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ESP C-304 comparable to G&L L-2000?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by CrawlingEye, Oct 19, 2001.


  1. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I saw the ESP C-305 in the recent bass player, and it looks quite nice.

    I'm curious, (not looking to buy, so don't waste your breath if you're going to get mad because I compared it to an L-2000) is it comparable to an L-2000?

    How does it sound?
     
  2. Angus

    Angus Supporting Member

    Apr 16, 2000
    Palo Alto, CA
    Not comparable. Enough said.
     
  3. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    How can they be comparable?
    They are very different kinds of instruments.

    One is a Bass, and the other ehh,, :D
     
  4. Brad Johnson

    Brad Johnson Commercial User

    Mar 8, 2000
    Gaithersburg, Md
    Boom Bass Cabinets, DR strings
    Nope
     
  5. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Wasting your breath, I know the difference in so-called "bass quality levels."

    However, that doesn't prevent the debate of the OLP vs Stingray or MIM vs MIA Fender debate.

    I don't see why it should stop this. I'm just asking a general question. If I wanted to hear someone say "No." I wouldn't have asked.

    On with the topic? :)
     
  6. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    Because they are basses of the same TYPE or Kind, just different in quality.

    If you dont want to hear someone say "NO" then just DONT ASK ANYTHING. Its obvius, many people would say NO. And you have 3 references to notice.
     
  7. ESP-LTD

    ESP-LTD

    Sep 9, 2001
    Idaho
    It seems like a pretty reasonable question to me ...

    They are quite different basses; the G&L is a bolt-on while the ESP is neck-thru. The G&L has a fairly unusual (compared to most basses in the marketplace) control system with a series of switches in addition to the pots. The ESP has pretty traditional active controls but they saved money on the pickups (EMG HZ). The G&L has standard P-Bass string spacing, while the ESP (if it's like my B-305) has somewhat tighter spacing than normal. The G&L is made in the US and the ESP is imported from Korea.

    I have owned a dozen basses or so in the past 30 years and like my ESP just fine. The Korean factories will put as much quality control into an instrument as the customer wants to pay for; I think they did a decent job on these.
     
  8. I have played both, and they are completely different instruments in virtually every way. The C-304 has a very...neutral tone, probably better for recording applications than the L-2000. The L-2000 is one of those basses that refuses to be put in the back of the mix. I've never played a bass that has so much treble with the treble cut knob all the way down and the neck pickup soloed in series mode. It's a slapper through and through. Sadly, it's way too noisy to record worth a damn.
     
  9. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    Apples and oranges.

    One is a semi handmade, American bass with a bolt on neck and the most versatile electronics setup of any production model ever made.

    The other is a Korean machine made bass with inexpensive(but quiet) electronics and neck through construction.
     
  10. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    Alright, thanks. I was just curious, because from the picture in the recent issue of Bass Player magazine. It seemed to look similiar in pickup placement, and all. I figured it might be a good thing to toss up... Help my curiosity, and perhaps clear some one who's looking to buy's curiosity also. :)