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G&L's new import line (Tribute MIK)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by craigb, Jan 17, 2003.


  1. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    Apparently G&L is announcing a new import line, the Tribute (previously available in Japan) that is MIK. The straight poop from G&L is at the G&LDP.

    Apparently MF already has listings for some of them. Basswood or ash bodies. Fullerton made MFD pickups, Asian-made saddle-lock bridges and preamps-to-spec. Limited colors, no neck size options. No mention of whether the neck is bi-cut or not.

    Interesting development . . . I'm not sure if I like it or not.
     
  2. i dunno, it's not like american G&Ls are too in demand. will these sell?
     
  3. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    I don't know. The prices of these new are around the price of a used US model.

    I know I'd go for the used US model over the used Tribute version.

    But they do put G&L into a more affordable area (new price) than they've been. So maybe they'll broaden the user base. I think the G&L MFD pickups are one of their best features and the Tributes do feature the same US-made MFD pickups as the US models (a bold move).

    Then again they may not sell because XYZ from band ABC isn't using them. I personally think G&Ls are a "best kept secret" type of thing but time will tell if these succeed. They aren't as inexpensive as the OLPs vs. Stingrays - more like the Fender standard deluxes vs. American Fender deluxes.

    I'm just worried they will crank up the recently falling values of used US G&Ls. But a used ash-bodied Tribute would be a nice, inexpensive beater. And I don't want them to cannibalize the US model sales such that they become more of a true custom shope (like Schecter - the US models look great but, oh the cost).
     
  4. Personally , I think its about damn time that G+L put their basses into the hands of people who couldn't afford them , like I used to be :(
     
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Seem like they're gonna be nice basses. List price at $765-$795 for a 4 string.

    <img src="http://www.glguitars.com/L2000/L2000_ad_small.gif">
     
  6. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    And MF already has them listed - $569 for the top of the line Tribute L2K and $599 for the equivalent L2500 (IIRC).

    Not a bad street price but I think I'd spring for a used US over the Tribute (unless this drives up the prices of the used US ones).
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    If the tributes sell as well as G&L expect, in a year or so, we'll see Tributes on eBay for about $300-400. That, IMO, is Nice. :)

    IMO, Latley with all the full price G&L's on eBay from "Oklahoma Vintage Guitar", it seems that the pre-owned ones are selling for more than they were b4 Oklahoma Vintage Guitar came on eBay.
     
  8. godoze

    godoze

    Oct 21, 2002
    i think they look good. i would probably go for it.
     
  9. jasonbraatz

    jasonbraatz

    Oct 18, 2000
    Oakland, CA
    :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:




    BEHOLD!!!




    MY NEXT BASS!!!!!!





    any word on the preamp? is it going to be the same (function at least) as the US one?



    edit: AAAAAA! and they have guitars too!!!!!!

    i am in hog heaven :)
     
  10. DarkMazda

    DarkMazda

    Jun 3, 2000
    NJ
    MIK? hmm thats a little shady.. I would still keep my $ on a used L2000 if it was up to me until we can see some reviews

    DM
     
  11. xush

    xush

    Jul 4, 2001
    mobile AL
    where's the semi-hollow ASAT?
    That's all I need to know...
     
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Yeah, they mention the pre-amp HERE :)
     
  13. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Yeah, they nention Semi-Hollow's HERE
     
  14. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Staff Member Supporting Member

    My one gripe with L2500's is the weight. I can't wait to try a Tribute with the basswood body.
     
  15. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    I wonder if it comes with precision or jazz nut width. I hope it's the narrower jazz. I would definitely buy one. The pic looks like the precision width, though.
     
  16. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    I guess it'll be easier to count the companies who AREN'T doing imports than to count the ones that are.
     
  17. pmkelly

    pmkelly

    Nov 28, 2000
    Kansas City, MO
    how nice.... and MF is going to carry them.... grin...


    remember, I work for the evil empire so I get the evil empire discount!


    :D


    P@
     
  18. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    So Fodera is the last bastion of hope in the free world, hey?
     
  19. barroso

    barroso

    Aug 16, 2000
    Italia
    actually the american made L2500 are made in basswood, from the offcial website:

    BODY WOOD Swamp Ash top on American Tilia back


    Tilia is basswood, actually the L2500 are very light.
     
  20. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I had 2 L-2500 with the Ash top & Basswood body, a Blueburst & am Amberburst. The BB was perfect weight but the AB was SUPER HEAVY. I guess it depends on the density of the wood.