Steinberger Spirit XT-25 - White

5-string Electric Bass with Maple Body, Maple Neck, Rosewood Fingerboard, and 2 Humbucking Pickups - White
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Like Nothing Else Out There

The Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-string electric bass guitar is for bassists searching for cutting-edge design, incredible stability, and unmistakable stage presence. The compact body and headless construction come from Steinberger's award-winning XL series. Together they strike one of the most identifiable images of all basses. The patented Steinberger fixed bass bridge uses the Double-ball tuning system to ensure stability. And the whole instrument only measures 38.5" long, making it an excellent traveler. Add a Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-string electric bass to your collection when you're ready to step into the future.

Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-string Electric Bass Guitar at a Glance:
  • Futuristic design
  • Double-ball tuning and bridge
  • Travel friendly
Futuristic design

The construction of the Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-string electric bass is derived from the company's award-winning XL series. The compact body and headless design are a favorite among many bassists, including bassists here at Sweetwater. Neck-through construction not only transfers string energy exceptionally well, but it helps make the bass incredibly stable. Steinberger even goes so far as to call it "practically indestructible." The lack of headstock and traditional tuning machines also do away with annoying neck dive.

Double-ball tuning and bridge

Tuning and stringing your Spirit XT-25 is done at the bridge. The direct-pull bridge is outfitted with 40:1 ratio machine heads for easy tuning access. Steinberger's patented fixed bass bridge accepts double-ball strings. This design has no winding around a tuner post, so you won't ever have to worry about the string slipping or stretching out of tune.

Travel friendly

The Spirit XT-25 5-string electric bass guitar may be the most travel-friendly electric bass guitar. The entire bass is under 39" long, even though it is a full scale length instrument. Its compact body dimensions and headless design help it fit easily into overhead compartments on planes, into crammed gear trailers, or on crowded stages.

Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-string Electric Bass Guitar Features:
  • 5-string electric bass guitar
  • Steinberger's award-winning compact body
  • Headless design avoids neck dive
  • Durable neck-through design
  • Fixed bass bridge with direct-pull tuners
Make a statement with the Steinberger Spirit XT-25 5-string electric bass.

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Tech Specs

Body Shape Spirit
Left-/Right-handed Right-handed
Number of Strings 5
Color White
Body Material Maple
Neck Material 3-piece Maple
Neck Shape Thru neck
Fingerboard Material Rosewood
Number of Frets 24, Medium-jumbo
Scale Length 34"
Nut Width 1.625"
Bridge/Tailpiece DoubleBall bridge
Tuners 40:1 ratio direct-pull tuners
Number of Pickups 2
Neck Pickup Steinberger bass humbucker
Bridge Pickup Steinberger bass humbucker
Controls 2 x independent volume, 1 x master tone
Case Included Gig bag
Manufacturer Part Number XTSTD5WH1

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Steinberger Spirit XT-25

I had a Schecter Diamond Crimson Ghost bass I got new from England. Bill S. wanted it bad. I said if you buy this Spirit XT-25 from Sweetwater, I will swap with you. He did . It was on order for a while. It came to Bill's in Ar. last Thursday, we swapped Friday. I played it this weekend. Now all my Fender P and JP basses and various others are for sale. Thanks Sweetwater for another great product! Action was set perfect, intonation was dead on and the pickups are killer.. Ben.
Music background: semi pro, to many years to count

Great and lightweight

I've had one of these for a few years now, and in its current condition, it is perfectly balanced, easy on the shoulder due to its light weight and sounds great with the stock EMG pickups installed. Mine is modified, however, so the out-of-the-box bass you see here isn't as cool. There are a number of modifications I made, which I will not enumerate here, but the most significant is the installation of a Steinberger strap hook (as found on the Synapse series), resulting in the perfect balance I mentioned. With the stock strap buttons, it is a bit neck-heavy, drooping to the floor whenever you let it go. It isn't a big chore to install, but I recommend having it done by a competent woodworker to avoid negative consequences. I did my own installation because I am that guy. In every other way, this is an excellent investment. The EMG pickups are a good choice, as they are responsive in all ranges, with plenty of upper mids to make you stand out in the mix. I run my EQ flat at the amp, and have a very balanced sound. The light weight is a real blessing, a far cry from those old-school basses that weigh a ton. You may not think it, but the lack of an upper cutaway actually gives you a better view of the upper end of the fingerboard. With the frets here being so close together, there is a greater potential for error, so a clear and unobstructed view is essential if you play north of the 12th fret. I do, so this is a big plus in my book. The ease and simplicity of tuning or changing strings is at the core of the Steinberger design. The double ball end strings make changing strings and tuning practically idiot-proof. The tuners being integrated into the bridge and using a simple micrometer-style constant-tension system makes the tuning extremely stable, and the three-piece maple neck running the length from end to end makes it also resistant (but not immune) to temperature and humidity changes. Anyone who has done a show outside after dark knows how significant a temperature change can be. I've been playing over 40 years, and of all the instruments I've had over the years, this is my favorite, outstripping the competition in every significant way. Mine is every bit as good as the most flexible active EQ systems out there, with a passive system onboard! A real feat, in my opinion, I've certainly never encountered something like this before. The bridge is also unique in another way: The string spacing is a lot closer than other 5-string basses. It's almost as if they fit five strings into the same space as four would fit. Since I play with my fingers (mostly), this has increased my ability to divide my whole notes by 32 and still hit the notes on other strings more easily than with a conventional 5-string. Sure, it's unusual, but I consider it a big positive and I won't have it any other way. Other than being neck-heavy out of the box, this is the best bass I've seen, and there is a reason I have one and will soon have another. I now need a black one to go with "Whitey", with the same modifications I used on this one. After all these years, I have finally found my dream instrument, and I'll never go back from here. Buy it, try it, you'll love it! If not, simply contact your Sweetwater rep and he'll take care of you in typical Sweetwater style: Outstanding! Trust me, they aren't anticipating that're really gonna love this bass!
Music background: Rock (and Roll), Alt, Heavy, Funk
See also: Steinberger, Steinberger 5-string Bass Guitars