G & L M2000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ahdunno, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. ahdunno


    Oct 12, 2009
    Has anyone gotten a chance to play one yet? G & L updated the site with more info.

    G&L’s M Series: M-2000 & M-2500

    I like the L2000 but wasn't a fan of the three switches. To me, the switches were flimsy it made the bass feel cheap. Reminded me of my old science faire projects. ;) I think the new knobs look great ( page 2).

    I saw the write up in BP mag and someone pointed out they have the L2000 sticker on the head stock.

    I just recently found one on ebay and bassnw. The one at bassnw has a black burst glossy finish.

    Can you say Darth Vader your bass is ready?
  2. Be the first buyer and reviewer! I'm very curious about this bass, too ;)
  3. Bogster


    Oct 13, 2002
    Orange Park, FL
    I'm curious about the M2000 as well. And that blackburst looks absolutely killer. Been GAS'ing for one since Mytola got his blackburst L2500 last year.
  4. southpaw420


    Aug 25, 2007
    No series parallel switch?
  5. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

    Jan 3, 2010
    North DFW, TX
    No switches at all. Just volume, blend, bass, mid and treble knobs.
  6. dedpool1052


    Jan 10, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    went to BassNW on monday and they just got in a matching set of blackburst/maple-boarded 4 and 5 string M-basses. only played the 4-string bass. pretty killer slap tone. the new #12 neck (1-5/8", 12" radius) has a fairly meaty profile, but still plenty comfortable.
  7. I tried out the 5 string at Bass NW today, and I loved it, although I might miss having the Series/Parallel switch. I think it will be a hit with people who prefer the more common blend and boost/cut knobs. I may have to get one!
  8. kellyrojo


    Feb 16, 2011
    South Carolina
    FWIW I've never heard of the switches on a L2000 breaking and FWIW I would love to try one of those M's!
  9. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    Greg at rocket music let me spec one out when they were launched with no commitment to buy. I'm hoping it gets in I'm the next week. when I ride up to get my mike lull I want to try it out. ordered it with a gloss maple quartersawn neck and a belair green body.
  10. They are active only, and that is the deal breaker for me. I guess I'll stay with L series.
  11. rednoise


    Aug 22, 2003
    I usually play my L-2000 in passive parallel mode, so the M series may not quite fit me. I'd like to try one out, though. I like the pan pot.
  12. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    The L series is the best sounding passive bass I've ever heard. I never turned the pre on when I had mine.
  13. iunno


    Dec 16, 2010
    Meh, I much prefer switches and passive wiring to an eq, which IMO doesn't change the sound all that much. It looks like they turned an L2000 into "just another bass".
  14. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    Actually they turned it into just another great bass. It still sounds and plays like an L2K just without the switches. It's more user friendly and it didn't feel like it was lacking anything. It can be super aggressive just like the L2K you know and love, but it can also do something that the L2K can't do well, which is mellow out. And it's super easy to dial tones in with the EQ; I really enjoyed it. I do wish they had a passive switch for it, but other than that it's at least equal to an L2K and probably better than an L2K for many.

    I would order one of the M series before the L series, but that's just me. I'm curious though, have you had the chance to play one or are you making your assumptions off of the specs alone?
  15. bassbenj


    Aug 11, 2009
    It's the no passive mode that bothers me. Even if it's just an "emergency" dead battery/preamp thing like pull up on the volume control for passive in case of emergency. Doesn't even need to match volume or tone. I've got a couple of basses like this. AND I've had to use it too! Notably was the time brand new batteries proved to be defective!

    Without the emergency switch, then I need to bring a second bass which is probably a good thing in any case, but the more levels of back up I have the better I feel about things.
  16. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    Or, and this might be crazy, you could bring spare batteries:bag::D
  17. iunno


    Dec 16, 2010
    Really? I find it very hard to believe that you can't mellow it out with parallel wiring and some EQing at the amp.

    I haven't played either an L2000 or an M, I've never even seen one. I'm not really a fan of their tone either, except on fretless. I have, however, played enough basses with preamps to know that I don't like them. Even the Bongo's preamp wasn't particularly impressive, and I took the pre out of my ray in favour of a neck pickup and a coil switch. It's much, much more versatile now, and sounds a hell of a lot better.
  18. willsellout

    willsellout Supporting Member

    Aug 13, 2002
    Key West, FL
    I didn't say anything about using the amp. I don't know too many people who fiddle with their amp on stage, but you certainly could if you wanted to, or if you had a dual channel amp.

    So you are weighing in on the differences between two basses that you've never seen, played, or heard in person. Got it.
  19. steamthief


    Jan 25, 2006
    Mentone Beach
    I had no idea G&L is now making a #12 neck - finally! Is it available on all basses, or just the M series?
    kkaarrll likes this.