Steinberger GT-Pro Standard guitar (compact/travel) £245.76 @Thomann online
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Steinberger GT-Pro Standard guitar (compact/travel) £245.76 @Thomann online

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Found 14th Apr 2013
Great 24 fret guitar for travel or jams/gigs when you don't want to lug around a lot of gear or have limited room in your car - can be easily slung over your shoulder if you're carrying e.g. an acoustic

I've had mine for over a year, no complaints - only that, although it's compact, there still is a bit of weight in the cricket bat shaped body (I've pondered the idea of getting some 'f' shaped sound holes cut in to lighten it, or simply taking a piece or two of unused body out the back, but I'm concerned about losing sustain)

The 'Standard' has 2 single coils/1 humbucker, and the 'Deluxe' is single coil with 2 humbuckers.

Modifying: The first thing a lot of Spirit owners do is trash the pickups because they think they're rubbish. I personally like the tone they produce, but they are not a high output pickup - you just need to tweak the gain on your effects to compensate. Although they have a softer/synth-like sound, the guitar has nice sustain.

The strings are ball-end to ball-end, which means you are restricted by brand. This can be overcome by purchasing a separate 'Steinberger string adaptor' (there's a guy in the US that makes and sells on ebay, or Thomann sell one, but the one I got from them was faulty, so I had to send it back), this allows you to use normal strings

An excellent, very fun guitar to play - I spent a while looking for one, and unless you're planning on purchasing one in the US, the price in the UK usually remains at £299...(one can only dream of affording a vintage 80s Steinberger)


(If interested, it may be worth ringing DV247 to find out more on their out of stock status, as they claim to have been selling these at £235 dv247.com/gui…786 - they were £299 when I bought mine, but price-matched a Thomann bundle deal)


Available in Black or White

7 Comments

I've never seen the attraction with these. They sound awful and feel awkward to play due to the shape.
So if travelling you can't sit down and play it comfortably and if standing with a strap, it's off balance.

For a travel guitar I use a Cort earth mini . It's pretty much identical to a Taylor baby but £100 cheaper and I'd argue the Cort sounds better. (£165 ish)

Original Poster

cRuNcHiE

I've never seen the attraction with these. They sound awful and feel … I've never seen the attraction with these. They sound awful and feel awkward to play due to the shape. So if travelling you can't sit down and play it comfortably and if standing with a strap, it's off balance.For a travel guitar I use a Cort earth mini . It's pretty much identical to a Taylor baby but £100 cheaper and I'd argue the Cort sounds better. (£165 ish)



Looks aside, have you actually played one? The only awkward thing about playing them is that if you're one of those guys that stare at your left hand when playing, it looks like your playing on the wrong fret, due to not having a headstock - no problem. As for sitting down, it has a fold out leg rest. Seriously, apart from the weirdness of not seeing a headstock, there is nothing uncomfortable about playing them.

As for sound - I sometimes like to play to prog-rock (Gong, Ozrics, etc), having a solid neck and 24 frets, this is a seriously fun guitar to shred on.

The deal is not for everyone - I'm not trying to convince anyone that it's the only guitar you need. I own several guitars - I don't play them all at once, but depending on what mood I'm in or the players I'm playing with, I like to have choices.

RE: Cort acoustic - not even relevant, as it's an acoustic body guitar. There are loads of wooden backpack guitars for traveling and playing around the campfire. This is an electric guitar that can be used in a gigging situation (on stage...loud drums)

Edited by: "jeczap" 14th Apr 2013

Hot - need more guitar stuff on hukd!!

jeczap

Looks aside, have you actually played one? The only awkward thing about … Looks aside, have you actually played one? The only awkward thing about playing them is that if you're one of those guys that stare at your left hand when playing, it looks like your playing on the wrong fret, due to not having a headstock - no problem. As for sitting down, it has a fold out leg rest. Seriously, apart from the weirdness of not seeing a headstock, there is nothing uncomfortable about playing them.As for sound - I sometimes like to play to prog-rock (Gong, Ozrics, etc), having a solid neck and 24 frets, this is a seriously fun guitar to shred on. The deal is not for everyone - I'm not trying to convince anyone that it's the only guitar you need. I own several guitars - I don't play them all at once, but depending on what mood I'm in or the players I'm playing with, I like to have choices. RE: Cort acoustic - not even relevant, as it's an acoustic body guitar. There are loads of wooden backpack guitars for traveling and playing around the campfire. This is an electric guitar that can be used in a gigging situation (on stage...loud drums)



I've been a guitar tech for a music shop for almost ten years so yeah I've handled this model and set up several of them over the years.

I mentioned the cort as it is also a compact travel guitar which you advertised this as being. If you're into 80's throwback or mullet rock then by all means buy this electric to go with your headless bass!

Original Poster

Top qualifications to get high and be trusted using a cash register - why don't you give us some technical garb why it's a poor deal instead of 'you can"t play it comfortably sitting down' (which you can), or if you're not happy with the tone, change it (as I've suggested many have by swapping pickups). Find us a better deal, troll

cRuNcHiE

I've been a guitar tech for a music shop for almost ten years so yeah … I've been a guitar tech for a music shop for almost ten years so yeah I've handled this model and set up several of them over the years. I mentioned the cort as it is also a compact travel guitar which you advertised this as being. If you're into 80's throwback or mullet rock then by all means buy this electric to go with your headless bass!


Edited by: "jeczap" 14th Apr 2013

Contrary to what you may believe, I'm perfectly entitled to my own opinion and suggesting I'm just a stoner that works a till is ludicrous.

I already said why i thought it was uncomfortable and also suggested another option in my OP.
The two most popular electric guitar shapes (strat and les Paul) have been designed with anthropometrics and ergonomics in mind and as such have a certain contour that can 'sit' well against the body when standing up and also sit nicely on the thigh/leg if sat down. This guitar lacks that part of the body due it's small/compact shape and therefore I find it awkward to play.

Another model with similar issues is the round back acoustics like the ovation which have a tendency to 'fall away' from your body when you try to play them and as such that is the most common reason people say when trying to sell them back to us. These also tend so sound pretty bad unplugged, but once plugged in they are generally regarded to perform well. (Not really my cup of tea though)

As for tone, its not just down to pickups . The body shape and material has a large impact on tone and sustain. The lack of actual body surface area in this model causes it to sound dull and lifeless in my opinion.

Edited by: "cRuNcHiE" 14th Apr 2013

Original Poster

cRuNcHiE

Contrary to what you may believe, I'm perfectly entitled to my own … Contrary to what you may believe, I'm perfectly entitled to my own opinion and suggesting I'm just a stoner that works a till is ludicrous.I already said why i thought it was uncomfortable and also suggested another option in my OP. The two most popular electric guitar shapes (strat and les Paul) have been designed with anthropometrics and ergonomics in mind and as such have a certain contour that can 'sit' well against the body when standing up and also sit nicely on the thigh/leg if sat down. This guitar lacks that part of the body due it's small/compact shape and therefore I find it awkward to play. Another model with similar issues is the round back acoustics like the ovation which have a tendency to 'fall away' from your body when you try to play them and as such that is the most common reason people say when trying to sell them back to us. These also tend so sound pretty bad unplugged, but once plugged in they are generally regarded to perform well. (Not really my cup of tea though)As for tone, its not just down to pickups . The body shape and material has a large impact on tone and sustain. The lack of actual body surface area in this model causes it to sound dull and lifeless in my opinion.



Now you're comparing it with round-back Ovations? You're definitely and not surprisingly high
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