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Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

A great 5-string bass that has a distinctive, award-winning body-shape, along with amazing features .

The Spirit XT-25 is a 5-string bass guitar featuring the same distinctive body-shape as the award-winning Steinberger XL Series and the trademark headless neck with the patented Double-Ball tuning system. Other features include the patented double-ball Steinberger bass bridge with direct-pull, 40:1 ratio machine heads, 2 (HB - HB) EMG Select bass pickups and folding leg rest for playing comfort while sitting. And the XT-2 is perhaps the world's most travel-friendly and convenient bass ever made. Being only 38.5" in length, the Steinberger Spirit XT-25 can fit in places where other basses can't. It also features a 3-piece hard maple neck and thru-neck solid wood construction.

FEATURES
  • Number of strings: 5
  • Body 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: 1.625"
  • 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

Get this portable bass that has a solid wood construction, order it now!

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SteinbergerSpirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass
 
3.9

(based on 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Good feel (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (7), Professional musician (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great bass at low price!

I'm a four strings bass player and I wanted a White XT-2 bass but unfortunately they don't make them in white so I've bought a white five strings bass. The finish is not...Read complete review

I'm a four strings bass player and I wanted a White XT-2 bass but unfortunately they don't make them in white so I've bought a white five strings bass. The finish is not perfect but great for the price, the bass is very comfortable and fun to play I don't have any problem with the strap button and don't need any extension on the bass. The standard strings on the bass are quiet overtoned but I've change them for some Rotosounds Swing Bass and the result is great! The passive pickups are very good but I'll probably change them in a near future for some EMG HB (neck) & HBCS (bridge) pickups + BTC System to sound more like a vintage Steinberger XL bass. I'm so satisfied with my Steinberger Spirit XT-25 White bass that I'll order a four strings XT-2 in black!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Good things come in small packages

I've owned my XT-25 for a few years now. I did add the extension hook available from Steinberger, to give the bass a better balance. I wasn't very happy with the way...Read complete review

I've owned my XT-25 for a few years now. I did add the extension hook available from Steinberger, to give the bass a better balance. I wasn't very happy with the way it balanced without it, but the extension solved the problem. The leg rest works really well when seated; you might not even need a strap! As for tone, I think this bass has it's own unigue sound. I actually love the stock steinberger strings that came on the bass. Generally I run the bass a little more volume from the front pickup and the tone rolled off just a little. It sounds great. I always have a blast playing this bass. The string spacing is closer than most other 5 string basses. So I have a little trouble slapping and thumping on this bass. Also, since it it a 24 fret bass, the sweet spot for thumping it is a few frets up from the end of the fingerboard, as opposed to a fender with 21 frets; you just thump right near the highest fret with those. So it isn't business as usual for thumping and poping, even though you can adapt, somewhat; and it sounds great when you get it. The thing that holds me back from really taking this bass to the gig as my main axe is it doesn't have quite the guts I need. It sounds great, but it lacks the drive I'm used to from a P bass, or my main work bass , my G&L L2500. The Steinberger is really fun in a more intimate coffee house gig, or rehearsal, or traveling, especially flying. The bass records REALLY well ! I enjoy the bass sooooo much. I like it for what it is.
THE main feature is it's headless, and compact design. Two good pickups give a decent variety of tone. Leg rest works so well you won't need a strap when seated. Rear tuning seems to take some getting used to, but once set the bass really stays in tune. Balance was not happy untill added the Steinberger extension strap hook. Problem solved. I don't like the tiny dots on the side of the fingerboard. They don't show up very well, so it is difficult to get a quick visual que at a glance.
My bass was literally flawless! Finish reminds me of a grand piano!
Great bass for the money!! Still might need a more traditional bass though.

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(6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great bass at low price!

By XLMan

from Montreal, QC, Canada

Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

I'm a four strings bass player and I wanted a White XT-2 bass but unfortunately they don't make them in white so I've bought a white five strings bass. The finish is not perfect but great for the price, the bass is very comfortable and fun to play I don't have any problem with the strap button and don't need any extension on the bass. The standard strings on the bass are quiet overtoned but I've change them for some Rotosounds Swing Bass and the result is great! The passive pickups are very good but I'll probably change them in a near future for some EMG HB (neck) & HBCS (bridge) pickups + BTC System to sound more like a vintage Steinberger XL bass. I'm so satisfied with my Steinberger Spirit XT-25 White bass that I'll order a four strings XT-2 in black!

(6 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Good things come in small packages

By Charlie Tahoe

from Lake Tahoe, NV.

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Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

I've owned my XT-25 for a few years now. I did add the extension hook available from Steinberger, to give the bass a better balance. I wasn't very happy with the way it balanced without it, but the extension solved the problem. The leg rest works really well when seated; you might not even need a strap! As for tone, I think this bass has it's own unigue sound. I actually love the stock steinberger strings that came on the bass. Generally I run the bass a little more volume from the front pickup and the tone rolled off just a little. It sounds great. I always have a blast playing this bass. The string spacing is closer than most other 5 string basses. So I have a little trouble slapping and thumping on this bass. Also, since it it a 24 fret bass, the sweet spot for thumping it is a few frets up from the end of the fingerboard, as opposed to a fender with 21 frets; you just thump right near the highest fret with those. So it isn't business as usual for thumping and poping, even though you can adapt, somewhat; and it sounds great when you get it. The thing that holds me back from really taking this bass to the gig as my main axe is it doesn't have quite the guts I need. It sounds great, but it lacks the drive I'm used to from a P bass, or my main work bass , my G&L L2500. The Steinberger is really fun in a more intimate coffee house gig, or rehearsal, or traveling, especially flying. The bass records REALLY well ! I enjoy the bass sooooo much. I like it for what it is.
THE main feature is it's headless, and compact design. Two good pickups give a decent variety of tone. Leg rest works so well you won't need a strap when seated. Rear tuning seems to take some getting used to, but once set the bass really stays in tune. Balance was not happy untill added the Steinberger extension strap hook. Problem solved. I don't like the tiny dots on the side of the fingerboard. They don't show up very well, so it is difficult to get a quick visual que at a glance.
My bass was literally flawless! Finish reminds me of a grand piano!
Great bass for the money!! Still might need a more traditional bass though.

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best 5 string bass I've ever picked up !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Ronald Grimmer

from Undisclosed

Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

it arrived almost completely set up , just need to make a small tweek of the intonation . The action is so great , you just have to barely have to touch the strings(fretting and plucking) to get it to sing with unbelievable sustain . I wish I bought this bass fefore any of my 5 other basses . this would have been my only perchase period !
you can make it sound almost like any type of bass
Couldn't believe I could get such a great bass at such a low price

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

I like it

By Droopman

from Phila

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Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

I like this bass. I got it because of the size. It is perfect for the boat, I can keep it on board and practice underway. It plays great but the low string buss a little. I guess I should raise the action but it plays so nice the way it is.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I own it .

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

I love this bass,it"s comfortable to play. I actually have a four string steinberger bass,but when a found out ther was a five string,I had to get one.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Good choice for it's price

By Darzamath

from Russia, Moscow.

Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

I bought it about a two years ago and so far I'm very glad I bought it instead of an Ibanez, took me a while to decide, but in the end stunning looks of this axe made me decide after all.Now to the main part - when I got it was set up greatly, no buzz, nothing, it didn't require any input from me, so I got it out of the case and started playing right away, neck feels just fantastic, it's my first headless bass in collection, and I'm not disappointed, I just had to tune it up a little and it holds the tuning no matter what.Sound is very nice, with just a little turn of a knob it can go to a subtle Precision bass style or to a roaring power of two humbucking pickups.I have about 7 more basses in my collection, but I pick this for touring, since it's reliable, sturdy and looks good on stage, especially the white one.So if you are still in doubt - search no more, this axe is worth every cent of it's price.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Worth the Price

By TNT

from Minneapolis, MN

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

    I've wanted a 5-string bass guitar for some time, but most I've found have the high "C" string as the 5th string. I wanted the low "B" string which the Steinberger has. WOW! It has fabulous sounding 'bottom end' with the low "B" string and good 'punch' in all the strings.

    It took me a few weeks to get use to the reaches on the fret board because of the wider width, but the fret board itself isn't so wide to cause missed fingerings, and it's not too narrow which can cause collisions between the strings during fast chops. Overall, this bass was a good buy and a keeper.

    Long live the bottom end!!!

    (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    XT-25 sad bass

    By scoop

    from philly, pa

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    Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

    The lack of sound is what is so poor.
    I owned one of these for a year. I tryed it on Rock, Jazz, Folk, pop, everything. It didn't sound good on anything. Mostly due to weak pickups (these cheap EMG have no deepth of tone) that need to be replaced. And the stiff like a rock neck that has no flex at all. Yea it stays in tune but it sounds like a fork on a plate. If you own a Fender P or J bass you will be disapointed with this 5 string headless. Overall the sound is poor. For the price it's a mistake when there are so many better sounding basses in this range. Just plain SAD. I sold mine after a year of frustrations.
    Well built but not well designed.
    Could be used as baseball bat.
    Makes interesting conversation piece.
    But not a good value

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Love this bass!

    By Bass Bob

    from Cornwall on Hudson, NY

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

      This bass has a great sound, great feel, and easy to bring to any gig. For a small body the sound is huge! I mainly use it for practicing and local gigs, playing in church. Can't say anything bad about this bass. For the money you can't go wrong.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Bass for the money.

      By D. C.

      from Wyoming, and all points in between..

      About Me Professional Musician

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Perfect Size For Travel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass:

        This bass arrived promptly from Musicians Friend. I was looking for a bass to pack on the plane, as I have withdrawals without one. It seemed to have a fair setup, and the fret edges are nicely done. After adjusting the neck, and the intonation, it plays great. Same bridge as my Spector's. The neck seems thick,but is easy to play. The strap buttons provide , when hanging, easy access to the upper frets. When it's strapped it feels more like the length of any of my 35" scale basses, because of where it hangs. I was put off by the reviews of this bass, but it's great for travel or heading to practice. For Four bills, it plays way better than most of the MIM Fenders, or some the other overpriced firewood that's out there. The pickups are lacking sand in the bag, so I'll upgrade later. It stills sounds fair through my Mark Bass or my Phil Jones amps (although much less aggressive). Also, the gig bag is fairly flimsy. For the price, a great bass. I like it. Enjoy!

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