Tribute L-2000-arrives

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by rodl2005, Dec 17, 2007.

  1. Hey guys & gals, I s'pose this aint big news for most here, but MY new G & L Tribute L-2000 arrived yesterday :hyper:

    Black-basswood body -all standard, but NIIIIICE tones.
    Maple neck & board... Gee they're made nice!
    I'll be using it mainly with my SVT2 or V4BH & NV610 , or for the jazz band gigs:- thru my MArk BAss LMII into Aggie GS112, or LMII into Fender 210PRO & GS112.

    She's a LOVELY babe. Pics to come!!!! Anyone got any fave settings. I've only just really played with each setting briefly to make sure all any hints...:help:
    Will take some pics this arvo & upload 'em in a day or so & post 'em in this thread & in the Show yr G&L's
  2. realdeal

    realdeal Inactive

    Dec 10, 2004
    Congratulations. If Tributes are 1/2 as awesome as Fullerton-built G&L's (and of course they are that and more)- then you'll probably love what the bass can do.
    MFD's are in a class by themselves.

    I play my ASAT in passive mode most of the time. When you flip the Series/Parallel toggle forward-
    With the Bass in active mode, it's almost too much of a good thing.
    The only tone settings I'd suggest is to tweak the tri-tone around and discover, remembering that the bass/treble are cut only, and especially that a little goes a very long way.

    I also have a V4BH and in my experience, MFD's and all-tube Ampeg heads are the perfect storm. So to speak.

    Have fun widdit.
  3. Thanx Realdeal!!!!
    Cuppla questions tho:- 1. What are MFD's ??? :bag:
    2. Series/Para toggle forward-this meaning- toward the neck which is in series mode??? IIRC??
    3.When U say 'tweak the tri-tone around....' tri-tone= ???
    And re the treble & bass being cut only.... I thought I'd start-try & leave mainly- them in the 1/2 way position & pretend this is "flat" then sort of boost & cut as I feel the need.
    Thanx for your suggestions & words of encouragement :bassist: Can't wait for 1. this Sunday-have a Jazz band gig-where I use an EUB and an elec. bass(which this week WILL be the G & L L2K!!!:hyper: Then 28th we're playing at our cities main 'summer festival' on the main stage-where I'll probly take my rig as the one there sounds like it's gonna be poopiee:spit:....even usually they have a 'fake' SVT- SVT350H( I'd never seen one & though-GREAT....until I looked round the back & it was empty:eek: NO tubes!!!!!:bawl:) So I'll have MY SVT2 & NV610 ready!!!!
    So if U can answer me those Q's It'd be appreciated!
  4. I have a blueburst on the way, and can hardly wait.
  5. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    MFD's are the pickups. Both the US and Trib models use the same pups.
    Series is forward I believe. It's the one that sounds a bit fuller.
    By tritone he means the passive/active/active-withtreble switch.
  6. realdeal

    realdeal Inactive

    Dec 10, 2004
    Thank you, Lug.

    Here's the info on MFD's from the G&L site:

    The patented Magnetic Field Design® pickups use a ceramic bar magnet installed underneath each coil, with soft iron adjustable pole pieces to transfer the magnetic field to the surface of the pickup. By contrast, traditional Alnico type pickups, such as used in the Legacy and George Fullerton models, use nonadjustable Alnico pole pieces leaving the only adjustment being pickup height. The Magnetic Field Design has this adjustment, but further offers individual adjustment of each pole piece, letting the player effectively adjust the output of each string on each pickup. Magnetic Field Design yield about twice the output per wind, making the pickup quieter while allowing a greater overall output. The sound of Magnetic Field pickups is slightly warmer with a broader frequency response. One major Nashville session guitarist remarked that the G&L S-500 with Magnetic Field single coil pickups sounded as balanced and "sweet" as his favorite old vintage Alnico equipped axe. The difference is that the S-500 sounds that good right into his amp without all the EQ tweaking of his mixing console that made his other guitar sound so good. When he ran his S-500 though his studio rig, he was truly amazed at the rich and warm, yet clear and sparkly sound.

    All that, plus let me add that they are HOT. Great output, superb tones, IMO they're what sets G&L apart from a number of well-built basses.

    The tri-tone eq is not that intuitive, but it's not difficult either.
    Once you play around and see how the controls interact, then set the desired eq from your rig, you'll be good to go, and probably feel lke you've got about 500 tonal varieties at your disposal, plus with the series and/or active modes,it's like being able to go into turbo-mode after playing the bass passively.

    I've found that I'm able to plug-and-play now, and dial in the tone and power I need for a project's style.

    And the growl.....:D
  7. Here are a cuppla (bad) pics- I'm SUCH a poor photgrapher:meh:

    Thanx re the MFD's & tri-tone.. Had a good play with her the other day & got the jist of just the STAGGERING amount of tones on offer here!!!!:hyper: AMAZING!!! Using a Fuzz pedal just dialed in a bit, in passive mode, sounded good, then I hit the active toggle & BOOM SUSTAIN/FUZZ everlasting!!!! That'll take a bit of getting used to!
    forgive the shocking quality of pics....... View attachment 76704

    MAple board, Black Basswood body!

    Shocking WHOLE bass shot!!!

    View attachment 76707
  8. realdeal

    realdeal Inactive

    Dec 10, 2004
    Very cool.

    Black & Maple. That'll work.

    VERY cool.:D
  9. lug

    lug Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    Sweet looking bass!
  10. Yeah thanx guys!!! I originally ordered a Black w/ rosewood fretboard....but a long story short.... after a cuppla weeks the shop-NITRO-TONE in Massachusets I think- got back to me-after I emailed them LOTSA times & got NO reply( they were fast to answer my emails BEFORE I paid them, but after I paID the $$$$$$ the email responses got VERY SLOW- ONE/WEEK in fact!!!!!!! So, after many emails PLEADING with them for a reply, they got back to me saying -1st its not sent yet( a week after paying/ordering)!!!!
    Said it'll be sent within 48 hrs... it wasn't another week of no responses, then an email saying the bass I ordered-the bass they said was sent(??) was not even in stock!!!!
    So I settled for a MAple fretbrd one- fine by me-better in fact - AND a few goodies added for the stuffffed up order! FINE!!!
    Any way the bass arrived in good time after this!!!! Thank God!!!!!
    The "goodies" were a couple of decent quality VOX leads, a BBE FREE FUZZ pedal( that had a battery in it that was leaking acid!!! Cleaned up OK .... and a really cheapo plasticky tuner-which works well! So THAT was fine. BUT the bass arrived with NO Strings!!!!!!!!!!! It had a tag on the tuner saying G&L strung with D'addario strings, but mine had NONE!!!!!!!!! The neck was removed for shipping-Something I aggreed on- So maybe the strings were 'forgotten' then???????? I dunno- as I emailed NITRO-TONE about this & -surprise surprise- NO RESPONSE!!!!!!!! Do U think I should start a thread & write the WHOLE story????? Maybe I should wait a few weeks & see IF they send me the strings that SHOULD'VE been on the bass!! I mean, thats an extra $40AUS at least I had to pay to get the bass playable! 'Tis a LOVELY bass tho. :)
  11. realdeal

    realdeal Inactive

    Dec 10, 2004
    Wow, that's a fine "how-do-you-do"!

    As far as the 'board goes, I myself am a fan of maple and think it adds a bit more punch, but there's no significant difference as far as I'm concerned, so either's all good.

    Not sure why it couldn't have been shipped assembled- Was it because the Tribs come in a gig-bag? Even so, seems to me that it could have been packed to transport with the neck on.
    OTOH, you might be correct in asking for the neck off.
    But then-they owe you a set of strings. I know the Fullerton-built G&L's came with SIT strings and with me it was off they come, don't care for 'em personally, so I figure on re-stringing my basses anyway.

    Tell them to send you a set of your choice. That's the right thing to do for a customer.

    Worst-case scenario is that you STILL have your L2K, and that ain't too shabby! :D

    BTW- If you want an awesome STRAP for that bass, here's a young lady I know in Sidney, which is in your 'hood, isn't it??
    Not cheap, but REAL nice! Tell her 'Deal from Los Angeles sent ya!

    Rawk on.
  12. Thanx REALDEAL for the link...I am after a good WIDE strap for bass!!!!!!!!! So I'll check out the site. Still haven't heard back from 'em. Still, I';d LIKE a set of strings on a new bass I forked out for!!!!!PRETTY SLACK IMHO
  13. Skarekrough


    Aug 7, 2006
    Nitro's local to me and I can't say I'm that impressed with them, and I haven't even had the chance to set foot into their shop.

    They've taken too long to get back to me in emails, and an inquiry about a bass they had on eBay resulted in them offering to not charge me the ENTIRE cost of shipping if I picked it up in person.

    Their shop is only a front though, there's another office around that they do most of their business out of.

    I would say go ahead and warn others....and call them and get them to send you some strings....
  14. idoru


    Dec 18, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    Well, it turns out that the L2K was a bit harsh for rodl2005's tastes, end result being an eBay sale to a chap in Sydney in february. Now that particular bloke is going overseas and needs to sell it, so guess who just pulled the pin on the BIN price ;)

    AUS $800 including shipping & the G&L gig bag, for a tasty black and maple L2K. Happy I am!

    Pics when it gets here, of course.

  15. Sounds about right for an Oz price. Sold the blueburst I mentioned upthread for that much.

    Buying another with the proceeds, of course.
  16. idoru


    Dec 18, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    What was wrong with the blueburst, and what are you replacing it with?
  17. Nothing whatsoever wrong with the blueburst, I just got offered the right money to shift it. Got a sunburst trib on the way to fill the vacant slot.
  18. (Which is, naturally, also for sale.)
  19. idoru


    Dec 18, 2005
    Brisbane, Australia
    You _do_ realise you have a problem, right? ;)
  20. I'm mostly playing my JB-2 at the moment.