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Unread 05-08-2012, 07:47 AM   #1
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NBD! Steinberger Spirit XZ-25! Fretless and MOD suggestions?

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So I sold my Ibby SR305 and bought this Steinberger. I like it way better than the SR305, the neck is wider and thicker but it feels good. It sounds good. I didn't expect the pickups to be "so good"(for stock pickups). It's in mint condition, there's just one little scratch by the pots.

I will be modifying this bass. I will buy a Moses Graphite fretless neck. I can't wait!
I thought about refinishing it, it looks so unspectacular/boring in black. Give me some suggestions. I thought about white or natural.

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Family picture! Saving up for the BKPs for the other spirit and the Moses neck.


The burst on my GM-4s is very hard to capture.


Does anyone have experience with changing to fretless instruments? Is it a big help if I let the Moses guy do fretline markers on the fretboard? Is it too difficult without? I'd love the look of a blank fretboard.
If you have ideas for a inlay, let me know! Still haven't decided anything!

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Unread 05-08-2012, 12:25 PM   #2
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I will be modifying this bass. I will buy a Moses Graphite fretless neck. I can't wait!
I thought about refinishing it, it looks so unspectacular/boring in black. Give me some suggestions. I thought about white or natural.
Does anyone have experience with changing to fretless instruments? Is it a big help if I let the Moses guy do fretline markers on the fretboard? Is it too difficult without? I'd love the look of a blank fretboard.
If you have ideas for a inlay, let me know! Still haven't decided anything!

Opinions anyone?

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Unread 05-08-2012, 01:05 PM   #3
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That bass would look great in white IMO. That's a pretty cool collection of headless instruments you have. Can't really help with your question, I have no experience with fretless instruments and find the idea daunting
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I will be modifying this bass. I will buy a Moses Graphite fretless neck. I can't wait!
I thought about refinishing it, it looks so unspectacular/boring in black. Give me some suggestions. I thought about white or natural.
Does anyone have experience with changing to fretless instruments? Is it a big help if I let the Moses guy do fretline markers on the fretboard? Is it too difficult without? I'd love the look of a blank fretboard.
If you have ideas for a inlay, let me know! Still haven't decided anything!

Opinions anyone?
I think putting a moses neck would be a bit over kill, but if the cost's right to you, then do it :p.

Im gassing pretty hard for a fret less bass, but if you' havent been playing one for a while, its gonna hurt if you dont have the fret markers.

I would get a soft gray inlay for the fret markers (simple enough, and wont be super visible). But as for a traditional inlay, Id say keep it simple.
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Unread 05-08-2012, 04:53 PM   #5
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I think putting a moses neck would be a bit over kill, but if the cost's right to you, then do it :p.

Im gassing pretty hard for a fret less bass, but if you' havent been playing one for a while, its gonna hurt if you dont have the fret markers.

I would get a soft gray inlay for the fret markers (simple enough, and wont be super visible). But as for a traditional inlay, Id say keep it simple.
Good idea!
I don't see why putting a Moses neck would be over kill though. I've got one on my other spirit. Feels and sounds amazing!

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That bass would look great in white IMO. That's a pretty cool collection of headless instruments you have. Can't really help with your question, I have no experience with fretless instruments and find the idea daunting
White with a black Carbon neck would look stunning!

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im a sucker for flamed maple. maybe you could get a nice veneer on it and stain it a cherry red?
If not, white is always a great idea!
as for inlays... not really sure. I would check out Daemoness guitars. They have some sick inlays. you may get an idea or two
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im a sucker for flamed maple. maybe you could get a nice veneer on it and stain it a cherry red?
If not, white is always a great idea!
as for inlays... not really sure. I would check out Daemoness guitars. They have some sick inlays. you may get an idea or two
Nice idea, but I don't think that my abilities are sufficient. White would be much easier and would fit perfect to a neck without any inlays.

I'm currently still in contact with Steve Mosher about the Moses neck, I want to be sure the measures fit.

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You can get a lined fretless Moses Graphite neck, it's a $50 upcharge. If you were willingto pay the extra cash and really wanted to keep the board blank but still have fret-lines you could contact them and see about doing side lines only, I don't know if they would do it though.

As for color, white would look amazing with it.

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You can get a lined fretless Moses Graphite neck, it's a $50 upcharge. If you were willingto pay the extra cash and really wanted to keep the board blank but still have fret-lines you could contact them and see about doing side lines only, I don't know if they would do it though.

As for color, white would look amazing with it.
I'm actually in constant contact since I ordered my Moses guitar neck.
He told me fretlines won't have an upcharge.

But yeah sidelines seems like the best compromise for me, I got to ask him that.

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You have NO idea how bad I've been gasing for one of these. UGGGHHHH I HATE YOU.
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I played one of those guys at my local GC and totally regret not walking out of the store with it Also...I have mad envy for that GM-4
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