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MF MD HG Exclusives 09-19-14

G&L Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass  

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Overview
  • 34" Scale
  • Two Leo Fender-designed / Paul Gagon-specified G&L MFD humbucking pickups made in Fullerton, California
  • Swamp Ash body on translucent and burst finishes, Basswood body on solid finishes
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A fully loaded bass that's dynamic enough for any style from the legendary Leo Fender.

Three decades ago, the G&L L-2000 bass served notice that company founder Leo Fender† was ready to disrupt the status quo. The bold, brash L-2000 and the L-2500 five-string that followed have always been an exhilarating experience for players with the skill to pull it off. Now the new M-2000 and M-2500 harness that power with a sonic palate that will surprise and delight new and die-hard G&L fans alike.

Leo’s MFD humbuckers have always been the heart of the iconic L-Series. In the all-new M-Series, these powerhouses are voiced to fully exploit a studio-quality 18v preamp system specially designed by G&L’s R&D wizard Paul Gagon. With an LF442 chip, 100v poly caps, 1% metal film resistors and big, fat signal traces on the mil-spec circuit board, this preamp reveals everything the player and the instrument have to offer.

And there’s even more:
• Primary volume and pan controls to explore the full range of sounds available between the two pickups
• 3-band EQ with peripherally placed, center-detent, reduced-diameter knobs
• An impeccable, familiar “feel” of the instrument in the hands and on the shoulder

For slapping, rolling back some highs and dialing up some lows, coupled with a mid-range boost, magnifies the intensity that Leo’s humbuckers are famous for. Need more definition for fingerstyle? Just bring up the treble and roll off the bass for a nuanced and detailed sound. Headroom? The new M-Series preamp harnesses the power of those meaty MFD humbuckers without a hint of clipping. The best tools are simple, intuitive and easy to use, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in the new M-Series package.

Various styles and colors available. Please see drop down menu to choose.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • 34" Scale
  • Two Leo Fender-designed / Paul Gagon-specified G&L MFD humbucking pickups made in Fullerton, California
  • Swamp Ash body on translucent and burst finishes, Basswood body on solid finishes
  • Hard-Rock Maple neck with Maple or Rosewood fingerboard
  • Medium C shape neck profile
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets, nickel
  • Traditional open-back tuning keys
  • Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock bridge
  • G&L M-spec 18v preamp, volume, pan, 3-band boost/cut EQ with center detents
  • Case sold separately

Truly, it’s the evolution of Leo’s revolution.

 

Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass Specifications:

  • Neck width at nut: 1-3/4"
  • Neck radius: 12"
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G&LTribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass
 
5.0

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Pros

  • Good feel (5)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Fun to play (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good pick up (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (3)
    • Practicing (3)
    • Recording (3)
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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Worth it!

    By Joel

    from Oregon

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • No manual
    • Srew Plate For Battery

    Best Uses

    • All Around Great Sound

    Comments about G&L Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass:

    I was originally going to purchase the 4-string version of this but it wasn't available for shipping for two more months so I sprung for the 5-string. I have a Bachelor's Degree in music and have been involved in professional music for a number of years as a musician, running sound for large venues, studio and AVL sales and installation. For the price, this is the best bass I've played and heard. The feel and sustain are wonderful. I have a G&L ASAT semi-hollow electric guitar and was so impressed with that guitar that I trusted the company with this model. I've never purchased a guitar online as I always want to play it and hear it first and I almost never write a review. However, based on the reviews and what I've come to expect from this company I went for it. So glad I did! Even though it's a 5-string, it plays easier than many 4-strings I've played. I'm teaching a 12 year old on this bass and without ever playing a stringed instrument in his life, he picked this up and could play it right away. No buzz, easy to play, great neck feel. Electronics are superb and have great adjustment options with three different controls for the pickups, overall tone control and volume. I love the recessed pots to find the center of the pickup knob control and use it as a "home base" for adjusting tone. BUY THIS BASS! Just remember to get a strap and case. Don't worry about those who complain about it not coming with a case. Anyone who wants a bass at this level probably has their own case or wants the option to choose what works best for them, so you should appreciate the lower cost. Buy the case you want with the savings. I do wish there was an easy access plate for changing the battery. My biggest complaint with bass manufacturers is that they use screws on plates. Batteries seem to die right when you need them to work for you and having to find a screwdriver and mess with that when you're in a hurry to swap a battery is annoying. I don't believe I received a manual. You may have to look online to figure out what each knob does if you can't figure it out on your own and you don't receive a manual.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing guitar

    By Gator

    from South Carolina

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about G&L Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass:

      This guitar covers the entire range of sound. It is strong and rocking when I want to jam, but warm and full when I want to carry a feel. Incredible action across the fretboard and the body feels good on my hip. This guitar has made me a better player.

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      (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Seriously, A great value

      By Robbyg

      from SE North Carolina

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Deepwarm B
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Rock Solid
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • No Gigbag

      Best Uses

      • From Bedroom To Stadium

      Comments about G&L Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass:

      Been playing guitar and bass in front of people for money since the age of 14, and now I'm 48, so this is not my first rodeo. Also, I'm a cheapskate, so price to quality ratio is huge to me, and I am NOT a huge G&L guitar fan. So, with that in mind, here goes.
      This bass is Indonesian and does NOT come with any gig-bag. That being said, it has fit and finish between "American Standard" and Mexican source instruments, and it will fit cases and gig bags that a jazz bass will.
      The set-up out of the box was pretty darn close. I made very minor adjustments, and now it plays like butter...the bass feels solid and sweet, and is surprisingly not too heavy (I got the swamp-ash). I love the neck, and with smaller hands, that's saying a lot for a 5 string. Great clearance for the higher frets. Right hand falls straight to the proper position, and the body reliefs and contours are in the right places. Balance is great, no diving. Hardware-wise, it's a better quality than a lot of on-shore instruments I've played over the years, and the bridge is a big,thick,solid chunky piece of metal that I will never want or need to change.
      Now for the best part: the sound. Whatever you play, this bass has the ability to give you your sound with a G&L attitude. The electronics in this bass are, and not just for the price, outstanding. DEAD QUITE thru a PA set for 1,000 people.18v gives you the headroom, and this thing has warmth, clarity, and sustain. The eq/tone controls work darn well, and the center detent on all rotary controls is a great feature. I love the big humbuckers, and I honestly can't formulate a negative statement about the sound and feel of this instrument, especially considering I got it off a SDOD. Bottom line, it's actually worth the LIST price...seriously. At the every-day price you will not find this quality, this feel, and most important of all, this SOUND, with anything else.

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Buy It!

      By Topstan

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about G&L Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass:

        I need to make this short because this is a deal of the day. Buy It!
        If you missed the deal of the day, it's still a very good deal at the regular price. Same electronics as on the US made model and the workmanship of the bass is very good. If you want an excellent 5-string and don't want to pay a fortune, this is it. I paid full price and have no regrets.

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        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Really Like my M2500

        By backonbass13

        from Penn Yan, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Great Sound And Feel

        Cons

        • None so far

        Best Uses

        • I Play Classic Rock
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about G&L Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass:

        Received my M2500 yesterday. Immediately took it to band practice. The bass sounds great. Initially it sounds better than my Spector Legend 5. I got the Honeyburst and it is very pretty. I love the wood grain that shows through the finish. The frets are nicely done, the neck is very playable. Overall I'm very happy with the bass.

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