G&L L-2000 for reggae/dub

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Skjold, Dec 24, 2014.

  1. Skjold


    Dec 26, 2010
    Hi all,

    I'm a long time guitar player, and I'm thinking about picking up a bass (I briefly owned a P-bass that I played with flatwounds). I was wondering what you guys think of the G&L L-2000 for reggae/dub stuff.

    I'm tempted by this bass because it seems to have so many tonal options, and since guitar is my main instrument, it seems like it could be a good choice for someone that will be limited to one bass. That said, I am mainly after good, deep, passive bass tones.

    I'm not so much into slap stuff. I'm more into fingerstyle 70s funk, reggae/dub/dancehall, jazz funk, hip hop, etc.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. JACink


    Mar 9, 2011
    I can't comment on the G&L 2000 (although I have hear decent things about it). However, I will say that, for hip hop, dub, dancehall etc. I have found a 5 string very useful.

    I play with a Hip Hop group, and also dubstep with another group, and I use an ESP LTD B-205. It has a great range of sounds (due to the 3 band EQ) and paired with a Zoom B3 gives me everything I need for these styles.
  3. Gilmourisgod


    Jun 23, 2014
    Cape Cod MA
    An L2K is an incredibly versatile instrument, and built like a tank, so it has a great bottom end, but you may be better off with a 5 string if you want that earth crushing bottom.
  4. knumbskull


    Jul 28, 2007
    having tried an L2500 I'd say it can do that and more - as mentioned, they are really versatile instrments, and they have the all-important (for dub) neck pickup...

    the electronics are almost overkill - my preference for that sound would be to run it passive, but YMMV.

    incidentally, most old school or "traditional" dub lines are voiced well within the range of a 4-stringer. tho i guess a 5-er would allow you to play them further up the neck for extra boominess.
  5. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    G&L make fine basses.
    You don't need a 5 string for reggae. Family Man Barrett...used a Fender Jazz much of the time.
  6. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Robbie Shakespeare used a Jazz much of the time too; but also used a Hofner short scale hollowbody 4 string some.

  7. Nick von Nick

    Nick von Nick Supporting Member

    Oct 29, 2014
    I played a lot of Reggae/Dub in college, and I always used my passive four-string Fender Jazz with flat wound strings. I found that the passive pickups were perfect for the sound I was aiming to achieve. I simply zeroed the tone knob and used the neck pickup exclusively.

    Additionally, if you play closer to the neck/over the neck, you can get a wonderful, Reggae tone. I've noticed that the response when plucking in this "zone" falls ever so slightly behind the beat (even if your internal metronome is spot on). This is perfect for the "feel" of Reggae/Dub music.

    Best of luck,
    ~Nick "Klaus" G.
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  8. The Diaper Geni

    The Diaper Geni Submissive. And loving it. Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2005
    Central Ohio
    One word answer: Yes.
  9. 68Goldfish

    68Goldfish Supporting Member

    Nov 4, 2006
    Port Orchard WA
    I'd say look for a used L2500 tribute. There was one floating around in the classifieds just recently. I had one and it was outstanding. Probably the best B string of all my basses American or otherwise. Few things have as much balls as a G&L L series in active/series mode.
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  10. Ender_rpm


    Apr 18, 2004
    St. Louis MO

    This^ Good Reggae tone is in the technique, and knowing how your bass responds to your touch. Turn your amp up louder, then pluck softly around the neck joint, roll tone off, but not so much to make it mud, and feel de riddims :)

    That being said, an L2k on neck/passive/series with a bit of treble rolled off is a beast for reggae.
    mpdd likes this.
  11. punchdrunk

    punchdrunk Inactive

    Jun 22, 2013
    L1000 is as deep sounding as any bass on earth and is all passive goodness. Super dub.
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  12. Skjold


    Dec 26, 2010
    Thanks for all the info everyone! Just what I wanted to hear!
  13. bass12

    bass12 Have You Met Grace Jones?

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Depending on what generation of reggae you are playing and who you are playing with you might want to consider a 5 string. In the past I have been specifically asked by MDs in reggae bands to bring a 5.
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  14. friendlybass


    Jul 19, 2012
    All the reggae dudes I know are just using jazz basses, but those L-2500's and L-2000's are sweet. I'm sure they'll do whatever you need
  15. mmbongo

    mmbongo I have too many basses. Supporting Member

    Want to save a few bucks? Try out a Tribute M2000. It's more straightforward than the L2000 and eliminates the confusing swithing options which you'd probably never use for dub or reggae. You'd probably stay in series mode the whole time anyway. This also has a blend instead of a 3 way switch and has their new 18V preamp. I think it will be smoother/thicker than the brighter/growlier L2000. And the biggest thing...MF has them on sale for $499!

    http://www.musiciansfriend.com/bass...-electric-bass?rNtt=g&l tribute m2000&index=2
  16. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    That G&L L-2000 is a good bass. Most any bass works fine for reggae and dub. While the great roots reggae players used 4-strings, you will hear a lot of 5-strings in modern reggae and island styles. Check out Eli Mac, J Boog, SoJa, or FiJi. Also, the big totally "tubby" tone is not the only way to roll, and effects, especially envelope followers appear now and then.

    Don't feel bound to "fingers over the fingerboard, flat wounds, and the bridge pickup off." IME, it is a recipe for not being heard. I am not saying bright zingy tone is the thing, but low mids and upper mids have their role to keep the pitch clean. After all, the bass and the lead singer are the principle lines in reggae. A high pass filter can really tighten up things and strain out the mud and wobble in some rooms.

    You will need a great amp. I hope you have not been too naughty, so Santa can help out. :woot:
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  17. Skjold


    Dec 26, 2010
    Another question for you guys.

    Since I'm in Japan, I'm planning on getting one of the made in Japan tributes (used). They sell them as Premium Tributes over here.

    Anyway, I came across a used tribute from the 1990s that is prior to the "premium" branding. It just says Made In Japan, Slim Neck (or something like that) on the headstock.

    My question is: Has anything other than the branding changed since the 1990s? Just wondering if I should give this one a try or wait for a more recent premium to pop up.

    FWIW, it seems to be in really good condition, frets are not worn, truss rod, and neck are fine. It's being sold by a reputable dealer and is priced fairly (slightly cheaper than the usual asking price).

    Edit: It says Tribute Custom on the headstock. Also, it has the Japanese wiring, which includes the coil tap.
    Last edited: Dec 28, 2014
  18. Skjold


    Dec 26, 2010
    image.jpg image.jpg image.jpg Thanks for the advice everyone. I am the proud new owner of an L-2000. :)
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2015