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L2000 Pickup Problem

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MetalcoreBP, Jan 17, 2013.


  1. MetalcoreBP

    MetalcoreBP

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    I have a mid-90s L2000 that I bought while I was still a teenager. I've noticed that when I lower the action I have to use the bridge pickup only because the other pickup makes a terrible popping/twangy noise when I play on the E string. Has anyone else had this issue? Any ideas on how to fix it?
     
  2. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

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    Are the strings hitting the polepieces? Have you tried dropping the neck pickup farther into the body? It could also be the supporting springs as well, older G&Ls sometimes have a ringing noise. If you pull the pickup and stuff soft foam inside both springs that'll go away.
     
  3. MetalcoreBP

    MetalcoreBP

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    Yeah. The string hits pole piece. I'll try lowering the pickup. I also have the ringing noise that I've heard is common with L2000s. Thanks for the help.
     
  4. PotsdamBass8

    PotsdamBass8

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    I've also heard that a strip of electrical tape or probably even clear flexible tabe can help. I'm about to try that on one of my basses as I occasionally have the same problem if I really dig in.
     
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  6. Dave W

    Dave W Previously bassgod0dmw Supporting Member

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    If the string hits the pole piece, try lowering the pickup or raising the action...or both.
     
  7. Wallace320

    Wallace320

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    but the problem is, sometimes, typical with L2000

    I mean: many bolton necks just tend to raise neckheight at the heel, problem, as the OP's somewhat "forced" to play at the bridge, being that G&L revered bridge's factory set to keep strings out of bridge pickup reach, so then it should be only up to neck pickup

    I think it's enough to just lower neck pickup a bit, accordin' to OP's playin' style

    Other than that any extra zing should be G&L trademark roarin electronic;)

    Cheers,
    Wallace
     
  8. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Lowering the pickup, or, other setup adjustments, are the way to fix the string hitting pole pieces.
    Not tape.
    You can download a good basic G&L setup guide from the G&L guitar FAQ section:
    http://www.glguitars.com/faq/index2.asp

    look for this part:
    Q. I lost the the User's Manual which came with my G&L made in the 1980s to early 1990s. Where can I get a copy?
    A. Original printed versions are no longer availble, but you can download a PDF version.

    Please note that models since the late 1980s, particularly 4-bolt guitars and 6-bolt basses, do not come with owner's manuals. The manual for earlier models covers how to adjust the micro-tilt neck feature no longer used on 4-bolt and 6-bolt models. Other aspects of the manual, such as pickup height adjustment, generally apply to newer models.



    the "spring ping" is easily cured, as noted above.
     
  9. MetalcoreBP

    MetalcoreBP

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    Thanks for the info Chef. On a side note does anyone know where to get replacement parts for a mid-90s L2000. G&L said they don't carry any replacement parts for basses that old. I really need the plastic electronics cover (have no idea how it went missing) and the spring and screw for the bridge (G&L said I had to buy a whole new bridge).
     
  10. Chef

    Chef Moderator Supporting Member

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    Man.
    That's a crappy level of support; did you speak to a human at G&L about those?

    try the bassesbyleo.com forums.
     

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