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New, and different, L-1000

Postby jim.i » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:16 pm

I am the lucky owner of a new L-1000, empress wood body, 6.9lbs, and an alnico MFD pickup rather than ceramic. I don't know how many of these are floating around but i understand this is different and unusual. Perhaps Ken can dig up some background info. Don't think i can add much to what others (including myself) have said, this is a great instrument and player and my old creaky back and shoulder really appreciates the light weight. Big thank you to Greg at Rocket Music for grabbing this one quickly for me. It is perfectly balanced and hangs just right from a strap, or in my lap.

Not being familiar with the OMG effect, i was surprised at the somewhat noisy series switch setting (and single-coil of course; parallel is quiet). Greg and several others explained this to me, including the option of removing it for traditional no-noise series. I will probably just leave it as-is now that i understand this is normal.

The MFD pole pieces are solid and non-adjustable, like a traditional P or J bass. I have a borrowed empress L-2000 from a buddy and will spend time comparing the sounds with similar settings this weekend, my first impression was that the alnico MFD is mellower than the traditional ceramic MFD, much like the difference between the L and M preamps. But i reserve the right to change my impressions once i spend more time a/b'ing this weekend. I'll get some pics added to this in the next couple hours.

Speaking of pics, anyone know how to reduce the pixel size on a Macbook Air? The photos from my digital camera are too large to upload here.
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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby RocketMusic » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:38 pm

Congrats, Jim! And thanks!
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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby TDR1138 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:50 pm

So you were the one....
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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby jim.i » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:51 pm

neener neener

TDR1138 wrote:So you were the one....
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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:53 pm

jim.i wrote:Speaking of pics, anyone know how to reduce the pixel size on a Macbook Air? The photos from my digital camera are too large to upload here.


Open a copy of the original image in Preview. Open the Tools menu and select "Adjust Size..." Adjust pixels to 1024x768, then click OK. Open the File menu and Save.

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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:57 pm

I've been in contact with Paul today. The Alnico MFD was developed some time ago, both 4 and 5 string. He was surprised that it's taken so long to make it out of the factory.

More details when/if I get them.

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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby TDR1138 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 3:59 pm

There are others?

I do remember seeing some ASAT MFDs (guitar) that had alnicos for sale on the KCC, but I thought they were a custom, non-G&L rewind.
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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby bdgotoh » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:02 pm

To tide you guys over until Jim gets the pics figured out:

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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby jim.i » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:06 pm

thanks Brad and Ken, and here a front and back, but no surprises here...

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Re: New, and different, L-1000

Postby TDR1138 » Fri Apr 03, 2015 4:10 pm

Looks like a 5-string Ray pup, but for four stings...


Maybe that's why I want one in an L-1500.
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