Re: Headless Basse

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Posted by JDP on July 18, 2000 at 23:06:33:

In Reply to: Headless Basse posted by Deman on July 18, 2000 at 18:06:29:

: Alright...I've seen these things around for a long time, but still have very little information about them...How do they play? I've heard that taking away the mass from the weak end of the instrument can kill sustain (not nessecarily a bad thing). Is this true? Does anyone know of any big names that play headless? Do YOU play headless? How well do they hold their tune? Any help on this would be much appreciated...also, has anyone ever played a Steinberger bass? They seem to be a pretty good deal...

: Steinberger xz2 5 string - $269.99

: Help me out!
: Deman

: I've played 'Steinberger type' basses for quite a while. I never have really noticed any lack of sustain problems with them. I mostly use mine for slap/pop stuff. I've never played a 'real' Steinberger but they are rare and in high demand by some. You can only find them used. The $269 one you are refering to is probably from someplace like right? Those are 'Spirit' by Steinberger - a much cheaper copy of the originals. The original Steinberger's were made by Ned Steinberger in the 80's and had graphite necks (I think maybe they were ALL graphite)and high end electronics. They were wonderful instruments that still go for around $2000.00 today used. Ned Steinberger sold the rights to Gibson (I think) to make those basses now and Gibson mass produces them under the Spirit by Steinberger name (much like the Tobias basses that are on the market now - Michaeal Tobias makes basses under the MTD line). I'm sure they are OK, but nothing like the 80's counterparts. Hope this helps!

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