New G&L 2500

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Quizzo515, Jun 17, 2003.

  1. What can I say, this bass is amazing in almost every respect. I was going to buy a tribute but they weighed more than my thumb bass! This bass is incredibly versitile and has one of the best tops I have ever seen on a G&L.
  2. damn, this is a sexy bass. i was thinking bout buying one but was just out of my price range.

    love those maple necks
  3. sweet bass man, glad you like her, iv been pondering getting a G&L2000 (the 4string version of what you have, atleast thats what i think the model is!)

    How much did you pay?

    Is there any way you could post a sound clip? im interested in the difference in sound between a 'Ray and 2soap-bar bass (what i own at the moment).

    thanks man, and good luck with her!
  4. Yeah I love the maple neck. The Birdseye maple ontop of the maple makes for a great compination. I have a friend with a birdseye maple neck on his axis. (ok so it's on a guitar) but he has to tweak the truss rod at least once a week to keep it in a comfortable range.

    Oh yeah, that is a very sexy bass. :)
  5. I payed something like 1369 with tax. I might be able to put some sound clips up later tonight but now i have a rehersal for a wedding!
  6. reddavid


    Oct 11, 2001
    Wayne, PA
    That's VERY nice looking.

    I have a similar maple top with an ebony board. no dots.


  7. Yeah, that is a very pretty L-2500. A fortunate bassist, indeed. :)

    If you want to hear sound clips of an L-2500 now, go to and have a listen. They have a couple pages of clips on the site, with most of the possible combinations of both pickups (both singly and together) in both series and parallel and with and without the onboard preamp. These things offer a lot of tonal variation.

    I have an L-2000 myself (butterscotch blond, gun-oil finish maple neck), I am quite fond of it. 6 bolts for the neck (the older ones aren't 6 bolt though...) and very well finished and assembled.
  8. I've had an L2500 for nearly a year and love the heck outta it.. I certainly know you will. and what a nice sexy finish!
  9. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    my first thought seeing the picture was "D@mn, that's Sexy!"

    good luck with it, it's a great looking bass!
  10. Skorzen


    Mar 15, 2002
    Springfield MA
    Nice bass.

    I have a L-2500 with a birdseye neck and never have had to touch the truss rod except when I first got it and when I was trying different string gauges. I think your friend may have an unstable neck, or mine is just unusually stable for birdseye.
  11. CaracasBass


    Jun 16, 2001
    Madrid, Spain
    Nice bass, one of these days I´ll get one of those puppies
  12. mgmadian


    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    Looks outstanding... my own L-2500 is *almost* identical to that one, except with no binding, and the maple is more quilted, not so much flamed. Other than that, they're twins!

    Here's a tip for ya: I just had a guitar tech change the volume knob to a push-pull:

    * when 'down', the configuration is stock;
    * when 'pulled' up, all 3 pots (volume, treble, bass) are bypassed, though the switches are of course left in the signal path.

    Sounds noticeably more open in bypass mode, and has more/clearer high-end. I highly recommend this modification. Makes a great bass even better.

  13. Thanks mgmaiden, I just might have to try something like that, although there aren't any luthiers around here that could do it! :mad:
  14. Halftooth

    Halftooth Supporting Member

    Nov 24, 2002
    Tri-Valley, NorCal
    When did G&L start doing fancy tops? I just saw one on ebay with a quilt top that looked amazing as well. I'm going to have to think hard about getting one now, especially if they're under 1400. I think I'd take one of these over a Skyline Deluxe 55-02 at roughly the same price.
  15. WOW!! That is one beautiful bass. Love the look of the top with the binding. Really like that one. Bet it sounds just as good.:bassist:


    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    congradulations i saw it on ebay, how is the basswood.
  17. Sorry MajorMetal I didn't get this beauty on e-bay. There was a 5 stringer on ebay about a week and a half ago that put the top on this one to shame. It isn't a basswood body. It was my understanding that the tributes had the basswood body. The body is ash on this puppy. I got to hold one of the tributes with the basswood and it weighed significantly more.
  18. mgmadian


    Feb 4, 2002
    Austin, TX
    The body wood is probably tilia, at least according to G&L... before I got my L-2500, I spoke to Memo in their Service Department, who mentioned that they're using tilia these days. Allegedly it's similar in weight and grain to alder.

    I usually prefer ash bodies, and wasn't sure what to make of it... until I played the thing. That's when I reminded myself that all the specs in the world, including woods and contruction, are merely a starting point, and the bottom line is how the instrument plays and sounds.

    The bottom line in the case of my L-2500, and most others that I've played, is that it sounds fan-freakin'-tastic. I personally wouldn't care if it were made of oatmeal... so long as it sounds the way that it does.
  19. pilotjones

    pilotjones Supporting Member

    Nov 8, 2001