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G&L tone vs. Wal tone

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by slowburnaz, Nov 25, 2002.

  1. slowburnaz


    Mar 27, 2002
    Tucson, AZ
    I've heard many people say that G&L L2000 & L2500 sound quite similar to Wal basses. What's your take on this? Agree, disagree?
  2. JMX

    JMX Vorsprung durch Technik

    Sep 4, 2000
    Cologne, Germany

    G&L and Musicman, ok

    But G&L and Wal? They're too different IMO.
  3. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    I don't think they're that far off. The pickup placement is a bit different, I think Wals have a tighter sound, G&Ls have more thump.
  4. KB

    KB Supporting Member

    Jan 13, 2000
    Chapel Hill, NC
    depends on the body woods, etc.
    Wals do have a very unique sound, but my mahogany L2000 is distantly similar. The G&L's don't have the pick attack of Wals and they are a little more "vintage" sounding, but they can probbaly be the closest non-wal bass to sound like a wal
  5. Brian Barrett

    Brian Barrett

    Nov 25, 2001
    Murfreesboro, TN (Nashville)
    Dealer LowEndBassShop.com, Builder LowEndBasses.com
    Actually I don't really think G&L's sound much like a wal but a DR heartfield does. Not that the DR is anywhere close to the bass a wal is, but the electronic setup has some of the same characteristic's.
  6. geshel


    Oct 2, 2001
    That's true - even if the basic tone of a G&L is close to a Wal (which is still disputable, I certainly don't know well enough to be too adamant about it), the electronics are totally different. So the Wal will always be able to get sounds you can't get from the G&L (and, I suppose, vice-versa).

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