Everytime I see one of these XL2’s, I think of that epic Accept song, “Fast as a Shark.” That must subconsciously be because of its sleek lines and streamlined appearance. These Steinberger basses set the bar for decades in terms of what bassists would turn to when they were tired of that 14-pound Precision bass and wanted something that looked and sounded a little more up to date. At least that’s how it was for me.
It just so happened that my first viewing of the great Mr. Lee playing an XL2 was on Rush’s “Grace Under Pressure” tour and from the first moment I saw its appearance, I was hooked. That Steinberger tone, along with Geddy’s playing cut through the rest of the band to the point that every note he hit was heard in the Omni that night. Going home, all I could think was, “I gotta get me one of those basses and the XL2 became my new “dream bass.”
As life and chance would have it, it would be quite a few years later before I would own my first XL2- maybe around ’90 or ’91. It was a beater and had been played half to death, but none of that mattered- that same, “cut-through” tone was there and that little bass hung with me until, like the girls at the time, I found another bass to fancy. That said, the tone and comfortableness of an XL2 were rarely, if ever matched.
This particular bass has been well cared for and both its condition and playability show it. You can dial back the tone knob, go to the bridge pickup and you’ll get the sharpest, mid-rangy burp on the street. That’s not for you? No problem- simply bring up the neck pickup, dial that tone knob forward and you’ll get the roundest P-bass boom on the planet. These and everything in between, my fellow low-enders, but I know I’m preaching to the choir. Simply put, this is as solid an XL2 as you’ll ever find and if you have any questions, just dial us up. I’ve got the tall ‘Elk enrolled in the University of Bass, so he’ll know just what you’re talking about if you happen to get him on the phone!