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G&L SB-1/LB-100

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Joe Milo, Jan 19, 2014.

  1. Joe Milo

    Joe Milo

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    Fellas,

    Curious which of the above two G&L P basses would have more of a growly tone?

    LB-100 split coil alnico pickup
    SB-1 MFD split coil humbucking....

    Currently saving all gig money for a new USA G&L and I'm still 1K away from my goal......

    My rig is Hartke LH500 paired with Hartke XL4X10 and Hartke 4.5X10XL cabs......

    My band covers the following:
    Rolling Stones
    CCR
    AC/DC
    INXS
    Motley Crue
    7 Mary Three
    Bob Seger
    JJ Grey
    Black Crowes and the list goes on.....

    I prefer a bass that has more of a growl to it....If I had Ampeg gear I could get that in spades but with my Hartke rig which would you choose?

    Right now I'm torn between 3 different finishes.....Metallic Orange....Metallic Ruby Red.....Pearl White.....I will get the birdseye maple neck fretboard option......Matching headstock is a for sure thing..

    The neck options I am not sure about.....I do prefer a Jazz based neck and G&L offers 3 different neck options:

    #5 Vintage C
    #6 Vintage Narrow C
    #7 Modern C

    I'm guessing I would prefer the #6 Vintage Narrow C...I have smaller hands and even shorter fingers thanks to having short parents!

    http://www.americanguitarboutique.net/LB100BassGuitarGen.html

    This is where I am doing all of my planning and homework but the pickup options I need help with......Thanks!
  2. Root 5

    Root 5

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    I have an LB100 and love it. But I'm inclined to think, of the two, the SB1 would have more bite and growl; the SB1 pickup is pretty hot.
  3. b-bottom

    b-bottom Supporting Member

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    The SB1 hands down
  4. Joe Milo

    Joe Milo

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    Thanks very much guys! The SB-1 it is then........

    The site at American Guitar Boutique is a GAS enabler! Visit the site often and go thru all the different color schemes I can dream up......
  5. Nedmundo

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    I have an SB-2, and agree the SB-1 is probably the right call b/c the MFD split-coil is a monster and has lots of texture that could be called growl. Plus, more vintage tones are available when you roll back the volume. Even so, some of this depends on the voicing of the LB-100's pickup. Is it gnarly like a Fralin, or buttery smooth like a Duncan SPB-2? I don't know, but you don't need to worry about that if you go with the SB-1. It will rule.

    If you want a J-type neck, it's #6 or #8, with the latter having a flatter fretboard radius, and the former a more vintage radius. I prefer the #8, but if you like vintage J-bass necks you might like the #6.

    I've spent way more time on that G&L configurator than I want to know. I also play guitar, which makes it doubly addictive. I know I want a G&L S-type at some point, but it's tough to decide which one (or two)! I think it's probably a Legacy HB, but I'm also drawn to the MFD goodness of the S-500 and Comanche.
  6. Joe Milo

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    The time spent on that G%L bass configuration could have been better spent actually practicing rather than day dreaming......

    More than likely will go with the #6 vintage neck and right now Pearl White is winning with Tangerine Metallic at a close 2nd place.

    Not sure how many more gigs I will have to play to earn the cash for the bass but I can hope to have the new bass by early summer late spring........We don't have many gigs on the books right now and we are always trying to get booked......
  7. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

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    SB-2 trumps them both. ;)
  8. GlennRH

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    Whenever I’ve tried out a LB-100, it has struck me simply as a G&L rendition (saddle-lock bridge etc.) of a Fender Precision. Frankly, that does not appeal to me as much as the second-style (current) SB-1 bass.
    The second-style SB-1 bass (with split MFD single-coil pickup) seems to me the pinnacle of P-bass evolution. Honestly, I do not believe that there is a better P-bass than a G&L SB-1. In particular, the SB-1 pickup is absolutely brilliant: very hot, beautifully clear in the highs, enormous in the lows, and perfectly growly on the lower-mids. The SB-1 bass delivers more and better than both G&L LB-100 and Fender Precision. SB1l.JPG
  9. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

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    I have a 1990 SB1 and could not agree with you more. Well said my friend! Not a real good shot but its in the rack.

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  10. theduke1

    theduke1 Supporting Member

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    Heres a better shot of my SB1

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  11. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    The SB-2T is the SB-1 plus more (a J pickup). I don't know why anyone would get an SB-1.

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