Bought used in 1999, one piece graphite body and neck, 2 EMG-85's, Trans-trem, Gibson USA made, body dated 1996-Nov, no. T9334. Although just 3 pickup positions available, still sounds very sweet and has l-o-n-g sustain, really surprised me when I first got the guitar becauseI never thought a graphite body could have that much tone.
Meanwhile, I thought I'd like to marbleize the top, so I opened it up to remove the top. ThenI found out why it got tone - the body is hollow! The graphite top seems a bit too thick to resonate like a hollowbody top but some sound box effect should be present. I bet most people haven't see a Steinberger GL opened up. Enjoy the pic below. After a while, I finally marbleized it, an ivory clouds design. The pic looks better than the real thing, and I couldn't get the lines straight around the window for the Steinberger emblem. I thought of re-doing the whole thing, but then I thought, man, it was art. It was spontaneous, like an improvised solo with natural flaws. By artist's temperament, both flaws and perfection have a cause to exist. So I just put the thing back together. The paint didn't seem to affect the tone at all. That got me wondering, does this guitar top resonate at all? I now keep this in my office, plugged into a Fender Frontman 15R. Whenever I have free time, I pick it up and play.
In mid-2001, I upgraded the trem to a Trans-trem.
The Thanksgiving break in 2001 was unusually warm, and gave me a straight stretch of four working days in the garage. Using some scrap Koa wood left from another project, I built a wood top for the GL2T. The guitar still sounds the same, so I can now almost safely deduce that the top does not quite affect the tone on a GL. Maybe it is because the bridge is bolted into the graphite body and the string vibrations hit the top only indirectly through six screws.