is this g&l a hybrid?

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  1. audreycashin

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  2. scotch

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    I'm not a G&L expert, but the original headstocks were like this & called "non barb".
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  4. Wallace320

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    and, for its price, a steal

    I mean:
    over here in Italy, a g&l from that period (before headstock change) never goes below twice that price, while, not only we're talkin' a MIA G&L, more a nearly "Leo made" one, for price of a Tribute

    Darn G.A.S.
    There's a new red Tribby SB-2 in a shop over here out at about the same price... now I want it

    Cheers,
    Wallace
  5. msact

    msact Gold Supporting Member

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    It's very nice. If I didn't already have two SB-2's I would jump on it.
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  7. TurkeypillSLEEP

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    Really??? I have never seen an SB-2 with the split coil and single coil that DIDN'T have the eye gouger. I was under the impression that the early SB-2s had two single coil MFDs. I am no G&L expert either, but G&L is my main source of GAS and I spend A LOT of time looking at them online.
  8. TurkeypillSLEEP

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    I guess it is legit but that is very strange, as I recall seeing earlier models with the hook.
  9. TurkeypillSLEEP

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    "The first headstock used was the non-sculpted style that was quite similar to the old Music Man style. These necks also have the "skunk stripe" on the back of them. When G&L changed the construction method of the necks, the stripe disappeared and the sculpted "bump" on the headstock was added. The third and fourth versions were the modernistic design. This is sometimes referred to as the sickle headstock with or without the bump. The first style headstock mentioned was used from 1980 until early 1983. The second and current version was introduced in late 1982. The third and fourth styles were used from late 1983 to 1990 on different models. The third style was intended for the Interceptor (sickle-bump) only, but there were exceptions."

    http://www.glguitars.com/chronology/index2.asp

    "The second style SB-2 was introduced in 1987"

    http://www.ggjaguar.com/sb-2-89.htm

    Now I am confused... If the Sb-2 made the switch from dual SC to Split/SC in 1987, then according to the G&L website history it should have the hook... But that GGJaguars site looks reasonably legit. I clearly see the Split/SC configuration, but the dates do not line up with what G&L proclaims as the history.

    Hopefully someone with more knowledge will chime in as I am very interested in the explanation for this.
  10. Spiritfield

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    Yep, it's legit
  11. BowserBass

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    So tempted to buy that bass.....
  12. spiritbass

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    "Fender G&L SB-2

    Bass Guitar excellent condition

    sounds great with soft case"

    They could have described it a bit more accurately. ;) I think would sound better out of the case!

    This is a sweet SB-2. The finish has mellowed in a nice way. :cool: The split-coil MFD's are Leo's most potent ever, IMO. I tried a Tribute version in a music store a few years ago, but the test amp couldn't do it justice. :rollno:
  13. TomB

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    That looks exactly like my '89 with black crinckle hardware and "Leo" headstock. I wish I could recall whether or not it had the hook, sorry.
  14. bolophonic

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    My buddy has an SB-2 with that headstock and it has what I believe to be Dimarzio clones by Schaller.
  15. Chef

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    The SB2 PJ's kept that oddball headstock for some years after the other models; though I don't know why.
    I think they finally changed in 87-ish, IIRC, but, it's been a while since I was a G&L freak, so, I could be wrong.
  16. audreycashin

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    :scowl:oops:k... which one of you bought it?!??!
  17. TurkeypillSLEEP

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    Chef I was hoping you would chime in. I am more than willing to accept what I believe is incorrect in this quandry, because clearly there are a myriad of images of PJ SB-2s with a "Leo" headstock. But I am quoting the G&L history page... Although it does mention that not all models switched to the hook at the same time, it does explicitly state that the PJ didn't come out until 1987. So my question is when did the SB2 switch to the hook?? I feel like I have seen SB2s with dual SC that had the hook.

    Does that mean that after they switched to the PJ config they also reverted to the Leo headstock and then back to the hook?

    ::come clarity::

    Sorry for the slight derail effort on my part OP, that bass looks legit either way. I say go for it... I would if I had the dough.
  18. Chef

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    I've never seen an early SB2JJ with the 'eye gouger' headstock.

    Also, please note, the SB2 headstock is "it's own thing," and not the same shape as the early L2000 and L1000.
  19. msact

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    Whoever bought that bass got a very nice deal!
  20. deepestend

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    I have an older g&l with that headstock.

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