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G&L Tribute L-2000 4-String Bass   

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The Tribute by G&L is crafted overseas utilizing G&L designs, American-made G&L pickups, and G&L patented hardware to give you G&L sound, versatility...Click To Read More About This Product

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A premium G&L-designed bass for an affordable price.

The Tribute by G&L is crafted overseas utilizing G&L designs, American-made G&L pickups, and G&L patented hardware to give you G&L sound, versatility, and feel for a much more affordable price. The L-2000 Premium features 2 G&L MFD humbuckers, a swamp ash body, hard rock-maple neck with rosewood or maple fretboard, the G&L-designed Saddle Lock bridge, and Tri-Tone active/passive electronics. 3-way mini-toggle pickup selector, preamp control, series/parallel control, plus a treble boost/cut knob, a bass boost/cut knob, and volume. Includes hardshell case.

  • 2 G&L MFD humbuckers
  • Swamp ash body
  • Hard rock-maple neck with rosewood or maple fretboard
  • G&L-designed Saddle Lock bridge
  • Tri-Tone active/passive electronics
  • 3-way mini-toggle pickup selector, preamp control, series/parallel control
  • Treble boost/cut knob
  • Bass boost/cut knob
  • Volume knob

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A Very Versatile bass

By Joddyjoy

from Bandung

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  • Good Feel
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      A very versatile bass if you know what you're doing. I'm very surprised to find very little difference compared to the US model except for the selection of wood, They sound nearly identical. At least mine does.
      It can get any tone you want if you can adjust the style of play accordingly.


      Great bass, great features, great price!

      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      I've owned this bass for over a year now and it still surprises me sometimes! I'll be playing with the contols looking for a new sound and out jumps a great new tone! With the active/passive, series/parallel, and the pickup selector, you can pretty much get any sound.


      Great for the money.

      By Trevor-TLMgm

      from Springfield MO

      This bass was all I needed for how much cash I had. However I took it to the studio and was not impressed with the tone I got. This of course is my opinion. I got a Musicman about a year later and was set for life. This bass is great if cash is an issue, but I would recomend saving your money.


      Amazing Features...

      By rochs77

      from Jackson,WY

      This is a fantastic bass for the price. Great electronics give you plenty of versatility in regards to your desired tone. The neck feels broken in from the get-go, and overall the bass feels sturdy and well built. It would be nice if there was a mid frequency adjustment, as the bass is a little weak in the mids. Also, the pots are very scratchy and after owning if for about a year now it has not cleared up even with contact cleaner. This isn't a big deal, since you don't adjust your tone while playing very often anyway. Also, although it states that you can bypass the active circuit in case the battery dies, I have had a hard time with that. Even if you flip off the active circuit, if you have a dead battery the bass is still going to sound like crap: lots of static and it cuts out. On the plus side it has great bass boost and even has a treble boost. You can turn on each pickup individually, but you cannot blend the two. That is nothing major, since unless you have a real high end model I find that the blend is really pretty binary anyway (either both are on or one is on). The fretwork and nut are very well done, as is the finish on the guitar. I have Cherryburst and it looks absolutely fantastic. Finally, the bridge has to be my favorite part. It is very substantial, as can be seen in the photos. It is also very sturdy, with all of the springs nice and tight so you don't get any buzz. Also, there is a lateral screw that pushes each section of the bridge against each other to increase resonance and sustain. Overall, a very good bass that I would recommend to anyone.



      By JacobH

      from Hot Springs, AR

      Ok, I am just starting out. I guess you could say I'm a "budding bassist". I read in a book that if you are completely committed to learning and continuing bass, just get the best bass you can afford. I have wanted to play for about 5 years now. My parents kept saying "get a guitar, you'll have more fun with it." Not so. I never got the hang of guitar, and I firmly believe I am a bassist at heart. Now to the review.When I walked into the store with all of my hard-earned money, I was determined to get a bass I would love for years. I was looking around and say the clear gloss maple fretboard Tribute L2000. I think I had to change my underwear after that. Just having the guy pull it off the rack for me and holding it in my hands was pure exstacy. I fell in love. Since I am just beginning, I ran my hands up and down the neck and then had the guy play a few notes on it. It sounded awesome. The price is a lot of money for me, so when I slapped it down on the counter my hands were shaking and my heart was pumping, but I KNEW I loved this bass. I highly recommend it for the money. Massive sound, massive bridge, massive humbuckers. It is just NICE. I LOVE IT.


      Great bass, Great Deal!!

      By GGman

      from Southern Cal

      Sounds TREMENDOUS, easy to play, well built, looks gorgeous, Great Price!!!



      By Anonymous

      from Undisclosed

      I bought this bass in 2003, it was set up great and almost in tune. It comes with a very nice gig bag that offers about the same protection as a case. There are 3 knobs and three switches. The knob closest to the neck controls volume, the next knob controls the treble output and the knob near the bridge controls the bass output. The switch close to the neck is the pickup selector switch. It has 3 posistions, neck pickup-neck/bridge -bridge pickup. The second switch is the series/parallel toggle. The switch near the bridge contols the preamp(off, on and on with treble boost). With the boost on, it is really great for slap. The neck pick up really favors a Fender P-Bass. The bridge pickup with the series/parallel switch down sounds like a J-Bass. I have also heard that it can sound like Musicman, but I've never played one. The pickups are 2 Fullerton-made G&L Magnetic Field Design humbucking pickups and it has a Fender designed "Saddle-Lock" Bridge. The Volume and Treble knobs were really scratchy so I went to my shop and had replaced them. The knobs were the only down side from the factory. The tribute series is just as good as the high dollar G&L. As a matter of fact, it is the same guitar but it is made overseas and not in the U.S. If your lookin at this guitar, buy it. You'll never regret it.


      almost the real deal

      By origami

      from texas

      I was on the road, needed a back-up to my 77 P-Bass with EMG. Days before, I had played a USA G&L L-2000. Blown away! It's a more musical sounding version of a Stringray.So I was skeptical "Tribute" vs USA G&L. Slight differences: quality of wood, tuners, neck and bridge, but soundwise there is VERY little difference. not enough to account for the difference in price.The PUs are phenomenal! the neck radius is flat and easy-playing, the body finish well done. one of the best basses for the buck!Control knobs must be turned all the way up or it sounds dull. Bass must be kept in parallel or it sounds muddy. Sounds great passive or active, and it can slap with the best. Sounds best in middle pick-up position. I wish there was a blend vs. mini-toggle.Regretfully, the bass is too ringy for my current band, but I have a Geddy Lee with EMG's for that. Needed a more vintage tone.Tribute bass records excellent/quiet, and is punchy, not tubby. You can get a bright or hollow tone, and it's consistant live.


      Smooth and Rich

      By LunaDementia

      from British Columbia

      This bass has amazing tone, beautiful depth, and plays like a dream. Didn't need any setup or adjustment. It is amazingly versatile, being a great fit for rock, country or jazz. I have played the L 2000 (non-tribute) and found virtually no difference, certainly nothing to make me want to "trade up". A great value and sweet instrument.


      Great feel, sound, and looks (Tribute L-2000)

      By Eric R.

      from Wildomar, CA

      Tribute by G&L L-2000 Bass; This is a sturdy, excellent-sounding, easy-to-play instrument. You can get a lot of different sounds from the active/passive electronics. The swamp ash with natural finish looks really nice. If a had twice the money to spend, I would buy the American-made version of the same instrument. The only complaints I have are that the available documentation that I've found is really skimpy; it took me awhile to figure out what each toggle switch and knob does. Also, mine was not setup very well; intonation was way off on one string (and a bit off on another) plus the "saddle lock" set screw on the side of the bridge was falling out. This was all fairly easily remedied. I definitely recommend this to anyone shopping for a bass in this price range.

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