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G&L L-2000... Why a huge difference in price between them?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Knavery, Feb 21, 2014.


  1. Knavery

    Knavery Supporting Member

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    I played one of these in GC a few days ago and am considering picking one up. However, when browsing eBay, I notice a HUGE difference in price between these. Some people are selling them for $650 new and others go for $1400 new.

    At least with Fender, they use "American" or "Special" in the name to tell what model is what.

    Can someone explain to me how to differentiate between them? Thanks!
     
  2. BIGEJ2

    BIGEJ2 Supporting Member

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    G&L makes both USA and import or "Tribute" models.
     
  3. Knavery

    Knavery Supporting Member

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    Ah... So they're both considered an L-2000, but the non-USA version is called a Tribute?
     
  4. BIGEJ2

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  6. Knavery

    Knavery Supporting Member

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    Ah yes. Thank you. It looks like you can also tell by the front of the headstock as well.

    I'm assuming these do very well with slap bass.
     
  7. KablesP

    KablesP

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    Check GCs used section. I got a near mint 1992 L2000 for 650. After shipping and tax it came out to 715. Used American made L2Ks can be had for great deals.

    And yes, these get some great slap tones. Very versatile basses. But the older ones do not have the cavity shielded and the series mode is noisy. Not loud enough to hear while playing with a band but its very noticeable playing alone.
     
  8. bhunt1

    bhunt1 Vintage Lefty Supporting Member

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    I've owned a few USA L2Ks and never had any noise issues in series or other modes. You can get good deals on used USA models. Find an early '80s L2000 if you can - they are the best!
     
  9. KablesP

    KablesP

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    Now that I think about it, where I rehearse I almost always have noise no matter what amp/bass combo I am using. I think its the outlet or the wiring in the house. :rollno:

    When I use it with my computer or at my house I don't really notice it. I will say, though that series is not silent like parallel.
     

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