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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.

A travel-friendly 4-string electric bass that can fit in places where other basses can't

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
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SteinbergerSpirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar
 
3.2

(based on 13 reviews)

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71%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (4)
  • Good pick up (3)
  • Solid electronics (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (5)
  • Jamming (4)
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Great little iconic Bass

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...Read complete review

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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Strap Hook

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...Read complete review

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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5.0

Great Bass Great Price!

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from ottumwa, ia

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

    I already own the 6 string guitar version of this instrument so I figured the bass was probably going to be good. I was not disappointed. Great quality instrument that is a blast to play. Holds tuning and is very solid. Feels like you could club a drunk audience member with it and keep playing it if you had to. Neck is nice and straight and the frets are smooth and seated properly. It is great primary bass or a great backup if you play a standard full size bass. Comes with a gig bag that does the job but I wish I could find a hard side case for it. There is no downside to this instrument.

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    3.0

    Solid, with Flaws

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    from Windham, ME

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • great price
    • Looks good

    Cons

    • Needs Strap Hook
    • Not All Double Ball End Strings Fit
    • Pain To Intonate

    Best Uses

    • 80s Cover Band
    • Travel Bass

    Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

    So I have had this bass for about a bit over a year now. I play in an 80s cover band so this bass is a necessity for the visual part of the show. To buy a real vintage XL2 or similar is a chunk of cash, so this is another way to get the look. And it does look right. As for the instrument as a bass, it plays pretty well and it sounds pretty good, for the money. This is a budget bass after all. Now, there are three things about this bass that are problematic. First is the balance. Without a strap hook, you will fight this bass to hang on you correctly. Fortunately, you can buy and install the Steinberger Synapse Bass Strap Hook with Screws Regular – #369900 03 right here at Musician's Friend. It's 40 (I think) and it cost me another 40 to get the bass routed so the hook would sit flush. Completely worth it. Next is the saddles. They sit on the bass and are held in place with the string tension only. They are not mounted. So when you restring the bass they will move (possibly fall off) and you will need to set your intonation again from scratch. This is a pain. Finally is that not all double ball end strings will fit this bass. The older / vintage Steiny basses have a slightly longer scale than the newer ones so some strings will not fit. This is unfortunate to have an already limited selection of strings become even more limited. But with all that said, I play this bass at most of my 80s cover band shows. And I do practice with it. But I never play it anywhere else.

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    3.0

    Yes. . . but why I have two?

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    from San Francisco CA 94109

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Innovative design
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

        The carbon fiber L series. I got mine after I saw it in a Devo video. I went everywhere looking for it... many stores tried to sell me The Stick. I talked to a friend in NY and it shipped right away. Talk about appeal, it was hypnotic. I had to learn to play the bass. It is in absolute mint condition. This design and the technical aspects are innovative and smart. This is one of two 'bergers I picked up. (It is very hard to find a shot of an L-1) I am not a bass player. So well. I've loved these basses from the time I first saw one and it took an epic search to find my first L-1. Now this Spirit, was to me, about design and pups, and the new designers w/ Ned. That said. Look at this design. A cheap copy of the originals: no carbon fiber ... but for the price, I can play it in an open tuning and slide home. This is a design piece, w/ a thick candy finish and again w/ the EMGs. But hear this: it pumps; it booms and thumps … It holds a tuning, but the tuners are hard for me to turn, but it needs it so infrequently.. The neck is fast and it hits true through every fret. Mine has a very dark, rosewood fret board, making it mono-chromatic. With these basses I always wear accessories: a white jump suit. . . Oh: I use a glove, sans fingers, to aid my speed. It is what it is and for the price. It is VG.

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        3.0

        Steinberger XT-2 Bass

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        from Dayton, OH

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Neck Dive

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-2 Standard Bass Guitar:

        Excellent craftsmanship. Wide range of sounds. The only concern is that the neck dives if I don't hold it up. I will try to get strap hook that's used on the Steinberger Synapse. If I can't get one, I may consider returning this bass.

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        5.0

        Why aren't they all like this?

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        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 

          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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          3.0

          nice but a couple flaws

          By 

          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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          (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Strap Hook

          By 

          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 

          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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