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G&L Climax Bass Question?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Philip71, Sep 6, 2005.


  1. Philip71

    Philip71

    Jul 23, 2004
    Guys I need your help I was looking around some classifieds tonight and I found a G&L Climax bass for sale for 550.00...I went to the G&L website to get some info and couldn't find anything on this model can anyone help with what year it might be made or if 550.00 is good or bad price?
     

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  2. Rumzini

    Rumzini

    Feb 14, 2004
    Jackson, MI
  3. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW
    There's a trans green Climax bass on ebay right now.

    I've owned 3 of them and while they are great basses I prefer the L-2000.

    Advantages:
    Narrow Jazz-width neck is stock on Climax basses
    Two of the 3 were very lightweight
    Great aggressive tone and simple controls
    Passive switch if your battery dies (or you prefer that tone)
    Often fairly cheap these days (I wouldn't pay over $500 shipped myself - that black one on CL started at $750!)

    Disadvantages:
    Tone is sometimes too aggressive and not as flexible as some other G&Ls

    I still have one Climax bass and it's a really nice one. Great basses if you aren't looking for the swiss-army knife of bass tones.
     
  4. bassarch

    bassarch

    Jul 24, 2001
    Istanbul
    I had one for a year. This bass had the fastest and easiest neck I have ever seen:the one that makes you play...Never seen a better one ...
    The tone wasnt very flexible as said but good solid tone with a big bottom.The pups had the biggest output from a passive pup I ve heard.The bass is built like a tank with very good craftmanship.Only the control cavity needed to be shielded.

    But! the tone was very very agressive for my taste, couldnt find a way to handle it.It was like trying to turn a wild animal into a domestic pet..Couldnt manage it.Ended up selling it.
    Sometimes regret selling it as I ve never seen a better neck .

    So if you are after an agressive tone , go for it..otherwise think twice :)
     
  5. brianrost

    brianrost Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2000
    Boston, Taxachusetts
    It's essentially the same as the current L-1500 but with a unique neck joint. Most/all came with narrow width necks (an option on L-1500).