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G&L SB2 In Flake Finishes?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lavaman67, Jun 26, 2013.

  1. lavaman67


    Feb 13, 2006
    Ypsilanti, MI
    Can anyone tell me why I can't find any SB2's in flake finishes? If I do a search for G&L SB2's silver flake, I get a ton of basses in Japan, but nothing in the states. What gives?
  2. NWB


    Apr 30, 2008
    Kirkland, WA
    Go to your local G&L dealer and tell them what you want. They can order whatever finish you want from G&L. Other options would be neck size, fretboard material, radius, finish, etc.
  3. lavaman67


    Feb 13, 2006
    Ypsilanti, MI
    I realize I can do that, but is that what it takes to find one? They don't build them unless you order them specifically?
  4. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    Not unless you find one used. They only make them stock in limited colors. I had to special order my Sonic Blue SB2. It was worth the wait.
  5. NicJimBass

    NicJimBass Is this thing on!? Supporting Member

    Nov 22, 2004
    Lancaster, OH
    64 Audio · DR Strings · Source Audio · Hipshot
    Buy a used one and have Marty Bell refinish it. I believe he does (or at least DID) the sparkle finishes for G&L.
  6. msact


    Jan 8, 2013
    Bucks Co, PA
    One other consideration. The metal flake upcharge is $400.
  7. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Exactly. Other bass manufacturers are the same way. Each and every bass had to be ordered by someone or a dealer. There's a guy in Germany that probably has the largest collection of G&L's with flake finishes.
  8. fisticuffs


    May 3, 2011
    Madison, WI
    They make whatever the store wants them to make. MF/GC stick to some pretty basic models and colors. That is NOT indicative of what other dealers may prefer to stock. Still though. It's 6 weeks or so to build exactly what you want. I'd go that route.
  9. lavaman67


    Feb 13, 2006
    Ypsilanti, MI
    Thanks for the info TB'rs! Much appreciated.
  10. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    +1 on this!

    Or, Pat Wilkins for refinishing.

    Get a used one that has some scratches, for relatively cheap, and get it painted, and have a bass that looks like new for way less money than an actual new one.