My Steinberger NOBD

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chili Bo Billy, Sep 27, 2016.

  1. IMG_0756.JPG I missed my Steinberger so much, I got another one...
    Last time I held an L2 was 26 years ago.
    I bought a Steinberger spirit when they came out, and was underwhelmed... couldn't hold a candle to the original.
    I got this L2 used and I'm sure it was a lined fretless originally.
    My bass had dot markers on the fret board.
    I'm happy again!
  2. My wife encouraged me to get it, even though it wasn't in the budget.
    She is such great woman!!!
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  3. DigitalMan

    DigitalMan Bring Back Edit/Delete

    Nov 30, 2011
    Bay Area, CA
    Nicely done. A classic bass. I have been having similar thoughts lately.
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  4. Was feeling nostalgic, maybe I'll put a Rush tribute and call it... wait for it...." Grays under pressure."
    Being the ole fart that I am, I'm finding myself reminiscing about those heady days of playing 6-7 days a week, what a hoot!
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  6. stacker

    stacker Inactive

    Feb 24, 2010
    Well done, OP. I let my XL2A go many, many years ago. She spent ten years in the wilderness and she eventually resurfaced and I bought her back from the same fella I sold her to. She also has a transitional XL2UF to keep her company.

    Once fretless, you say?
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  7. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    Nice old bird. I still have my 86' XP2. The L2's are such great basses, the original design was the best IMO, though I wouldn't mind one of the new NS 4 basses. Never seen one without dots, so the fretless theory probably correct. You could check via serial numbers if you have the interest.
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  8. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    Astoria, NY
    Congrats! I've had an XL2 for many years and know I'll never flip it. I use it regularly and am still blown away by how it sounds and plays.
    When I do take it out and get comments, they typically fall into two categories:
    Youths that marvel at it (either seeing one in person for the first time or just in general),
    and guys our age OP - that had one, sold it years ago, and wished they never did and wanted another!

    Happy to hear you were able to come full circle! Enjoy your new Steiner all over again!
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  9. stacker

    stacker Inactive

    Feb 24, 2010
    True. Wonder if it got sent back to the factory or was changed to fretted before shipping?
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  10. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Nice! Enjoy it.
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  11. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Nice! I just recently learned about the history of Steinberger after seeing them for many years. Didn't realize the originals were so cutting edge. Also, nice Ray, I love mine!
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  12. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    I've never seen a lined fretless L2...mine was unlined. I agree the lack of dots suggests a conversion.
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  13. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Nice. I sold my L2 last year and I miss it big time. Actually I traded my XL2 for that L2 and I miss the XL2 much more. The minor improvements in the XL2 over the L2 were big to me (the bridge and leg rest) and the tone wasnt that much different. I was GASn for a Spector and Musicman so I sold the L2 and bought a Euro LX and Stingray. I like those basses but I regret selling my Steiny!
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  14. stacker

    stacker Inactive

    Feb 24, 2010
    I had one on loan back in nineteen canteen. Was defo an L2, lined with position dots on board.
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  15. stacker

    stacker Inactive

    Feb 24, 2010
    Got your serial number, OP?
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  16. I checked the serial number on the website for Steinbergers and it indicated that it was indeed a lined fretless.
    It was numbered #157 from the Sullivan st.
  17. stacker

    stacker Inactive

    Feb 24, 2010
    WOW! That's an early one and I can see that! Wonder who did the conversion? What are the fret slots like on the edges?

    BTW, you might want to let Berndt know at and get that entry updated.
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  18. It needs a little TLC.... it was dusty and some parts are rusty but will start to restore it with replacement parts
  19. IMG_0760.JPG O IMG_0758.JPG Thanks Stacker! I will definitely check it out.
    Here a couple of pics...
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  20. stacker

    stacker Inactive

    Feb 24, 2010
    Nice, man.

    Any of these ends 'proud' of the neck profile?