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Help! Why do I need a G&L L2000?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Jaycephas, Mar 25, 2014.

  1. Jaycephas

    Jaycephas Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Waxhaw, NC
    Hey folks,

    I'm having a bit of G.A.S. - I have an opportunity to purchase a 1995 G&L L2000 Honeyburst in dead mint condition with original case. The price is $700-$750 and I could avoid shipping.

    I currently have a MIM Pbass, a MIM Jbass, an SR5H, a Ray35, a DJ5 and a Sadowsky RV5. So the question is, what would the L2000 add to my stable of tones? It looks amazing and I'm sure a vintage '95 3-bolt will play beautifully, but is there any tone the L2000 brings that I'm missing from my current stable?

    I really don't want to spend the money on another bass, but it is a beautiful bass in near-perfect condition, and I had a G&L years ago that has always stuck in my mind, although it was the much-maligned El Toro.

  2. groovaholic

    groovaholic The louder the better. Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI
    I've owned two L-2000's; my first was a 94-95 and I liked it a LOT, but I was young and impatient and traded it away.

    A couple years later, I traded for an early '81 "B00" L-2000. The condition of the bass made me SERIOUSLY consider sending it back, but then I played it -- and it was my favorite neck EVER (I've authored threads about it).

    From the list of basses you already have, it seems you are a fan of Leo Fender's designs. To me, the L-2000 was the distillation of everything Leo did and it's an incredible bass. I'd say "play it and see what you think".

    Unless it's going to put undue stress on your finances or marriage, I don't see a reason NOT to buy it:
    If you love it, you'll have a GREAT bass.
    If you buy it and decide to sell later, you should be able to recoup all of your purchase price.
  3. They're cool but too complex IMO. I'd spend all day flipping switches.
  4. Danomo

    Danomo Guest

    Apr 25, 2013
    You need to ask yourself: "Why DON'T I need one?".
  5. You do not need one.

    You're welcome.
  6. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    At that price you could play it for a week/month/year and if you don't like it or get bored with it, you could sell if and get 100% of your money back. Under those circumstances, why wouldn't you buy it?
  7. Jaycephas

    Jaycephas Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Waxhaw, NC
    That! I just played them all, and while I know there are different flavors to choose from, what I have covers so much and with such tone, another bass would seem to be just that, another bass. Also, I'd have to find a spot on the wall to hang a new one, which I don't have.

    Thanks for the feedback folks. Seems the G.A.S. has passed (for now). ;)
  8. There's your answer.
  9. Joebone

    Joebone Supporting Member

    Oct 31, 2005
    Los Angeles
    Love the concept and feel of these basses, but never can find a happy tone - GAS is most comprehensively addressed by playing the axe, but it looks like you already have a broad arsenal at your disposal.
  10. mpdd

    mpdd neoconceptualist

    Mar 24, 2010
    not only did i spend 675 on my vintage L2K, i spent another 350 to get the neck refretted, ding filled, and replaned (i really love that bass)

    sonically it does something i can't get from the sb-2, the flying v, or the jazz
  11. lug


    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
  12. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Need a spot on the wall? I'd get rid of all of these to own an L-2000. In a second.
  13. It's might not ADD to your selection of tones, but it will cop them all easily and give you some you don't have.

    Do it. Do it.
  14. bassike


    Apr 24, 2008
    I never liked the look, till one day I saw one on the classifieds, and decided to get it to keep it in the office.
    the day I received it, I decided to plug it, just to see what did it sound like, and wow, became one of my main basses.
    some say complex, I'd say versatile.
  15. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

    Jul 13, 2011
    Gatineau QC CA
    We call it, G.A.S. buster and you're welcome.:cool:
  16. SanDiegoHarry

    SanDiegoHarry Banned Supporting Member

    Feb 28, 2014
    San Diego, CA
    Sell that MIM gear to pay for it. It will do the job of both and do it better. Easy.
  17. cnltb


    May 28, 2005
    You don't.
  18. fraublugher


    Nov 19, 2004
    ottawa, ontario, canada
    music school retailer
  19. ac11367

    ac11367 Supporting Member

    Apr 26, 2007
    Flushing, NY

    L2K is like the swiss army knife of bass, allowing you the tonal options ranging from Precision-like to Jazz-like. The bass is strong in fundamentals, so you don't have to worry about being drowned out by the rest of your band.

    I have a late 1990s or early 2000s L2K (with 6-bolt neck attacnmeht) which I don't know what to do with as the neck has a bow that won't go away, not even with the tightening in truss rod. It's still has very playable string action, and i dont want to spend money on a new neck ($650 with shipping as quoted by G&L). So I'm contemplating on whether to keep it or to sell it at a discount. Also, I like my G&L SB2 better. It's a floor shaker.
  20. Jaycephas

    Jaycephas Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 3, 2003
    Waxhaw, NC
    Thanks for all the feedback fellas. In this instance, for me, the L2000 would've been an addition to my collection, not a replacement. I have spent a lot of time (and money) building my collection and modifying my basses to my specific tastes. I play/gig my 5-stringers primarily, with my P or J filling in for certain songs and occasions as needed. My P is my only passive bass, as my J has an Audere preamp that is excellent with several tonal options. The Ray35 and DJ5 give me a wide tonal pallet and get to go to my bar gigs, and the Sadowsky and SR5 get played mostly at church (no 'religious' reason for the difference; those two basses aren't being punished. I just nearly had a drunk guy knock over my RV5 at a bar gig, so that was that).

    If I happen to have $$ burning a hole in my pocket, and a bass like this comes along, then I'll give it a try for sure. Leo certainly knew how to get it done.