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G&L L-1500/L-2000 Controls Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by dwc3690, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. I was wondering what the knobs do on these basses. I would normally assume Vol/Vol/Tone... but the 1500 only has one pickup.

    Dan C.
  2. Hugh Jass

    Hugh Jass

    Oct 10, 2008
    Canada eh
    Have a look at the G&L forum (it is stickied at the top of the page) There is a sticky there that outlines what all the controls do.

    Enjoy! :D
  3. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    The knobs on both basses are volume, passive treble cut, and passive bass cut. The switches are slightly different though. Both have series/parallel switching for the pickup(s), but some special order L-2000's have series/parallel/single coil switching. The L-1500's other switch is passive/active, while the L-2000's is passive/active/active with treble boost. Oddly, the L-1500's active mode actually has more treble boost than the L-2000's active with treble boost setting.
  4. do the treble and bass cut knobs work in passive mode? If so what is the difference between the active and passive mode?

    Dan C.
  5. spideyjg


    Mar 19, 2006
    San Diego
    The knobs work the same but the switching of a 1500 to active turns it into a AK-47 with a samurai sword bayonet.

    Ya want to slay people you will like it. You play garden parties you won't.

  6. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Yes, as Jim said, they work in passive and active modes. They are passive controls, cut only. The treble control is just like any other passive bass's treble cut. The bass cut is unusual, but appropriate considering the massive low end produced by the L-2000's neck pickup. Heck, it's even useful on the L-1500.

    So, active mode gives you some aggressive "bite" in the tone, and like any active pre, it prevents treble loss over long cable lengths.

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