Is the LB-100 the most underrated P bass of all time?!

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by Madcity Fats, Jun 27, 2008.

  1. Madcity Fats

    Madcity Fats Supporting Member

    May 28, 2008
    Madison, Wisconsin
    Seriously, the last two LB-100s I've seen sell on eBay went for a song. One sold for just over $300 and the other for just over $400. Both had cases and one even had papers.

    I have one of these and I can tell you that they're every bit as nice or nicer than any US Fender model of that era. But those go for at least twice as much on the 'bay.

    If you're in the market for a P bass, and you'd prefer something US-made, I humbly submit to you that you will not find a better bargain than a used LB-100.
  2. prsbass


    Oct 13, 2006
    I used to have one and totally agree. The only reason I turned it is because I'm more a j style bass guy.
    I got $650 for mine though.
  3. deepdown

    deepdown Guest

    Aug 9, 2008
    View attachment 100015 I call it my "super bass" Numero Uno.Totally stock,w/"eye poker" headstock. Tuxedo black, smaller sleeker body (think MM's Sterling), black pickguard, and the sound I can COACH out of it is magnificent. I do agree, L-100's and SB-1's are WAY underrated. I love my Fender Precision ('74), but my SB-1 has more of a vintage '64 p bass( IMHO ) neck feel as w/ the 70's fender, well, you know (neck dive, not so great sound, 9+ lbs, etc).
    So, as Madcity Fats says, American made G&L's are a fantastic investment (IF Mint). You can sell them to a Japanese or Chinese collector in ten years from now. I have seen alot of SB- 2 on E_ _ L Bay that average $700.00, and these, and all PRE-BBE G&L's my friends, will demand the overpriced collector's tags that we see today, eventually even the beat up earlier ones, with the crappy chromed finish.
    Myself, I take mine to most gigs and recording sessions, and because I run the MFD passive split pick-up at full volume, most studio engineers will "tame it down a bit" w/ compression or maximizers.;\ But I don't mind, for I consider my trusty SB-1 to be the last and final attempt by Clarence Leonidas Fender to get his original, superb 1957 precision bass design and, more than a decade later, make it even better, and those who own SB-1's and L-100's, (which has a slighlty different sounding pick-up, by the way) know just what I mean. Peace on Earth.
  4. 4Mal

    4Mal Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 2, 2002
    Columbia River Gorge
    nope. My vote for most under-rated would be the Fender MIJ 57/62 in 62 Ri dress... simply a fabulous instrument that fly's way under the radar.

    Not that the Legacy, LB 100, SB-1 basses aren't great mind you.
  5. deepdown

    deepdown Guest

    Aug 9, 2008
    I did not know that (ala Johnny Carson). I have another word for underrated: Brawley basses View attachment 100082 ::cool:
  6. Flabass


    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    Absolutely. I had two G&L Legacy's (before name change to L-100). Sold one cause I needed the cash and gave the other to my son (stolen this summer at a battle of the bands). Both were tone monsters.
  7. rkingly

    rkingly "Playing Reverend Basses on a Regular Basis"

    Sep 8, 2007
    Endorsing Artist: Reverend Guitars
    Just acquired an LB100 & It sounds & plays great! Way better build quality than you know what's & very hot pick-up. I'm Loving it! Can't wait to receive my JB2.
  8. Lefty Geek

    Lefty Geek

    Feb 13, 2006
    Love my LB-100. Jammed with bunch of guys last weekend and one of the guitarist complimented me on the tone. Hard to compete with two guitarists playing 4x12"s, but then again, I was using an Epifani 8x10"!
  9. dogbass


    Aug 9, 2006
    Bay Area, CA
    The LB 100 is definitely an under-rated P bass. My only complaint is its too P bass and not G&L enough ! ;) I much prefer my L1K...tone, neck feel, OMG, etc.
  10. Laredo


    Nov 27, 2005
    Upstate, NY
    I have a 3TSB / Maple one, and a CAR / Ebony Fretless one! It is the only fretless LB-100 I have ever seen................:eek:

    Way under-rated basses!:rollno:
  11. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN

    That is exactly why I love the SB1. The split MFD is da bomb! Rolling off the volume a bit makes is unmistakably P bass.... rolling it back up makes it unmistakably G&L.