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G&L LB-100 : opinions on value??

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BIg O, Oct 1, 2002.

  1. BIg O

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    I just played a used (but absolutely mint - not even any visible surface scratches on the back) G&L LB-100. Colour is Belair green, white pickguard and white split P pickup. G&L heavy bridge (not through body strung), rosewood board, alder body. With very nice hard case.

    Action was set a bit high, so I don't know how low it might go, but the low end tone with the tone control set at ~75% was classic P bass.

    I'm not really into P basses, my F's give me all the sounds I need, but this one is kind of cute and a bit different as well. Sort of has that "surf guitar" vibe. The shop isn't sure, but I think it is a late 90's or Y2K model (when did they discontinue this model? No real info on the G&L website).

    Shop is asking $795 CAD ($460 USD). Any comments on this price? From what I can gather this is a bit higher than I thought was fair market (I would have guessed closer to $350 USD), but it is in "new" condition.
  2. bassman blue

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    Yes, I'd think your guess is closer to the real value than what the asking price is. I'm going mostly by what I've seen on ebay. You can pick up a mint to very nice G&L SB2 with hardcase for $375-$425 and the LB-100 is a lower model. I've also owned an SB-1 which is comparable to the LB-100 and they are really well built, good sounding basses. I got my SB-1, like new, with hard case, upgraded Schaller tuners and drop D tuner for $375. Time to deal if you like it ;)
  3. Rob W

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    I didn't think the LB-100 was ever considered a "lower" model. As far as I know, the main difference between it and the SB is the pickup, which is more of a vintage P bass pickup as opposed to the Magnetic Field pickups that are on the SBs.

    Is it really discontinued?

    BTW, one of my G&Ls is an SB 2 and it's a fantastic passive bass. The LB-100 is also a really great bass and that is a great colour that you're looking at.
  4. extreme

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    The LB-100 is definitely not a lower model, it's just more "vintage" in it's design. They retailed for $1250, so IMHO $460 is a great deal for a NOS LB-100 w/hsc. You may be able to get them to come down a little. However, if you like the bass, then by all means go for it!
  5. bassman blue

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    Yes, the LB-100 (which was the Legacy model) and SB1 are both discontinued models. Both the LB-100 and SB-1 had the split coil pickups. the LB-100 was listing for around $1200-$1250, the same price as the SB-1. Both, however listed for less than the SB-2...sorry, that's all I meant, not that the LB-100 is sub-standard, it's not, it's a great bass, built to the same high quality standards as all G&L instruments. You probably pay a little extra for the SB-2 simply because of the added jazz style pickup. :)
  6. winston

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    I've been impressed by all the LB-100's and SB-1/SB-2's I've played-they have a richness of tone that only the best real Fender P's have. $460's not totally unreasonable but I'm sure you can find a price that works for both you and the store.

    Big O-I'm also a thrilled F Bass (Sunburst BN5) owner, but I'd suggest getting the LB-100 and putting a good set of flats on it. I've had great results with TI Jazz Flats on a Godin SD-4 I just got. The TI's gives me a different set of tones than the nickel D'Addario roundwounds on the F Bass.
  7. Flatwound

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    I have an SB-1. The main difference between the SB-1 and the LB-100 is the pickup. The SB-1 sounds less like a P-bass than you would expect, but I like it. The LB-100, as has been mentioned, is supposed to have a "vintage" sound. Been a while since a played an LB, but it seemed pretty Precision-ish.

    Value on G&L's is an interesting thing, because many would agree that their build quality is better than a US Fender, but their resale value is lower. I had an American Standard Precision (ash-bodied) fairly recently, and for me, the G&L is a better bass.
  8. bassman blue

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    Yes, it's odd how the G&L resale values are quite low...great for us who want a great bass at a fraction of the new price or versus the price for an American Fender. I swear they are one of the best kept secrets out there for used basses. Where else can you buy a US made instrument, with such high quality, ease of accessibility for parts, and consumer support...just check out G&L's webpage to see how much support there really is and how well established the G&L community is. Great stuff, they really don't get the recognition they deserve.
  9. Mike A

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    I agree with the above statements... I've had my ASAT for a few months now and it still blows me away. Such a great bass.. and at a rock bottom used price. (mine's also in BelAire Green - took a while to get used to it, but now I wouldn't change it for anything)

    And Blg O, for more info on G&L's check:
    www.guitarsbyleo.com
  10. Get_Funked

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    I came across a used one (black w/white pickguard) at the local Guitar Center for $629.99 (USD). It had a few blemishes, but it was setup perfectly so I overlooked those as they aren't too noticeable unless you are nosing around at an oddly close distance. I was playing a Fender USA Nitro Satin Series Precision Bass before this, then I walked over to the used section and saw this bad boy. The tonal differences are definitely noticeable. The Fender had a brighter-ish growl to it (after EQ is applied on amplifier) and the G&L almost had a high-end Fender Jazz bass growl to it, but the perfect blend of classic p-bass darkness. I hope nobody else has picked up on its scent because I definitely am GASing for this beauty.

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