G&L L-1000 vs P bass

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  1. basss

    basss Supporting Member

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    I've been curious about the L1000 for a while now. They are often described as 'P like'. I've owned a bunch of P's. Would I be getting anything significantly different with the L1k? Can someone who has owned both describe the differences?
  2. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

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    aside from body shape and neck specs, the main difference is tone. I have/had two precisions to compare to my '81 L1K and the tone is not even in the same ballpark, to my ear. the closest the L1K got to sounding like a precision is after i snipped the cap out that put it in single-coil w/bass boost mode. after the cap was removed, it turned that setting into a standard series mode. while the difference was fairly subtle, it did get it closer to p-bass territory. with that said, they are different animals and should be played side-by-side (if possible) to decide if either is right for you.
  3. cavedweller

    cavedweller

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    I have a pbass and L1000. The pickups in the L1000 are much hotter and more aggressive than the p and it has the 3 way toggle so you have more tonal possibilities, I like em both but if i had to pick one, it would be the G&L.
  4. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

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    I have both and for me it's the L1K hands down. Much more powerful sounding. Also it has an ebony fretboard to die for.
  5. dedpool1052

    dedpool1052

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    thanks. as pointed out, the controls are different as well. the p has the standard volume and tone while the L1K has a volume, bass cut, treble cut and 3-way mini switch for humbucking(parallel), single-coil and single-coil w/bass boost. on the L1K, with everything on full the bass is "flat". the MFD pickups have a lot of output and this cut only passive EQ is very useful. even a slight lowering of the volume helps to tame the aggression a bit.
  6. cavedweller

    cavedweller

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    The only drawback on the L1000 is the weight, mine is heavy. Despite that it is a great playing bass.
  7. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

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    When I play my L2000 I only use the neck pickup in series with full bass on and treble cut to wherever I need it. Love the tone but mostly play my SB2 on the P pickup. Do have a P when I need it.

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