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Stingray Special HH vs. Sandberg TM/VM vs. G&L L-2000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by MascisMan, Nov 21, 2018.

  1. Stingray Special HH

  2. Sandberg VM

    0 vote(s)
  3. Sandberg TM

  4. G&L L-2000 ("jazz" 6/8 neck)

  1. MascisMan

    MascisMan Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I may be in the market soon for one of the above choices. My budget would be around $2k and the bass needs to be a 4-string. Up front, I enjoy the sounds achieved by all of these basses. They all share similar traits as well. Primarily active, 2-pickup basses, with loads of versatility. This makes my decision very difficult.

    One X factor is that I have never seen a Sandberg in person and therefore have never played one. I know they get fantastic reviews from their owners so that would be my one "faith" pick. One other con with the Sandberg is that a custom order would take around 10 months which means I would be scouring For Sale posts and current dealer inventories (so may be a bit limited on finish choices, though I am not too picky overall).

    Today I found a new Stingray Special locally that I tried (for the first time) and really enjoyed. Construction felt as good as any bass I have tried in the past and the ergonomics/weight were fantastic. The Stingrays are a little more limited in total options compared to a Sandberg though.

    Several months ago I played a USA L-2000 at a local shop as well. Really enjoyed that bass though I remember it being a little heavy. Couple other cons include limited availability of finishes (unless custom ordered; not sure on their turnaround times compared to Sandberg) and they are harder to resell (though I dont worry about this too much).

    What I'm hoping to find are first hand experiences from people that have owned at least 2 and hopefully all 3 of the choices above. How would you compare these choices from a perspective of construction and fit/finish? Versatility of sounds?

    Thanks in advance for any feedback!
    Last edited: Nov 21, 2018
  2. Jeff Haislip

    Jeff Haislip

    Sep 2, 2009
    I really enjoy G&L basses. I have been a fan for many years. Check out their color choices because they have many. Also, you can order with a lighter wood choice (Empress). I have the L2500 (5 string) and have always been impressed with the many tones available. I think their fit and finish is first class as well. Check out Rocket Music's website. Happy hunting!!!
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  3. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW
    I love my L2000s, the tones and the feel and balance are just right for me.

    I didn't like the Sandberg I had at all - blah tone and it didn't fit me very well. It wasn't awful but I don't see myself ever bothering in the future.

    I really wanted to like the new Stingray Special but I like the HH Sterling (USA) so much better - the tone is meatier and the neck feels much better to me.

    So I would recommend you add a Sterling HH to that list.
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  4. lowdownthump


    Jul 17, 2004
    Stingray Special HH. Lots of different tones .
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  5. MascisMan

    MascisMan Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Man, I wish the shop that has the L-2000 was the same shop that had the Stingray. They are about 25 miles away from each other. Kind of hard to A/B....may just have to make a day of it!
  6. MascisMan

    MascisMan Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    I think Im down to the L-2000 or Stingray Special. For me, the Sandberg is too much of a leap of faith I think.
  7. Shlabotnik

    Shlabotnik Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2019
    What did you end up choosing? Wondering how they compared...

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