G&L owners...what other basses do you own?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 43% burnt, Aug 26, 2005.

  1. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Hey guys. I've lurking around various bass porn sites, developing some GAS for a new bass. My main axe is a G&L L2000. I love that bass, but I'm looking to add something new to the arsenal. I want a bass with thick killer tone and lots of punch. I'm spoiled by the L2k's high output, so I'm looking for something with hot stock pup's. Don't wanna have to mod.

    A couple basses I'm considering are: G&L ASAT, MM stingray, or Lakland Skyline 44-02.

    Any recs? Thanks in advance!
  2. An ASAT is going to sound virtually identical to the L-2000.

    I'm not sure why you want something so similar. If you are going to get another bass, why not get something quite different?

    I personally have, in addition to my L-2000, an L-2500 for gigs where I really need the 5th string (also I have flats on the 5 and rounds on the 4).

    Actually, my favorite G&L bass is my Legacy (later known as LB-100) which is basically just a really really nice P-bass. Honestly, for 95% of my work this is all the bass I would ever need. They are discontinued though but are available used. You could also try an SB-2 which is pretty similar and is still in production.

    As for my non-G&L bass, it is a fabulous Gibson RD Artist which has just about the hugest sound imaginable. They are pretty hard to come by though.
  3. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    2 Warwick 5s- Thumb & Streamer
    2 US Fender J-5s, one stanard & one deluxe. Both have Sadowsky electronics
    1 1978 P-Bass in near mint condition
    2 Zon Sonus 5s. One red, one amber
    1 Lakland 55-94 w/Duncans
    1 US ATK 5 w/PBC "floating neck"
    and last bit not least...
    1 G&L L-2500

    How's that ?
  4. Vox Populi

    Vox Populi Reggae Loving Honkey

    Jan 27, 2004
    Poulsbo, WA
    It sounds like you need a stingray.
  5. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    You can cop a decent enough Sting Ray tone on the G&L. IMO, the perfect compliment to an L2000 would be a single-coil jazz bass.

    I went a long time with a similar pair. L2500 and MIA JD5. Between the two, I could get about anything I wanted in the studio or live.
  6. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    True, I figured this much...basically the only difference is body style and neck right?

    Yeah, I'm leaning more towards a 'ray/sterling, or the Lakland.
  7. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Thats a thought...a classic jazz might be the way to go.
  8. craigb

    craigb Supporting Member

    My non-G&Ls are:

    Godin A4 -- semihollow, piezo pickup, very acoustic-ey
    Rumblefish P-J -- semihollow P-J
    Steinberger Spirit XZ-2db -- cheapy headless w/humbuckers

    The one that is most complementary to my G&Ls is the Godin. The semi-hollow, acoustic-ey (not necessarily truly upright sounding, but definitely an acoustic instrument instead of an electric one) is the type of sound that the G&Ls don't get.

    So if you really want something complementary to the G&L I'd suggest looking at semihollows, either the piezo-only ones like the Godin A4, Carvin AC40, Turner Renaissance, Allen MB-2f, etc. They give a type of sound the G&L just won't do.

    Or a semi-hollow w/mag pickups. Hofner/clone, Epi JC sig or Rumblekat, DiPinto Belvedere, Lakland Skyline Hollowbody, Waterstone ME-2b or something along those lines. The warm, blossoming quality to the sound again is something different from the G&L.

    Just an idea
  9. old_skool


    Aug 17, 2000
    Milwaukee, WI
    Have you tried a American P bass Deluxe, the ones with the active electronics and the and the two J coils in the bridge?
  10. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Never tried a P deluxe...they look nice though.

    I'm not really a spector guy. But, I've never got too well acquainted with one.

    I'm leaning towards a Lakland...now which one? I'm diggin the skyline 4402. Or maybe saving up for a USA 4-94.
  11. Lakland Joe Osborn or Bob Glaub.
  12. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    How sweet would that be if it was black instead of white?
  13. By the way, I paid $399 USD for my US made G&L Legacy (I bought it 2 years ago). :D

    You may find a similar deal out there if you look for it.
  14. jorge84


    Aug 25, 2005
    czech rep.
    I have an 1500 and I´m quite dissatisfied.. the signal is strong so that it overdrives any preamp :(
  15. lbanks


    Jul 17, 2003
    Ennui, IN USA
    Try lowering your pickups.
    I've got a Tribute L-2500,
    its backed up by Conklin GT-5 and Spector Q-5. These are the basses that actually get to leave the house.
  16. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I have a G&L L200E fretless from 1981. May main gigging axe for many years. Before that I had '72 P, 72 fretless P, 73 Tele...
    Have since added a Rev 5L, Rev BH5, Jack Casady Epiphone...

    You should try something a little different like a lackland, sadowsky with big active j pups. Rev's get real close to that for being passive....
  17. WJF


    Aug 1, 2005
    In addition to my early 80s L-2000, I've got a Kawai (no idea what model and it's lacking a fingerboard), a custom fretless with Moses neck, an Ibanez EX beater and a 3/4 scale Antoine Violette upright.
  18. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA
    I just got an ASAT Bass & am in love with it...
    The other basses in my stable, who are all currently jealous of the fact that I can't seem to stop playing the ASAT are:

    1974 Rickenbacker 4001
    1978 Rickenbacker 3001
    2003 Rickenbacker 4003
    1988 Fender Jazz Bass
    2001 Gibson Thunderbird