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g&l l2500 tribute

Discussion in 'Strings [BG]' started by bobdabilder, Jan 12, 2014.

  1. bobdabilder

    bobdabilder

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    I purchased a g&l l2500 tribute to incorporate a fiver into my playing. I am comparing it to my ebmm sterling with a maple neck. The g&l is rosewood. The string tension on the g&l seems a bit high and i am not quite sure i like the feel the bass has. Two questions: does anyone know what size strings are standard on the g&l? I was considering putting some ernie ball regular slinkies on it 45-130. Anyone experience that and did it help the feel?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. bobdabilder

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    Ordered the slinkies in 45-130 from bassstringsonline.com so I'll report back.
  3. Huge

    Huge Hell is full of musical amateurs. Like me. Supporting Member

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    When I had my L2500, I ran D'addario rounds, and then tried their half rounds. I never really fell in love with the B on either of those sets. Sorry I can't be more helpful.

    Also, make sure you string through the body. Tributes have a tendency to lose their bridges otherwise.
  4. jgroh

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    String tension is about the strings, not the bass. I use DR HiBeams, strung through the body, and they are great. Just make sure you experiment with the size of the B string and what works for you. I like the 40 60 80 100 on my G-E strings but had to take up the gauge on the B string to at least 125 or 130 so it doesnt flop.
  5. bobdabilder

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    That's a great point some may not pick up on. and the reason for the question about string size. Thanks for all the replies. I'll post back.

  6. Andy_D

    Andy_D Supporting Member

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    I also have an L-2500 Tribute I believe it came with D'Adaario XL Nickels. The music store threw a couple packs of stings of my choice when I bought it. I opted for the Dean Markley Helix strings. Never tried them but they look interesting. Also, the rep said at the store said he had them on his L-2000 and that that they were his go to string for his L-2000 now. I'm looking forward to trying them when my current strings go dead. Also read some good things about them here on TB.
  7. bobdabilder

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    Perfect! would be interested to see how the helix work out for you.
    Thank you.
  8. bobdabilder

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    I did confirm that the bass comes stock with D'Addario Nickels 45-130.
  9. vxjoe

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    L-2500 comes with D'Addario EXP 170-5SL, 45-130. I tried Chromes, ECB 81-5SL and love them. The B string ball was too large for the ferrule but did finally seat. I'm not too fond of the any B note tone, but think using a 130 would sound better. B sounds fine but not as full as the C on up. So I'm not complaining about the string tone , just that it would fit better, and possibly sound more focused with a 130.
  10. klokker

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    I have a USA L-2500. A tapered B results in a night and day difference. Magic answers are usually overstated, but in my case, the difference was complete......can't recommend it highly enough.

    A good set up and the L 2500 is a sweet big balls bass. By the way, I've plugged the string through holes with screws and hardware recommended on the G&L website and top load. Super.
  11. bobdabilder

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    I found that mod. I'll try it when I next change strings. bought super longs for this change.
    thanks for the reply.
  12. 4Mal

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    Thomastic Super Alloys for rounds, Jazz Flats or Chomes for flats. String feel is also be a function of setup. Changing string tension may necessitate a truss tweak for optimum feel...optimum feel being a personal thing.

    At 59, fighting some deterioration, lighter, lower softer. Works best for me...

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