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Special G&L JB-5 and L-2500 Empress Run

Discussion in 'Rocket Music' started by RocketMusic, Sep 14, 2016.


  1. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    G&L had 10 Empress basses in stock, and they thought of me when they wanted to unload all 10 of them at once. I like the way they think!

    They made me a special deal on these since I'm taking so many at once, so I'm going to be able to offer an even better deal on these 10 basses than I normally offer on G&L stuff. PM me if you'd like a quote on any of these. I have to show the usual internet price here in a public post, but I'll come well off these prices on these 10 instruments.

    I'll also extend the "Free BBE pedal" offer that I've made sort of half heartedly over the past couple months. I've mentioned it a few times, and I'm totally serious about it. I've got Sonic Stomps, OptiComps and Boosta Grandes here just looking for a home, and I'll throw in any one of those free with the purchase of any G&L bass. While supplies last, yada yada.

    I don't have any weight information at the moment, but I'll post that as soon as these basses arrive about a week from now. Of course, I'll post pics as well just as soon as I'm able to work through all of these.

    For now, here are the specs as G&L described them to me.

    1) JB5-TURFLK-RW PH 3PW EMPRESS
    JB-5: $2142 MSRP / $1499.99 INTERNET
    Turquoise Metal Flake: $215 MSRP / $150 INTERNET
    Matching Headstock: $215 MSRP / $150 INTERNET
    Empress Body: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    3-Ply White Pickguard: $0
    TOTAL MSRP = $2715
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1899.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    2) JB5-ORG-RW LTSN PRL EMPRESS
    JB-5: $2142 MSRP / $1499.99 INTERNET
    Clear Orange / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    Light Tint Satin Neck: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    White Pearloid Pickgaurd: $72 MSRP / $50 INTERNET
    TOTAL MSRP = $2500
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1749.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    3) JB5-HIM-MP VTSN 3PW EMPRESS
    JB-5: $2142 MSRP / $1499.99 INTERNET
    Himalayan Blue / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    MP Board: $0
    Vintage Tint Satin Neck: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    3-Ply White Pickguard: $0
    TOTAL MSRP = $2428
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1699.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    4) JB5-OST-RW EMPRESS TOR LTSN **SOLD**
    JB-5: $2142 MSRP / $1499.99 INTERNET
    Old School Tobacco Burst / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    Tortoise Shell Guard: $72 MSRP / $50 INTERNET
    Light Tint Satin Neck: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    TOTAL MSRP = $2500
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1749.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    5) JB5-WHSKY-RW TOR EMPRESS LTSN PH
    JB-5: $2142 MSRP / $1499.99 INTERNET
    Whiskey / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    Matching Headstock: $215 MSRP / $150 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    Light Tint Satin Neck: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    Tortoiseshell Pickguard: $72 MSRP / $50 INTERNET
    TOTAL MSRP = $2715
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1899.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    6) JB5-BLG-RW EMPRESS PH TOR
    JB-5: $2142 MSRP / $1499.99 INTERNET
    Belair Green / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    Matching Headstock: $215 MSRP / $150 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    Tortoiseshell Pickguard: $72 MSRP / $50 INTERNET
    TOTAL MSRP = $2572
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1799.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    7) L2500-HNB-RW EMPRESS VTSN
    L-2500: $2430 MSRP / $1699.99 INTERNET
    Honeyburst / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    Vintage Tint Satin Neck: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    TOTAL MSRP = $2716
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1899.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    8) L2500-GNB-RW EMPRESS
    L-2500: $2430 MSRP / $1699.99 INTERNET
    Greenburst / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    TOTAL MSRP = $2573
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1799.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    9) L2500-BLB-MP EMPRESS LTSN WB
    L-2500: $2430 MSRP / $1699.99 INTERNET
    Blueburst / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    Light Tint Satin Neck: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    Wood Binding: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    TOTAL MSRP = $2859
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1999.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!


    10) L2500-ORG-RW EMPRESS LTSN
    L-2500: $2430 MSRP / $1699.99 INTERNET
    Clear Orange / Empress: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    RW Board: $0
    Light Tint Satin Neck: $143 MSRP / $100 INTERNET
    TOTAL MSRP =2716
    TOTAL INTERNET = $1899.99
    ROCKET = PM me for a quote!
     
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2016
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  2. justbass57

    justbass57 Supporting Member

    Some nice ones here Greg, and I'm too late :)
     
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  3. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    By the way - check out a video about the JB-5 that G&L recently released.

    I concur with just about everything the guy says about the pickups. They really do sound amazing. However, they are single coils, so whenever you lean on one pickup more than the other you should definitely expect some hum in typical electro-magnetic environments.

     
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  4. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    What a strange coincidence! G&L calls me out of the blue with a bunch of Empress L-2500's right after we order yours. On top of that, they release a video of the JB-5 right before they get me to bite on 6 of those...
     
  5. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    Oh, and by the way - let me know if you'd like one of the freebie pedals, it's not too late to bite on that!
     
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  6. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Hmm. Black w/matching headstock.

    Interested.....
     
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  7. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    I think I said earlier that these basses would arrive in about a week, but I was mistaken. These basses are currently in production, so they're not ready to ship just yet. It probably won't be a really long time out, but it could be as much as 6-8 weeks...
     
  8. Ryan L.

    Ryan L. Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    Aug 7, 2000
    West Fargo, ND
    Pm incoming...
     
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  9. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    I should also mention that these will be first come, first serve. A 20% non-refundable deposit is all it would take for me to reserve one for you.
     
  10. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    G&L has started shipping these basses to me now. The Honeyburst JB5, the Clear Orange L2500 and the Greenburst L2500 are currently on the way, and the rest should follow shortly!
     
  11. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    The Old School Tobacco Burst JB-5 has been pre-sold. Thanks to David in TN!
     
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  12. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    Thanks Greg!!
     
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  13. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    Ooops - I made a mistake when I originally listed JB-5 #6. BLG means Belair Green, but I originally posted that bass as Black Gloss. Sorry for any confusion, I've corrected the original post now.

    Oh, and I should mention - that one is still available. :)

    See what I did there? LOL
     
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  14. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    Jeez - I made a similar mistake on the first L-2500 (#7). HNB means Honeyburst, NOT Himalyan Blue. I've corrected the original post with this info, as well.

    Phew - I'm glad that bass isn't already sold, too.

    (I can't stop doing this!!) :)
     
    Last edited: Oct 17, 2016
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  15. bassWR

    bassWR

    Nov 21, 2009
    Warner Robins GA
    Now your just messin with me.....yes I saw what you did there.:help:
     
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  16. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN

    I did not make a mistake in reserving this bass!!!! Holy crap!
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  17. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    Yeah, that's gorgeous! Lovely figure in that Empress! It can get sort of "ribbon-y", like Mahogany occasionally does. It looks great under a trans finish.
     
  18. guy n. cognito

    guy n. cognito Secret Agent Member Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 28, 2005
    Nashville, TN
    That grain looks painted on. I'm as giddy as a kid on Christmas.
     
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  19. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
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  20. RocketMusic

    RocketMusic Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 31, 2007
    Blacksburg, VA
    Owner, Rocket Music
    And here's the Himalayan Blue JB-5 that also arrived this morning.

    This one has also been sold. Thanks and congrats to TB'er Trabeen!

    G&L JB-5 (Himalayan Blue)
    6497-FRONT-1200.
    6497-BACK-1200.
    6497-BODY-1200.