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SOLD 1981 G&L L2000 Series "e" FL slot-pole; original owner

Discussion in 'For Sale: Bass Guitars' started by Chef, Apr 16, 2009.


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  1. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    F/S:
    1981 G&L L2000 Series "E" FL fretless with slot pole pickups that came for only that year.
    The "e" stands for electronic preamp as the original L2000 was passive...never seen one, but, they're in the catalog...

    Tobacco-burst mahogany body, no-dots-noline ebony fretless neck. 1 3/4'' width, shallow depth, sidemarker dots where the frets would be. The wide but shallow neck plays like a dream.

    The tobacco-burst is extremely well done, and the color I've always thought vintage G&L's should be, and did best.

    I'm the ---original owner---, and ---bought it new--- from St Louis School Music while passing thru on the road. St Louis was a regular stop for us. I stopped in on several tour legs, playing it each time before I had saved enough to buy it.
    It was my main touring bass for many years, but it's in really, really great shape despite/because of that. I take great care of what pays the bills, ya know?
    There are roundwound marks on the board, but no real wear.
    The finish is worn thru slightly at the forearm breakover/body contour. There are some dings in the back, and one in the front; nothing major.

    The early L2000e series preamp had all the regular G&L preamp
    features:
    vol/treblecut/basscut;
    pickup selector: neck/both/bridge
    preamp: off/on/on with treble boost
    but the middle mini-switch was single coil with bass boost, and dual coil...unlike most models after the E series which had dual parallel and dual series
    The slots in the slot pole pickups can be used to adjust pole height, and pickup color: parallel to the strings is a little brighter than perpendicular to the strings. You can mix and match positions between single coil and dual coil too! In single coil it barks harder then a Jazz fretless, and in dual coil it's massive!

    Hardware/chrome/blacking and hard to find early knobs all in excellent shape with no rust, pitting, flaking, etc.
    All the correct covers still on the mini-switches.

    It embodies all things early G&L: great Leo Fender innovation, hand made in Fullerton build quality; superb playability and tone.

    $1000+shipping in ---the original G&L hardshell case---payment by paypal e-check prefered.

    I can swap on a fretted neck if that would suit someone better. I have both a 1 11/16'' maple, and 1 3/4" rosewood available. In that case, I'd keep the freless neck.
     
  2. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Various pics. I'll take more out in some sunlight tomorrow.

    81L2Ke.
    l2kefretless.
    281GL.
     
  3. Great story!

    Is the fretted neck a 1981 too?
     
  4. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Negative...I think the maple is 84, and the r/w is 94, but I'd have to pull them off the basses they're on and check.
     
  5. metron

    metron Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2003
    Denver
    :eek: Are you going mad Chef?!
     
  6. Cool...thanks for the info...I am looking for a 1981 bass as a 'birth year' bass for myself....

    Good luck! I can't imagine selling a bass that had been with me that long!
     
  7. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Probably!!!
    I think I've had this bass longer than any other bass I've ever owned.
    If you know me, and how much stuff I've had, that's pretty miraculous, and speaks a lot about this'un.


     
  8. T'CharleS

    T'CharleS

    Jul 6, 2008
    France
    PM sent!

    (and obviously up anyway for that beauty!)
     
  9. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    OK; Point of Clarification...seems my description wasn't clear enough, and the pics showing the bass as both fretted and fretless aren't helping.

    Yes, this bass is an L2000, Series E-FL, factory fretless. It came with a 1 3/4" width fretless neck.

    Over time, I've aquired two other necks:
    1) maple, 1 11/16" width; this is a "Leo signature" era L1000 neck...1994?
    2) rosewood 1 3/4" width; I believe this is a 1985 vintage L2000 neck
    I'd have to dis-assemble the basses they are on to confirm dates; I am happy to do this if you're actually ready to spend money. I don't really want to tear down basses "on principle," but if it's a Deal Breaker For You; I sure will.
    I've swapped many of these three bolt G&L necks around, and have never had a problem with fitment and setup/playability while doing so.

    So, you can pick whatever neck you'd like. It's currently wearing the maple one, and I'll post some more photos tomorrow.
    But; all three necks are currently employed in my arsenal, so, you cannot have multiple necks: sorry.
     
  10. Weimhunter

    Weimhunter

    Mar 2, 2007
    Mississippi
    Chef can you post a pic with the maple neck? Very interested.
     
  11. The Diaper Geni

    The Diaper Geni Submissive. And loving it. Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2005
    Central Ohio
    Be still my heart.

    Hit it, Weimy. Hit it good. Hit it hard.
     
  12. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    OK...I was gonna do that tomorrow, but give me 10 minutes or so...be right back.

     
  13. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Ok; here's pics of the bass in it's current state, wearing the Leo Sig L1000 1 11/16" neck.
    The factory fretless neck is next to the bass.

    ----------the bass does not come with two necks---------

    L2000etwonecks1.
    L2000etwonecks2.

    Here's the 1 3/4 rosewood neck; as you can see, it's currently attached to an older G&L SB2 JJ; not the best pic of the neck, and I'll shoot something more specific if that's the one that interests you:
    redsb2.
     
  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Goin' to eat dinner now. I'll check back in a bit.
    Hope the pics helped instead of adding to the confusion;)
     
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    pm's replied; thx!
     
  16. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    sold pending payment to T'CharleS;
    she'll be off to rawk in France shortly!
     
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    pics for t'charles:
    L2KEF.
    L2KEFF.
    L2KEFR.
    L2KEL1HSR.
    L2KEL1HSF.
    L2KER.
     
  18. T'CharleS

    T'CharleS

    Jul 6, 2008
    France
    She's so beautiful I'd cry if I wasn't so happy !

    Sorry Weimhunter, I just couldn't let this one pass :smug:
     
  19. Flabass

    Flabass

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    Can't believe you are selling it!
     
  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    me neither, really.
     

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