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G&L L-1000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by JoseNeville, Oct 14, 2013.

  1. I bought this bass, everything is working fine. I just found that the neck it is not straight, and I don't have any adjustment left. Any idea on how to lower a little the action.


  2. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    Add a washer? Personally I'd take it to a pro for a checkup
  3. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW

    Congrats, looks like an ebony board.
  4. Showdown

    Showdown Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2002
    Honolulu, Hawaii
    This. A washer or two is what is needed, but it is hard to find washers that are big enough inside dimension but small enough outside dimension to fit in the hole. A pro should have the washers and the knowledge to make sure that is all the neck needs.
  5. Little split-ring lock washers fit perfectly. Any Ace Hardware will have them.

    Nice looking L-1000. What's the story on the finish?
  6. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    washer or wood filler, but inspected and installed by tech only

  7. DanMan82


    Feb 11, 2011
    What am i missing here that a washer would fix?

    Are you saying the neck is angled forward from the body so the action is too high at the upper frets?

    If so, a washer is a bad idea - it will compress into the body and neck wood and damage it.

    What you need is a shim - I'd recommend tracing an outline of the end of the neck heel on a business card then cut half off and slot the remainder it into the neck joint near the outside edge. It shouldn't take much more than that. If it does, do the same again.
  8. Thanks to everyone, where I live it's difficult to find a luthier, so I have to do it. I will do the business card first. That was on my mind, but I always like to ask here to see if I'm on the right track.
    About the finish, I don't know. The lighter paint was to cover the scratches I would like to remove it.

  9. I made the business card trick, help just a little bit.

  10. metron


    Sep 12, 2003
    Thats some mahogany right there. Nice bass!

    For the neck... if action is too high lower the saddles. If the saddles are bottomed out, try small amounts of neck tilt. If you have too much neck relief and the truss rod is maxed, the washer is probably the fix. If there is a "ski jump" at the body, then it has likely has the neck tilt set wrong and might need extra help from a luthier. Back off on the neck tilt if thats the case then take it in to someone for help.
  11. Wallace320

    Wallace320 Commercial User

    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Otherwise - all of us believin' in the proportion of the issue you mentioned - you'll need some more than the usual, ever sufficient, business card

  12. Can't imagine what you would do with wood filler.

    You don't need a shim, the bass came with a micro-tilt feature anyway.

    Presumably what you're talking about is too much relief in the neck, right? Adjusting saddle height won't fix that.

    Remove the truss rod nut, add one or two little washers onto the exposed truss rod, then screw the nut back on. This should give the rod more adjustment travel.

    If that doesn't work, contact one of those places that specialises in fixing warped necks. Good luck.
  13. Thanks washers are the next step. Saddle are almost all way up. So I will remove the thru rud a install 2 washers and took photos. This is the best forum.
  14. No luck finding the washers.
  15. No hardware store there?

    If yes, look for tiny split lock washers. They fit perfectly.
  16. I never did this procedure so I try some smaller washer and get stock on the cover, I have to put it out.

    I bought this washers and I don't kown if I have to sand the cover or find the perfect match. I found some fender I don't know if there are the perfect fit.

    If some one can tell me how to remove the cover or any other instructions, I feel that the washer will solve because I remove completely and the truss rod it's working.




    Fender washers

    Thanks for all the help.
  17. http://chrisporro.com/?p=936

    This is the procedure or there's something easy.

    I can't do this, the cover it's plastic, I try to find a replacement so I can remove an put a new one.
  18. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    It's been a long time since I've lived in PR, and the tech I used when I was there I'm sure is long gone (he was retired back in the 80s, but did amazing $40 refrets). Isn't there a luthier who makes basses in PR? He might do tech work too. Not sure of the name, Ramirez maybe?
  19. Ray it's still making basses but he live in Humacao I live in Cabo Rojo, like 3 hours trip.

    Thanks Webtroll, I can find someone, but I have to travel, But many say it's simple, if I can do it perfect it's not I will findo someone.
  20. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    The old guy I'm thinking of was in Caguas, I think. Name was something like Guillin (accent on the second i). He's probably long gone, he used to be a tech at Gretsch and hand made guitars for endorsers back in the day. Have you tried contacting music stores to see if there's anyone they recommend? Another option is shipping it to the US, but you probably already know that shipping to and from PR is considered international.

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