Steinberger Anyone?

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  1. fitz288

    fitz288 Apprentice Fermi's Paradox Analyst Silver Supporting Member

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    Hey, anybody got a Steinberger Spirit GT?
    There's one at the GC on the other side of town for a decent price, and local means no shipping charges.
    I've always though that they look kinda cool, and I know they got that easy portability thing goin' on.
    But I've never played one and was wondering if it was worth driving across town to try out.
    A quick search didn't pop any recent threads here, so I'm just askin' for some feedback.
    Thanks.
     
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    is it a Gibson?
     
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  3. fitz288

    fitz288 Apprentice Fermi's Paradox Analyst Silver Supporting Member

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    Yes, one of the cheap newer Spirit ones, not a $5k carbon fiber referb.
    I've thought many times about just popping $400 for one for why the hell not, but this one looks in good shape for just $275.
     
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    $275's not bad. I'd snag it...
     
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    Filipe Soares Well-Known Member

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    me likey! I´ve been chasing a steinberger spirit for a while, to use as a travel guitar.
     
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    I used to have the HSS version, and it was perfect for taking onto an oil rig in the helicopter.
    With the Steinberger Spirit I could stay under my luggage allowance and take a mini multi-effect too.
    I even went to the expense of upgrading the passive EMG 'Select' pickups (older models) to an EMG H4/S3/S4 set (hum/stack/rails) (I couldn't fit a 9v anywhere to go active).

    But as a guitar I found it very unfriendly.

    The trem system worked OK, and had a latch to lock it out.
    Though I had to take a stubby Phillips screwdriver to tune the extremely stiff tuning barrels.
    The neck is rather baseball-bat-like. Not my style, at all.
    There is a flip-out leg flap to seat the guitar on your leg securely.
    But my main problem was the lack of a 'body', especially the top half, which I naturally 'hug' with the inside of my forearm when playing.
    Without anything to 'hug' it just flopped around wildly, unless I gripped the neck tighter (cramp) and had a guitar strap shortened to the point where the guitar was strapped to my chest.
    Both unsatisfactory 'work-arounds'.
    Just about as soon as I left the rigs, I put it back to stock and sold the Steinberger.
    But I still use the passive EMG singles in my Charvel HSS.

    If you do get it, the perfect guitar stand for a Steinberger is a Hercules Mini Acoustic Guitar Stand (GS401BB).
    Just pull the cradle arms together and a Steinberger sits perfectly steady, with the cradle arms in the recess each side of the trem.

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  7. Wezie Guitar lover

    Wezie Guitar lover Well-Known Member

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    Great guitar. :headbanger:
     
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    I had a used late '90s Spirit. I found it very comfortable sitting down, and I liked the big fat neck. Not very well balanced on a strap.

    EMG passives weren't terrible, but a little bland.

    Mine had terrible tuning stability, even with the trem locked. Which was a kick in the nuts because I was expecting the legendary 'berger stability. (The tuners were a little difficult to use -- would have been fine if you only had to use them when you changed strings, but annoying when I had to retune every couple of songs.)

    Looking around on the web, the import bridge had soft knife-edge pivot points and posts that deformed with use and let the bridge shift around and throw off the tuning.

    I don't know if they all wear out like that, or if they ever fixed that.

    Of course GC has a liberal return policy. You can audition it at home and see if it works for you.
     
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  9. fitz288

    fitz288 Apprentice Fermi's Paradox Analyst Silver Supporting Member

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    I called the GC when they opened, it's still there, so I'm heading over to check it out.
    Thanks for the info.
     
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    I've always kind of wanted one since Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure came out (one of my all time fave movies). I thought they were so cool and futuristic looking when I 1st seen them in the movie. I'm more a fan of the old more prominent V shaped GP like in the movie than the newer more plank style ones they have now.

    Love these a lot. :cool:
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    The Spirits GT not so much but they are cool
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    fitz288 Apprentice Fermi's Paradox Analyst Silver Supporting Member

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    Well, that was disappointing.
    I drove across town to check it out.
    The guitar was in great shape, but...
    No bag & no trem arm.

    WTF - it comes with these things, what happened to them?
    Searched on my phone at the store and found bags from $40-$80, and trem arms in the $25-$40 range.
    That puts it right back in the new for $399 range!

    GC dude said it was an on-line purchase returned local and that's just what was brought in.
    Offered 5% ($13.75) off - I passed.
    My GAS turned into nothing but a waste of gas.

    Thanks anyway for the info.

    ps. - yes, the store stock was decimated - half the guitar wall was empty hooks.
     
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    :) > :confused: > :( > :mad2: > :realmad:
     
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    Did you at least try it out?
     
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    For about 1 minute as I was asking about the trem bar...
    The action was set high, truss rod could have been tightened up a bit, or the trem springs adjusted.
    I'm sure that I could have dialed it in where I like it, but didn't see the point, at that point.
    New ones are out of stock at GC.
    I can wait, or maybe just get a Hofner Shorty Deluxe and pop my spare 490s in it.
     

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