G and L L-2000E Fretless Reviews
Bass Northwest [online] $650. I wanted a
fretless version of my beloved ASAT, but
ASATs are somewhat neck divers, which to
me is OK in small doses on a fretted, but
not acceptable for fretless. The L-2000E
is essentially an ASAT with an upper horn.
I've always wished my fretless MusicMan
StingRay had a second pickup, and the
L-2000E is essentially a StingRay with
that second pickup.
So I knew what I wanted and I just had to browse online to find it.
In addition to being exactly what I was
looking for [see above] I like the look
of this example: black body, and black fingerboard, plus I use black strings.
Other than the VERY solid build, the best
thing about an L-2000E [or an ASAT] is the
3 switches that produce so many variations
of the Perfect Bass Tones that the pickups
deliver. MusicMan on steroids. One of my
fave functions among the switches is that
it can switch off the active circuit and
the tone knobs still work. My fave tone
setup is 2 p'ups in series-passive mode,
for that dark full heavy classic bass.
G&L uses a 3 way pickup selector switch,
but there's a single volume knob with no fader knob. Also, it's a just bit heavy.
It's a G&L [nuffsaid?].
Some particulars of this L-2000E fretless
are 16 [count'em 16] adjustable pole slugs,
very dark ebony fingerboard, 3-screw neck
joint, and the heavier [pre-aluminum] pegs.
This one has the old skunk stripe neck that
was later dropped by G&L for the half-sawn
necks [2 piece, no stripe].
This example is over 20 years old, so other
available examples may differ.
If the Masters of the Universe someday
dictate that there shall be only one
bass making outfit, I hope that it's G&L;
which maybe it will be, because possibly
G&L are the Masters of the Universe.
On this site's scale of 1 to 5, this bass
is way past 7 before you even plug it in.Golem
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