Sterling by MusicMan Ray34HH vs G&L Tribute L-2000 (weight+)

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  1. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    Hey All,
    I recently purchased a SBMM Ray34HH and I love the tone beyond words! Am using it primarily for classic and harder rock. It delivers quite a wide variety of tones, which I love! HOWEVER, the one thing that ticks the negative column for me is the weight (being older and having a myriad of back issues). The mahogany body is not Steve Harris Precision heavy, but heavy enough. I was pondering possibly jumping to a G&L Tribute L-2000 and was wondering (a) how the weights compare as I've been having trouble finding weight info on the L-2000 Olympic White and Sunburst as well as (b) how does it compare tonally to the Ray34HH? Thanks!
     
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  2. Wicked G

    Wicked G

    Jan 19, 2017
    Hell Paso Texas
    Hey Swampish. I don't have an L2000 but I do have two Tribute M2000's which are very similar to the L2000 with a slightly different preamp.

    I also have two Ray34HH's and I can say the tone is similar-ish. I prefer the Ray's mids, but the M2000 is close and the output is much hotter on the M.

    Now for the important weight question, the G&L is lighter. I don't know the exact weight, but you can definitely feel the difference.

    I don't find the Ray heavy at all, but if it does bother you then the G&L will feel better and come pretty close tonally as well. Hope this helps.
     
  3. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
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  4. mouthmw

    mouthmw

    Jul 19, 2009
    Croatia
    Each bass will vary. There's no "one size fits all" answer. You'd have to ask the seller for each particular bass.
     
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  5. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    Thanks for the feedback! I've been trying to find G&Ls around here, but availability is slim so it's hard to get a good gauge. It's also weird, I know that some Ray34HHs have mahogany bodies (like mine) and other are possibly ash? It should have been similar weight to my American Performer Jazz, but it feels much heavier. Good to know about the tones though and I will try to find a store that has stock so I can try one on for feel.
     
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  6. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
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  7. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    You're absolutely right, just trying to find a place or seller that has some in stock in my neck of the woods, but with COVID, it's been very difficult to find stock in-store.
     
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  8. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Only one other in stock at Sweetwater, and it's no lightweight, either. These things are scarce right now.
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  9. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    Wow! That seems heavier than the Ray34HH (less that 10, if I remember correctly). I suppose I could always start looking at the Ray4HH, though I'm sure I'd miss the 3-band onboard EQ.
     
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  10. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    You can order a G&L made of basswood or Okoume if you prefer a lighter bass. I believe the Bongo's are typically made of Basswood From Musicman.
     
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  11. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    Really? I didn't know that! My Aerodyne is basswood and that bass is so comfortable to play! Thanks for the heads up! Could be a game changer!
     
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  12. jd56hawk

    jd56hawk Supporting Member

    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    I have two L2000s.
    One weighs 10 pounds plus, the other only 7.3.
     
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  13. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    My G&Ls have all been lighter than my Stingray (well except for my L2500 Tribute). Right now I have a L2000 Tribute and a Stingray and the Tribute is MUCH lighter.
     
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  14. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    Do you have a ballpark idea of your tribute's weight and what wood is used for the body?
     
  15. 59jazz

    59jazz Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma Supporting Member

    Keep your eyes open, sub 9lb Tribute L2000's are out there. Got my used/like new ash L2K for $575 shipped on eBay.
     
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  16. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    And was it in the sub 9 range?
     
  17. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Pennsylvania
    I can try to weigh it...i got it used here on TB so ill have to figure out the year/wood, but it is significantly lighter than my Ray. Love both though and with my wide strap (Levys 4.5 inch) the Ray isnt an issue at gigs.
     
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  18. Roger W

    Roger W Supporting Member

    Jul 10, 2019
    Baltimore USA
    Bass Club of Chicago has a made in USA L2000 that about 8.5 pounds. If they still have it, price is about 1500.
     
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  19. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    Don't want you to go out of your way, but the fact that it's lighter than the Ray is encouraging. My strap is only 2.5" so that might be a consideration too.
     
  20. Swampish

    Swampish

    Dec 31, 2015
    Quebec, Canada
    Great weight!
     
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