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❌SOLD❌ Steinberger XL2 Headless Fretted Bass, 1984 (REDUCED)


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Here we have a Steinberger XL2 Headless Fretted Bass, dating to 1984 and built at the Steinberger shop in Newburgh, New York. It uses the unmistakable headless design based on the L2 and is made of graphite reinforced epoxy with some plastic components (the top). The pickups are by EMG. It is in overall very good, original condition though – as is common with these instruments – the plug-in leg rest is missing. Fret wear is minor and it’s very comfortable to play, with a tight focused tone even acoustically. 

Ned Steinberger came from a fine arts background, focusing on sculpture, to create highly influential instruments, particularly the headless guitar and bass. The Steinberger Bass is a radical departure from previous instruments, not just because of the headless design with tuners at the tail end, but because of its successful use of composite materials including graphite-epoxy blends. When these appeared in the early 1980’s, they were rapidly adopted by new pop bands and are heard on many recordings of the period. The design itself, introduced in the L2 bass, won many prestigious design awards, and patents, in the late 1970’s and early 1980s.

Subsequently, Steinberger Sound introduced the TransTrem, which allows all strings to stay in relative tune as the pitch changes, effectively a transposition device.

The original Steinberger gig bag is included.



Price: $3,499.00 CAD
View Spec Sheet (PDF)
  • Model: XL2
  • Year: 1984
  • Finish Gloss Black
  • Class: Used
  • Serial Number: 2001
  • Country of Origin: USA
  • Condition: Very Good
  • Date Posted: 13/01/2018

  • This instrument has been sold
  • Consignment Item

  • Including original Gig Bag case
  • Instrument Weight: 8.82lbs 4.0kg
  • Scale Length: 34in 863.6mm
  • Nut Width: 1 7/16in 36.5mm
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