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Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 12:25 am
by marzzz
Thinking about how Kiesel has really taken the lead on building headless guitars it would be great if they made something like the old Steinberger GL. They are practically there with the Vader, it would be just a matter of making the small body. How about it?

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I would love one for an ultimate travel guitar. Any reason why they couldn't?

Re: Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 2:13 pm
by helldorado
I think it's the natural conclusion of headless guitar design, for anybody who wants a super small or travel friendly guitar.

But honestly, I would never buy one, I think headless guitars are small and weird looking to begin with. :lol:

Re: Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 3:32 pm
by HarlowTheFish
Having played a few of the paddle headlesses, and being a current owner of a CL6 and a Strandberg Boden, I gotta say hell no those things are super uncomfortable and balance worse than an SG. I appreciate the travel guitar logic, but how much bigger is something like a Vader, realistically? The horns aren't going to add length, it's really not that much wider, and in exchange you get something that's actually functional instead of finicky.

Re: Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:15 pm
by Nombrecomun
I get the compact aspect of it. Great travel guitar. My Vader travelled really well on an international flight. No problem.

I would be into these if they came with their TransTrem.

Re: Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 4:51 pm
by marzzz
Way, waaay back when I did have a Steinberger GL, it was actually a pretty cool little guitar though its tone was a bit too "even." It had the little flip out stand and I had no trouble playing it seated:

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The Trans-Trem was a bit of a biatch to keep calibrated, though- I was OK with just the regular locking trem and would probably prefer the current Hipshot bridge (though it would be great if they added a locking function). Having traveled with a GL, the really small shape is an advantage, but I can understand people not liking it because it was so non-traditional.

Steinberger does currently make a GT-Pro, but I have heard bad report regarding its build quality.

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Would like Kiesel to show them how it's done...

Re: Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Sat Apr 03, 2021 7:46 pm
by spudmunkey
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Re: Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 12:29 am
by amon
Nombrecomun wrote:I would be into these if they came with their TransTrem.

The steps get worn over time, if you actually use the transposing feature, and it doesn't want to stay seated anymore. The counter-tension of the single spring doesn't like to line up with the zero position unless you use the gauge of strings that are specifically made for the transposing feature.

Re: Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Sun Apr 04, 2021 1:13 am
by HarlowTheFish
spudmunkey wrote:144668166_1370924316578412_6998140394738124888_n.jpg

To paraphrase OSG, where I've been spending a lot of time lately:

"Pretty, but needs tort"

:wall: tort :wall: is :wall: awful :wall:

Re: Kiesel GL- why not?

Posted: Wed May 05, 2021 3:11 pm
by OotMagroot
I preferred the Steiny GS look......which basically looks like a Vader, so there ya go (although I wish the Vader was bolt-on).

I've been playing the headless Eart guitars as of late - GREAT headless guitars for the money - especially after a few upgrades.

I've been pondering a "Spirit" Steinberger that I can put an EMG 89/SA/89 set in.