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Posted 23 September 2016 - 08:51 AM

Good Enough for henry larry and bernard,
its good enough for me,
here is some G&L porn,,,
the power of the L2000...E.


henry thomas
https://www.youtube....h?v=Yao64rkG1Uk

Larry graham
https://www.youtube....h?v=s-vPM-MlCLs

bernard Edwards
https://www.youtube....h?v=14kXaX5D6Ng

So you say to people when asked, what do you use,
"a G&L" and they say... what?
whats that ?
does not help not being able to find any as stock in shops, so people cant see or try them,
i think the importer is JHS
but why are they not advertised over here ?

http://www.glguitars.com/

Edited by funkgod, 30 September 2016 - 12:21 AM.


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 09:14 AM

View Postfunkgod, on 23 September 2016 - 08:51 AM, said:

but why are they not advertised over here ?

Possibility because they're so similar to Fender/Musicman? (rightfully so mind) Shops know that Fenders sell so might not want to pay upfront for stock if it might just sit there for a while.

I'd love to try 1, I was about to get a L2500 secondhand before I got my Lull but the seller withdrawn it from sale!
I was pretty gutted about that, I only ever hear good things about 'em! :(
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 11:40 AM

View Postfunkgod, on 23 September 2016 - 08:51 AM, said:

Good Enough for henry

henry thomas

First time I've seen/heard "King Thumb" actually playing with a band! Quite a tasty player!

As is this guy - Jodie Bremaneson of Skerryvore. With a lovely blue G&L...


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 12:10 PM

I'va always thought they were pretty highly regarded. Guitar Guitar always seem to have a load hanging on the wall.
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 12:11 PM

No mention of Cass Lewis yet?
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 12:38 PM

View PostConan, on 23 September 2016 - 11:40 AM, said:

First time I've seen/heard "King Thumb" actually playing with a band! Quite a tasty player!

As is this guy - Jodie Bremaneson of Skerryvore. With a lovely blue G&L...



Cool Clip, enjoyed that,

Henry Thomas is a fantastic player, very tastfull playing and is up there with the best of them.
dont see him with his wal any more,
mainly his very early G&L and his westone thunder,
Would love to get him on bass chat, could open a thred called ask henry .. Mods ?




View PoststingrayPete1977, on 23 September 2016 - 12:11 PM, said:

No mention of Cass Lewis yet?

pete, any clips ?

Edited by funkgod, 23 September 2016 - 12:47 PM.


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 01:31 PM

I think G&L basses are generally under rated. Leo himself is quoted as saying about G&L's ..."among the best I have ever made.." or words to that effect.

I have the L2000, the SB2 (my avatar) and the JB2.

All have their own individual tone and charactetistics. It does not bother me that others don't know about them, but it can be frustrating when I go into a reasonably large music shop, and find not one G&L bass displayed.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:00 PM

I have a G&L Asat bass that I would say is the best built and sounding bass I've ever owned.
I think the main problem with G&L is they don't seem to be stocked much in the UK. I can't recall ever seeing a add for them in any of the media.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 02:04 PM

View PostCoilte, on 23 September 2016 - 01:31 PM, said:

I think G&L basses are generally under rated. Leo himself is quoted as saying about G&L's ..."among the best I have ever made.." or words to that effect.

The best he's ever made, in fact!

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 03:31 PM

View Postpineweasel, on 23 September 2016 - 02:04 PM, said:

The best he's ever made, in fact!

http://file.vintagea...daa5vmmrj2j.jpg


Yep...that's the quote. ;)

It would make you wonder why G&L's are not more popular.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 04:10 PM

He was hardly going to say "I've sold musicman and been secretly working on these with George and they are ok, the preamp can be fiddly for some people and it won't hold it's value like a Fender" was he? :D
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 04:20 PM

G & L is the least well known of Leo's projects.

I seem to remember some sort of legal threat from Fender that made sure that G & L were originally very limited in how much they could use Leo and George's names in promoting their new instruments.(although I could have dreamt it).

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 04:42 PM

My 1992 L2000 has been my main bass for a year now , fantastic bass.

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 04:47 PM

I tried a great sounding Tribute L2500 a few weeks back in a shop. The salesman was saying how he loved it but strangely it hadn't sold. He also said that he had lost count of the number of times that buyers had come in and tried it and raved about how good it was, only to walk out with a Fender.

I have settled into Stingrays and G&L's. I have an SB-2, L1505 and Tribute L2000. L really like them all but I'm currently trying to cut down so would like the sell the L1505 and L2000 to raise a bit of cash and get Tribute L2500. The SB2 and SR5's it has cured my GAS''just looking for a lower priced back-up
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:11 PM

View Postbigd1, on 23 September 2016 - 02:00 PM, said:

I have a G&L Asat bass that I would say is the best built and sounding bass I've ever owned.
I think the main problem with G&L is they don't seem to be stocked much in the UK. I can't recall ever seeing a add for them in any of the media.

Do you find it has a lot of neck dive? I tried lovely semi hollow ASAT recently but the neck dive put me off

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:25 PM

View PostPinball, on 23 September 2016 - 04:47 PM, said:

The SB2 and SR5's it has cured my GAS''just looking for a lower priced back-up

The SB2 is an amazing bass. The only thing that a lot of people don't like about them is the absence of a tone knob...it has two volume ones. A small upgrade can easily rectify this...then IMO... it is as good as any Fender precision...any day. :ph34r:

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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:32 PM

I spent ages trying to try a L/M 2500 in a shop, but nothing, I even tried all the stores on a road trip round the states and didn't see any there, but eventually just bought one on the basis I could always sell it if it was no good. I still have it.
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 06:18 PM

A guy at work is also a bass player and was recently looking for a new bass. He was recommended a G&L but despite playing bass for more than 40 years had never heard of them before and had to ask me about them.

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 05:05 AM

View Postphil.c60, on 23 September 2016 - 05:11 PM, said:

Do you find it has a lot of neck dive? I tried lovely semi hollow ASAT recently but the neck dive put me off
No neck dive of any sort, I'm pleased to report.

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 07:23 AM

View PostConan, on 23 September 2016 - 11:40 AM, said:

First time I've seen/heard "King Thumb" actually playing with a band! Quite a tasty player!

As is this guy - Jodie Bremaneson of Skerryvore. With a lovely blue G&L...



Don't tell the class D naysayers as he appears to have a great sound with a Genz head, what a fool, if only he knew about all the heft he was missing out on! :D
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 07:44 AM

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 07:44 AM

I bought an ASAT guitar from 1991 way back. Gigged it in preference to a telecaster on the UK country circuit for years. PLAYERS looked at it like it was some sort of mutant "copy" but it is still the best ever un-telecaster I have ever played.
I think G&L shot themsleves in the foot by introducing the Tribute stuff before they had a really good established market and word-of-mouth on the USA instruments.
Great build, all the thingas you didnt like about Fender fixed... whats not to like? Apart from the depreciation.I bought mine used off a guy in New York for $300!
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 07:46 AM

View PostCoilte, on 23 September 2016 - 05:25 PM, said:

The SB2 is an amazing bass. The only thing that a lot of people don't like about them is the absence of a tone knob...it has two volume ones. A small upgrade can easily rectify this...then IMO... it is as good as any Fender precision...any day. :ph34r:

I was concerned about the lack of a tone control but my worries were unfounded, I reckon Leo got it right. After a little experimenting and blending of the two volumes, I could get all the tonal variations that I wanted. :)

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 07:52 AM

View PostPinball, on 24 September 2016 - 07:44 AM, said:


Linky fixed and copied, what a bass for £300, crazy!

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Edited by stingrayPete1977, 24 September 2016 - 07:53 AM.

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 08:19 AM

I don't think Ed Roman's famous rant about G&L build quality helped their reputation much.

"I hereby rescind any positive recommendations I have made regarding G&L instruments. I hereby will no longer recommend the G&L product to my customers. And I will buy back any G&L guitar that was purchased from me within a two year period for full price paid"

He was always something of a maverick but was one of the biggest names in US guitar retailing and offering to buy back any G&L he'd sold was a pretty big knock.

I must admit that we tried stocking them for a while at BassGear and they were very slow moving so we delisted them.
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 09:42 AM

I had an L2500 tribute for a while and it was a great sounding and versatile bass. I moved it on because i didn't like the string spacing which is quite narrow. Don't know if the US ones are different.
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 10:10 AM

View PoststingrayPete1977, on 24 September 2016 - 07:23 AM, said:

Don't tell the class D naysayers as he appears to have a great sound with a Genz head, what a fool, if only he knew about all the heft he was missing out on! :D


what does he know? didn't you notice he was using a Barefaced cab? Clearly no idea... :rolleyes:

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 10:11 AM

G&L... great basses that somehow remain 'obscure' compared to others that are not better in quality, and more expensive.

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Posted 24 September 2016 - 04:58 PM

View Postgary mac, on 24 September 2016 - 07:46 AM, said:

I was concerned about the lack of a tone control but my worries were unfounded, I reckon Leo got it right. After a little experimenting and blending of the two volumes, I could get all the tonal variations that I wanted. :)

Hi Gary
how are are you ?

the early L2000 and the L2000E did the same thing in passive mode, no tone just two volumes.
the two outer pots were the same volume, the middle one did nothing.
a strange choice.

Edited by funkgod, 24 September 2016 - 04:59 PM.


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 06:12 PM

View Postfunkgod, on 24 September 2016 - 04:58 PM, said:

Hi Gary
how are are you ?

the early L2000 and the L2000E did the same thing in passive mode, no tone just two volumes.
the two outer pots were the same volume, the middle one did nothing.
a strange choice.

Not too bad now thanks :) Hope you're doing ok.





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