Psst... Ready to join TalkBass and start posting, make new friends, sell your gear, and more?  Register your free account in 30 seconds.

Can I marry my Steinberger?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by HeavyDuty, Jul 28, 2002.


  1. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Woohoo!

    Yesterday, I finally got around to sprucing up the Steinberger XM2A I picked up a few weeks back. The wife and I have been out of town much of the last few weeks for a family emergency, and I've been wanting to get this done.

    I completely disassembled the bass, cleaned and lubed the bridge, and replaced one of the jaws with a heavyduty replacement.

    While I had the bass apart, I hand polished the body with Meguiar's No. 5 New Car Glaze, a favorite of the Ric crowd. Now it really sparkles!

    The big job was gutting the original HBs and Haz Labs tone board for a newer set of EMG-HBs (with quick-disconnect) and a EMG-BTC at 18V. It only took about an hour working slowly, but was interrupted by a trip to the store for a long stereo jack. Luckily they had one, so I didn't have to hot-wire the power circuit! Jobs like this make me appreciate my cordless pencil iron.

    Result: it looks better (spooge no more), plays great and sounds fantastic! IMO, the BTC is much closer to my idea of a usable tone circuit than was the HAZ Labs. Blew my guitaristÂ’s mind last night when I showed up with the XM in a Strat gig bag (yes, it fits!), and he raved about the tone.

    I suspect I'll sell off the original guts - the nice thing about the way Steinberger did the electronics was how you could break it all apart at the connectors without cutting wires or unsoldering, so it's ready to reinstall.

    I'm a happy boy!
     
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    I wonder how your kids are gonna look like :p

    Congrats, it really feels good to restore a bass (or even improve it).
     
  3. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Headless!
     
  4. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany
    :D
     
  5. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Is it the EMG guitar sized humbuckers and 3 knob preamp? How much $$$? Those would work nicely in my Westone Steinberger copy.
     
  6. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Jaff, I'll PM you...
     
  7. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    congrats on your pending nuptials. when it comes time for the bachelor party, let me know, and i'll have my girls dance for ya. :D

    [​IMG]
     
  8. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Suburban Chicago, IL
    Alas, I haven't yet told the current wife of my plans...
     
  9. pictures...
     
  10. thrash_jazz

    thrash_jazz

    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    JT, your girls are all very pretty but aren't they a bit, um, too much on the large side for that type of dancing? :D :p
     
  11. john turner

    john turner You don't want to do that. Trust me. Staff Member Administrator

    Mar 14, 2000
    atlanta ga
    don't confuse glands with fat, my friend. :eek: :D
     
  12. Fat bottomed girls, they make the rockin' world go round!
     
  13. thrash_jazz

    thrash_jazz

    Jan 11, 2002
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Artist: JAF Basses, Circle K Strings
    Judging by the pic, they seem to be fairly large all over - glands and all!

    Very sexy girls nonetheless. :D