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

The G & L Tribute is crafted overseas with 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-2500 Plus 5-string 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, with 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 deluxe G&L gig bag.

FEATURES
  • 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 eletronics
  • 3-way mini-toggle pickup selector, preamp control, series/parallel control
  • Treble boost/cut knob
  • Bass boost/cut knob,
  • Volume knob

Get the bass of your dreams for a very affordable price.

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G&LTribute L-2500 5-String Bass
 
4.8

(based on 30 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

WOW!!!

I'll start by saying that for YEARS my main go to bass is a vintage 75 Jazz--talk about a Geddy Lee series--this is the real thing!! She's my baby,...Read complete review

I'll start by saying that for YEARS my main go to bass is a vintage 75 Jazz--talk about a Geddy Lee series--this is the real thing!! She's my baby, & I have not played ANY bass yet that I would trade her for, & I have played them all. Along with her, I have a great sounding/playing P-bass, & a pretty decent fretless Jazz. I decided to add a 5 string to my arsenal, & of course my first consideration was a Fender. So I demo'd several-- US, MIM, Jazz, Pbass--played some nice basses. I then remember Leo's hand in the MusicMan Stingray, & tried a few of those in the Sterling series--nice basses, too, but didn't steal my heart. Then G&L came to my attention, & I started reading up on them. I read what ALOT of Fender men had to say about hands on experiences, and what Leo himself had to say about his know-how & hindsight that went into the G&L's. So I made the plunge--bo't an L2500 Tribute w/o ever touching one. Mine wasn't ready to play out of the box--had to adjust the neck, & raise the action to rid string buzz. NOT A BIG DEAL!! Now she's ready, but no time to home test her--I took her straight to a gig with wrenches & a knob/switch diagram for instruction. As I was setting up, my buddy was asking "How does it play? Good?" I couldn't tell him--never played it B4. 3 songs into the gig, I had come to grips with the 5th string, the string spacing, and the wider neck. My pre-gig adjustments turned out 2B just right, and only 1 word came to mind--WOW!!! My buddy was grinning and told me that no other bass I owned sounds like this one...EVEN BABY!! Since then, I've spent some practice time with it, & I still say WOW!!! Lot's of different tone options, and the series/parallel switch seems like a jekyl/hyde switch. Playing the L2500 makes U think differently, and play beyond yourself-- it's inspiring!! The deluxe gig bag is a great gig bag, but I'd rather have the G&L case. The only cons that I have with this purchase is the 2 women in my life--my wife for my spending the $$, & my J-baby for cheatin on her! but WOW!!!

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Be Cautious

I bought this bass probably about 6 months ago or so because i loved the extremely bright and clean sound. I love sitting around playing reggae and funky groove lines but this bass is...Read complete review

I bought this bass probably about 6 months ago or so because i loved the extremely bright and clean sound. I love sitting around playing reggae and funky groove lines but this bass is just to loud and has way to much gain for me. It's hard to get a mellow tone out of it. Even though i say all this i still cant rack this thing. It plays awesome it has great slap tone and is really good if u play in straight up rock, but its tone even though its fairly twistable is pretty much always in that high gain channel and also, this thing can eat batteries this is a bass u have to really sit down and think about because its pros are awesome but some of its con can be hampering.

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(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Better Bass within the US$1800 range

By NamelessBassPlayer

from São Paulo, SP

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Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

This bass is the best bass within a US$1800 price range. It's so versatile it's dozens of basses in-one. Also, its quality is so close to the US-made G&L's that it has an even better value. If you want a Fender American Jazz/Precision bass, it sounds like one; if you want a Music-Man Stingray/Sterling, it sounds like one; if you want a Warwick, it sounds like one. It's the perfect bass within this price range. Really, you don't even need to waste the extra bucks on the US-made.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Can't reccommend it enough!

By toothbrushbag

from East Yorkshire

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Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

Bought it yesterday, features are on the site. I honestly can't sing it's praises enough!I've used various basses over the years, most recently Spectors and Ibanez basses, and this is exactly what I've been looking for as a more versatile and playable instrument.Anyone deciding between a Stingray or a Jazz should seriously consider this bass - in my opinion a perfect blend of the two. The tonal range is amazing - from the bright Stingray punch to the Jazz growl, it's all there and everything in between. And for the price it's fantastic value for money - I prefer this to my 'Ray! The two soapbar style pickups are tremendously agressive, they really kick out the power without making the sound mushy or distorted. You've got to do a fair bit of fiddling with the EQ controls to get to grips with them, but it's definitely worth it. I'd recommend to anyone looking for a more affordable professional quality bass, or a step up from a beginners bass - it's seriously worth the dosh.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

WOW!!!

By OldSchool-6JqQ2

from Pinckneyville, IL

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Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

I'll start by saying that for YEARS my main go to bass is a vintage 75 Jazz--talk about a Geddy Lee series--this is the real thing!! She's my baby, & I have not played ANY bass yet that I would trade her for, & I have played them all. Along with her, I have a great sounding/playing P-bass, & a pretty decent fretless Jazz. I decided to add a 5 string to my arsenal, & of course my first consideration was a Fender. So I demo'd several-- US, MIM, Jazz, Pbass--played some nice basses. I then remember Leo's hand in the MusicMan Stingray, & tried a few of those in the Sterling series--nice basses, too, but didn't steal my heart. Then G&L came to my attention, & I started reading up on them. I read what ALOT of Fender men had to say about hands on experiences, and what Leo himself had to say about his know-how & hindsight that went into the G&L's. So I made the plunge--bo't an L2500 Tribute w/o ever touching one. Mine wasn't ready to play out of the box--had to adjust the neck, & raise the action to rid string buzz. NOT A BIG DEAL!! Now she's ready, but no time to home test her--I took her straight to a gig with wrenches & a knob/switch diagram for instruction. As I was setting up, my buddy was asking "How does it play? Good?" I couldn't tell him--never played it B4. 3 songs into the gig, I had come to grips with the 5th string, the string spacing, and the wider neck. My pre-gig adjustments turned out 2B just right, and only 1 word came to mind--WOW!!! My buddy was grinning and told me that no other bass I owned sounds like this one...EVEN BABY!! Since then, I've spent some practice time with it, & I still say WOW!!! Lot's of different tone options, and the series/parallel switch seems like a jekyl/hyde switch. Playing the L2500 makes U think differently, and play beyond yourself-- it's inspiring!! The deluxe gig bag is a great gig bag, but I'd rather have the G&L case. The only cons that I have with this purchase is the 2 women in my life--my wife for my spending the $$, & my J-baby for cheatin on her! but WOW!!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

The best 5 string

By The Bass Playin' Trucker

from Hanpton, GA

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Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

This is my main bass now. So many sounds are in this bass. I haven't even tapped into all of them yet! Love the string thru body option. It sounds good active or passive. More versatile with the active switch on, in my opinion. I get compliments on the looks & sounds of it. Much better than a MIM Fender and rivals even the American made Fender basses. Best sounding bass in the price range. Worth the wait to save up for this bass. I seriously doubt you'll be disappointed.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

A Bootiful Bass

By Marginmonster

from Tustin, CA

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Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

I just added the G&L Tribute L2500 bass to my arsenal of basses (a Tobias 5, a Fender American Standard P Bass and a Warmoth 4 fretless). It is the best of all worlds. You can dial-in just about any tone you want, but it does a great in-the-pocket P bass that most record producers and sound guys look for. The output in passive mode (without the preamp) blows the doors off even my 18 volt pre-amped Bartolini's on my Tobias (big output). In boosted pre-amp mode, it can sizzle and pop as you slap till the sun don't shine. This is an amazing bass for the bucks (or any money for that matter). The action isn't the lowest out there, but it plays a good as most.The only thing I could see that differentiates it from it's American cousin is minor cosmetics like the small "Tribute" decal in place of "Guitars by Leo" on the headstock. There are some minor differences in the electronics (slotted potentiometers with plastic chrome plated knobs verse solid shaft pots with real chrome plated metal knobs). I wish G&L had installed and external battery box, but that's not a big deal.All and all, this a great bass and a great value for a beginner to even a pro that needs and axe he can take on the road without worrying about loosing a prized posession. Playing it, you'd never know the difference!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best purchase ever

By retardification1

from live in PA, stationed in HI

Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

I bought this bass after hearing the review of the L-2000 on Guitar World, and being a fan of the expanded range of a 5-string I bought it on a whim. This bass gets more tones than you can imagine. Between the parametric EQ on the amp and the onboard preamp on this bass any tone you want from Dirk Lance to Geezer Butler to Flea to Les Claypool can be dial STRAIGHT FROM THE PREAMP. I cannot tell you how much of a steal this bass is.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best 5 String Ever

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

This is the best 5 string I have ever played. It sounds Awesome on pretty much any type of amp. Cheap or expensive. I would HIGHLY RECOMMEND this 5 String Bass.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Be Cautious

By Moose-got-Loose

from Tyler, Tx

Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

I bought this bass probably about 6 months ago or so because i loved the extremely bright and clean sound. I love sitting around playing reggae and funky groove lines but this bass is just to loud and has way to much gain for me. It's hard to get a mellow tone out of it. Even though i say all this i still cant rack this thing. It plays awesome it has great slap tone and is really good if u play in straight up rock, but its tone even though its fairly twistable is pretty much always in that high gain channel and also, this thing can eat batteries this is a bass u have to really sit down and think about because its pros are awesome but some of its con can be hampering.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Best 5 String for the money out there

By Plugandplay

from NC

Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

I bought the premium and it plays like a dream. I had to get used to the neck as I used to play a Fender Jazz. The pickups are massive and hot. Bottom end rocks and the high end are hot also. My neck is maple and straight as an arrow. Finish on this guitar was perfect. Actually everything about it was. I just took it to a professional person to set it up for me. I got the 3 tone sunburst. If I were to lose this one I definitely would buy another one. I bought a BBE Sonic Maximized stomp Box for it and you would not believe the sound. It is so sweet. I can not say enough about this Bass. Get one and try it. Everything on this guitar is heavily made, from the buttons to the bridge. All Electronics are made in USA.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

An excellent choice for anyone

By Kin_Corn_Karn

from STL MO

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Comments about G&L Tribute L-2500 5-String Bass:

I don't currently own a Tribute L-2500, but it's going to be my next gear purchase. I've owned one before and stupidly sold it. Not again!
The Tribute L-2500 is the most versatile bass in its price range, by FAR. Tonewise, you get a p-bass, a jazz bass, and a stingray all in one package. Some guys with big hands or who are used to larger 5-strings don't like the string spacing, but it works for me.
This was the finest MIK instrument I've owned. I had a couple of Samick-built guitars that were close, but the L-2500 was a big solid playable machine. There was none of the cheap feel that you get in a lot of MIK guitars. Fit and finish was perfect. And many low-end 5-strings suffer from a floppy B string, but on my Tribute the B was as tight as on a Stingray 5.
Again, the best bass in its price range.

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