BGRA: G&L (assembled in Korea) L2500 Tribute

Manufacturer G&L (assembled in Korea) Model L2500 Tribute
Reviewer AdoptedBassist Email
Experience 27 Item owned 6 months to 1 year
Review Date 2007-01-11 Price paid 450US used
Bass type5 string fretted
Neck joinBolt-On
Neck constructionHard Rock Maple, one piece.
FingerboardRosewood, 21 frets, long scale
BodySwamp Ash, one piece
Finish'Honey'
PickupsGeorge Fullerton Design Magnetic Field Humbucking
HardwareG&L Design (OEM), Chrome Finish
ElectronicsG&L Tri-Tone active/passive electronics, 3-way mini-toggle pickup selector, series/parallel mini-toggle, preamp control mini-toggle (off/on/on with high end EQ boost)
I love this bass period! I have owned many basses over the years but this one is my favorite. First of all the fit and finish is top notch with my particular bass. It feels great to wear for long periods of time (lighter than my Fender Deluxe Jazz V which is an adequate comparison IMO). The neck is narrow for a 5 string (more narrow and comfortable than my Jazz as well). The tone is great - I can get many sound combinations out of this bass. I like the high-end boost - this is a nice feature. Another great feature is the ability to adjust each pickup pole for balancing the field produced from each string. There is also a bridge set screw for locking the saddles (pushing them together) for maximum sustain. You can also string through the body. I have checked out the US version and this bass feels the same and of course sounds the same (US electronics). The only negative thing I would have to say is the excess wire lengths to the active PCB. I have shorted them and changed the cheap 9v connector to a better quality. I have also had to change the output jack, but that to me is minor. The pots are all Mighty Mites as well (no noise issues). I have upgraded (slight upgrade if any) the op amp as well. Oh, did I mention this bass looks GREAT too? Well it does and I liked it so much I had bought a second one in sunburst. I would highly recommend this bass. If you do get one of these and have a noise problem it could be due to the op amp and not the pots. My sunburst model had a noisy ciruit due to a faulty op amp. I replaced and it works great. Cheers from Canada!
construction (95%)
I am impressed.
playability (100%)
Great! One of the best basses I have played
appearance (100%)
Excellent! I real attractive bass (especially with the Honey finish
sound (98%)
Can get exactly what I want and need.
value (100%)
Probably the best versitile, 5 string bass available @ around $500US
overall (98%)
Well, nothing is perfect (look at marriage
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