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  • Body Wood: Maple
  • Scale Length: 25 - 1/2"
  • Neck Joint: Thru-Neck
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The all-wood Steinberger.

The Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro is an electric guitar that takes its innovative shape, hardware and construction from its composite cousins. But this Standard version uses solid wood to achieve outstanding sustain, exceptional tonal response and a bright, clear sound.

The Spirit features "neck-thru" construction. The neck is solid maple and extends completely through the body. Maple wings on either side complete the Spirit GT-Pro guitar's body. Includes gig bag.

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Features

  • Body Wood: Maple
  • Scale Length: 25 - 1/2"
  • Neck Joint: Thru-Neck
  • Neck Wood: Hard Maple
  • Fretboard: Rosewood
  • Neck Shape: C-Shape
  • Frets: 24
  • Nut Width: 1 - 5/8"
  • Fretboard Radius: 14
  • Bridge: 40: 1 Direct Drive R-Trem Tremolo
  • Pickup Bridge: Steinberger Guitar Humbucker
  • Pickup Middle: Steinberger Guitar Single-Coil
  • Pickup Neck: Steinberger Guitar Single-Coil
  • Controls: Volume/Tone
  • Tuners: 40: 1 Direct-Drive
  • Hardware color: Black
  • Pickup selector: 5-Way
  • Finish: Polyurethane
  • Includes gig bag

The most affordable Steinberger on the market today -- catch the Steinberger Spirit!

 
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SteinbergerSpirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar
 
4.2

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Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good feel (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Surprisingly Like the Original!

    I'm 57, 45 years as a professional musician, still playing 150 gigs a year. I'm uniquely qualified to review this guitar as I played the original Newburgh, New York Steinberger guitar for 10...Read complete review

    I'm 57, 45 years as a professional musician, still playing 150 gigs a year. I'm uniquely qualified to review this guitar as I played the original Newburgh, New York Steinberger guitar for 10 years back in the 1990's. I sold it to a collector in Japan for rent money years ago. I moved on to Parkers, which are wonderful, but hard times forced me to sell my Fly Deluxe and replace it with something affordable. I saw this Steinberger Spirit and decided to try it.

    I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised!

    This guitar is not the US-built original composite / phenolic guitar Ned Steinberger made, but it is wonderfully, remarkably close where it counts most - and that is the NECK! Straight and true, beautifully clean fret work, 14-degree (flat) radius, deep C shape, and no dead spots or high frets! I mean every note on the neck is right there and you quickly fall in love with the feel and quality of the physical construction of this neck. The action on mine was high from the factory. I lowered it A LOT! To my surprise? No buzzing! Now it plays like butter!

    I find the body of the guitar lovely and elegant. I never understood why the public rejected this design years ago, but this Spirit retains most of the vibe, the physical vibe of the original guitar. And the playing experience is VERY reminiscent of the original! It's just FUN. That's the best word for it. No headstock or stupid body horns, just the bare necesseties. Simplicity of design.

    The pickups do grow on you after a while. But at best they are average in tonal quality. The humbucker is the best of the three. It's loud and flat with a midrange focus that tries to emulate EMG's with pretty good results. The single coils are weak. They almost sound out of phase. Like they aren't even there. The 5-way switch reveals one good sound (the humbucker) and 4 less good, almost unusable sounds. I plan on replacing the pickups on this guitar. Its just too good a player to have such poor sound. But I am grateful that Gibson put the money into the physical construction of this axe! Pickups can be upgraded. Necks cannot.

    Having lost the original Steiny and years later being able to recapture a lot of the fun of it in a new, affordable version is just terrific! I am so happy with this guitar for that reason. People demean it by referring to it as a "travel" guitar. This guitar is as good as or better than many guitars that cost 2 to 3 times as much. It is a value at this price. It deserves to be your main guitar. Not just your travel guitar. I'm thrilled because having to sell the Parker to pay rent sucked. But landing with this guitar as a replacement has turned out to be a blessing. A happy surprise!

    I am a real person. A pro, life-long musician. If you are reading this you are considering buying one of these. In my humble, educated opinion, your money cannot be better spent.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Mixed Bag

    First the plusses: Despite being small, this guitar is easy to hold and play. The fold down leg rest is beautifully positioned, and it's great to play sitting down. It sounds great. ...Read complete review

    First the plusses: Despite being small, this guitar is easy to hold and play. The fold down leg rest is beautifully positioned, and it's great to play sitting down. It sounds great. I mean, I was really surprised how good it sounds. It plays good for the price.Now the minuses: Steinberger (now Gibson) has some serious quality control issues. Let me just start by saying there's a sticker on the bottom of this guitar that says "made in Korea" for whatever that is worth. There is a huge blemish on the back of the neck, near the middle, where the paint looks thin and makes a big uneven dark spot, then several smaller similar blemishes further up the neck (also on the back). There's a small nick in the top edge of the fretboard that catches the light and looks way bigger than it is, plus the finish on the fretboard is just horrible. It looks like it was sanded by a 12 year old kid.My regret is that I don't have time to exchange this, and try to get a better one. I really do like the guitar. Since I'm leaving the country for a month on Monday and want to take a guitar along with me, I'm going to keep this thing, blemishes and all.If you like nice stuff (like I usually do) then steer clear. If you want a nice sounding, easy to play travel guitar and you know it's going to get a few scuffs and dings, anyway, then go for it.On a side note, I also own a Martin Backpacker (the steel string model). It's hard to hold, weird shaped (making it very hard to hold), poorly balanced, hard to play and sounds like a nasaly ukelele. Despite being a Martin that thing makes me not want to play. This Steinberger makes me want to play more. It's easy to play, sounds good, and is fun.

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    4.0

    Perfect For Travel, careful setup req'd.

    By Georgiapilot

    from Atlanta, GA

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

    I am an airline pilot and luthier. I have been looking for a good travel guitar for some time. I took my son's Squier mini strat, but even that was too cumbersome to carry. The Erlewine Chiquitas were too expensive and still a small scale. The traveler is about the same price, but just feels cheap to me. Travel guitars have the small scale neck, are okay for a little while, but I need a real guitar neck.

    Enter the Steinberger Pro GT. I got a white H-S-S. (Looks like David Gilmour's White GL ;-) ) It is a perfect travel guitar! It features a proper full scale neck and a compact body. The string spacing feels a bit narrower than say a strat, but it isn't too uncomfortable. The frets are level and the fret ends are finished well.

    Straight out of the box, this guitar is awful. I am a big fan of this guitar so keep reading, however know that it will require a careful setup.

    First off, the action is SUPER HIGH and the intonation is way off. The neck was bowed and required a careful truss rod adjustment.

    The Factory strings are dead garbage and after a couple of complete tune/detune while adjusting, the high E string broke. (Order extra strings)
    I purchased a brass string adapter from 3bay and used my regular strings. The new strings and brass block on the head, the guitar now rings like a tuning fork.
    I got the neck almost perfectly straight and the action down to 2/32" using Ernie ball 9-46 hybrid slinky with zero buzz or dead frets. The string saddle radius follows the 14" neck radius. Now she plays sweet!
    Also, you have to balance the tremolo spring until you can lock/unlock the trem without the guitar detuning.
    After all setup is complete, tune the guitar, unlock the tremolo and adjust the spring knob until the guitar is back in tune. Lock/unlock a couple times, check tune each time to see if you are balanced.

    The pickups are weak, but if you adjust them up and down you can tweak them to a usable sound. They are cheap-0 Steinberger (Select by EMG) passive pickups. Unless you are playing at arena volumes... they are fine for my purposes. Lower the middle more than the Neck or bridge to weaken its sound slightly will increase a strat like 'quack' especially in the neck/middle position.

    The last bit of modification I made personally is I rubbed the back of the neck with 0000 steel wool and followed with 3000 grit sandpaper to matte the finish on the back of the neck. It was quite sticky as it was IMHO.

    I play the guitar through an iRig and my iPad apps with headphones or through iLoud speakers. Sounds fine for hotel room practice and jam track playing.

    My first trip, it got banged around a bit, but it didn't seem to care. At one point my suitcase tipped backward onto it! I was certain I cracked the neck joint or broke something, It is built like a Louisville slugger!
    I failed to purchase extra strings online and broke two (e and b)strings right away.

    After fixing the corners the manufacturer cut it is a perfect travel guitar.

    I highly recommend this guitar as a travel guitar, but plan to spend some time with a wrench and rulers first.

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Surprisingly Like the Original!

    By Aston

    from Boston

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Beautiful design
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Superb Playing Surface

    Cons

    • Weak Pickups

    Best Uses

    • Any And All Venues
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Professional use
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

    I'm 57, 45 years as a professional musician, still playing 150 gigs a year. I'm uniquely qualified to review this guitar as I played the original Newburgh, New York Steinberger guitar for 10 years back in the 1990's. I sold it to a collector in Japan for rent money years ago. I moved on to Parkers, which are wonderful, but hard times forced me to sell my Fly Deluxe and replace it with something affordable. I saw this Steinberger Spirit and decided to try it.

    I am happy to report that I was pleasantly surprised!

    This guitar is not the US-built original composite / phenolic guitar Ned Steinberger made, but it is wonderfully, remarkably close where it counts most - and that is the NECK! Straight and true, beautifully clean fret work, 14-degree (flat) radius, deep C shape, and no dead spots or high frets! I mean every note on the neck is right there and you quickly fall in love with the feel and quality of the physical construction of this neck. The action on mine was high from the factory. I lowered it A LOT! To my surprise? No buzzing! Now it plays like butter!

    I find the body of the guitar lovely and elegant. I never understood why the public rejected this design years ago, but this Spirit retains most of the vibe, the physical vibe of the original guitar. And the playing experience is VERY reminiscent of the original! It's just FUN. That's the best word for it. No headstock or stupid body horns, just the bare necesseties. Simplicity of design.

    The pickups do grow on you after a while. But at best they are average in tonal quality. The humbucker is the best of the three. It's loud and flat with a midrange focus that tries to emulate EMG's with pretty good results. The single coils are weak. They almost sound out of phase. Like they aren't even there. The 5-way switch reveals one good sound (the humbucker) and 4 less good, almost unusable sounds. I plan on replacing the pickups on this guitar. Its just too good a player to have such poor sound. But I am grateful that Gibson put the money into the physical construction of this axe! Pickups can be upgraded. Necks cannot.

    Having lost the original Steiny and years later being able to recapture a lot of the fun of it in a new, affordable version is just terrific! I am so happy with this guitar for that reason. People demean it by referring to it as a "travel" guitar. This guitar is as good as or better than many guitars that cost 2 to 3 times as much. It is a value at this price. It deserves to be your main guitar. Not just your travel guitar. I'm thrilled because having to sell the Parker to pay rent sucked. But landing with this guitar as a replacement has turned out to be a blessing. A happy surprise!

    I am a real person. A pro, life-long musician. If you are reading this you are considering buying one of these. In my humble, educated opinion, your money cannot be better spent.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Cool guitar

    By Jim

    from South Jersey

    About Me Novice

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Super Lightweight

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

    I went over this guitar with a fine tooth comb right out of the box. I looked for imperfections in the finish and could not find any. The fretboard is real nice. They did a real good job at the factory installing the fret wire. The edges are nice and smooth. Setup from the factory was OK , action was just a little to high for me. Single coil pickups a little weak, the humbucker screams. The R tremolo assembly well I just leave it in the locked position . Tuners on the tremolo are a little stiff when tuning. I just purchased a string adapter so I can use any strings I like. I am going to purchase a HSC. All around it's not a bad little Ax. Going to bring it to my luthier for a set up.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    AWESOME - I love my guitar

    By SamuraiProgrammer

    from Paducah, KY

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

        I have wanted a Steinberger ever since Asia played the Budokan and Greg Lake came out on stage with that bass.

        I have owned several guitars but this may be the first 'instrument' I have ever had. I had a few setup changes made and I now have a guitar that feels better than anything I have ever played.

        I am quite pleased with the quality of everything about this instrument and would recommend it to anyone. The guitar itself is small, but the tonal length is actually longer than the guitar I replaced.

        The tuning has stayed true for weeks... I have checked to be sure.

        I suspect this will be the last guitar I ever buy.

        (That does not include the Steinberger Bass I have been lusting after.)

        Steinberger For The WIN!

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Weird Guitar

        By Jack L

        from Florida & New York

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        Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

        I have only owned traditional looking guitars so it was a leap for me to buy this strange looking instrument. It may look weird but is very confortable to play. I have read complaints on the pickups but disagree; they sound fine to me. It is fairly heavy, feels beefy. I bought it as a travel guitar but practice with it often.
        The guitar has unique and unusual features. Very small but full size 24 fret neck, great as a travel guitar. The bridge is the crazy invention. Easy to tune, change strings, adjust intonation or set the action to your personal preference. So easy to set up a monkey could do it.
        Flawless, I can't find a single thing wrong with the guitar.
        Considering price and workmanship, an exceptional value.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Who needs a head?

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar to take on trips, but it has turned out to be far more than a compromised "travel" guitar. In fact, I find myself playing it frequently at home, because it's easy to grab and comfortable to use even on the sofa.
        Neck-thru solid maple construction makes for a very solid and comfortable feel; I find that I pay less attention to holding this guitar and far more to playing it. The leg rest is very clever and useful, although I prefer to use a strap even when seated in order to get the neck up where I want it.My Spirit has three pickups (HSH) with 5-position Strat-style selector (it leaves out my favored combination of bridge + middle, but the Strat-like quacky sounds help make up for the omission). These pickups don't enthuse me as much as the rest of the guitar, but they are no worse than what you find on other guitars of this price (and they're better than many). They do seem have a fairly bright, clean sound.The double-ball system makes string changes very fast with no need for cutting or winding. I bought an aftermarket push-in string adapter in case I decided to use conventional strings, but thus far I have preferred the "uncalibrated" double-ball 10-46 strings available from several makers.The tremolo feels a bit stiff, but I seldom use it and I like that it can be completely locked into "hardtail" operation. I sometimes feel a bit of resonance from the heavy tremolo spring, but nothing that comes through the amp. You only need to adjust one knob to preload the tremolo spring and bring the guitar into tune, much simpler than my experiences with a Floyd Rose knockoff on an old beater I have. The whammy bar can be mounted on either side of the strings depending upon your taste or handedness.Tuning takes a bit of finger strength, and the trem's master knob interferes with my grasp of some of the tuners (but I can actually slip a stubby Phillips-head screwdriver into the tuners to get a better grip).The bridge is easy to adjust for string height & intonation, I soon got it into a very comfortable low action. The neck is very fast, and it's easy to reach all the way up to the 24th fret thanks to the near lack of a body.
        The finish is not flashy, but is very well done. I could only find a couple of very minor boo-boos. The fingerboard is a bit rough-looking, but it plays well and is very dark for rosewood. The frets seem even and well-installed, no sharp edges. This guitar has a zero fret instead of a nut, which makes sense for this design and helps the sound on open strings.The three pickups and extra-long fingerboard don't leave much room for deep picking. The strat-style pickup switch, metal knobs, and jack are all very good quality. Inside the very tight rout on the back, the wiring looks very workmanlike.This guitar came with two hex wrenches (for truss rod and bridge) and a short and cheap cord (but, hey, that's one more cord than I got with my Gibson). There's also a detailed user guide, although it is really for the more expensive Synapse, which has completely different fittings. Fortunately I could figure out all the critical adjustments thru trial and error, and through web searches.
        The next-higher model of the current Steinbergers sells for around twice the price of the Spirit. By using more conventional wood construction, generic hardware, and a simpler tailpiece design, Steinberger has managed to get this guitar down to a very competitive price without giving up the inherent advantages of their headless design.

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        5.0

        Great value guitar for travel

        By Anonymous

        from Undisclosed

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

        I've had this guitar for a few months now. And I have taken it on an international flight with ease!Pros: lots of features in a small package. Seems very sturdy. Neck has great playability. Overall, a very sturdy guitar.Cons: My bridge buzzes time to time when locked...haven't had much time to mess with it. The single coils are pretty weak sounding. When I am playing with lots of gain on the humbucker and switch to single, it goes from metal gain to more of a crunch.Overall, I am very happy with this purchase though!

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        It performs as advertized!

        By SilkyHotLIcks

        from Sacramento

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

        I ordered this guitar because I wanted a small and light travel guitar. The neck is clean, fast and straight. There are no blemishes or factory defects that I can see or hear.The setup was just right for me but maybe a 3/32" to high for shredders. It felt weird at first because it is very light but I got used to it quickly.I also prefer a 10-46 string set as opposed to the 9-42 set that it came with but all-in-all this guitar seems to be a great value.

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great for the price!

        By Jazzbox2X40

        from Colorado

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

        I've owned the Steinberger Spirit Pro Standard for about 3 months, and am very happy with the purchase. I already have a house full of USA Fenders, Gibsons and Japanese Ibanezes, but I bought the Steiny to play in an 80s pop band. The neck is beefy and the fretwork is better than you'd expect for a $400 Chinese-made guitar. With guitars like this, quality control can be a bit sketchy, so inspect your guitar carefully and send it back if there is a flaw you can't live with. My bridge pickup was mounted about an eight of an inch too far to the treble side, but I liked the neck so much on this one that I just repositioned the pickup myself. The pickups are okay, but not very exciting. I may trade these out for something else. I haven't dialed in the trem yet. I'll buy the hard case next month, because I'm using this guitar a lot, and I want it to last. I had to adjust the truss rod (because of a buzz on the first and second frets), and the truss rod turned very smoothly. The neck responded perfectly. And yes, it looks very cool.

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        5.0

        Ultimate comfort/playability

        By Shane-pwImL

        from Portland, OR

        Comments about Steinberger Spirit GT-Pro Standard Electric Guitar:

        I've played a few electrics, mainly a Schecter Hellraiser 7. I purchased this in the middle of winter in the midwest. It was basically frozen when I opened it up but it was fine, no cracks or warping at all. Out of the box, the neck was exactly the right curvature/straightness - given the weather conditions it had been in, I think the guitar/neck deserves some cred here for stability? (2 years later the neck has not yet needed to be adjusted). The action/playability of this guitar is the ultimate sell here. I did not believe action like this was actually possible before this. It is extremely fast and clean (no fret buzz). The bridge is a nice concept: just flip a switch and it goes from locking to floating and back again. I never use a wammy bar so I can't attest to how well the floating mode works here. However, in locked mode it stays in tune very well. Of course, I changed the pickups but that's preference - the stock pickups worked fine - I just wanted higher output pups. Really, the ONLY thing I needed to change on this guitar was the volume knob position which is horrible (hence the docked half star). It is right in the way of the picking hand - it's obvious from the picture even. I had a luth move it right next to the tone knob - easily fixed for $10 and now it is perfect. As far as other reviews go citing quality control, I suppose that's luck of the draw. Mine came with no defects so I lucked out maybe. Nonetheless, I felt my experience could serve as a contrast as my guitar search ended here. This guitar could really play any style of music; particularly jazz or metal due to the speed and clarity of the action/neck (if you enjoy sweep picking, you'll probably like this guitar). It is extremely comfortable to play (light weight, very ergonomic neck/joint design) and the higher frets are very accessible. And it looks cool and the price is right imo. Get the volume knob moved and this is a 5 star guitar imo.

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