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Double NBD: G&L L1000 and Dingwall AB2

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Siri, Dec 31, 2013.

  1. Siri


    Sep 26, 2006
    Portland, Oregon
    Happy New Year everyone. Thought I would share some photos of my new babies. I bought the L1000 in November and the Dingwall just came yesterday.

    I have had my eye out for a Wunkay for years and this one is better than I had hoped for. I got a sweet deal on it locally. The G&L L1000 was made in January 1981 per neck date stamp, Mahogany body and Ebony fretboard. It may have a one piece body. It looks like a one piece if you look at the wood grain, however there is a distinct seam in the finish running exactly down the center of the body. 1 5/8 at the nut. It was filthy, really really filthy, covered with 30 years of greasy fingerprints. It cleaned up well. In surprisingly good shape. Not a bit of rust. Electronics are in great shape. Frets have minimal wear. Some dings but not too bad really. One tuning key is bent. I'm really happy with it. It plays and sounds great.

    photos; http://s854.photobucket.com/user/danfisher108/library/GandL L1000?sort=6&page=1

    My Dingwall AB1 was stolen from my home recently and my insurance company gave me a surprisingly good settlement, so I went bass shopping. I can't say that I would have chosen to have acquire a new bass in this manner, yet events have worked out well.
    Here it is, my new used AB2, just acquired off TB from Dr Groove. Thanks David! I like that David played it in a Bob Marley tribute band. Filling it up with the Positive Vibration. Yah Mon!
    I really like the look of the natural wood, swirly Bubinga top and neck with mahogany body. The satin finish lets you feel the wood grain. Nice active/passive controls. Sounds and plays great.

    photos;http://s854.photobucket.com/user/danfisher108/library/Dingwall AB2?sort=3&page=1

    Thanks for looking, Dan
  2. reddavid


    Oct 11, 2001
    Wayne, PA
    The Dingwall looks GREAT! Like the swirl on the top. The early ones are nice. Probably an unfinished neck, which means you can smooth things out, if needed! Sorry that the 'upgrade' had to come this way, but it looks like you got a beautiful bass!
  3. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    That G&L has all the right stuff - burst mahogany body, ebony fretboard, slotted pole pieces. Very desirable and collectable. What do you call a "sweet deal"?
  4. sparkyfender2


    Nov 25, 2013
    Like that G&L!!!!
  5. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    Beautiful grain on your 'new' Afterburner, brother!

    You can WOW 'em with the best B string in the biz and lay down some killer P-tone without worrying about gouging any eyes. ;)

    Enjoy them in good health in your happy new year! :bassist:
  6. BassmanM


    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Congratulations and enjoy your new instruments! I personally dig the G&L. Very hard to get here in Europe.
  7. Templar

    Templar Supporting Member

    Nice L-1000

  8. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Somewhere in NJ
    That's a really great looking L1000. I have one from the same year and love it. Mine isn't a hog though.
  9. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    Congrats man! Looks like you'll be quite busy for a spell.
  10. Siri


    Sep 26, 2006
    Portland, Oregon
    Happy New Year everyone! I appreciate everyone's comments and enthusiasm. I need to get out to a blues jam soon and play with a band again.

    The L1000 is such an amazing instrument. I learned to play on a P bass and this feels so familiar. Leo kept working on his original designs. I've had two months to play it and tweak the setup. It is so well designed I am just amazed that is has not gained more popularity. Versatile tone controls, 3 position switch. Sounds great in all modes. Outstanding instrument.
    Sweat deal as in $600. That was his price and I paid it. Non original case. I spotted it on CL a few months ago for $800-900. It came back up in Nov for $600 and I pounced. The seller said that he had had little interest since putting it up for sale. No one would come see it, few calls, etc.
  11. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    That G&L is sweet..
  12. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    both are really nice basses, especially that L1K. $600 is a pretty sweet deal. i got my '81 L1K for $700 w/OHSC and it wasnt nearly as clean as yours. i really like the striping in those old ebony boards.
  13. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    Amen, brother!
  14. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    That is definitely a sweet deal. Well done.
  15. Siri


    Sep 26, 2006
    Portland, Oregon
    Thanks everyone. All this craigslist lurking pays off once in a while. Cheers!
  16. thisSNsucks

    thisSNsucks Supporting Member

    Dec 19, 2004
    Yonkers, NY
    love that G&L!