Offered for sale;

Used 1986 Steinberger GL-2 serial number 3891.

This guitar is in good condition. The frets are fine and as we all know Steinberger composite necks are always straight.

Cosmetically this guitar shows lots of playing time. In addition to the expected pick marks much of the black is worn from the hardware, the strap buttons have been reinforced, the leg rest is gone and some of the plastic is worn from the bridge pickup (see photo). It’s on its second battery cover and gig bag.

But close your eyes and plug it in (or not). It hasn’t lost a note of Steinberger feel and tone and precision.

The GL-2 was in production between 1983 and 2001. It has the classic headless Steinberger design with one-piece reinforced carbon fiber composite neck and body.

This is a Newburgh NY production instrument made when the company was completely under Ned Steinberger’s control. These earlier Steinberger’s are quite desirable and collectable. We’ve been selling new and used Steinbergers since the mid ‘80s and this is one of the few non-trems we’ve had for sale.

The 1984 Steinberger catalog described the model as follows:

Steinberger’s premier six-string guitar, the Model GL-2 embodies all the technical practical and aesthetic advances introduced on the Steinberger Bass. Guitarists can now enjoy the exquisite balance and comfort of the renowned Steinberger “headless” design It is truly the “State of the Instrument" in an electric solid-body guitar.

Fabricated from a proprietary blend of reinforced composite materials the neck and body are molded as a single, ultra-rigid unit and provide sonic properties unknown in wooden instruments This structure isolates the vibration of the string, thereby increasing harmonic content and permitting extremely long sustain An added dividend is a neck free from the "dead spots" which plague all wooden-necked instruments. The GL-2 has unmatched brilliance. clarity and dynamics, it opens up a new range of sound.  

The GL-2 guitar features the revolutionary Steinberger Double Ball System which allows super-fast string changes, re usability of strings and does away with sudden de-tuning due to string slippage. The system's equivalent at a 40:1 ratio enables far more precise and accurate tuning than traditional geared tuners can offer. A special provision in the guitar headpiece permits the use of conventional guitar strings as well. Equally innovative is the Steinberger fully-adjustable bridge and its unique locking mechanism. Fine adjustment of action and intonation is accomplished with a single screw for each function.  

Active EMG pickups. designed to augment the extended frequency response of composite construction are at the heart of the GL-2's sophisticated electronics They are manufactured to Steinberger’s exacting specifications and are only available on our instruments Tonal variety and flexibility are provided by discrete volume and tone controls in conjunction with a three-position micro toggle switch. A special phone jack will automatically accept external power via a stereo patch cord. when coupled with a phantom power supply. available from Steinberger.  

This is an awesome original “Steiny” and it could be yours!

Gig bag included.

“We carefully inspect every instrument when we buy it and bring it up to our standards before we offer it for sale. We also do a full set up before we ship. If you decide to purchase this guitar, please let us know what gauge strings you prefer.”



Body style: rectangular shaped body

Weight: 7lbs.


Bridge: Steinberger hard tail

Hardware color: black


Circuit functions: active electronics

Pickups brand and model: EMG

Pickups configuration: 2 humbucker pickups


Fingerboard material: phenolic fingerboard

Fingerboard position markers: dot fingerboard position markers

Scale length: 25.5 inches scale-length


Number of frets: 24

Peghead (headstock): headless


Pickup selector controls: 3-way selector switch

Tone controls: 1 tone control

Volume controls: 1 volume control

*Please note: we do our best giving descriptions of used pieces. We have found it impossible to describe every mark on an instrument or amp that is not in the "mint" category. Also, what's important to you may not be important to someone else. For example, you may say, "I don't care what it looks like as long as it plays or sounds well." Another person may say, "Body cosmetics are very important to me so tell me about every scratch, nick and blemish." So, please ask the questions that are most important to you. If you ask they will be answered. They are free and there's no limit. Additional photos can also be made available.

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Good (Used)
Solid Body
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