Mine is in the mail and should arrive today: It's a brand new one. I got an Ebay second chance offer deal on it that I just couldn't refuse. I'll be adding it to my current bass collection, which consists sadly of one MIA Fender Precision 4. I know the 4 to 5 transition will take some adjusting and I'm ready for that. I have a couple of questions for you that are familiar with the L2500 itself however. What are the stock strings and guages on the G&Ls? I have Dean Markley Nickel Plated Steel Mediums on my Fender and I love the really fat and warm sound from them. I thought the stock Fender 8250 Nickel plateds were ok too. I'm not a big fan of plain steel strings. Does G&L use the Fender line of taper wound strings or some other? I assume it takes just one 9 volt battery? Will I need to spend an hour reading the manual first to understand all the possible switch setting combinations or will I be able to be playing in within a few minutes? I think I'll try it out right out of the box even if I have no idea what the switch settings are for! Thanks!