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Vintage G&L Parts ??

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by 43% burnt, Mar 15, 2006.

  1. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    I've been looking to replace the knobs on my '83 L2000 for awhile now. The chome paint has been flaking off. It's almost completely gone on one of them. I contacted G&L and they said those knobs have been discontinued for many years. I've also checked a few local stores with no luck.

    I'd like to get the same knobs, to keep it all original. Does anyone know any good vintage parts stores/websites that might be able to find these?

  2. bdgotoh

    bdgotoh Supporting Member

    Aug 6, 2002
    Pacific NW
    Sorry, I have been buying G&Ls and parts for over 6 years and I've NEVER seen a single one of those knobs for sale! Maybe you could check into getting them polished and rechromed? Probably not cheap, I'd guess.
    If you decide to change them out I'll buy them as-is!
  3. CentralCoastBass

    CentralCoastBass Guest

    Feb 4, 2004
    i have a 83 l-2000 that i bought without original knobs. i searched ebay for a few months with no luck. i was talkbass'n one night a few weeks ago, and i stumbled upon a thread where someone was thinking of buying an old l2k with a knob missing. a replyer offered to sell him and original knob. i asked him if he had 3 knobs for my bass and he did! i had to wait a week to see if the original poster actually needed the knob, but apparently he didn't buy the bass. i felt like i won the lottery when i paid only 10 dollars for the set of three!!! they are in great shape too. right place, right time. good luck.
  4. What a lucky find. Those things are virtually impossible to locate.
  5. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Oh man...that stinks.

    I'm going to replace them so they don't get any worse. Sorry guys, I think I'll keep them around incase I ever sell this bass. I seriously doubt I ever will though.
  6. CentralCoastBass

    CentralCoastBass Guest

    Feb 4, 2004
    if you are going to replace em, try sadowsky knobs. i used them for a while on my bass with black hardware, and i thought they looked nice. you can get them through sadowsky, but these guys make em. http://www.kilointernational.com/
  7. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    Hey Burnt, I'm sorry you are having trouble locating knobs. I have to say that looking at the pic of your bass reminded me that my 85 L2000 had those rubber things on the switches. I have no idea what ever happend to those. I think I took them off because I thought it looked better but now I wish I had them.
  8. pocket_groover

    pocket_groover Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2004
    Northern California
    I've seen those on sale at eletronics places. Here's an example:


    or you could roll your own with something called "Plastidip". Just dip your switch handle into it and let it dry. The stuff is meant for tool handle grips.

  9. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    Hey thanks, great suggestion!! Those are some cool knobs. I'd probably go with the clear gloss. I think these would look pretty good on my bass:

    or these:


    What do you guys think?
  10. Edwcdc

    Edwcdc I call shotgun!

    Jul 21, 2003
    Columbia MD USA
    Thanks man. I am going to restore/ refinish the ol girl soon and I think I would like to have those switch rubbers back on it.
  11. Get the originals re-chromed! Surely it wouldn't cost that much to have done, and in the end, your bass will still have all the original parts.
  12. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT
    True. Where would I go about doing this? What type of buisiness/shop does this type of thing?
  13. bassman blue

    bassman blue

    Aug 22, 2002
    i get lots of parts rechromed on my motorcycles. find a reputable shop that does chroming for car and m/c enthusiasts as they are used to turning out quallity rechroming. i've had the shop i use rechrome a jazz control plate and it was worth keeping the original bass intact for me. the costs should not be that much and you still have the originals. good luck.
  14. CentralCoastBass

    CentralCoastBass Guest

    Feb 4, 2004
    look for plating companies in your area. most nickel/chrome shops have a polishing dept. too. they can strip, buff, and plate your parts. shouldn't cost you more than 25 dollars.
  15. 43% burnt

    43% burnt an actor who wants to run the whole show

    May 4, 2004
    Bridgeport, CT

    Thanks so much guys...I could easily spend that much or more on new knobs that don't match.
  16. borsodas


    Sep 7, 2009
    the electronics for one of my knobs is shot, does anyone know where to get another set for just one knob. the bass was made in the mid 80's, but i imagine the electonics are about the same. because it breaks the circuit the bass wont play without the electronics for all the knobs working.
  17. spideyjg


    Mar 19, 2006
    San Diego
    Depends on the fault. The volume and treble pots are easy to find. The bass pot is best to get from G&L.

    Which one ain't working?

  18. ljazz


    Dec 10, 2002
    Cookeville, TN
    Your best bet is to find a shop that actually has the processes in place to chrome plastic. It's not exactly the same as re-chroming a metal part. I don't know the specifics, however, I had visited a shop that supplied the chrome license plate lamp covers for GM trucks, and they supplied the Saturn logo plates. We discussed the differences in chrome plating the plastic vs. metal parts. While it's been about 10 years since the visit, I remember them saying there were distict differences in their processes for each.

    One of those differences was presenting them, and us, a major problem, hence my visiting this particular supplier. I wish I could remember the specifics, and the name of the company...... but I believe they were in Grand Rapids, MI.
  19. 1Kay

    1Kay Rockin and Rollin and what not!

    Jun 22, 2008
    The 'D'/GR, MI
    Just curious what headstock that '83 has?

    Better yet...can we see the whole thing?
  20. metron


    Sep 12, 2003
    Just an FYI for those who are really picky about being original but those switch covers are a bit different from the ones G&L used. The original covers look a bit like an arrowhead with a round tip. They flare out toward the switch base.

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