Steinberger Spirit XT-25 Standard review

The headless wonder returns for a new generation

Steinberger Spirit XT-25 Standard
(Image: © Steinberger)

Guitar World Verdict

While this isn’t the groundbreaking, high-level Steinberger from the 1980s, it offers players a way to try out this bass style for little monetary investment.


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    Unique look; great sustain; travel-friendly design


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    Presents some ergonomic challenges; front-pickup volume pot not nuanced; tuning system a bit stiff

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Since its initial release in 1979, the Steinberger headless bass has enjoyed a special place in the world of instrument design.

While its widespread popularity was fairly short-lived and mostly confined to the ’80s, some prominent players helped to put it on the map: Geddy Lee, Sting, and even Cliff Williams of AC/DC all showed some love for the Steinberger bass somewhere in that decade. (Check out Rush’s Distant Early Warning, 1982 live performances by the Police, and AC/DC Guns for Hire on YouTube.)

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