friendly and convenient basses on the market. The 4-string bass guitar features the same distinctive body shape as the award-winning Steinberger XL Series. It also features the trademark headless neck with the patented Double-Ball tune-once tuning system. The Spirit XT-2 bass's full 34" scale and 24 frets feel familiar and won't cramp your playing technique.

Other features include the patented Steinberger fixed bass bridge with direct-pull, 40:1 ratio machine heads, two (HB - HB) EMG Select bass pickups for powerful output, and a folding leg rest for playing comfort while sitting.

Being only 38.5" in length, the Spirit XT-2 electric bass can fit in places where other basses can't. It also features a 3-piece hard maple neck and thru-neck solid wood construction.

Includes gig bag.

Features
  • Number of Strings: 4
  • Body Wing Material: Maple
  • Neck Material: 3-piece Hard Maple
  • Neck Joint: Thru-Neck
  • Fingerboard: Rosewood
  • Fingerboard Radius: 14"
  • Scale Length: 34"
  • Frets: 24
  • Neck Width at Zero Fret: 1.50"
  • Pickups (passive): Bridge - EMG Select Humbucker
  • Neck - EMG Select Humbucker
  • Controls: 1 - Neck Pickup Volume
  • 1 - Bridge Pickup Volume
  • 1 - Master Tone
  • Bridge: Patented Steinberger Bass Bridge with direct-pull 40:1 fine tuners
  • Tuning System: Patented, Steinberger Double-Ball System
  • Overall Length: 38.50"
  • Includes gig bag

Bring your bass along without the hassles of carrying a larger instrument. Order today!

 
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SteinbergerSpirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar
 
3.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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    (3)

67%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (3)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Why aren't they all like this?

    By really old bass guy 44

    from Salt Lake City Utah

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      This is the first bass I have owned that has no dead spots on the neck. I have owned Warwicks, Rickenbackers and Hofners all expensive basses and I am most impressed with this one. Fit and finish are better than one would expect at this price point. Yes, it sits about three frets to the left of what you are used to,but after an hour or so of playing you adapt easily. The fold out leg rest is handy, but with a strap on and sitting you really don't need it. Ned Steinberger is a design genius, the bridge/tuning system is a true work of art. The neck is slim and fast, and as I said has no dead spots or muted notes anywhere on it. After getting this, it kinda makes you wonder why all guitars and basses aren't using this design. GET ONE !

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great little iconic Bass

      By KenU

      from Cleveland, OH

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact For Travel
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Needs A Strap Pivot

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      I've wanted a Steinberger Bass since I was a kid. I know it's not the original, but it's pretty cool anyway! I've had a lot of fun with it in the few short weeks I've played it. It's been really easy to transport to band practice.
      This guitar took a little getting used to. The psychological fact that there is not a head stock to terminate the neck took a minute to get used to. The tuners at the opposite end took a little getting used to also. Fortunately, it really holds it's tuning. You're not down there too often. Everything is a bit shifted to the left a few frets when you are wearing it with a strap because of the location of the strap buttons. This took a little adjustment, but I got used to it pretty quick. I do find that it's a bit of an arm stretch to reach first position. I have to be careful not to pull back on the neck with the weight of my arm causing some fret buzz. After a while, I got used to it.
      Speaking of fret buzz, I tend to play a little heavy. I find the factory action to be a little low for my style. So, I get a little fret buzz. Shouldn't be too big a problem to adjust once I have a little time to work on the set up.
      The tone is much different than my Jazz Bass, but that was expected. Original Steinbergers had a unique sound. I don't know how this wood model compares, but it is different than most other basses I've owned or played. With a little tweaking, I've been able to get a cool range of tone out of the bass with out spinning too many knobs on the amp. I'm sure with more time, I'll come up with a tone I'll stick with.
      I would have given it five stars if it weren't for the way the bass "hangs" on your body. The originals had a strap pivot that balanced the bass and moved the neck strap button out more along the neck for a better position. A little more consideration to design or the availability of a strap extender would have made this a home run for me. I'm sure I'll be able to fabricate something. All in all, it's a fun bass!

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      nice but a couple flaws

      By Mark

      from Tampa Bay, FL

      About Me Novice

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Overall Finish
      • Looks Cool
      • Nicely Finished Fretboard
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Strings hard to find
      • Trussrod Rattle In Neck

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      this is the Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Bass made in Korea. I bought it for the light weight and compact size but also like the overall concept. It has great action good sound a fast slim neck. I like it a lot. Too bad about the truss rod rattling inside the neck. the noise doesn't come out the amp so I guess I'll live with it. I returned the first one for this and the replacement does the same thing. also beware, replacement strings are hard to come by. Some brands may not fit this instrument right and usually cant be returned if opened. D'Addarios wont work on this instrument, too short. I am going to keep it
      though, just like the thing anyway!

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      (5 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Strap Hook

      By Fred Pope

      from New Jersey

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      This bass is made well. Good finish and everything was right on when I got it.
      This is a great bass for the money. It has good sound across the whole fret board, no dead spots and a compressor isn't needed. Stays in tune forever. Now the biggest problem that I have had and from reading other reviews, is the possiton of the bass while playing. That can be fixed by buying the strap hook SKU #36990000000000. I took the standart strap holder off the bass by the neck and used the same hole and drilled another to attach it. This part puts the bass exactly where it should be. I love this bass now and don't want to play my big P Bass or Jazz anymore.. Try it! You"ll love it!

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      (2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Made in China

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      I just received my new XT-2 4 string bass and wanted to share a couple of things:

      1. There is apparently no Spirit manual, as mine came with the manual for the Synapse model, like someone else mentioned.
      2. As far as I can tell, the front pot controls the neck pickup, the middle pot controls the bridge pickup, and the last pot is tone control.
      3. The tone control is not smooth throughout its range. There is an abrupt change (with associated but hard to hear "pop") about 1/4 of the way.
      4. Three of the screwheads on the screws that attach the plastic pickup holders are completely stripped out.
      5. The bridge pickup was twisted. Yeah - I've never seen this before. Finally got it somewhat straight, but can't completely straighten it because of #4 above.
      6. The bridge is easy to adjust (tuning, intonation, sting height).
      7. The neck needed a little adjustment, but was quite easy to do (just be very careful!).
      8. The finish on the body and neck are flawless.
      9. Sticker on the back says "Made in China." The Steinberger Web site says all designs are still made in Tennessee. I think the operative word here is "designs."

      I'm mostly satisfied with the guitar. It plays great and sounds pretty good for an inexpensive bass. I'm sure I'll be replacing the electronics at some point.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      At Least It Looks Good.

      By Circusenvy23

      from A little too the right...almost...THERE!

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      PROS:-REALLY compact, portable design-fits almost anywhere, great for people with back problems(i'd imagine), plus no head allows for more movement on stage without hitting anything-really bright tone on all strings-perfect for practicing while sitting on a couch-great for small guys (like myself) who look dwarfed with regular basses-Compliments-I've never used this outside of my home without getting lots of compliments! People (players and non-players) love this thing, they find it so interesting. And that is a musician's primary task-to entertain ;D-ALMOST never goes out of tune-two pick-ups to play with, lots of tones to try, though they're all brightCONS:-sound better with a pick(i play finger style,so this could be a pro)-really corny tuning mech.-unbalanced when standing-the body shifts to the left, making it harder to play without looking-new E&A strings tend to go from the clear, crisp tone to a thunky- plasticy tone within a few months, making them hard to mix with the D&G-------------------------------------------------**PLEASE NOTE I bought this used on eBay for $310, but when I got it the neck was really screwed up-even the guys at my local music store doubted if they could fix it, so I brought it home and fixed it with an allen key.. now it plays alrightOverall, this is a good bass if you're travelling and need to practice, but for any performance I'd stick with my p bass.Honestly, unless you need a light weight bass or you're a steiny fanatic, just save another $100 and get a fender p bass, that's a pro bassStill, very fun to play, just not for everybodyCheers

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      (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great bass after you get used to it

      By FenderMB4

      from Texas

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      I am BASSing this review on two week's use of a borrowed Steinberger Spirit 4 string bass. I was trying it out to see if I wanted to buy it from a friend.I found it to have good action and a deep, yet lively tone. The stand-out feature of this bass is the way the bridge works. Once the instrument is tuned, you may never have to re-tune it for months, even with agressive playing. If you don't know, the headless instrument tunes at the bridge and the strings have nuts on each end. I used it for two rehearsals and one show.At the show, I noticed I had a difficult time finding my way around on the neck without looking at my hands. What once seemed to be automatic took effort to hit the right notes. I figured out it was because without the top horn of the bass body, the top strap attached to the back of the body near where the neck joins the body. This made the bass hang a few inches to the left on my body and threw my playing off. The high end models I belive come with a plastic wing you can attach to move the strap further away from the body, and you may be able to order this wing. I belive you could get used to it with a few weeks of practice. However, I was playing a lot and did not have time to get used to a new bass. Other than needing to get used to the body position of the bass, it is a great sounding and great feeling instrument. Having no head is a plus on small stages if you move around a lot like me. I was less prone to whack the mike stand or hit a cymbal. Had it not been for the body position thing, I would be playing a cool looking Spirit bass right now.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Bad Design Flaw

      By ClassicJazz

      from Delray Beach, FLA

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      The Steinberger Spirit XT-2 bass was very well constructed. Nice low action and no fret buzz. It did not have any flaws that I can see besides a HUGE design flaw!The original Steinberger basses as well as the new Synapse basses with the brick style body have a strap extender, AKA strap hook. Since the body is so small, they help the bass hang in the right playing position when standing up.Well the XT-2 does not have one! So unless you have long arms like a chimp, good luck getting to the low end of the neck! The combination of the small body and the placement of the strap buttons make the bass sit too far to the left. Without some sort of strap hook/extender this bass is awkward and hard to play. To boot, Steinberger does not offer a strap extender/hook that would be a direct fit onto the Spirit.Sound wise, this Spirit is very mid sounding, dull highs and muddy lows. There was no clarity to the sound. Sounded much better unplugged which tells me it was not the strings.If you are thinking about getting one, consider carefully this is a very awkward bass to play unless you modify it.

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      (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Nice for the money

      By Skully-UbNwe

      from Undisclosed

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

      I just got my second Spirit bass. I was an idiot and sold my last one to buy an Epi EB-3. I found this one in white, used for 300.00. The EMG Selects are what they are, they get signal to your amp where you can adjust the sound to whatever you need. Replacing them is an option, but I don't have the need, YMMV.The playability and the neck size/shape and finish is what I really find great about this bass. I have owned 2 now and they are exactly alike; good quality control. The gig bag isn't much protection. A cheap rifle case can be modified into a perfect hardshell case.

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