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G&L Passive Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mchildree, Sep 30, 2001.


  1. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    I'm in need of a good reasonably-priced passive bass for a backup and I've been seeing lots of good prices on some G&L models like the LB-100 and SB-1. Basically, G&L versions of P and J basses. Seems to me that G&L's quality is a cut above Fender's in most cases, and the prices are better. Anybody know anything about these basses?

    One thing that concerns me is the 3-bolt neck joint.
     
  2. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I have an L2000, and love it. The fit and finish are perfect, the neck is smooth and fast, the tone is awesome even in passive, plus my green swirl looks bitchen. A 3 bolt G&L is very stable. People have been concerned about 3 bolts, but they were comparing them to basses with less quality control. Lesser quality basses were getting wobbles, but that is not a common problem with the G&L. Good luck, and definitely shop, as there are some good deals out there.
    Doc
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    You are seeing good prices on the SB-1 & LB-100 because they were recently discontinued so G&L offered these basses to many retailers @ a nice low price, so the retailer has discounted them accordingly. They're both P-styled basses. IMO MUCH better than Fender's. The LB-100 is a P-bass. The SB-1 is downsized & has a narrower J style neck.

    The SB-2 (still in production) is like the SB-1 except is has a J pick-up @ the bridge. There is also a new JB-2 that has the traditional G&L body shape (on L-2000's & L-1500's) w/2 J pick-ups. I haven't tried one of these yet. I've tried all the others & loved them all. I've foolishly passes up a few good deald I saw on a few SB-2 that I regret. I say BUY ONE!!!! I pre fer the SB-2 or the JB-2!!!! :)
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  4. Hey Mike,
    Speaking of reasonably-priced passive basses.. I heard that Musician's Friend is blowing out solid-color Reverends, since they are discontinued. You know what great basses those are.. might be able to get one for a steal!
     
  5. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    Ooooo00.....I'll check into that too...Thanks Dave!
     
  6. Gman

    Gman

    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    You've got that backward Nino.

    I used to have a SB-2. It was 1 1/2" at the nut. I still have a SB-1, and it is 1 3/4" at the nut.

    If you want a jazz, get the SB-2. If you want a P, get the SB-1. Fantastic basses.

    Dave
     
  7. gsummer

    gsummer

    Feb 11, 2001
    hey there

    I just bought a G&L jb-2 and I am very pleased with it. It won't come at the price of a sb-1 or sb-2 but if you want a jazz sound I think it's great. It also has six, count em six, neck bolts! I have some La Bella flatwounds on it and it sounds smooth and thumpy. Hope you find what you want.

    Galen
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Come to think of it, I think you can get any 4 string bass w/any of the neck widths that are offered in the G&L line, so we're both right......

    .....probably. ;):D
     
  9. Gman

    Gman

    Jan 4, 2000
    Indianapolis, IN
    You are correct, Sir. You can order them with any neck. I was speaking of what is ordinary. The SB-1 pup being a "P" configuration and a "P" neck. Same similarities between the SB-2 and a Jazz.

    But, Okay....I agree that we can both be right.

    Dave
     
  10. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    There is a G@L lb2 at a music store down the road from me here at college.. it is only $350.. it sounds so sweet. Sounds at least as good as any passive fender Jazz i've played.. There is also a passive lb 1 at another Store I know of... but they are a rippoff store. they are asking $649 for it.. with a case.. it an awesome bass and sounds great.. but i think they are asking too much. it has been sitting on the wall for about 2 years now... but these basses kick it
     
  11. gweimer

    gweimer

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Don't forget about the early L-1000. It was also passive, and for the money, it's a steal. I would take an early L-1000 easily over an early '60s Precision, and you can get them for around $500-700 easily enough.
     
  12. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    Uhhh...if you aren't planning to buy it, would you mind sending me the name and phone number of that store, Idiezman??
     
  13. Hi Galen,
    you're probably the first talkbassman to own one!
    Can you tell us a little more about your new JB-2?
    Thanks.
     
  14. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    Mchildtree. i pmed you the info about that store...
     
  15. ldiezman

    ldiezman

    Jul 11, 2001
    Nashville
    I found out today that the bass is being sold at like $1000.... I was kinda pissed.... I mean it is worth it.. but they are asking a bit much for it.. they sold a G&L L1000 for 479 a few months ago.. man i was a bit made... sorry about that
     
  16. mchildree

    mchildree Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2000
    AL/GA
    Yeah, I called them yesterday too, and found out the same thing. No biggie...thanks for the info anyway, Id-Man. Lots of good deals on G&Ls over on Ebay right now, too.