Review: Steinberger Spirit GT-PRO Electric Guitar

The Steinberger Spirit GT-PRO electric guitar delivers tone, smoothness and speed!

Steinberger Guitars

The first Steinberger basses, as opposed to the NS instruments built with luthier Stuart Spector, were produced in 1979 in Brooklyn, New York by Ned Steinberger, essentially alone. A company, Steinberger Sound, was duly set up to manufacture the basses and later the guitars on a larger scale at Newburgh, New York, however demand always outstripped supply and the company was eventually sold to Gibson in 1987.

Off the rack

The Steinberger Spirit has a unique body shape and feel. This axe is very light and actually feels like a three-quarter size guitar. The neck is extremely smooth and feels great. With the 24 frets at easy access, you can fly up and down with ease. The factory pickups put out really smooth – warm tones, and the single coils have some gusto to them. The 5-way switching allows for some unique tone combinations, being that the single coil pickups are not thin sounding at all. The Spirit stays in tune perfectly and I had no problems at all during testing. The folding leg rest was very useful while sitting down, nice touch.

The Specs

  • Body – Maple
  • Neck – Maple
  • Neck Type – Neck through
  • Fretboard – Rosewood
  • Frets – 24 jumbo
  • Pickups – Steinberger H-S-S
  • Controls – 1-Master volume, 2-Master tones, 5-way selector switch
  • Bridge type – Steinberger locking tremolo
  • 25.5” scale neck
  • Fold down leg rest
  • Case Included

The Low Down

The Steinberger Spirit may not be what you are normally looking for, but it’s definitely worth checking out. The style is a selective one, but this axe has more tonal possibilities than most guitars on the market. With its smooth fast neck, you will be surprised at its playability. Given the light weight and small body, the spirit has a surprising thick tone to it. Nothing like a Les Paul but more so than any Strat. There is definitely a use for this axe in anyone’s collection. Check one out for yourself and see if the Spirit is right for you and your style.

Pros: Nice tone. Light weight. 25.5 scale neck. Locking tremolo. Great price.

Cons: Selective body style.

MSRP – $399.00

Till next week, thanks for reading and keep on shredding!

Nick Arrietta is a staff writer at SMG. Nick is a professional Music teacher from California and has been playing the Guitar for 24 years. Along with teaching music he is a touring guitarist, studio musician and songwriter. Email: nick@sharemyguitar.com

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