MM Stingray vs G&L L2000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by etb67, Nov 20, 2005.

  1. etb67

    etb67 Far Out Supporting Member

    Oct 12, 2005
    I know, I know, another one of those this-vs-that threads, but I'm curious to hear what more experienced players think of each one. Assuming that you play rock, blues, and even funk.
  2. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Im a fan of the Stingray. I have yet to be really impressed by a G&L the way im impressed by MMs.
  3. Texx


    Sep 10, 2004
    I had the chance to play the G&L last week and was pretty impressed. Playability was great but the controls are really unique.
    Solo the neck PU in series and passive mode and you´ve got a beautiful PBass sound. Both PUps, active, parallel with treble boost and it sounds similar to the WAL sound flea gets on BSSM.
    Bridge PU alone, active , parallel and treble boost get´s is a great sound too but not a Stingray sound.
    I´ve never played a bass that sounds like a stingray but a stingray.
    The Ray is a classic with a sound you´ll always recognize in every song.
    The G&L is very vesatile and play great.
  4. I went for the G&L based on its versatility, I love the MM sound but I require more than just that in a fretted bass. Can't wait to play the MM with 2 humbuckers though...
  5. Fawkes007


    Sep 13, 2005
    SF Bay Area

    Agreed. I'm also a little partial to the stingray body and the new "sabre" :p should prove to be a nice update.
  6. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    To me, they both play nice.
    Aalso for me, the G&L wins for tonal flex. The stingray does it's thing well, but the G&L does much more than one thing well...
    Go to a decent musci store and a/b them...
  7. I played an MM /w 2 humbuckers in's called the Bongo. :bassist:
  8. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    Maybe playing one will change my mind, but for me, a MM will always be a one pickup instrument(unless we're talking about the Bongo, but the Bongo was designed to be a 2 pup instrument, whereas the 'Ray/Sterling was designed as a single pup instrument).
    As another mentioned, the 'Ray is instantly identifiable. HOWEVER, that one sound is as versatile as hell and will fit in any style you find yourself playing.
    The G&L is a very nice bass and more flexable in terms of sound sculpting.
    It all depends on what you want. To me, the MM=simplicity & elegance, with one special versatile sound. The G&L=great performer w/flexable onboard sound sculpting...jack of all trades, master of

    ...being a jack of all trades. :D
  9. I agree entirely T. Alan Smith, aside from the fact that EB are soon to be releasing a twin humbucker model MM (amongst others), as seen at the guitar show in the U.S. recently, which will surely open up a whole new world of tonal possibilities on the ol' favourite.
    I think this will make them a much more desirable thing for people such as us, versatility is king!!
  10. Bump.

    I had a Stingray 5. Now own a L-2000 for two years. Loved both but preferred the L2k for it's versatility.
  11. T. Alan Smith

    T. Alan Smith Guest

    Sep 9, 2001
    I've seen 'em, and they just don't look right to me. :)
  12. theshadow2001


    Jun 17, 2004
    I've got a sterling which is a similar beast but I was amazed at the sound that bassophile got from his G&L 2500
    which you can hear here
  13. xbradx


    Oct 25, 2004
    Bloomington, IN
    except that the Bongo's bridge PU is closer to the bridge whereas the new Stingray's bridge PU is still in the "sweetspot".
    the difference between the Bongo and Ray should be similar to the difference between a G&L 1500 and 2000. I love the sounds i used to get out of my 1500, but there's always been "something" about the 2000 that just didn't do it for me.
    personally, i can't wait to try the new 'Ray's. Just wish they were offering a 2-band version, or if i get one, add a pre-amp bypass so i can use my Aggie'924 pre.
  14. Bass2x


    Jul 25, 2005
    I would think the MM Stingray and G&L L-1500 closer in sound. Same designer for both, right?
  15. Figjam


    Aug 5, 2003
    Boston, MA
    Different pickups..
  16. Bass2x


    Jul 25, 2005
    Same pickups as the L2K.
  17. xbradx


    Oct 25, 2004
    Bloomington, IN
    if you're talking about the new 2PU 'Rays, aren't they using pickups similar to the Bongo's? at least the neck PU anyway. and yeah, on the G&L's both the 1500 and 2000 should have the same pickups, but the bridge PU on the 2000 is closer to the bridge, similar to the Bongo's bridge PU positioning.