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What's with the love for G&L lately?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mangoes, Dec 12, 2019.

  1. mangoes


    Oct 31, 2019
    Montreal, QC
    five-ten years ago you rarely heard about or saw g&l basses on talkbass or in the wild, but it seems someone mentions g&l every other thread nowadays. i haven't played one in probably over 10 years -- i've only played tributes and i wasn't particularly impressed by them then -- so i'm wondering what's changed? why are they seemingly everywhere now?
  2. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    Maybe their quality improved? I remember playing some pretty dodgy ones decades ago.
    I have 2 pretty recent ones, and they are both really fine, well made instruments.
    Both of mine are passive,alnico magnet models,and i love the solid 6-bolt necks.
    (The older ones i tried had a tripoint microtilt which i remember seemed kinda flimsy.) F04221E3-6F56-4188-BABF-BF85102879C7.jpeg
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  3. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Probably several factors, but I bet it helps that they've introduced USA and Tribute versions of a traditional J-bass (JB, JB-5) and P-bass (LB-100).

    Plus, many G&L players are very enthusiastic about the brand, and promote them regularly on here. I've done a fair bit of that myself! :D
  4. Jeff Haislip

    Jeff Haislip

    Sep 2, 2009
    They are flat out great instruments. The build quality is good, the sound is good, and the price you pay is good. Have you looked at the prices of the Fender Ultras and Music Man basses lately?? Wow!! Just my two cents worth. No charge, and I am not endorsed by anyone. On the other hand, if anyone wants to endorse me with free stuff let's talk!! :smug:
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  5. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    I'm biased, but they are a thing unto themselves. Nothing like Leo's MFDs!

    Swiss Army or dead simple.
    They are great.
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  6. mangoes


    Oct 31, 2019
    Montreal, QC
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  7. They’ve always been great instruments.
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  8. /\/\3phist0

    /\/\3phist0 Life: It's sexually transmitted and always fatal Supporting Member

    1983 SB1 first generation.
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  9. I've noticed an increase in interest here on TB since the re-introduction of the LB-100, followed by another boost from the JB debut. It seems that copying Fender more closely has worked for G&L. Even so, I still don't see many in the wild or even on TV. Before that, G&L was more of an esoteric brand.
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  10. eastcoasteddie

    eastcoasteddie Supporting Member

    I think the company has grown significantly in the last 10 years, and they’ve been putting out new models and pushing a few boundaries in the last few. With the CLF Research department, you can bet they’ll be coming out with some more reissues (I feel the next will be the El Toro) and perhaps some MFD-single coil equipped Jazz Basses or something.
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  11. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    It's simply reality sinking in.
    I've said I'm done with buying but what I really mean is I'm done with buying anything but G&L.
    I've owned 25 basses over the last 7 years and nothing can compare to my L2000.
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  12. Scottgun


    Jan 24, 2004
    South Carolina
    Criminally underrated basses. All because it ain't got that Fender logo.
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  13. Bullitt5135


    Nov 16, 2010
    SE Michigan
    New people in sales and marketing. At least one guy came over from Fender a year or two ago. I think their online presence is better, and rolling out a number of new models gets good visibility. And they make good instruments.
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  14. Valsmere

    Valsmere Gold Supporting Member

    Jun 28, 2018
    southern NJ
    I love mine but I couldn't find any dealer near where I live so I ended up ordering it on line
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  15. I'm with you on that. Pretty sure I've had all the various MFD permutations, and they've all delivered. If I had to pick faves, I might go with the MFD singles on the 1st gen SB-1, SB-2, Lynx, and of course the slot pole L-series 'buckers......that's not to take anything away from the split-P and El Toro humbuckers, though! Man, what a line-up. :thumbsup:
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  16. JRA

    JRA my words = opinion Supporting Member

    if i was going for a fender (if i had the GAS) = i'd get a G&L. hands down the best fender, all-around. my two. :)
  17. 4stringsjack


    Dec 5, 2002
    I don't know, but I hope the use market never gets pricey. I love the ones I have and might want to add another or two.
    Any excuse to repost this pic. ;)
  18. Lol! Copying Fender? Do you know who G&L was founded by?
  19. Humbled

    Humbled Supporting Member

    The intersection of me starting to really "need a five string" and finding a G&L USA L2500 I liked at Bass San Diego happened about six or seven years ago. I've been a fan of all three ever since.
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  20. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    The quote was “Copying Fender more closely”, i.e, the Lb100 and jb models with the alnico pickups,to get a more traditional Fender sound than the active/mfd pickup sound GL is largely known for.
    Or at least that’s the way I took it...

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