G&L L-2500 overdriving my input, even on passive mode...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by SuperSnake2012, Jun 20, 2008.

  1. SuperSnake2012

    SuperSnake2012 floppy b strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    Bronx, NY
    I have a GK 1001-RBII head, and even on passive mode, the G&L is overdriving the input when I dig in. These pickups must be super hot... is there a way I can play without having to use the -14dB pad? I don't like using it, I feel like it takes the balls away from my tone. :p

    Not sure if this is bass or amp related, sorry. :bag:
  2. rok51

    rok51 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2002
    Crawfordville, FL
    Yes, the MFD pickups are super hot. You may just have to turn the volume down on the bass itself.

  3. Osprey


    Jun 20, 2005
    I bet you'll get more technical replies than this, and replies from people with more experience of different basses. My story though, which may be relevant:

    I have an MIA P Bass, and I've been playing it though a Peavey head. For a while I've been saying I need to get a bigger or better rig, because when I turned up the volume the tone turned into a loud fart.

    One of the guys in the band said I needed to use the input pad. On the head itself this is labelled Active/Passive, so I'd been leaving it on passive. However, using the Active setting did the trick: I'd been overdriving the pre-amp side of the head, and now I can use plenty of pre gain and lots of volume, while still getting the tone I want to hear. Suddenly I'm putting the drummer in his place.
  4. optikhog


    Apr 2, 2007
    St. Peters, MO
    +1. Just turn the volume knob down to get it to a level the head will like.

    My L-2000 is the first bass I've owned which doesn't lose tone when the volume knob is turned down when passive. It's great!
  5. jdlwareagle

    jdlwareagle Supporting Member

    Nov 13, 2005
    Mobile , AL
    Something else that helps is to lower the pick ups as far as they will go .
  6. there are a lot of threads like this one in the G&L forum. you can either use the pad or turn the bass down a bit. Or you can do what I did and get a radial tonebone bassbone which lets you back the signal down just a little so you have the full gain from your bass feeding the radial and then let that feed the gk. I have the same rig as you and it is AWESOME !!! The radial is an awesome piece of gear that lets you do a multitude of things on stage,