G&l tribute l2500/m2500 B string
So after being ragged on about not liking having a low B I went out and tried some more 5's. I still don't know if I will like the low B but I'm willing to try it out long term and buy a five string. I played a U.S. G&L M2500 and thought the B string sounded fantastic. Big and loud and well defined. The 1600 is more than I'm willing to spend and I hated the colour so I was thinking about hunting down a tribute model. I was wondering if anyone has tried either the l2500 or m2500 and if you can comment on the low B string. The M2500 would be my first choice but it seems there are a lot more used L2500 around so I might go that route.
So, anyone have a Tribute 5 string out there?
5 in my stable
They're all different tho'
4 are a full step downtuned (A, D, G, C, F) I play'em in my thrash metal band and, by the downtunin', you can get how defined and precise is the lower string
1 is regularly tuned (B, E, A, D, G) and is a present to my brother, who plays R&B/funk and uses Groovester nickels.
This one is the first I got and it's a 2005 MIK Tribute, so the best among mine for fit, finish, materials and sound and tone.
The other 4 are all Indo Tributes so more recent models:
- 3TS with bird's eye maple fingerboard
- natural with IQS green tapered string
- blueburst and completely stock
- natural with carved flamed maple top
These are the basses I challenge each and every pedalboard chain and head/cab combination to test if those accessories can face the brutal downtuned passive/serial attack and the strikin' active/parallel peaks
If somethin' clips... fine... bye bye baby
Bein' Tribbies means that they're bang for your bucks (that's why I got so many) but does not mean they're toys... I tour with two almost identical Squier active deluxe V to not overly think about consequencies
I'm a 4-string guy and bought a Trib L2500 to see how I liked 5s. I bought the L based on my experience with G&Ls in general - I own and have owned several USA and a couple of Tribs, both guitar and bass. So I bought based on brand experience.
That said, I'm still a 4-string guy, but I really do like playing the L2500. I've had it for a few years and, unfortunately right after getting it, started gigging as a guitarist and my bass playing time has been limited. But I've gotten used to it to the point where I can play it comfortably without having to think about it much after the first few minutes. Jumping from 4 to 5 in one sitting/gig complicates things, but if I keep with just the L2500 for the whole time, I'm fine.
To answer your question, the B string is just fine. A lot will come down to string selection and set up. The L's are string-thru-body, so long strings are a must. There's a mod posted out on bassesbyleo we site to add bolts thru the body and string thru the bridge, allows you a little more string options and supposedly adds a bit of clarity and sustain. I haven't done it yet, but probably will next time I change strings.
I love the L-series tone. I haven't had the chance to play an M, but I've heard nothing but good things.
I don't own a Trib L2500 but a Trib L2K, US L2500 fretless and US L1500. On all of them the B strings (C# on the 1500, resp.) are just plain amazing.
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