Hey folks - I've heard of G&L in the past and never really played any of their instruments. But after doing some research, I decided to take a trip to my local GC. I'd had my mind set on a Fender American Deluxe or a Musicman Stingray. First I tried a Musicman Stingray Classic. It felt like butter in my hands--well built and beautiful. However, when I plugged it in, it felt lacking. And I couldn't get a lot of tones out of it. It just sounded... dead. It could have been the specific bass, but I knew it wasn't for me--especially with a price tag of $1800.00. I know they are wonderful instruments, so for those that might take offense to these statements, it's just my opinion which means very little in the grand scheme of things. Secondly, I tried a Fender American Deluxe. Same thing... Played nice, well built, and beautiful to look at. But something about the pre-amp just sounded stale. It didn't really pop or have that classic Fender tone. At least not compared to my Fender American Standard. So, I grabbed a G&L USA L-2000 they had used off the wall. Personally I think it's one ugly bastard without paint. I mean I love natural Fenders, but this thing is not pretty. I plugged it in, and WOW! This bass has tons and tons of tones. I couldn't believe how many different sounds I got out of this thing just messing with the bass controls. Although it didn't come with a case, it was only $599.00. They said that someone may have marked it down that far by accident, but they were selling it to me anyway. FTR, I have no way of knowing if this is a counterfeit USA model or what as I don't know enough about G&L. But why anyone would choose to counterfeit a G&L, I don't know. This will be my funk bass for slapping, pulling, popping, etc. etc. And it will deliver that in spades. Here are the pics.