“White Lion was on tour with Aerosmith, and I wanted to switch from Strats and see what Steinberger was all about…”: Vito Bratta on why he made the leap to his iconic ’88 Steinberger GM2T

American Rock musician Vito Bratta, of the group White Lion, performs onstage at the Poplar Creek Music Theater, Hoffman Estates, Illinois, July 12,1989.
(Image credit: Paul Natkin/Getty Images)

The year is 1989. Vitto Bratta, White Lion guitarist and one of the most-respected gunslingers in the rock scene is on the cover of Guitar World, and he’s brandishing his Steinberger GM2T. 

A headless S-style electric guitar with a heck of a twist, it, not to mention his chops, set Bratta apart from the crowd. But what’s the story behind it? Well, as Bratta explains, it all goes back to 1988, a tour with Aerosmith, and the desire to try something different…

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Andrew Daly

Andrew Daly is an iced-coffee-addicted, oddball Telecaster-playing, alfredo pasta-loving journalist from Long Island, NY, who, in addition to being a contributing writer for Guitar World, scribes for Rock Candy, Bass Player, Total Guitar, and Classic Rock History. Andrew has interviewed favorites like Ace Frehley, Johnny Marr, Vito Bratta, Bruce Kulick, Joe Perry, Brad Whitford, Rich Robinson, and Paul Stanley, while his all-time favorite (rhythm player), Keith Richards, continues to elude him.