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Question about G&L's

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Woodchuck, Dec 8, 2001.


  1. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    As many times as I've played these, I've come to one conclusion: I cannot stand these basses! I see nothing impressive about them. To all of the G&L fans, am I missing something, if so, what? I've heard A LOT of good things about them, but I can't put my finger on any of them. Is it totally a preference thing, or are they really these incredible basses that some people say they are? This isn't a flame, just an honest question.
     
  2. Chasarms

    Chasarms Casual Observer

    May 24, 2001
    Bettendorf, IA USA
    Again, not wanting to flame, and I am a G&L owner and think they are great basses, but I had to laugh when I read your post and saw your sig, because I happen to have the very same opinion about Warwicks.

    Chas
     
  3. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    My L2000 has a great fit and finish, excellent relief and action, good balance, not too heavy, very fast neck, awesome tone variations, is loud as hell in active mode, and the green swirl looks bitchen. Other than that, I hate mine too. :)
    Doc
     
  4. air_leech

    air_leech

    Sep 1, 2000
    Israel
    I think I'm fit to reply as I own(ed) both a Warwick and a G&L.

    I had a G&L Climax bass.
    now this one had a narrow jazz neck.
    I couldnt play that bass more than 30 minutes, my hands would hurt a whole day afterwards.
    I also think the single pup couldn't quite handle it.
    it sounded good with a band but wasn't overall the tone I was after.

    I played an ash bodied with clear finish L-2000 which was great, had a P neck profile and was much more versatile and better sounding to me.


    last october I ordered a Warwick Streamer LX5 from the local Warwick dealer.
    this one has a great tone (except from the lousy scratching volume pot.) and the wide fat unfinished neck feels so much better than any of those hard round maple necks on other brands.

    my verdict is: the G&L would outlive the Warwick (though I'm very careful with my belongings).
    but....I like the Warwick better tone and feel wise and thats why I sold my G&L to get one, I must admit though that if I had a P style necked L-2000 I would opt to not sell it when I got the Warwick (you see, I belive in coexistence).
     
  5. Harpo

    Harpo

    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    L- 2000 are great you just to need to understand
    their pick ups are very hot once you learn control
    them they are great the L-2000 is my fav 4 string
     
  6. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Thanks for the responses. One of the things that turned me off, was the dry tone. I felt it was knid of "blah". Keep in mind, it could've been that particular bass.
    Harpo, I think you may hit have nailed what bothered me about them. Do they ALL have dry tones?
     
  7. Tumbao

    Tumbao

    Nov 10, 2001
    FL
     
  8. EString

    EString

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    One man's trash is another man's treasure.
     
  9. gweimer

    gweimer

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    It takes a little while getting used to using the controls of a G&L. When I got my L-1000, I could barely get a useable tone out of it. Like mentioned, G&L are designed to overdrive when you run them wide open. I backed off the knobs, and got great sound. Not sterile at all. In fact, it's probably as good as my old Fender ever was, and then some.
     
  10. i've only been able to try one G&L, a used L-2000 at GC, and it's too heavy for me. i don't really remember the tone, as that turned me off right away. i'd like to try a JB-2 though.

    anyway, i don't think i dislike any brand of basses. except maybe BC Rich.
     

  11. Me too. :D I've played dozens of Warwicks and I've never found one that I liked. I think the whole Warwick thing is love-hate. You either love' em or hate' em. I'm not a G&L owner either....YET. I'm going to get an L-2500 after Christmas I think.... I guess it's all a matter of opinion with these things. Dry tone? Really? I've never gotten that impression from a G&L, I think they sound wonderful and are very versatile. Workmanship is top notch too.
     
  12. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    Whoa, didn't get me wrong. There are very well put together, it's that dry tone, I can't get past. You're right about Warwicks though. I love 'em, but there are those that don't, and there are those that feel like me. Kinda like Notre Dame, either ya luv 'em or ya hate 'em!
     
  13. Sorry if I seemed offended or upset:D. That certainly wasn't the intent there. I actually kinda feel bad for not liking Warwicks:p because they're so gorgeous. I feel like I should like them, y'know? It's all pretty subjective, ain't it? :D

    EDIT: man, that's a lot of smilies for a short post....
     
  14. Woodchuck

    Woodchuck

    Apr 21, 2000
    Atlanta / Macon (sigh)
    Gallien Krueger for the last 12 years!
    You shouldn't feel bad about not liking Warwicks. They just don't appeal to you tonally. I think Alembics are works of art, but I wouldn't be caught dead with one.
     
  15. Harpo

    Harpo

    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    I feel the same about a Warwicks sometimesI play them and their great and sometimes not.
     
  16. Blackbird

    Blackbird Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Mar 18, 2000
    California
    I seriously have an eye on an early L-2000e (old headstock) hanging in a store not too far from where I live. Problem is, it weighs a ton, not to mention I haven't the faintest idea how it sounds and the color is not my favorite. All those things aside, the bass feels so great, so solid, I'm willing to overlook the negative factors if the sound is right. Do you know the feeling when you pick up a bass and it feels like it was built for your hands (but not for your back)? That's the vibe I got. Your mileage is of course different from mine. That's why there are so many brands in the market...
     
  17. gweimer

    gweimer

    Apr 6, 2000
    Columbus, OH
    Big Wheel,
    I know exactly how you feel. My L-1000 is my rat-bastard bass - it's a 1980 body (slotted pole screws), with a 1982 L-200e neck, and a new bridge (I bought it without a bridge). It's also a sorta fluorescent pink/blue finish - with cracks! It's also one of the best basses I've ever had. It's my main player.
     
  18. Christopher

    Christopher

    Apr 28, 2000
    New York, NY
    There are a couple of things I don't like about the G&L basses: (1) unshielded control cavity; (2) unrounded fret ends; (3) weight; and (4) too much knob twiddling required to get a useable tone. The electronics package admittedly is as versatile as any I've seen, but I'd rather sacrifice versatility for instant tastiness than vice versa.

    Now their guitars, on the other hand...:)
     
  19. EString

    EString

    Nov 20, 2000
    Los Altos, CA
    1) I practice in the garage around flourescent lights, radios, and other electronics and I've never had any problems with humming with my L-2000.

    2) The frets on my L-2000 are very comfortable. There are no hard edges.

    3) I like heavy basses, but that's just me. The Alder L-2000 are medium weight.

    4) I never twiddle the knobs. The only things I ever tweak are the switches and getting good tone is easy.
     
  20. Harpo

    Harpo

    Feb 1, 2001
    Kings Park NY
    My L -2000 is a 99 Tabacco Burst with a trans red back it is very light ash body and never had hum problems I think some of those issues were taken care of on the newer ones .