You never forget your first Wunkay…..

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You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby dukeplaysbass » Sun Mar 01, 2015 6:54 pm

I got my first Wunkay in 2002 or 2003 from a gentleman named Don Kane who lives up in the Bay Area (California). He had a roughed up maple/maple L-1000 he was selling, a 1982 iirc (smooth black bridge & cavity cover).

I had been looking for them after reading about them online. I knew and loved some G&L mojo already: I had an ASAT I bought new in 1999 and a old L-2000 I got around 2002. Even so, I was Wunkay-curious. I bought it and then quickly bought two or three more.

This was the first one….

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Re: You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby derick » Sun Mar 01, 2015 9:05 pm

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This is my first wunkay, special ordered in October 1981. I made a living with it for three years or so after that. It has been a bulletproof machine for over three decades. Smooth black bridge (B001451) chrome plates. Maple body, I believe. It looks to me like your first wunkay may also have had a maple body...
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Re: You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby bhunt1 » Mon Mar 02, 2015 5:21 pm

my first L1000 bought off ebay about 6 or 7 years ago - may 1981 neck date, Dec 29, 1980 body date. May be the only lefty fretless 1K in existence:
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Re: You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby bdgotoh » Tue Mar 03, 2015 11:02 pm

Just noticed the new L-1000 section, very nice! I freely admit to being a fan of 2 pickup basses for most of my playing years. I think my first Wunkay was the white one below but I'm not at all sure. I am one of the unwashed heathen that prefers rearmount G&L basses so I don't think I've ever had an L-1000 with a control plate (gasp!). Fortunately G&L is making killer Wunkays now and I have a 4 and a 5:

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Re: You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby Mr. Mom » Thu Mar 05, 2015 5:11 pm

Just what I need. More GAS.

Brad, that gold wun is nice!!
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Re: You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby bdgotoh » Fri Mar 06, 2015 1:12 pm

Mr. Mom wrote:Just what I need. More GAS.

Brad, that gold wun is nice!!


It really is nice - the factory is making really amazing basses these days. I love the look and the #12 neck, and it's 8.25 lbs! I wish I could shave a pound off the red L-1005, it would be perfect too.
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Re: You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby Mr. Mom » Sat Mar 07, 2015 7:19 am

bdgotoh wrote:
It really is nice - the factory is making really amazing basses these days. I love the look and the #12 neck, and it's 8.25 lbs! I wish I could shave a pound off the red L-1005, it would be perfect too.


I hear ya! My new 2014 tookay is wonderful.

I've been considering a P bass. Like Mexi or something like that. I should just save my $$ and get punchy wunkay. But used light ones are hard to come by.
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Re: You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby ggjaguar » Sun Mar 15, 2015 4:12 am

I got my first L-1000 in 1990 after reading Richard Smith's article about G&L in the July 1990 issue of Guitar Player. Up to this point, I had been playing mainly P-style basses. When I saw this used, mint condition '85 L1K in a local music shop and I was amazed by the sound. It was a velvet hammer and I had to have it. This is the bass that started my obsession with the L-1000. Sadly, I no longer own it (divorce is a terrible thing), but I still have the memories of it. It is also one of the last to be fitted with front-loaded controls before the change to rear-loaded controls in mid-1985.

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Re: You never forget your first Wunkay…..

Postby dukeplaysbass » Tue Mar 17, 2015 8:39 am

ggjaguar wrote:I got my first L-1000 in 1990 after reading Richard Smith's article about G&L in the July 1990 issue of Guitar Player. Up to this point, I had been playing mainly P-style basses. When I saw this used, mint condition '85 L1K in a local music shop and I was amazed by the sound. It was a velvet hammer and I had to have it. This is the bass that started my obsession with the L-1000.


Greg, welcome! It's an honor to have you join us. Between your site and the books, I've probably learned more from you and any other single individual. In fact, I was just reading one of your Fender amp articles this past week....

Thanks for all you've done to expand the knowledge base and for sharing it with the rest of us.
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