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Left Handed L1000

Postby Deano » Mon Apr 17, 2017 2:45 pm

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Re: Left Handed L1000

Postby Southpaw » Wed Oct 18, 2017 7:22 am

Hello everyone,
I am a newbie to this forum but a long time G&L fan and player. A few months ago I purchased the lefty 1981 L1000 posted above (the ad as since been deleted). It is a beautiful bass, an excellent example of early G&L. Items to note are; Weight - it is heavy! Just over 10.5 lbs., Not sure of the wood, ash? alder? Second, it has finish checking, I have seen this on quite a few early G&L's.The checking is only visible on an angle in certain light, so not an issue for me.

The bass appears original, no alterations, the case too. It has the 1981 slot pole pieces, chrome hardware, a very dark fret board, I am not sure if it is rosewood or ebony.
I believe no one ever disassembled this bass, thankfully. I removed the neck to photograph the neck and body built dates (July 1981 for both), the creaking of the screws at first turn and the undisturbed finishing dust underneath leads me to believe it was never removed. I took pictures and reassembled assuring each screw returned to it's original hole (a bit of OCD). Done.

The control plate/cavity is the only other part I unscrewed for pictures. Again the finishing dust was undisturbed underneath. Everything works perfectly after 35 years, so I photographed and reassembled. I am glad I have pictures of the wiring; first, the wiring appears factory untouched, second, it is wired differently from the current L1000 schematic. I will post pictures in another thread and let the electronic guru's share their thoughts. Paul G. confirmed there were various wiring versions in the early years.

I am fortunate to have such an excellent example of an early lefty L1000, it is a pleasure to play. I look forward to learning more about G&L from this group and much thanks to Ken for this forum and how he keeps it positive. I know this is a labor of love on his part. Thanks to Ken, Paul G. and everyone for sharing their experience and knowledge.
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Re: Left Handed L1000

Postby derick » Wed Oct 18, 2017 1:29 pm

Hi Southpaw, beautiful Wunkay!

The photos display kind of smallish on my computer, but the wood is ash and the fretboard looks to be almost certainly ebony. From all reports Leo wouldn't stain his ebony boards, and there are several examples of "figured" ebony on these early G&Ls. I am very interested in what the differences in wiring between this one and the schematics might be.

That's also a very early version of the brown fur case, with not too much use those usually wear through the finish on the body under the neck heel where the bass is held by the block in the case.
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Re: Left Handed L1000

Postby dukeplaysbass » Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:45 am

Pretty bass, Southpaw!

I'm interested in the wiring pic. I have never heard that there were different wiring schemes, very interested to hear about this - maybe we can get Paul G to comment....?
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Re: Left Handed L1000

Postby Southpaw » Thu Oct 19, 2017 6:37 am

Thanks for the warm welcome and kind words derick & Duke. I thought the fretboard was ebony too, perhaps it is, It's solid black like ebony on most of the neck except towards the end, there is some lighter grain that looks like rosewood but I understand not all ebony boards are not solid black, so It could be. I agree, it is not stained, my pictures are too big to post, perhaps I will learn to resize them without making them too small.

I have another old G&L with the brown case, perhaps I have been lucky as neither bass has any wear at the body/neck heel, the poly is still there and shiny. Those cases drives me nuts, as the top of the headstock is directly against the wood frame of the case, a little more space and padding would have been nice, oh well, solid cases anyhow.

I will send the electronics picture to Ken to post in Paul's technical area, as they are too large when I try to post them. I briefly chatted via email with Paul about the wiring and he mentioned there were various ways in the early days, this is good information to be shared with all the forum members, Paul can provide more information for us. Thanks again for the kind welcome.
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