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Wait time on a custom G&L

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by fourstringdrums, Dec 9, 2003.


  1. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    For those of you who have ordered a custom G&L, what was your wait time?
     
  2. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    I ordered a few custom instruments from G&L back in 1999-2001. The wait was anywhere between 6 weeks to 14 weeks...IF they got the order right. There was some sort of mix up on every one I ordered...and didn't end up keeping any of them. Hope you have a better experience than I did...

    Aloha, Garey
     
  3. RicPlaya

    RicPlaya

    Apr 22, 2003
    Whitmoretucky MI
    What are you getting? I've been GASing for a G&L.
     
  4. MAJOR METAL

    MAJOR METAL HARVESTER OF SORROW Staff Member Supporting Member

    I highly recommend buffalo brothers in California they had the lowest prices by far when i was looking around.
     
  5. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    9 weeks after I placed the order, I received my
    ASAT fretted 4: Blonde swamp-ash body, #8 hand-rubbed gun-oil tinted maple neck with a birds-eye board, no fingerboard dots, and wood body binding. MUCH nicer than I imagined it would look and FAR better sounding than...almost anything!
    Great basses, hand-built, quality as good or better than any bolt-on bass at any price.

    Opening the shipping carton and then the case after a 9-week wait; seeing the instrument for the 1st time, NEVER played by anyone else before,
    and last but certainly not least... putting some
    TI JR-344's on, setting it up to my taste, and plugging in to my Mesa Boogie...OH YEAH

    What are you waiting for...?
     
  6. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    Definitely order through Buffalo Bros...no question, IMO.

    Aloha, Garey
     
  7. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    I've actually got a Swamp Ash/Maple L-2000 that I got last week off Ebay.
    [​IMG]
    I'm just planning on getting one to keep this one company :) Probably a 3-tone sunburst with an ebony fretboard, no pos markers.

    Has anyone dealt with Bass NW when custom ordering? Now if G&L only offered black hardware :)
     
  8. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    They used to offer the black crinkle hardware...I thought it was cool, and it never seemed to age. Wonder why they dropped it??

    Aloha, Garey
     
  9. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    Well I know I can get black Ultralites and black knobs that are like the ones G&L uses. My only thing is the bridge. Which I suppose I could get black plated somewhere. Has anyone tried that?
     
  10. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    I think its possible to have a bridge anodized...

    Aloha, Garey
     
  11. My natural l2k (#6 neck, rosewood board, your l2k's twin brother/sister) has everything chrome except the bridge, which is black crinkle. When I first got the bass the bridge screws were all weird sizes and I couldn't intonate it properly because of this so I got a new set of saddles with screws from the G&L factory. I have no idea where to get a black crinkle bridge though. You might try asking around the G&L board on the Dudepit or here to see if anyone would want to trade your chrome one for a black crinkle. I know quite a few people on the Dudepit prefer the chrome to the black, so you may get lucky.

    http://pub206.ezboard.com/bthedudepit
     
  12. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    Thanks :) Well first I have to get the new G&L and that'll take a few months..

    Actually first I need the money. So once my Sterling Fretless sells that'll be a start :)
     
  13. no4mk1

    no4mk1

    Feb 21, 2003
    Seattle, WA
    I have bought two G&Ls from Bass NW, but neither were custom ordered. Since I live in Seattle, I can't speak to how they are as mail-order, but they are great guys in person.

    Cheers,
    Chris
     
  14. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    G&L only offers gold hardware as an option, and only on the L2K bass. It lists at big bux, around
    $300 (probably about 2 hun when ordering) and adds
    some lead time, as its non-stock at factory.
    I think it would look Killer on a lot of finishes,
    and wish they would offer chrome, gold, and black
    on all models of basses.
    Best thing to do is decide on models/options & get quotes inc. shipping from dealers.
    Buffalo Bros. is local to the plant; I did well from Guitar Adoptions in Chicago. I'm sure Bass NW
    would be competetive too.
    BTW- I really recommend upgrading to the GG tolex case-much nicer than the stock SKB, and the G&L
    gigbag is well-made and useful too.
     
  15. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    $300 extra for a hardware change? Is it 24K Gold? Geesh :)

    What is tolex? I don't mind the standard cases. They're free with the bass and the bass just stays at the house so its all good. I actually just ordered a gig bag directly off the G&L website. I had a gig bag but it wouldn't fit the L-2000. Anyone need a heavy duty super padded gig bag? *lol*
     
  16. Tolex is the type that's more square like. I'm not a big fan of them as they're a lot heavier than the standard HSC despite being somewhat sturdier. I have a tolex for my Ric, and a regular HSC for my G&L. I like the regular one more. It's definitely enough protection for me.

    But if I had to choose I'd go with gig bag all the way. :) The G&L gig bags are really nice, too. However, I believe a case comes standard with a custom order? Or can you choose between the three types and they price it accordingly? Larry?
     
  17. LarryJ

    LarryJ banned

    Dec 12, 1999
    Encino, CA (LA)
    All basses come standard with the SKB case, which
    for all intensive purposes is fine-It's fitted,
    has nice plush, and works for carrying the bass around- The GG tolex cases are sturdier, with a wood frame and heavier latches, basically its not so much that they offer that much more protection;
    they look classic and and hold up better than the molded case, whose latches and bumpers tend to break easily. For real traveling/touring, gotta get an ATA case anyway.
    G&L upcharges $80 additional to substitute the Tolex case as an "option" when you order a bass; ordered seperately, it costs $160 I believe. I think its worth the extra dollars when ordering.


    The gigbag is VERY nice; $70 additional as an accessory only. I use it playing in town 3 nights a week at times. Just gotta be careful.

    BTW- the gold hardware IS real gold-plate; and it includes not only the bridge and tuners, but the knobs, retainer, mini-toggles, and even the pole pieces on the pups. It's a lot of cash, but if you're going to order an outstanding custom G&L with one of their great custom finishes, say a flame top etc...
    The $$ over the years of playing the great bass...
    Worth it, if you like gold-
    Let's see- A Redburst L2K with a flamed maple top;
    birds-eye board, gold hardware....
    Yeah, that would work...
     
  18. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    Thanks...thanks alot :rolleyes: *lol* Ya know I'm trying to keep the GAS to a minimum and thats not helping *lol*

    Does anyone on here have a real decked out G&L?

    I think I'm going to just keep the L-2000 fretted I have now and just get a fretless. I was thinking 3-tone Sunburst with a blank board..basic. BASS NW has one stock but if I don't have the $$ soon it might be gone and I'll have to order.
     
  19. Garey

    Garey Supporting Member Commercial User

    Apr 23, 2003
    Northern California
    Artist Relations/Product Specialist: Mesa Boogie
    My custom L-2000 had a Swamp Ash body, flame maple top with faux wood binding, birdseye neck, ebony fretted fingerboard with NO fret-markers, matching headstock, with a Honeyburst finish.

    It was a great bass...although there were some mixups with my order. I got rid of it because I continually heard a metallic overtone when amplified...and after explaining my problem to Tony at G&L customer service, he told me "there isn't a problem". Well, there clearly was, and at that time I had purchased well over 25 G&L's...it was my last one, and that was in 2000.

    Aloha, Garey
     
  20. fourstringdrums

    fourstringdrums Decidedly Indecisive Supporting Member

    Oct 20, 2002
    San Antonio
    How long did you have to wait for that?

    How did they mixup your order? Did you get it and things were wrong or did they get things wrong thankfully before you took delivery of it?