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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smperry, Dec 4, 2013.
There's a good thread on Lefty bassist about putting the wrinkle black on chrome G&L hardware:
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My LB-100 neck is satin finished quartersawn and is the most stable neck I have.
Disclaimer: Not an endorsement, just sharing my great experiences. I hope this isn't a Talkbass violation.
If any one is interested, I bought my last 4 basses from Pitbull Audio through Reverb. Great retailer. I've made offered on basses that didn't have a "Make an offer" option and they took my offer. For my G&L Tribute LB-100, I asked if they could send me pictures of a few of them so I could select the grain I liked best. They pulled a couple basses from the warehouse and sent me pictures in a few hours.
I also got mine from Pitbull but through ebay. Although I did not ask for pictures, I am super happy with what I got. Definitely was not expecting the flame on the neck. This bass is so solidly built and sounds amazing and plays like a dream. I'm considering getting one of the Tribute JBs.....probably the LPB colored one. If so, I'll probably go with Pitbull again.
You've gotta stop posting these pictures man. The last time I saw them I spent money.
You have a beautiful example of the LB-100. That flaming of the maple is just amazing. I'm with you. I have a feeling I'm getting a LPB JB as well.
Thanks for the feedback.
I don't in anyway want my question or comments to come across as a complaint. I'm quite happy with my L2500 and more than accustomed to the need to make periodic tweaks in the relief of all of my guitars and basses. It's become a seasonal ritual. I only brought it up because it seems the neck on my G&L moves around a bit more than the others so I was curious about the experience of others and I'm getting some answers.
I've been doing my own tech work and setups forever or so it seems. To save time I actually have separately labeled zip-lock bags with the necessary allen wrenches and/or truss rod tool for every brand of guitar I own from Fender to G&L to Gibson/Epiphone, to Takamine and Taylor. Talk about being a little OCD huh? LOL
Thanks for the feedback Templar.
Denver climate can be a little brutal on any guitar or bass that's for sure. It's the main reason why my gear is now in a closed room I can humidify and maintain a controlled RH range.
As I mentioned to Tony P my L2500 is the first bass I've ever owned that actually developed a back bow but then the truss rod was adjusted to provide almost no relief and this past winter I'm sure the neck responded to the dryness. But as soon as I loosened the truss rod and re-humidified it the neck came right back to normal.
It developed a little fret sprout as well and I'll knock back next string change.
I think I'm gonna take the yes and no as most likely in this climate.
My guitars seem to experience it in varying degrees as well with an Epi Casino seemingly the most stable of the bunch and a '95 Tele the least stable. I just never had one flex as much as the L2500 did but then it was also under more tension and for the most part guitars seem to always go sharp out here between tuning and seldom flat which would also increase the tension although very moderately.
Anyway, the truss rod adjusts quite freely so it's only a matter of taking a few hours over the course of a day to coax it back to where I like. I did that yesterday. Today it's perfect and getting some playing type attention.
Just looking at some photos and it looks as if the current Tribute Kiloton has only a 4-bolt neck compared to 6 on its US cousin. I can’t think of another example where a Tribute model has differed on such a fundamental engineering point. Am I right in this?
I'm just gonna chalk it up to wood brother. Plain and simple.
Given the answers I'm getting no two necks will ever be identical in how they respond.
My L2500 is an '09 and a Tribute so the truss rod would be standard to however Cort was building them then.
After a day of working with it coaxing it back to the relief I prefer it's perfect today.
Is the Tribute SB-2 still using 4-bolt attachment? Probably just did the minimal required adjustments to the CNC programming for the bodies...
My P and J Basses don't need much seasonal attention. Some, but not as much as the G&L flexed and the Jazz and L2500 are about the same vintage, 2008-09. The PBass is a little newer, I got it around 2012-13 as I recall.
Like I posted to bonin' and the others I just spent a few hours coaxing the bow out of it yesterday 1/8-1/4 turn or so at a time and today it's spot on. I just need to allow a little more relief with it than the others if only because it does seem to flex a little more.
Good point. Just looked at my Tribute SB-2 and sure enough 4 bolts.
It's a 2009 Tribute model Tom (Indonesian/Cort ancestry) but I've only had it for a year
I'm just gonna chalk it up to wood is wood and watch it a bit more to see if it keeps shifting more than my others.
My Tribute SB-2 from 2011 has a 4-bolt attachment with a neck plate ala Fender. Doesn’t seem to hurt the stability at all.
It just grates my cheese a bit that the “identical” Tribute basses aren’t so identical.
that is the product that I recommend awile back. I use it often and i love it. Can be tricky to get right, but worh it. I did a part on my Harley with it and the powder coater couldn't even get it off with the sandblaster
if I were going to do bass hardware, I'd do it.