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G&L Fretboard question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MarshallNole, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2013
    I am looking into getting a US made G&L L2000 with an ebony fretboard. Most of the real life pictures I've seen of G&Ls with an ebony fretboard have no fret markers on them at 1, 3, 5, etc.

    Is this standard on the ebony fretboards from G&L? The one's I saw may be some special edition (bad ass bass player?), so I'm not sure. You can google G&L L2000 Blackburst to see what I mean. There was a pic posted on these forums of an L2000 in blackburst and ebony fretboard, but it had no fretboard markers.

    As a newb, I need those markers. I e-mailed G&L and never received a response.
  2. Sgroh87


    Dec 4, 2012
    DFW, Texas
    They probably have side dots, just nothing on the board itself. That's fairly common.
  3. Turkeypills

    Turkeypills Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2012
    St. Louis
    They definitely have side dots. Removing the face dots is a custom option.

    OP have you ever played a bass with no face dots? I actually find that I do not need face dots as I am always looking at the side dots when I look at the neck while playing. Plus an a bare ebony board has a classy look, but then again I am a visual minimalist.
  4. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2013
    I;ve never played one with no face dots. As long as it has dots SOMEWHERE then I am good... I just am not familiar enough with the fretboard yet to not have the dots.
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  6. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    You will be lucky to get an answer from G&L. Contact a dealer and ask them. They will either know or be able to get an answer.

    I have a 1981 L1K with an ebony board. It has the dots and side fret markers.

  7. KablesP


    Oct 29, 2013
    I think that is a custom option because most of the ones I have seen have the fret markers, as does the one I own.

    If you are going used, check out the Guitar Center used section. I found my 92 L2K on sale for 650!
  8. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO
    Pardon me while I clean up the drool form my desk. Stunning ole girl there friend :)
  9. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    If you order a new one, you can get it either way (assuming you can order ebony at all, now - which you may not be able to. At one point, they were only offering ebony for fretless basses). If you buy a used one, it may or may not have them. It just depends on the individual bass.
  10. pfox14


    Dec 22, 2013
    That must be a new thing because I've never seen a G&L bass without FB dots.
  11. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    I've had both of these for a while...


    Being able to order a G&L with no fret markers is nothing new.
  12. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2013
    I really hope ebony fretboards are still an option....REALLY hope so.
  13. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
  14. Fit4pain

    Fit4pain Gold Supporting Member

    May 30, 2012
    San Antonio Texas
    I am picking up my new MJ 4 today. I ordered with the ebony fret board. I will post pictures later today
  15. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2013
    I think he was saying it is a $200 charge for them to put an ebony fretboard on.
  16. MarshallNole

    MarshallNole Supporting Member

    Dec 1, 2013
    Did you order straight from G&L? How long did it take to come in?
  17. msact

    msact Supporting Member

    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    Bingo. That's my understanding. I am pretty sure you would have to ask for them to not put on the dots.
  18. mikezimmerman

    mikezimmerman Supporting Member

    Apr 29, 2001
    Omaha, Nebraska
    The $200 charge is for an ebony board.
  19. Selta


    Feb 6, 2002
    Somewhere Far Beyond
    Uncompensated: Fractal Audio, AudiKinesis Cabs, Dingwall basses, Kalium Strings,
    My custom L-2500 was ebony with no face dots, but the no face dots was a no-cost option. You had to specify if you didn't want them, otherwise you got them. Personally, I love how Ebony looks - much moreso than Rosewood. I also rarely look down at the neck, let alone at the front of the fretboard (even if I did, sometimes it wouldn't do me very good as our stage can be dark enough that you can't see your hand if it's touching your nose), so not having them was not an issue what so ever.
  20. MontzterMash


    Dec 6, 2010
    While jamming with a guitarist friend last week, I noticed how much I like that he has dots on the fretboard -- sometimes I'm watching to see what he's doing. If ever playing with other people, it may be that having fretboard dots is handy.

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