G&L and slide bass set-up

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sloppysubs, Jan 7, 2009.

  1. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tarboro, NC
    2 seperate questions here, just didn't want to waste the space....

    1. Was in the local music shop today and saw an old G&L SB-2. I have no idea what year it was, but it sounded great, looked great etc. This is the G&L I have played that wasn't new. What is your opinion on 'old' vs. 'new' G&L's? Better to get something a little older? Or better to go new and why?

    2. Setting up for a slide on an old Ibanez p-copy. I know I need to raise the action on the strings, but does anyone have any ideas on tunings or other setup things? I am planning on using all 4 strings and was thinkin of tuning it (low to high) CFcG and using the FcG strings for the slide. Anyone got any better/different ideas?

  2. Use a fairly heavy slide. You may want to go to a lighter string set.

    Try D G D G (E and A strings down a tone, others standard).

    This gives you an open G (no 3rd). Good for straight power sliding. And you can use a normal string set.

    If you want something a bit more melodic, and you're happy to play around with string gauges, try D G B D (low to high). Use an A tuned down for the G and a lighter A tuned up for the B. This gives you an open G with the major 3rd and also gives you access to partial minor and 7th chords with the slide.

    As you can tell, I like tunings with the 5th on the bottom as it lets you slide up to the root, and also do descending things in the bottom.
  3. Slide bass:

    I converted a bass years ago, and still play it occasionally. I started out with four strings, and apparently that was outside my range of talent. I then redrilled it for three strings and pulled the frets. Don't worry, it was an Ames with a neck that was warped and far from a fit for the body. I drilled the bridge for a string inbetween the current 2 and 3 strings, and cut a new slot in the nut. I tuned this in fifths, for easy chords. I setup the bridge so the middle string was significantly higher than the others. Eventually, my modification 'undid' itself so I ended up with a two string, tuned in fifths.
  4. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tarboro, NC
    Thanks you guys for your help. Very good info.
  5. D-A-D-F# (low to high) gives you open D, which is nice because the root stays in the bass, while still providing the 3rd AND not really needing any different strings.

    As to the G&L, I have an older L-2000 that is as nice as any new one I've played. If you dig the old SB-2, why worry about it?
  6. sloppysubs


    Nov 24, 2002
    Tarboro, NC

    For the G&L, In never thought of it that way. Thanks!

    I will try around these tunings, these are sounding like some really great options. Thanks again!