I owned a 90s L2000 for years, loved it, but wanted a different color. So I sold it and ordered a new L2000 from Gearhounds. Then I watched this video review of the M2000: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CBRCaepunNE
Which made me want an M2000 too. Lol. So now I am getting both.
Don't know much about the Tribute series but bang for buck can't be beat on a U.S. G&L.
If you get one, call Erik Taylor at Gearhounds.com, tell him Tim from Omaha sent you. They are running heavy discount promotions all the time and you won't find a better deal on a factory-direct new G&L.