Anyone Install G&L Pickups in a Non G&L Bass?

Discussion in 'Pickups & Electronics [BG]' started by JES, Feb 10, 2013.

  1. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    Hi All,

    Like the subject says. Specifically, the G&L Magnetic Field pickups on the L-2000. I've always heard they contribute mightily to the instrument's sound. If that's the case, I wonder if they would make a non-G&L bass sound more or less like a G&L bass? I've got an old "project" bass I'm considering modding.
  2. topcat2069

    topcat2069 Supporting Member

    Dec 2, 2007
    Cathedral City, CA
    Endorsing Artist: GK Amps
  3. I have only heard of people installing split MDF pickup into P basses, and apparently worked really well. I never heard of L2000 pickups in other basses, but that doesn't mean nobody did it.
  4. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    Thanks for the replies. I should say I have a Tribute l-2000 that sounds amazing, but I find it a bit heavy and prefer a J-neck profile to a P-neck profile.
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  6. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    White Plains
    I've thought about putting an MFD in my Stingray on more than one occasion.
  7. themarshall


    Jun 26, 2008
    cochrane wi
    I've seen it; someone had an mfd in the bridge on a P. I was just considering putting one in the P position in a squire P5 yesterday. As to whether it will sound like a G&L, the L-series have passive (even with the pre disengaged) bass and high controls that I assume affect the inherent sound, but I don't know how much. Try bassesbyleo. There's info galore on G&L electronics.
  8. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Well, you could save for a USA L-2000, and order it with the #8 neck, as many folks (and some dealers) do. Or watch for one used on TB. Ash-bodied samples are typically lighter IMLE. G&L's J-type necks are amazing. For the long haul, this could be worth it.

    I have seen a pics of a Fender Bronco (or possibly Precision) with an MFD humbucker, making a Fender L-1000.
  9. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Supporting The Gold

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
  10. ojo

    ojo Supporting Member

    Jun 12, 2006
    You should hit up SanfordandSonny, that dude has put all sorts of G&L pickups into all sorts of bodies.
  11. JES

    JES Supporting Member

    ..and when you soloed that pickup how did it sound compared with a G&L L2500?

    @NedMundo: I could indeed buy a USA l2000 right now (and sell my Tribute to finance it). But I am concerned about the weight. More to the point, I am also interested in potentially thinning the herd, so as to maybe get a 5-string or a guita@r something else (I have 5 basses as it is--don't want more). I have an old Ibanez Roadstar II that feels good in my hands and has a lot of sentimental value as my first bass. It needs some fretwork and tuning up but if it would sound "G&Lish" enough I might go for it.
  12. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Supporting The Gold

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    Well, I've messed w/a G&L only once and I couldn't say for certain where I placed that PU is where G&L placed theirs on the L2500, but at the time, from what I could recall, there was little/no difference. Only my oppinion of course and as I stated, mine is completely passive, but if you want the G&L sound, I'd go for it.

  13. LowB-ing


    Aug 3, 2005
    It seems your pics in that thread no longer work.

    ...And I'd REALLY like to see them! :bawl:
  14. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    New York USA
    This is something I've long thought about doing - actually using the 3-way circuit from an L-1000 along with the MFD in P position on a nice lightweight P body. I will never do it, but I can only assume it would sound like my 1981 L-1000 anchor (as much and any bass sounds like any other bass)
  15. LongHairFreak

    LongHairFreak Supporting The Gold

    Aug 7, 2006
    Twin Cities - MN
    Welllll... That's no good. Let me see if I can find them elsewhere.