1981 G&L L-1000 for $500 -- should I pull the trigger?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by junglebike, Jul 8, 2003.

  1. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    So I'm working on getting a deal on this bass:


    I'm thinking of $500 shipped for it. Sound like a good deal? I'm thinking it might be a perfect combination of a P-bass and a MM. Looking for a punchy versatile but simple instrument, and I love the look of the old G&L's...
  2. Looks like a good buy to me.
  3. Nice lookin bass. :)
  4. fivestringdan

    fivestringdan Supporting Member

    Dec 4, 2001
    Same here. I had a trans blue one. It really sounded great. I wish it was back with me.
  5. HeavyDuty

    HeavyDuty Supporting Curmudgeon Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 26, 2000
    Central Texas
    Sounds about right to me including shipping... maybe $50 too high, but what the hey!
  6. dgce


    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Well its an old bass with the old (and uglier) G&L headstock. But its sure to be a good quality axe and appears to be in pretty good shape. If you can really get that puppy with the case and shipping for $500; I say go for it. A 2 pickup model would be nicer but the EQ on that bass should give you a bit more versatility than your standard P-bass and the heavier bridge is more on par with a Badass II rather than your stock Fender. The only thing that will come close to that bass in terms for bang for buck would likely be made in Mexico or Asia and it probably would not have the quality components of this G&L.

    Go for it!

  7. junglebike


    Feb 14, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    Well, I did it! It's on its way as we speak...

    I *like* the older headstock. More like a Fender. I had an S-500 guitar for a while with that weird-assed G&L nipple on it and it drove me nuts. Thought about shaving it off.

    Anyway, that's a big reason I went for an oldie. That, and the fact that it was one of the first guitars Leo made after the Musicman.

    God, Leo... it always amazes me:

    Jazz bass
    L-1000 :D

    not to mention all those amps (too bad he couldn't build a bass amp to save his life!)