I have a bunch of G&L's...so, don't take this as an overall G&L bash and flamefest. O have 8, currently, and use them all, lots. But, my newest one is a 2001, it was an impulse buy...newer JB2...really nice bass in terms of build quality and playability, but the pickups bite it...IMO. After that, all my G&L's run back dang near 30 years. L1000's: 1980, and 2x1981 L2000E: 1981 Original SB2JJ: 2x1983 Original SB1 J: 1983 El Toro: 1984 2001 JB2: decent enough bass, once it had Nordstrand pickups installed. But I could sure live without it. There's not really anything special or innovative about it. The SB1 J is a great snarly spinoff of Leo's first bass, the single coil Precision; only with a better pickup, better hardware, and better playability. The SB2 JJ-despite it's slab body and strat pickup switching-remains my favorite passive Jazz of all time. Those big pickups are a great combination of warm/fat, and snarl and growl. The L1000: this has been covered ad naseum...maybe the best passive 4 banger ever made. Unbelievable sonic flex for a passive single pickup bass. Ground-breaking pickup, uber cool pickup and coil tapping, and both *bass and treble* passive tone controls...man, that floored me when that came out. L2000E: take the L1000, add a nother pickup and a cool preamp that builds on the passvie tone controls instead of eliminating them. Never cared for the newer, post E series 2000's: they just don't sound the same. Thanks for trying tho. This includes the L2500 5 string with it's "narrow but fat" neck profile. El Toro: last innovative thing G&L ever did. IMO, passive mode bites, but active mode gives you a super mean, uber modern J killer. G&L...where'd you go? This first four years were nuttin' but ground breaking innovation!!! From 1984 to present, the best you could do was add kill your best JJ, add a PJ, and do a couple special runs for BABP? And add a *Fender* Jazz reissue... Dang it guys...give me something to draw me back in!