L-2000 or Sterling

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Rafterman, Sep 5, 2001.

  1. L-2000

    15 vote(s)
  2. Sterling

    13 vote(s)
  1. Rafterman

    Rafterman Guest

    Nov 29, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA.
    which is a better bass overall?

    these threads never get old!!!
  2. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    I've never really tried a G&L, and I just got my Sterling today, which just MIGHT contribute to the my opinion in liking the Sterling more.

    But, I LOVE my Sterling.
  3. snyderz


    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    They're both nice basses, hoss! The Sterling's got the 3 way switch with EQs, and the L2000 has even more selections plus EQ. I like MM necks better. I think they are faster. I play Stingrays, and like the wider necks. I'm not sure, but the Sterling and L2000 necks might be very close in width. My L2000 is lighter than my Stingray 4, but the Sterling is also lighter than the Stingray. Looking to me like you need to play them both if you can get your hands on them. Better yet, buy both. :)
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    They're both GREAT BASSES!!!!!! IMO, The G&L L-2000 is the best Leo Fender creation!!!!!! EVER. I've had 4 Sterlings & 2 Rays & they're long gone. I have an '84 L-2000 that I bought in '93 or '94. For all of you that know me, I buy & sell like a bandit.:eek: I will not sell my L-2000. one of the best basses in my collection.

    You can get L-2000 with a few different necks, a wider (P like) or a narrower (J like) neck. Is comes standard with the wider neck.

    <a href="http://www.theoremnyc.cjb.net"><img width=385 height=70 src="http://albums.photopoint.com/j/View?u=1174383&a=8647027&p=41535909&Sequence=0&res=high" border=0></a>
  5. seamus

    seamus Guest

    Feb 8, 2001
    Ditto for me on what Nino said.
  6. arther daily

    arther daily Guest

    May 3, 2000
    Reading, UK
    I've owned two EB Musicman basses, a stingray and a stingray5.

    i ordered a G&L L2500 to try one out at the basscentre in london. as soon as i picked up i hated it. the only word i can use to describe how it felt overall is cheap.

    i KNOW G&L are quality basses and are by no means cheap, but that's how this one flet compared to an ernie ball musicman.

    Go with the EB Musicman I assure you, you wont regret it for one second.
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    What felt cheap about it? I own an L-2500, I've owned another L-2000, an ASAT, 2 L-5500 5 strings & another L-2500 & I didn't see anything cheap about them. Was is construction, look, playability? I personally see no difference in workmanship in either bass. :)
  8. arther daily

    arther daily Guest

    May 3, 2000
    Reading, UK
    It's very strange this....

    I've heard countless people say how good G&L are, hence I ordered one to try it out and as soon as I picked it up, I was like yuck!

    It could very well have been just this one bass?!

    Basically it had loads of options for tweaking the sound, but every sound was weak. The neck wasn't rolled nicely off round the f/board, the knobs and switches felt loose. Honestly I can't really put my finger on what precisely I didnt like, it was the whole bass.

    It felt like a £300 bass, rather than the £1200 price tag they had on it.

    That is honestly the only way I decribe it in my opinion.

    I'll try another one someday, cause I'm sure it must've been a freak occurance?!
  9. arvidgunardi

    arvidgunardi Guest

    Mar 18, 2001
    Jakarta Indonesia
    Some of the "bad" L2000 maybe the japanese version as someone mentioned long time ago in TB.

    The knobs can get loose sometimes, but the tone? Man....I think the tones you can get from L2000 are awesome tones. Growly, tight, and warm.

    And also maybe it's because you've heard so many exagerated great reviews about L2000 that you expected something more than what L2000 is all about.
  10. bassmangreg


    Jun 20, 2001
    Warrenton, NC
    I think that the L2000's are such wonderful basses,
    designed ahead of it's time. I've never played a
    Sterling and it it because it looks too small for
    my style. (I don't like down sized basses :Stu
    Hamms, JP90's, Pbass Lyte's etc..) That's only
    my personal preference regarding sterling comparisons.
    However, I do have a musicman stingray. My vote
    is for the L2000.

    The L2000 is the better bass. This bass is made for
    serious bass players:D
  11. arther daily

    arther daily Guest

    May 3, 2000
    Reading, UK
    God knows! Maybe I'm totally full of s**t!!!

    Thing is the G&L couldn't even hold a flame up to a Stingray IMO. Stingrays are alive, the neck is tight, the f/board is perfectly finished, the tone is just massive. Your fingers just bounce around the strings when playing a Stingray. THey have so much response. Everything you put in when playnig a Stingray comes right back out in the sound.

    Hey Nino-Brown. Just checked out some Theorem. Cool that someone else is doing some hard rock out there.
    I'll post a new thread when I get my bands new demo online. Should be soon-ish, just waiting for one track to be finished and bobs your fathers brother.
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    Thanks for the <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/images/icons/icon14.gif"> on my band. :)

    I was just curious about what you didn't like about the G&L's. I hope you didn't think I was being mean. The thing is I've played alot of cheap basses, i.e. Jay Turser basses, that out of the box felt & sounded great (for their price range, of course) & I played alot of Fender's, Music Man's, Yamaha's, Spector's, etc that out of the box played like junk!!!!! This is when I was working @ Sam Ash & we had ALOT of basses coming in & out. For the most part, basses out of the box for the mid-higher ended basses came out of the box playing great, but sometimes, something gets forgotten. :)
  13. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Nonsense. The L-2000 and the Stingray are different animals. However, I would take an L-1500 over a Stingray ANY DAY. They just do it for me more than the Stingray.
  14. Rafterman

    Rafterman Guest

    Nov 29, 2000
    Los Angeles, CA.
    i own an 80s L-2000

    i think that this bass is the eptiome of all non-custom made basses.

    i've played a Sterling before, and i think it's right behind the L-2000.
    The Sterling is my 2nd choice.

    but 1st...L-2000!!!!!!

    i can't believe i own such a bass!!!

    it really beats an Ibanez...haha!!!;) :p :cool:
  15. CrawlingEye

    CrawlingEye Member

    Mar 20, 2001
    Easton, Pennsylvania
    That's cool... I just got my Sterling, and I absolutely love it. I've played a few G&L's before, at guitar-villa. Although, I really can't recall which models.

    At any rate, I perfer my Sterling to any of the basses I've played, but just get what sounds better to you, and for you. :)

    And to "it really beats an ibanez...",
    Quiet! Allodox'll hear you! :D
  16. i think i'd go with the sterling. while i have no complaints about the L-2000's tone, those things are just too heavy for me.

    but, i'd buy my rumblefish again before either of 'em. :D
  17. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Yeah, a lot of people complain about the weight of G&Ls. However, for me that is one of things that attracted me to G&L: I love my basses heavy. The heavier, the better. Mine weighs about 11 lbs., but I wish it was heavier. When I ordered my L-2000 I asked my dealer to tell G&L to make my bass as heavy as possible, but obviously they didn't listen. I wish my L-2000 was more like 12 or 13 lbs.. That should nicely compensate for my below-the-waist shortcomings.


    Enough about me. If you are worried about weight, then get one of the Alder bodied G&Ls. The Swamp Ash ones are heavy, but the Alder ones are about average weight (9-10 lbs.).

    BTW, have you seen the new Metal Top Rumblefish's? They're cool!

  18. catwig1


    Mar 4, 2001
    Brighton, UK
    1,200 British Pound = 1,749.35 US Dollar

    300 British Pound = 437.337 US Dollar

    Just for the 'Merkins out there, to help you put arther daily's comments in context at todays exchange rate 1,200 British Pound = 1,749.35 US Dollar, and 300 British Pound = 437.337 US Dollar!!! But atm there is a "bitchen" :) L2500 for sale at The Gallery for 799 British Pound = 1,164.77 US Dollar. Which is a hella :) good price for a G&L in the UK (esp with the setups and service of Sei). Btw I don't work for them :)

  19. Scott Cutrer

    Scott Cutrer Guest

    Aug 21, 2000
    Richmond, VA
    Never played a Sterling but can tell you that I have never been happier with an instrument than I am with my 93 L2000. I had a few L2000's before but I was never patient enough to figure them out. Now my ash bodied, maple boarded L2000 get all the work. I am in the Army Band and I use my own bass instead of thier really nice basses. If you like Fender/MM basses and take the time to learn how o use the electronics, you will be very happy. I also would try to get an older model. They sell for less and the quality seems to be very good and solid.
  20. EString

    EString Guest

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    Armybass? Is that you?