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Opinion wanted.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by PhillipCarr, Mar 6, 2014.


  1. PhillipCarr

    PhillipCarr

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    G&L Tribute L2500 vs Ibanez SR755. GO!
     
  2. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    Completely different beasts. That's like saying, "Corvette or Jeep. Go!"

    Corvette if I'm street racing, jeep if I'm off-road racing.

    I'd pick the L2500, though. ;)

    What kind of music do you play? What kind of sound are you looking for?
     
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    Are you looking at buying these or just trying to drum up conversation? What kind of music do you play? Have you tried either of these?
     
  4. PhillipCarr

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    Wanting to buy. Play mostly music at church. Hymns and some newer stuff. Not strummy worship, though.
     
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  6. Temcat

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  7. PhillipCarr

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    Thanks Temcat. What's your reasoning? Thanks!

    At fourstringbliss, which is the 'Vette, and which is the Jeep?
     
  8. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    I guess you could say that the Ibby is the Corvette and the L2500 is the Jeep, but I only said that to show how different the two are.

    The Ibanez has a very thin and light body, and a thin and narrow neck. The body is mahogany and the neck is jatoba. It has a 3-band active preamp and split-coil humbuckers.

    Here's a bit of how it sounds.

    The L2500 is either alder or ash and has big humbucking pickups. It's primarily a passive bass, but you can cut treble and bass - most people end up cutting some of the bass because the pups are hot! There is an active preamp, but it's more of a booster.

    Here's a video about the G&L. The video is for the L2000 Tribute, but the pickups and preamp are the same. Here's another G&L video.

    The Ibanez would be good for more modern tones. The G&L can be used for modern and also really shines in more vintage tones.

    They both have fairly narrow string spacing.

    I prefer the G&L because of the versatility of the different modes, and there are some awesome wiring mods available that make it even more versatile.
     
  9. HeavyJazz77

    HeavyJazz77 Supporting Member

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    Very familiar with both... The G&L is far more flexible to that of the Ibanez.

    Good luck.
     
  10. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative Supporting Member

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    I'd prefer the G&L myself, however I think the Ibanez would have a more compressed tone that would be more subtle which might work better in a church environment. I think there's a praise bassist club (or something along those lines) where you'd probably get opinions closer to what you need.
     
  11. Sartori

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    G&L. I just like them more.
     
  12. AndyW83

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    I have an ibanez sr755 and all I can say is what an amazing bass for the money. Can't speak for the other one.
     
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  14. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    I found that using flatwounds tames the L2000/2500 for church use. I preferred Sadowsky or Labella Deep Talkin' flats.
     
  15. lowfreqgeek

    lowfreqgeek Supporting Member

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    G&L. Overall, a more usable tone.
     
  16. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    Yeah, honestly the Sr755 is kind of a one trick pony.
     
  17. PhillipCarr

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    What trick would that be?
     
  18. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    The slightly jazzy/p-ish modern thing that sounds similar regardless of pickup and equal settings. The G&L has more different sounds.
     
  19. fourstringbliss

    fourstringbliss Supporting Member

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    A big part of it for me is that I don't like Bartolini MK1 pickups or preamps. I find the pickups a bit meh and the preamp is nothing to write home about. The pups on the L2500 are MUCH better. You can also mod the wiring so that you have a single-coil setting on the G&L pups which is really nice.

    The ergonomics on the SR are great, though. Comfortable to play for sure.
     
  20. PhillipCarr

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    Thanks everyone for all the great info. My pops told me he prefers the G&L,too, but he's old enough to remember the originals. Ha! Sounds like the general consensus is G&L.
     
  21. Apolicious

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    Agreed on all counts. Ibanez's play and feel fantastic, but with that Bart setup every time I plug it in the only thing I can think is "Ok, it sounds like a bass." No character at all.
     

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