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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 29 reviews)

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        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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        5.0

        Great Bass for the Price

        By StudioRockerr

        from Orlando, Florida

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great Bass For The
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

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

          I have had quite a few 5 string bass's at different price ranges. Always end up trading them for different piece of gear. This bass is super versatile. Lot's of options and can be used for different applications. Check out all the reviews that shoot out this bass versus different brands and I agree with them. This is a must own bass for anyone doing country to rock. =)

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The best 5 string

          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.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          An excellent choice for anyone

          By Kin_Corn_Karn

          from STL MO

          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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          WOW!!!

          By OldSchool-6JqQ2

          from Pinckneyville, IL

          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!!!

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          5.0

          Flawless in every way!!!

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

          I bought one of these to replace my aging and well abused Johnson because of the review in Bass Player Magazine. It was everything they said it would be and then some. For the price it has every bell and whistle I could think of, providing not only a spot-on Music Man sound but also a heavy Fender sound as well. It plays like a thick P bass with a nearly identical body and was one of the first basses I ever bought that did not need tweaking on the intonation or string height. The only consideration one should make before purchase is to be prepared to hang a HEAVY axe around your neck. If that's not an issue then buy it without worry. I have the blue burst with maple fretboard and it looks as good as it plays. Leos final legacy in the bass dept does him proud.

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          5.0

          EVERYBODY knows Fender.....*MUSICIANS* know G&L

          By Kirbiak90zx

          from Palm Springs, CA

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

          Ok, I know when u read reviews that sound "too good to be true", u can't help but be skeptical. I ordered this bass a few months ago in the natural gloss finish with the maple fretboard-BeeUTIFUL! As an active musician and bass enthusiest, I'll put this G&L Tribute series L2500 bass up against anything, even basses twice as expensive. Now if u want INSANE quality ull go with custom basses like Carvin or Sadowski that cost four times as much, but its clear that in this price range and more, you can't buy a better bass. The quality is just about flawless, and the tone options with this bass can't be beaten. This is Leo Fender's greatest innovation in your hands. Besides the vintage Fender basses from the 60's and early 70's, (before he sold the company), G&L is the TRUE incarnation of how Fenders were INTENDED to be designed and built. If you decide to go with the Tribute G&L, or any other model from G&L, you CANT GO WRONG-seriously it will be the best decision you could ever make with an inexpensive bass with unbelievable quality fit for any professional.

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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

          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.

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          5.0

          I love this bass

          By countryrocker-54Lgi

          from Nashville, Tennessee

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

          I have had this bass for about 4 months now, and i love it. it plays good, you can get a lot of differnt sounds from it. It is by far the best bass i have ever had. I would definitly suggest this bass to any one.

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          not worth it

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

          This would be an awesome guitar if it had any sort of quality to it. The neck on mine has like a knot on the back that changes. This makes my fretboard change and makes a terrible buzzing when I am playing even with the action set up really high. This would be a great guitar if G&L would back up their products and take care of their customers.

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          5.0

          sweet bass!

          By UC ROCK ON

          from New Orleans, LA

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

          Until buying this bass, I had been a passive Fender guy my entire life. However, I have recently been expanding my musical tastes from just classic rock and more classic rock, and I was asked to join a power metal band. Realizing my good old 4-string Fender wouldn't really cut it, I looked into 5-string active basses with humbuckers, and this one looked the best. Once I got used to the extra string, and began to figure out how to use the controls and switches, I realized just how great this bass is. You can get ANY tone out of it. It's now replaced my beloved Fender as my main bass for any style! I just wish it was less expensive... But it's still well worth the price!

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