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NBD: 1981 G&L L-1000 Mahogany/Ebony--w/crazy followup!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by sourwookie, Jan 24, 2018.

  1. sourwookie


    Jul 31, 2013
    Back in the mid 90's I purchased on a total whim a 1980 G&L L-1000 in natural mahogany with ebony fingerboard. I was a kid, and there was really no internet to research with had no real idea what it was, but I liked it’s Stingray style and look without an annoying plastic pick guard (never been a fan of pickguards, I even had a burled walnut pickguard made for my J-Bass). It ended up being the greatest bass I ever played until it was stolen in 2005 out of my house. I was devastated and cried for days. I was gigging over 20 hours a week then and was very bonded with it. I really lost a part of myself.

    In the interim I switched to J-basses (built a Warmoth/All Parts in 2005, it was stolen in 2013--more on that to come). I had thought about getting another L-1000, but I felt that I was too beholden to the 1 1/2" neck and could not adjust back, so I never purchased one.

    A couple months ago I felt that I should probably get one anyway to put my soul to rest, and I am I glad I ever did! Here she is, identical to my old one in mahogany and ebony, except for this one is a Sunburst. While the nut is wider than I am used to, the neck is shallower than a typical P, and I have (re)adapted to it with little effort. It feels just like my old baby, and I’m glad I give this one a home.
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    Last edited: Jan 24, 2018
  2. themarshall


    Jun 26, 2008
    cochrane wi
    Nice bass. Need better pics of the pooch.
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  3. sourwookie


    Jul 31, 2013
    When the G&L was stolen in 2005, I built a custom J. It was my main player until 2013 when it was stolen out of my car when I accidentally left it in the back seat after a gig. I bought a Modern Player's J as a replacement.

    When I ordered the G&L at work the Friday before Christmas, I announced to my co-workers (I work in a music store) "just watch, the day after the G&L comes in, one of my stolen basses will come in through that door".

    So the G&L arrives the following Thursday. Guess what happens Friday. I poopie you not.

    A customer comes in looking for essentially all the screws to assemble a J bass. I am helping him out, and he mentions a couple details that catch my attention. I ask him about the burled walnut pickguard. He then asks "is your last name xxxxx?" I tell him YES! my name and the build date are in the neck pocket and neck.

    So it turns out he is happy to return my bass (his son bought it as a box of parts for $125, I gave him $150). I took it home and assembled it that night.

  4. Mark76


    Dec 1, 2015
    YAY :D
  5. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    Welcome home old friend. Be sure to update this when your original L1000 walks back into your life!
    Nice score on both. The L1000 is my favorite G&L bass.
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  6. sourwookie


    Jul 31, 2013
    German Short Haired Pointer mix.
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  7. I have a mahogany with ebony fretboard '81 L1000 that I picked up used from a fellow TBer. I've come close to selling it in the past, but it is a superior bass for sure. It had slot poles on the pick up. The original pickup went microphonic on me, so I had to replace it with a new MFD pickup from the G&L factory. It's a heavy bass man.
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  8. Lowbrow

    Lowbrow Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2008
    Pittsburgh PA!
    Nice bass and shows a lot of soul. These are the best sounding bass ever in my book. I have held on to the '81 L-1000 that I bought new through financial situations thick and thin! Never will I sell it, and I hope it never gets stolen!
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  9. Dluxe


    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Love the mojo on the L1K! I've got a 1980 model with the large hex pickup just before they went with the slot head poles.

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  10. Still the best bass I ever owned. Mine was stollen out of my car in NYC back in the late 90s or early 2000s.
  11. sourwookie


    Jul 31, 2013
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  12. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    pretty neat! congrats on your "new" instrument! :thumbsup:

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