Dating gl basses

26-Jun-2017 04:00

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A sneaky peek inside the control cavity shows it to be well shielded, but very messy, with a mass of cabling crammed into a small space.

Playability And Sounds The L-2000 has a naturally bright tone: it sounds powerful and lively, and resonates well through the body.

Initially it may be a bit confusing, so time spent getting used to each control and how it works in relation to the others will be well spent.

The main three controls are volume, treble and bass, but the switches are where the fun begins.

The bridge is a standard nickel-plated G&L saddle-locking affair that allows for action and intonation adjustments to be made.

Two G&L Magnetic Field Design humbuckers are paired with an active/passive circuit with controls for volume, bass and treble alongside switch controls for pickup selection, series/parallel operation and active/passive circuitry.

The fingerboard has a slight camber and this, combined with a 43mm nut width and 19mm string spacing at the bridge, make for a neck that ticks all the boxes.However, it’s the active tones that really dictate what this bass is all about.With the active circuit on, both pickups selected and the bass set to series mode, the bass has a rock-solid tone that has plenty of bottom end, but there’s enough high-mid and top end clarity to cut through most band mixes.Considering this is meant to be part of the more budget-friendly Tribute line, either someone hasn’t read the script or G&L are pushing the envelope as to what is possible at this price.

Build Quality The carved top gives the body a camber and, although the two-piece body is quite thick and bulky, the body depth changes around the shape: it’s at its thickest around the tailpiece.Leo certainly knew what worked and what didn’t when it came to bass design.Plugging in, there is a real assortment of tonal options on offer.Some players find this set-up too limiting, but with this bass, it means that you have three permutations to pick from rather than a rolling pan across the pickups.