AAhhh man....I did it again !!! G&L owners help me !!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Gman, Nov 11, 2001.

  1. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    I keep telling myself not to do it...but I don't listen. I did it again today.

    I've got my Stingray 5 that I love. But everytime I pick this G&L up, I fall in love with it all over again. It's an SB-1...G&L's ENTRY LEVEL bass !! I just can't get away from it. I love the tone, I love the feel, I love everything about it. I keep telling myself to leave it alone, and I'll get used to the 5 string, but I don't know. Sadly, I discovered today, that I'm a much better player with the 4 string. Much less sloppy. I'm torn.

    Does anybody know how to tell which neck is on the G&L's ? It is the neck that feels like a P-bass, but I've never picked up a G&L that feels like this one. I'm seriously thinking about trading this Stingray for a high end G&L.

    For you G&L owners....on the L series basses, I know you can select active or passive. Do the pickups sound like the the passive MFD pups on the SB series basses ? I love the tone of the SB-2, but I like the P style neck. How about the JB ? That is a jazz neck, right ?

    Anybody else feel this way about a bass that they just can't get away from ?

    Any help with getting the right neck and pup configuration will be great.

  2. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Measure the nut width - 1-1/2" wide and it's a #6, 1-3/4" wide and it's a #5 (barring the flatter fingerboard options). Older ones have different nut widths - I've seen 1-5/8" and 1-11/16" reported.

    I don't think the L-series pickups sound like the SB pickups. I've had an L-2000, a Climax an SB-1 and an LB-100. The pickup on the SB-1 gives a "purer" or cleaner/more defined sound than the neck pickup on the L-2000. The L-2000 sounds great in its own right with a lot of tonal versatility, but it's a different beast.

    Hey, if you like the SB-1, stick with the SB-1. The only thing "student" about it is the name. It's got full G&L quality and everything - the only real difference with the L-series is the electronics which are a personal preference thing.

    Also, you can get any neck on any G&L. You can get the P-width neck on an SB-2 if you have the dealer order from the factory. And when I ordered my L-2000 there was no premium for doing an order over buying out of the dealer's stock. There's just a longer wait.
  3. Gman


    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    Thanks for the info Craig. According to you'r specs, I have a #6 neck. I previously owned a SB-2 with a 1-1/2" nut, that I would have kept if not for the thin neck.

    I checked G&L's website, and they say that the #6 neck is standard for the SB-2.:confused: The one I had must have been ordered that way.

    And I do agree with you. I don't see anything STUDENT about this bass. It's the most comfortable I've ever played, I'd just like something with some more tonal options.

    Thanks for your help.

  4. Mike


    Sep 7, 2000
    Damn you, Gman. Why couldn't you have felt this way a few months ago? I could have traded you a Sterling for your Ray5, a match made in heaven.;)
  5. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Inactive

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    DR Strings
    The SB-1 is not an entry level bass. It's G&L's P bass and apparently a very nice one. It's a pro quality bass.