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G&L Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass  Gloss Black Maple Fretboard

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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' the evolution of Leo' revolution.

SPECIFICATIONS

Tribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass

  • Neck width at nut: 1-3/4"
    Neck radius: 12"
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G&LTribute M2500 5-String Electric Bass
 
4.0

(based on 9 reviews)

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78%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6), Professional musician (3)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Got a lemon

By hopwheels

from Atlanta, GA

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Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

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

      Was advertised as mint but had a giant crack in the body below the controls. Like it had been dropped. It was packed well, and the box had no damage, so the assumption is that it was put in the box that was. So, not mint. This was the last of this finish in stock, so I can't speak to anything other than what was advertised was not delivered.

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      3.0

      Wong color turns out to be best

      By Mike

      from Portland, Or

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Well, I'm supposed to be talking about a G&L M2500 bass in 'Honey Burst' but, that 's not the case. Somehow, I was sent this bass in 'Cherry Burst'. It's not even offered in this color from MF or, for that matter any of it's affiliates like GC etc. How I got it is a subject for the next section and the only reason I won't give this revue 5 stars. 5 stars for the bass though, all the best uses apply for this bass. The quality of the build is top shelf along with the set up out of the box. Just some minor tuning and it's good to go! And the color? Wow, is all I can say. As I said, I didn't order it in this color 'cause it wasn't an option but, IMO, it's the best. I'm glad that it was a mistake.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        2.0

        Sorry Leo, I can't bite my tongue

        By Mel

        from Baltimore, MD

        About Me Professional Musician

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor electronics
        • Poor playability

        Best Uses

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

          I used to play a L2500 Tribute and LOVED it. It was stolen, and I bought a M2500 to replace it because I could not get a L2500 at the time, and needed a replacement ASAP. At first, all was fine. Then the battery ran out. NO SOUND!!! Are you kidding me? This is absolutely a fatal design flaw. I am surprised no one has mentioned that on the reviews I have read. Am I crazy? Or is this just me? Plus, Not only do you HAVE to carry around 2 extra 9 volt batteries, but also a small Phillips head screw driver, because there is not other way to get to the battery when it dies on a gig and you are standing there with your you-know-what in your hand.
          Additionally, after about a year, the wood in the neck dried to a point where it felt like playing a Sears and Roebuck from the 60's.The frets were poking out on each side of the neck. I had to have someone re-do the frets, but apparently, no one knows how to do that anymore either, so after a couple different attempts, it still feels kind of cheap.
          Sorry Leo. My Man. Love you, but I think they miss you at the factory since you are gone...

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          4.0

          Tribute M2500 5 string bass

          By rjr225

          from MA.

          About Me Professional Musician

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          Pros

          • Very Nice Instrument

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Gigs Practice Record

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

            Used to own the USA model 4 string. Decided to
            try the Tribute series. I am happy with the construction and quality. Sound is real good.
            I would like to see a 35" scale version w/ a slightly wider neck tho.

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            (4 of 5 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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            (4 of 4 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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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Seriously, A great value

              By Robbyg

              from SE North Carolina

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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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