1987 G&L, need more info

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by otto802, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. otto802


    Feb 4, 2008
    I am in the process of picking up a 1987 G&L. It appears to be an L2000 since it has 2 MM style pickups in it. I pulled the neck and found the body to be stamped in 1987.

    I know that it originally was fretless but the original owner went back to the store at some point and they put a fretted neck on it. The date on the neck is 1992 and it has SB2 written on it by the stamp as well.

    The bass was owned by a punk rocker, and is totally covered in stickers and spray paint on the body and headstock, so I can't read any of the markings there.

    I am wondering if the L2000 was the only model at this time with the 2 MM style pickups, where the bass may have been made, and what type of wood they used in 1987 on these basses?

    Any help you can give would certainly go a long way to satisfy my curiosity!

  2. El Tookay

    El Tookay Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2008
    otto, what you have is an American G&L L-2000, built in the historic G&L factory, 2548 E. Fender Ave., Fullerton, California. The SB-2 neck is also from the same factory if it has a 1992 date stamp. Wood-wise, in 1987, George and Leo were pretty much down to alder for the solid finishes, and ash for the clear and transparent finishes. Never heard of a poplar or mahogany '87.

    Pics! We want pics! If its a beauty queen or boot-fugly, we want pics!!!!
  3. otto802


    Feb 4, 2008
    Thanks so much for the info!

    It WAS a clear finish. I can see the finish in between some of the stickers in places. I is clear with a light wood underneath. I have a guy doing an intensive set up on it right now, so pics will have to wait unless I visit him soon. It's been hanging on the wall of the former owners office for some years- so it's in need of a little tweaking!

    I am very much looking forward to gigging with it later this month though!