After receiving a great deal of input from TB'ers, I'm much more interested in the G&L Tribute L-2500 than I had previously been. Now for the more in-depth questions. What precisely is the difference between the Korean made Tribute L-2500 and the U.S. L-2500? Bear with me while I clear up what I know (or think I know), and then please let me know if you are aware of any other differences, no matter how small, or correct me if I'm mistaken in any way. 1.The U.S. version is made to tighter tolerances, the wood is selected more carefully, the fret work is a cut above, and the tuners are custom G&L lightweight versions with tapered aluminum string posts. 2.U.S. = Swamp Ash top on American Tilia back Korean = Basswood (Standard) & Swamp Ash (on Premium). I'm mainly concerned about the preamp and pickups: I know the Tribute pots are supposed to chew a**, but that's all I've heard; do both basses share a preamp, or is the Tribby's a Korean copy (as is seen in the standard Lakland 55-01)? I know all the switches on the Tribby do the same things as those on the U.S. model, but that doesn't mean they're built the same. Also, on the G&L website, the pickups are described as "Fullerton-made G&L Magnetic Field Design humbucking pickups", the active term being "DESIGN", which is not used to describe the U.S. pickups... how do they differ and how do they compare? The pole-pieces are described as "soft iron", does that mean lead? Does the Tribby also feature "The Bi-Cut® neck design", or is that reserved for big brother? Not that I care one ioda. Lastly, the bridge of the Korean fella is described as a "G&L designed Saddle Lock bridge". AGAIN, the word "DESIGNED"! Am I to assume it isn't a solid billet of brass coated in chrome or nickel plated like the saddles? What is the bridge itself made of then, and where, and is it a quality piece of hardware? Essentially what I'm after is this: the Tribby seems WAY too good to be true at such a price... is it really THAT good, or is it dressed up to fool the eyes? The only reason I haven't inspected and played one myself is that I'm yet to find a store that carries them, so I'm relying on y'all to help me out. Thanks for hangin' in there and tryin' to help, it is very appreciated; and thank ALL OF YOU for helping in my other posts!