Dating gl basses

A sneaky peek inside the control cavity shows it to be well shielded, but very messy, with a mass of cabling crammed into a small space.

The bridge is a standard nickel-plated G&L saddle-locking affair that allows for action and intonation adjustments to be made.

Two G&L Magnetic Field Design humbuckers are paired with an active/passive circuit with controls for volume, bass and treble alongside switch controls for pickup selection, series/parallel operation and active/passive circuitry.

However, it’s the active tones that really dictate what this bass is all about.

With the active circuit on, both pickups selected and the bass set to series mode, the bass has a rock-solid tone that has plenty of bottom end, but there’s enough high-mid and top end clarity to cut through most band mixes.

The first is a three-way toggle switch for selecting each pickup individually or both pickups combined; the second switch is a series/ parallel selector, where the series option adds a bass boost while the parallel option provides a bass cut; and the third switch is a three-way circuit toggle where position one is on with a high frequency boost, position two is active and position three is passive. Well, despite the lack of any midrange EQ, the bass doesn’t lack any punch or growl, and its fundamental delivery is ‘in your face’ from the start.

The passive tones are warm and, despite the bass and treble controls being ‘cut only’, they help to give the passive tone a good degree of colour.Initially it may be a bit confusing, so time spent getting used to each control and how it works in relation to the others will be well spent.The main three controls are volume, treble and bass, but the switches are where the fun begins.The G&L Tribute bass range, which are made in Indonesia, has been something of a success over the past few years.This particular L-2000 is seriously good-looking and features a carved flame maple top along with an extensive array of controls, perhaps too many for some players.The headstock, in the standard G&L shape, sports a four in-a-row tuner arrangement and there isn’t much of a balance issue between the body and the headstock.

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