G&L L1000, What are they like?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by glen_with_1_n, Jan 15, 2009.

  1. glen_with_1_n

    glen_with_1_n Guest

    Aug 12, 2008
    Melbourne, Victoria
    Ive really been digging these at the moment. The only thing is i have no idea what they are like and im not in the situation where i can try one.

    So what are your thoughts on them?
    ie. How do they sound and feel?

  2. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas

    Interesting timing - G&L just realeased a limited number of these this year. It's basically the neck pickup location of the L2000. I owned an L2000 in high school & only ran the neck pickup for a sort of P Bass sound so I was originally excited about this project. The problem is that the Reissue L1000 is passive without the famous G&L preamp. You can add an aftermarket preamp, but this is going to make this a $2000 project (they quoted me $1,800 with a birdseye fingerboard & NO preamp). For that price you can get ANY new L2000 on earth - at least two or three used ones, or a whole rack of Tributes & just run the neck pickup - there is your L1000 with a bridge pickup kicker. my 2
  3. 82Daion


    Nov 14, 2006
    Isn't the passive circuit considered to be a critical part of the L-1000's character?
  4. Mike Shevlin

    Mike Shevlin

    Feb 16, 2005
    Las Vegas
    Nah-As I recall when I first tried them out (mind you, this was 1982) the L1000 had the same preamp, but no bridge pickup & that was the only difference with the L2000 that I bought. Hopefully when everyone wakes up 2maro, some L1000 guys will chime in. Gnite!
  5. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    The L1000s I owned were passive (early '80s nat. ash and mahogany versions).
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  6. rrybicki

    rrybicki Innocent Bystander

    I am afraid that G&L never made an active L-1000. There are rumors of a few passive L-2000's from the early 80's, but I have never seen one.

    The L1K is generally considered to be a bit of a different beast. It is less flexible than an L-2000, but does have a sound of it's own. The pickup placement is slightly different than the neck position of an L2K. It has a very big deep tone that still has some edge. Kind of P-bass with more bottom. There is a three way selector for humbucking, single coil and bass boost (aka 'Oh My God') mode, so it can cop quite a few tones. Also, there are bass and treble (cut) controls, which is pretty much unique on a passive instrument.

    I am fortunate enough to have owned a 1980 L-1000 and also own one of the 2008 re-issues. I couldn't be happier with the new one. It is a great design and (similar to EBMM) G&L has a very high standard of construction. I would not hesitate to recommend any of their instruments.

  7. Skarekrough


    Aug 7, 2006
    I'll let you know tomorrow when my fretless arrives....
  8. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    The G&L L1000 is the ULTIMATE incarnation of Leo Fender's Precision Bass. It is Passive, it has a single pickup in the traditional location, but it has a 3 way toggle to give a variety of tones. Series/Single/Parallel will give you a Gibson/Jazz/P-Bass feel/tone. The neck is 1 3/4", but not as Beefy as the Fender P-bass neck.

    Here's my '87 version...



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  9. Glennbassmann


    Nov 6, 2019
    Just got this treasure...81'or 82' L1000 ..absolutely perfect..I love the checking on the nitro upload_2022-8-16_13-30-57.jpeg upload_2022-8-16_13-31-38.jpeg
  10. CletusMarley

    CletusMarley Knuckle Dragger Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2018
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  11. Ricky Rioli

    Ricky Rioli

    Sep 29, 2020
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  12. Glennbassmann


    Nov 6, 2019
    I did.. but its still up lol..putting on a set of NYXL 45/105 on right now..this thing is a beast...