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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rafterman, Oct 16, 2001.
how is the B on an L-2500...Nino?
Great. G&L makes freat 5 strings.
I had an L2500, just sold it, and found that the B is only OK, not great. Some B strings worked better than others, eg: Slowound was good, Boomer was bad, XL was OK, Roto was poor. Just my experience.
I love 'em!
Currently I own one G&L L-2500. I've owned another L-2500 & 2 L-5500 (EMG's instaed of G&L p/u's & pre-amp) & all the B's were great.
One's man's traesure is another's man's trash.
I wish I still had the trans-green L-5500.
My main player is a ash w/maple board L2500. The feel of the B string is exceptional. Not at all floppy. (I string 45-130) Very similar to a stringray 5. The tone is a little muddy, but better than most mid-priced fives and typical of the 34" scale fifth string. It blows away the B on my MIA JD5.
I have only heard better tone out of the B string on VERY well made and very expensive basses.
I agree with Marty. I sold an L2500 earlier this year. Beautiful thing, blueburst, maple neck in totally new condition. The B was just so-so. No way on a par with the Stingray 5 I own.
Based on MY bass and the stingers that have played, I would call the FEEL similar. That is the tension, action, etc. As far as clarity and fundamental tone, I agree that the Ray 5 is better. (although not by a huge margian)
i thought L-2000/2500's were way better than Stingrays/5!!!...
All I said was the B string has more fundamental clarity on a stingray. Overall, I would much prefer an L2500 to a EBMM.
I too have been going over this same question in my mind. I am waiting for the arival of my first G&L L2500 after having had several L2000's and MM Stingray 5's. Both are my favorite Fender style/bolt on MIA basses. The L2000 is the best 4 string I have ever had, period, and the Stingray 5 has the best 34" bolt on B string I have ever heard. So I am really very excited to hear how the L2500 sounds and plays. I have never played or even held a L2500, so I have nothing to go by here. My thoughts are the L2500 probably wont have as tight(focused/fundamental) as the Stingray 5, but then the thing that I did not like about the Stingray 5 was the one dimensional sound. It has that great Stingray sound, but that is it. I loved the slap sound and could get very large and in charge with the fingerstyle too, but that was it. A great bass, but for me, it is a little limited. I like to play one axe and not switch during a gig. I knowI may miss a little in the great sounding B string, but I know that I will be able to get many great usable tone out of the L2500 electronics package. This is very much a personal opinion and I could easily be very happy with a Stingray 5, but I am flakey to the nth degree. Let you guys know about the L2500 when it arrives. I dont think you can go wrong with either. Now the real question is, why is the Stingray 5's B string so incredible
Well, all the L2500 B's I've played are better than the B's on the 'Ray fives. It isn't super tight, like an E, but it is good IMO. It was strung with GHS actually, the store clerk was fitting a GHS label to the bridge saddle when I wrenched it away from him.
The G&L and Stingray are total opposites. One is a versatility king, any number of tones you could ever want. The other has that focused, remarkable tone. I want both.
My L-2500 is great on the B, I use heavy guage strings and you can bounce your thumb off it all night long.
True, I learned that with my Modulus Q6, when I put a 130 B string on it, it just came alive. So I will be going 45-130 right out of the gate with this one.
I guess the diversity of opinion here just shows that either a; there is a big discrepancy between L2500's in the sound of them, some are good, some are not, or b; people hear things differently. I struggled with my L2500 to get a sound I liked, and a decent B just did'nt really happen. I currently have a Korean Tobias Pro 6 which I've fitted with Bartolinis, and this thing walks all over my L2500 for sound, and for the tautness and tone of the B string. I'm pleased to see someone else here shares my view of the B, I thought maybe I was just getting too fussy in my old age.
Marty I am getting pretty fussy in my old age too, I am also getting a little more patient to however. I got rid of my first few G&L attempts because I just could not figure out how to get the sounds I was after out of them. Well I have only recently been able to do this after 10 years or more. But with that said, all basses are not for all people. I know some folks are nuts about basses like the Roscoe Beck 5 and any Warwick, and I personally would not have one of either. But that is just me. And, I played a used L2500 yesterday at a store and it sounded and played like complete crap. I do think that if I had the time to set it up and properly adjust it, I could have it sounding pretty sweet to my ears, then again maybe not.
i betcha my L-2000 is older than yours!!!
L-2500 is a 2001 & my L-2000 is a 1984.