Dating gl basses

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Both cutaways are reasonable, with the lower cutaway offering unhindered access to the upper frets of the 21-fret one-piece maple neck and rosewood fingerboard.The gloss coated neck has a medium C-shaped profile, but it doesn’t feel too chunky, so getting around the fingerboard isn’t a problem.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 headstock, in the standard G&L shape, sports a four in-a-row tuner arrangement and there isn’t much of a balance issue between the body and the headstock.Placed on a strap, the bass assumes a comfortable playing angle.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.

This particular L-2000 is seriously good-looking and features a carved flame maple top along with an extensive array of controls, perhaps too many for some players.

Conclusions There is very little to dislike about this bass.

It really is a fine instrument to play, especially at this price.

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.

Selecting the active circuit with treble boost pushes the bass fi rmly into slap territory: there’s no doubt that if slapping is your thing, this bass will put a smile on your face, particularly if you keep the bass in series mode.

There is a small gap between the six-bolt neck joint, but it’s not a major issue as the joint looks and feels tight.

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