A Roscoe or G&L2000?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by modulusbassist, Oct 14, 2001.

  1. modulusbassist

    modulusbassist Guest

    Aug 19, 2001
    Henderson, Nevada
    Hi everyone,

    I saw these basses at Bass Palace and I am looking for a bass with rosewood finger board.

    Mind you that these two basses are used.

    The Roscoe is $1400 and I hope it's negotiable

    The G&L2000 is $850

    They are such different beast but nevertheless nice!

    Any input appreciated!
  2. modulusbassist

    modulusbassist Guest

    Aug 19, 2001
    Henderson, Nevada
    And this is the G&L 2000 build in 1985
  3. That Roscoe Looks VERY nice, but I have never played either of them, Have heard good things about both
  4. beadg5

    beadg5 Guest

    May 28, 2001
    Baton Rouge, La. USA
    I bought a used 5 string Roscoe from BassNW about a year ago. It's been an excellent instrument. It is not a good slap bass. Tone wise, it's like a P-bass on steroids with a piano ring. The gigs have been steady every weekend since I got it. Must be the bass. (Could also be the EDEN 4x10 rig)
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I haven't played a Roscoe bass but I took my 84 L-2000 out of retirement & I've been playing it over my Spector & Sadowsky. It's my favorite non Spector/Sadowsky bass I've ever owned & I own this bass for about 8 years. I own this bass longer than any other bass in my collection by @ least 5 years!!!!!
    <img src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=43291610&Sequence=0&res=high">
  6. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda Guest

    Jun 3, 2000
    Roscoe! :) but i dunno.. depends, try both of them out and see which one u like.. i never really like G&Ls so.
  7. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    I love Roscoes, but like beadg5 said, the 3 examples that I played were not very good slap basses, they had that P bass on steroids tone too, even with the bridge pickup soloed.

    That's a good price though.
  8. modulusbassist

    modulusbassist Guest

    Aug 19, 2001
    Henderson, Nevada
    The G&L is almost half the price of the Roscoe, and if I purchase the G&L I have left over to buy a 15 inch extension for my 4 x 10.

    That's why I'm wondering, shall I get the sub later because it's rare to see a Roscoe this nice at this price.:rolleyes:
  9. Rafterman

    Rafterman Guest

    Nov 29, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA.
    i've never played a Roscoe either, but i know you'd be happy with the L-2000.

    i'm not a big fan of a p-bass tone...so if that's how
    Roscoes sound, i'm happy i don't own one. :D :p

    the L-2000 is a good slapper too!
  10. arvidgunardi

    arvidgunardi Guest

    Mar 18, 2001
    Jakarta Indonesia
    You've just bought an Elrick and you're looking into buying another bass again? :D You're lucky dude!

    I played both and own an L2000. When I was looking into buying my Alembic, I was comparing it with a Roscoe 5 stringer. It was a hard choice, but I ended up taking the Alembic simply for versatility reason. The Roscoe was awesome, but the tone was abit too specific for me.

    But then between the Alembic and L2000, I found myself using the G&L waaaay more often. Even though it's cheaper, simpler etc, it has tones that are more "usable" in recordings, and live scenarios...simply more versatile.

    Interms of Lows and Highs, I think the Roscoe would perform better then the L2000. The G&L however, has stronger low-mids that has quite a pleasant growl to it...especially with the bridge PU selection.

    So my suggestion is to buy both of them:D LOL

    Cause both are good!! Awesome price too.
  11. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    L-2000, dude.
  12. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Roscoe. :D You won't be disappointed! That's a good price.
  13. Copycat

    Copycat Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    I have two Roscoes now, so you know which way I'll steer 'ya. I looked at that self-same bass before I bought my fretted Roscoe LG-3000 from G Guitars for $1295. Mine is a year 2000 model, that one I think is a 90s model. Mine has the 18 V Bart preamp. That one's a 9 V I think. (I didn't look at the picture; it's the red one, right?). Anyway, that one does have the inlays, which are a $250 upgrade. (Mine doesn't). The P-bass comparisons are facile and a little misleading. It really depends on the body wood. Mine both have mahogany bodies so they do have that very fat and round tone. That bass may have a different body wood and might have more edge. But really, the Roscoes are wonderful, wonderful basses with a personality all their own. Yes they do have an authoritative P tone, but I have a lot of sparkle on the top end, too, moreso than a P bass. That bass has been there a while and they should negotiate a bit. But I cannot say enough about the Roscoes I have, and I've owned a lot of basses over the years. I actually had a G&L Lynx that I didn't care for at all. Tone was dark. Not fat and full and rich. Just dark. And I can tell you that Keith Roscoe has been a pleasure to deal with. Responsive, helpful--and that's a nice thing to have when you're dropping down good coin on an instrument you'll want to keep a long, long time.
  14. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    Like Copycat, I am a multi-Roscoe owner (2 LG 3005 and 1 SKB 3005). I looked at G&Ls a couple of years ago, and liked the sound, but not the neck and weight. I'm not sure why people categorize Roscoes as one toned, they are not, especially with the 18v. system (plenty of growl there). Mine are all different body woods (cedar, myrtlewood and swamp ash) and there are sure enough some differences, but not as dramatic as you would think. I have heard from other owners the mahogany is darker though.

    Since I have 2 LGs, I recently inquired about a trade with a very well known dealer for a Sadowsky. He said he would be glad to trade, but told me he preferred Roscoes over Sadowskys, and felt they were a brand on the way up. He also said I might be disappointed if I pulled off the trade. I'm not sure what to think of that, but I still have 3 Roscoes.

    BTW, I would not steer anyone away from a 9v. Roscoe, my favorite is my 9v. (the cedar SKB), the 2 LGs are 18v. While the knobs don't change the tones as dramatically, the tones are all still there, and I find it a little more compatible with effects.
  15. Copycat

    Copycat Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    I called Bass Palace about the bass in question, and it was the guy there who said that the LG's tend to be more different instrument to instrument than the SKB's, which he said tend to be more consistent in tone from one to the next. That was the basis for the assumption that the body woods really do make a significant difference, but evidently not that significant, eh Thumper? (That, and the references to tone differences on the Roscoe website itself--roscoeguitars.com). The other thing I love about the LG is that it has a huge, heavyweight tone while being a very lightweight bass. A pleasure to play for that reason alone. Again, I think that bass would be a great one to snag. And since I've only played the 18V preamps, it's nice to know that you're not sacrificing by going that way.
  16. seamus

    seamus Guest

    Feb 8, 2001
    I've never played the Roscoe, both basses sure do look nice though. Tough choice, I like the G&L.
  17. elwood

    elwood there is no spoo

    Jul 25, 2001
    Mid-Hudson Valley, NY
    Boy, the G&L and Roscoe are very different, hard to compare. I think the G&L is more versatile, but there is no tone like a Roscoe. Have you ever played a Roscoe? I owned a LG-3005 with a lot of upcharges (3-band Bart pre, ebony board, ivory nut, burl maple top) and sold it for $1700. Roscoe 5's have been going for around $1400 on bassgear.com, I think that that is a little high for the instrument at Bass Palace.

  18. arvidgunardi

    arvidgunardi Guest

    Mar 18, 2001
    Jakarta Indonesia
    Yes, those prices are a bit too much. Check bassnw.com

    I bought my G&L brand new for $799
  19. barroso


    Aug 16, 2000
    $799 for a G&L!!!!!

    the smallest price i found here in italy is a 1200$....

    for that price i'd buy one fast as shark
  20. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA