As a faithful G&L player, I follow them and the bass scene closely. As a Precision style user/ collector (using either Fender P's or G&L LB100's), I had zero interest in the Kiloton when it came out, and I thought that it was actually a pretty stupid bass.
I never understood the Music Man Stingray in this configuration either, and I just assumed that G&L was attempting to copy that.
One day, while demoing several tube heads in my studio, I broke out a bass that was given to me, and it's the only bass that I own, which doesn't use a split coil P style pup... It uses a single soapbar like the Kiloton.
Through the Ampeg V4B; It was the most epic and pristine bass tone that I have ever heard. So clean, defined, punchy, harmonic, and lush. I called my band over and we played for about 4 hours. It cut through the mix like nothing that I ever had before, and the band couldn't stop commenting on it.
It got me wondering, is this why G&L invented the Kiloton? So I started to research it, and as it turns out, the Kilo was not at all like the Stingray, because it's passive... In fact, there really weren't any basses out there like it.
I rolled the dice, and boy am I glad that I did. I can't believe it, but I'm able to easily get my beloved Precision Bass tone, as well as so many others!
The Kiloton has a very simple set of controls, volume, tone, and a 3 way switch for series/ parallel/ or single. Each position is incredibly different than the others, and has it's own very distinct and unique tone.
Of course the G&L build Quality is there as always, and the instrument is available as a completely custom unit with dozens of options from G&L USA, or for a third of the price with the G&L Tribute line. Both basses sound and feel amazing!
If you're looking for a tone monster, punch machine, with exceptional definition and clarity, the Kiloton delivers!
G&L Kiloton... Surprisingly AWESOME!
- 5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed May 31, 2018
- Build Quality:
- + Affordable quality in either the USA or import, pristine tone
- + 3 way switch gives you either subtle or in your face!
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- - Some could consider the Kilo a one trick pony because of its pup location and tone controls.
- - In order to maximize the available tone, change playing position and turn the knobs!