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NBD: 1981 G&L L-1000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Johnny Alien, Feb 11, 2010.

  1. Just got this today. It was a day late due to the extreme snowy weather here in the northeast.

    My first L-1000 and after a quick practice session with it I am VERY impressed. It is a shame these never went anywhere and got discontinued. (Except for the current limited edition version)

    Tobacco Burst hog body with an ebony fretboard. Great condition! Got it from a fellow TB member which is always my favorite way to acquire a new bass.

    These DR Black Beauty strings have got to go through. :)

    Sorry for the phone camera shots I will get some better when the sun comes out more.



  2. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    Damn that is sweet! Congrats on the new old bass.:cool:
  3. I've been wanting one for awhile and it seems like the hog/ebony ones seem to rarely pop up.

    I always regret not getting on the G&L wagon back when you could get L1K's for under $500 all day and night.
  4. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    I paid $350 for mine just a few months ago.:bag:
  5. $350?? Really? Great deal!

    Post some photos!
  6. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Marietta, Ga
    I'm glad you're digging it. The L-1000 is everything that a P bass should be, IMO.

    Incidentally, those are LaBella tapewounds, not black beauties. I love 'em but they're not for everyone.
  7. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    Really!:) I apologize for hijacking your thread.



  8. Well..I still have the love for the Precision but this is definitely a great bass for a Precision lover to have in their arsenal.

    I am going to swap the strings out. LaBellas are expensive so shoot me a PM if you want me to send them back to you. Perhaps you have another bass that could use them? They seem really new.
  9. Totally OK! So that is a post 1985 model? I am not real familiar with when the changes happened. $350 is a steal.
  10. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Johnny: congrats; that's a great bass.
    I should know, it used to be mine two owners ago.

    Dibs if you sell;)

    Strings: DA XL170 bright nickels. Trust me on this.
  11. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    From my understanding it is an 86, from what I have gathered so far most of the changes happened in 85.
  12. metron

    metron Fluffy does not agree

    Sep 12, 2003
    Lakewood Colorado
    Congrats! The L1000 is a fabulous bass. Play it hard.
  13. This was my main bass for a while. Unfortunately, mine was stolen several yrs back. I've gone through tons of instruments since then, but haven't ever found one i've loved as much. Enjoy!
  14. PSPookie


    Aug 13, 2006
    Marietta, Ga
    Don't get me wrong. I love a good P, but the L-1000 just suits me better.

    Actually, I ordered them through Carvin and they very reasonably priced. New? Nah, I put those on in May. They just hold up really well.

    This is another great choice. These were tied with TI flats for my second favorite string for this bass.
  15. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    I have 2 mahogany and maple L-1000s. The ultimate evolution of Leo's P-Bass. Will try to post photos.
  16. Some updated photos:



  17. Quadzilla

    Quadzilla Supporting Member

    Man, that bass is SWEET!!!!!!!!!!! I'd be proud to hang that on my wall too!
  18. I was unsure what to expect but it is a really really nice bass. These are a great variation for Precision lovers.

    I heard they have thin necks from front to back so I thought it might be like my Fullerton reissue but actually it is a little thicker than that. It feels really close to a late 60's Precision with a neck width of just shy of a Fender C.

    And it actually weighs in right around (or maybe even slightly under) 9lbs which is a light weight for an early L-1000.

    I am surprised these are not more popular.
  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    L1000's are cool, and not really too much like a Precision, really.

    Your 1981 on the right, my 1980 on the left:

    Another shot of my 1980:

    My other 1981:
  20. The burst on your 80 looks darker. Are they the same finish with a fluctuation or different bursts altogether?