G&L L2000 VS Stingray for Tool trib

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Chowowbus, Sep 1, 2010.

  1. Chowowbus


    Mar 24, 2009
    Olympia WA
    Hey guys, my Tool tribute band has been around for almost 2 years and its time for a new bass to celebrate! I have been using a G&L Tribute L-2000 since march and I love it....but I have some minor issues with my tribby import..Its time for a new bass!

    I am leaning toward a brand new EB StingRay HH or a US made L-2000...
    Remember...this is for a Tool Tribute act...
    Help me folks with your thoughts...this is a lot of money to spend, I have one week to make my decision.

  2. Nikoubis


    May 3, 2007
    Athens, Greece
    I have heard folks state that the L2K can get a sort of "Wal-ish" tone. Given that I have not spent time with a Wal, I cannot validate this claim.

    Personally, I would get an L2K over a Stingray any day of the week, but that's just me. Among the MM models, I'd rather go for a Sterling, as I have found that I generally prefer the aggressive character of ceramic magnets.
  3. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Have you gone up to Bass NW to try out different samples of dual pickup basses?

    It's kinda too bad neither of those companies make a mahogany body version, that would close the gap more than anything. I remember when I had a 30th anniv Ray, how similar the attack, shimmer, and ringing top end was to the Wal, and thinking too bad it didn't have a 2nd pickup. But the one thing about the L2k's pickups are in more of similar position close to the bridge like a Wal, where both of the Ray's pickups are further away from the bridge.
  4. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    South Carolina
    My vote is all L2K, I've owned multiple examples of each, and I love the Stingray tone. But for what you're going for, you need a really deep, grindy, scoopy tone that the L2000 is just made for.
  5. Chowowbus


    Mar 24, 2009
    Olympia WA
    Thanks guys!

    .I did not know that about the differing p/u placement between the basses. That is exactly the type of advice I am grubbing for. Thank you!
    That shimmer is something that I seem to not be able to achieve with my import L-2000, but it does do the low end grind well....

    Also I have had a lot of quality control issues with my Tribby with very poor and disorganized customer service from G&L. I am super reluctant to drop a ton of cash because of it. I really need to play a EB HH in person..

    Gah!!! indecision!!:p
  6. Broadbent


    Mar 28, 2007
    The double humbucker stingray will get you pretty close and respectable tone for the later tool stuff. And a pretty spot on tone for the undertow stuff(paul used a stingray live, recorded with a ric)
  7. Essen

    Essen Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2008
    Seeing how Justin used a Stingray on a couple of songs on Aenima, I'd go with that.
    Also, my impression from the Tool-"fanatics" is that it might be a good idea to invest in a filter based preamp? It's often mentioned as a key factor to Justins sound.
  8. Gasman

    Gasman Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2007
    South Carolina
    I've owned and L2K, a Stingray HH, a Stingray H, and a Bongo. L2K is probably the way to go out of these with the Bongo a close second if you are looking to cop Justin's sound. "46&2", "H.", and "No Quarter" were recorded with a Stingray H, but those are the only ones and JC hasn't used a Stingray in well over a decade live. The Stingray HH really doesn't come close to getting his tone except in the traditional single H mode for the aforementioned tunes- not gritty enough, not enough scoop.
  9. pjmuck


    Feb 8, 2006
    New Joisey
    I do think the G&L may get you closer, but really it's more about your setup/EQ than anything. I was listening to old Jawbox recordings the other day and bassist Kim Coletta has a VERY similar tone to Chancellor's on some tracks. She uses Js and Ps, so there ya go.
  10. Chowowbus


    Mar 24, 2009
    Olympia WA
    Thanks guys..I think I am going to go for the Stingray HH.
    I am sure my tribute will continue to be fine...I guess I dont need a U.S. made one..I would be just spinning my wheels..
    So...Ill keep my tribby, AND get a Stingray:D...This will be best of both worlds!