G&L Tribute series basses, too good to be true?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by lowend219, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. lowend219


    Sep 17, 2007
    Los Angeles, CA
    I saw a G&L Tribute series bass the other day, the price blew me away...under $600. I know normal G&L's are in the 1G and over range. I played it and it sounded great. I know the Tribute series means same hardware but assembled over seas. Is there anything concerning long term durability or the bass or parts I should be wary of or is this really a good find?

  2. Spiritfield


    Mar 2, 2004
    Tribby's are a great deal. used one's are even less expensive... I will say that if I had the choice of a brand new Tribby for $600 or a used US model for $650-$700, I'd personally pay the diff for the US model. Used Tribby's can go for as little as $375 depending on model. An incredible deal for waht you get...
  3. superfunk47


    Sep 9, 2007
    I have a Tribby JB-2, and it's a wonderful axe that does the J thing perfectly. I highly recommend them, especially if you can find a deal on one.
  4. No, not too good to be true. Neeext.
  5. SuperSnake2012

    SuperSnake2012 floppy b strings

    Dec 12, 2006
    Bronx, NY
    I picked up mine for $500 shipped from Music123 during Memorial Day and it's fantastic... I really play a lot better on this bass than any of my others. Blueburst + maple :D It even has some birdseye to it!
  6. I have three. They're all good.
  7. oldrookie


    May 15, 2007
    Avon, IN
    Got my Tribbie L2k for $549 from a local mom and pop. There are occasionally better prices out there, but I don't regret the price. Ash and rosewood, transparent finish. Great bass. Rock solid, incredible number of sounds available at the flick of a switch.

    Oddly, am absolutely in love with it in passive mode. Slapped on some Chromes and am good to go.

    Check out Ed Frieland's review on Youtube.
  8. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin'

    Nov 22, 2004
    Deep E Texas
    I gigged with an L2000 for a long time. Great bass, but I heard Precision calling my name....
  9. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Man, I have been eyeing up a L2K Tribby for months now and I just cant pull the trigger (yet). I bought a pristine Geddy late last year and its just fantastic, and shortly thereafter I got a VM fretless, so its hard to justify another purchase to the wife. And, it seems that I have come down with a Rickenbacker flu bug for some strange reason, but I can say that one day I will own a G&L Tribby.

    PS...do they have G&L fretless models???
  10. spiritbass

    spiritbass Supporting Member

    Jun 9, 2004
    Ashland, MO
    I just got a nice 2nd-hand sunburst JB-2 from 4Mal at a very nice price. Hardly qualifies as used as it is pristine. I only had a few minutes to play it last night and was very pleased! The weight is very reasonable, approximately 8 1/2 lbs. I don't care for dealing with resonance (dead) spots on the G string. 4Mal said he could detect it only slightly. He speaks the truth, it must be barely noticable - I haven't yet. Good frets and overall fit/finish. This is a very good 'bang for the buck' jazz bass!
  11. warwick.hoy


    Aug 20, 2006
    Spokane, WA.
    Beta Tester: Source Audio.

    PM'd ya Superfunk
  12. Spiritfield


    Mar 2, 2004
    Reliable info from NAMM indicates that Tribute prices will be raised $100 (street not list) coming July 1st. If anyone is looking or on the fence, now would be a good time to buy....
  13. hesham8


    Mar 21, 2008
    I'm quite partial to Ash and Maple. It's why I love G&L - Custom Orders aren't impossible, as with Fender.
  14. peterbright


    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    One of the better deals out there.
  15. gweimer


    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    I got my L-2000 Tribute for $260 about a year ago. You just have keep your eyes open. They turn up regularly.