Maple Fretboard SB2?

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by carlos840, Jan 5, 2009.

  1. Hey, have been looking for one of those used and i never saw one!
    Anybody has one or knows why they seem to be so hard to come across?

  2. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    I currently have 2 of them - a US black/maple and a Tribute sunburst/maple. I've had a lot of SB-2s over the years and I guess that rosewood boards are more common but maple aren't that difficult to find with a little patience.

    If you are interested in Tributes only the first generation (made in Korea) SB-2s came with maple boards. Those are fairly uncommon. The current generation Tributes (made in Indonesia) only have rosewood on the SB-2s (the JB-2s are available with maple boards and ash bodies - who knows why they don't offer those combinations on the Trib SB-2s).

    Give it some time and you'll find what you are looking for. They seem to go in cycles alternating between none available and lots available. I suspect with the economy in the state it's in that lots of basses will become available over the next year or so if you are in a position to buy.
  3. You mean one of these?


    Not for sale, but Craig (who REALLY knows his SB-2 availability) is right. Hang in there and one will turn up someplace.

  4. craigb

    craigb G&L churnmeister Supporting Member

    My current 2:



    and some previous maple boarded SB-2s:

    another Tribby with maple board that I wouldn't mind having back:


    sunburst/maple is the most common maple-boarded SB-2 I've come across (I've had 2 with that combo):



    Taking a look at my history my personal score is about 3-to-1 rosewood-to-maple on SB-2s (includes US & Trib but excludes the fretlesses that were ebony).

    Music-Go-Round has an SB-2 wearing a maple JB-2 neck that I've been tempted by ( but they want $650 for it which is a bit steep for a parts-bass IMO. [​IMG]

    On Gbase there's a cool red one with maple board and matching headstock: [​IMG]

    GuitarAdoptions is showing a couple of sold ones with maple boards.

    In general SB-2s aren't as popular as L2Ks so most places don't seem to stock too many. But your favorite G&L dealer can get you one in whatever combination of body wood, finish, fretboard and optional features you want.
  5. bhen


    May 27, 2007
    Munich, Germany
    My 2008 custom order SB-2:


    This one was bought from and is currently on its way to me (2nd owner):


    In this picture you can really see the difference between a regular maple G&L neck and the GOT neck on the SB-2:


    The regular maple necks have a smooth satin finish, whereas I think the GOT ones have a glossy finish like the old Fenders.
  6. Must...Have....One
  7. dubsymmetry

    dubsymmetry Guest

    Mar 13, 2008
    funny! I tried an emerald blue sb-2 with birdseye maple board and would have bought it on the spot if it had a rosewood board..
  8. GaryLC


    Apr 6, 2006
    Scotia, NY
    That one is currently in my possession....:cool:
  9. saxofunk

    saxofunk Guest

    Jul 25, 2006
    Tulsa, OK
    I have one of those, too. You can't have it. ;)
  10. metron


    Sep 12, 2003
    There is one for sale in the TB classifieds.
  11. sailri


    Nov 16, 2007
    Rhode Island
    I love the maple, the yellowing as they age and mellow is a great!

    Just scored an '83 on Craiglist on New Year's Day:

  12. Kompressaur


    Aug 21, 2006

    That just blows away either of the two combos available on todays TRibute SB-2s imo.
  13. FidgetStone


    Jun 30, 2002
    Allen, TX
    Love the dot-less maple board bhen!