I love my G&Ls, but one thing I've noticed with all of them: they are very dependent on string life. The tone is great for several weeks, then tapers off for awhile like strings normally do. But the strange thing about G&Ls is that one day they will sound decent with old strings, but the next day I can't get a sound out of them that I like. It's as if they drop off the tone plateau into a muddy abyss. No other bass that I've owned has been more sensitive to string condition. At least there's an easy solution.