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Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-String Standard Bass   

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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 hea...Read More

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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) Steinberger 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. Also comes with a gig bag.

While this bass comes set up for a low B string, there is a Steinberger string set available to make it a high C instrument instead (see our SKU #100929).

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 -Steinberger bass humbucker
  • Neck - Steinberger bass 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-25 5-String Standard Bass
 
3.9

(based on 20 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (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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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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5.0

Love this bass!

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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.

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    4.0

    best bang for the buck.

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    from midwest

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    Pros

    • Out Of The Box Nice Feel

    Cons

    • May Need A Tuneup

    Best Uses

    • All Of The Above

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

    I just got this on my doorstep tuned it up.
    this is a blood and guts bass. I played this through my 10" prac amp and I like what I hear. Can't wait to hear it on my main. Ya don't have to pay awhole lot of money to get a good axe. Don't think for a moment that if it comes from another country that it's bad. Oh no.

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    4.0

    worth the price, it's a keeper

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    from DFW

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

    • Classic Rock Music
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    I was curious about Steinberger electrics so I bought this one because I have a NS eu special white edition and thought this model in white would compliment the look, I know...kinda shallow. The bass came setup ready to play. The pickups are passive but I love the uncolored tone. I think it's a great classic rock bass.I don't like the strap holder location in front so I added one to the top shoulder to get a more level view of the fingerboard. Tuning is great, accessible and stable. I find the 'C'neck a little fat but not too difficult. It took some adjusting from my Dingwall Afterburner "D" style neck. The 12th fret octave position is farther out than most basses so your arm will be extended out farther. I would think the optional arm like on a Synapse would change this. I had a bit of fret buzz in the middle neck area and had to back off the neck tension a bit. It's not the best bass for 'slap n pluckers' but workable. I've played a few gigs with it and overall it's worth keeping. I like the sound and will continue to gig with it.

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    5.0

    Like an old friend!

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    from Connecticut

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Decent Balance
    • Good Tone
    • Great Weight
    • Solid Electronics
    • Very Good Build Quality
    • Very Good Guid Quality
    • Very Good Quality

    Cons

    • Fret Finishing
    • Pickups On The Weak Side
    • Shielding Is Nonexistent

    Best Uses

    • Gigging
    • Jamming
    • Practicing

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

    I've been a Steinberger guy since the 80's. I've owned an original L-series (#958), an XL2-T - Transtrem bass, an XL...and one white Spirit before this one. As much as I love the original graphite 'bergers, they're heavy and have a very unique tone that doesn't fit into every style all that well. The Spirit's, with the three piece neck, running the length of the strings, along with the rosewood board, have a slightly mellower and more useful tone. I can play this bass in the swing, blues, jazz band that I perform with, and get a good number of useful tones from the bone-simple electronics.
    I think the pup's could be improved...not much power there but, the tone is nice, Shielding the control cavity with some copper foil tape is a must, other wise the bass will buzz in some venues. Dimmers and beer coolers in your average bar will be noticeable. Overall? Great bang for the buck and a delight to play. I'll pick this up before my boutique 6er's on a regular basis!

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    4.0

    Worth the Price

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    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!!!

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      (1 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      ordering a guitar in the mail

      By 

      from Gilbert, az

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

        • Flat Sound

        Best Uses

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

          When I got the guitar, I realized the notes past the 14th fret were out of tune. I took it into the shop and they explained to me that you need to be careful shipping from different places because guitars will warp and crack traveling through different climates. luckily he told me my guitar was still salvageable just needed the neck to be re adjusted and intonation done.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great little bass for the price!

          By 

          from Lincoln

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

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

            Happy with the bass, nice portable can take it anywhere with you, once you get use to the knobs you can adjust to about any sound you want. I did end up getting a hard shell case Musicians Friend did not carry them so I hard to order one from SamAsh they seemed to be the only ones who still carry them (and I would highly recommend getting one of these cases if you do any traveling at all) Very pleased with the Bass so far..

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            4.0

            Nice bass

            By 

            from Washington State

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

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

              Construction is excellent and plays very well. Really surprised by the fret work. Usually don't see this quality with lower price instrument. The one down side is this instrument needs a strap hook like the Synapse model to enable the bass to hang in a better position with a strap.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Bass for the money.

              By 

              from Wyoming, and all points in between..

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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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                5.0

                Love my Spirit Xt-25 5-string bass

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                from Richmond, VA

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                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

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

                I had a similar bass to this one years ago and wanted another one. Love the size and unique design. Easy to play and great tone. I've owned a Fender Jazz bass, and enjoy this one just as much.

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