when the L series body shape changed * B

This is the main discussion and technical forum for G&L and Tribute by G&L basses. Please limit the discussion to G&L and Tribute by G&L.

No sales or advertisements, no matter how well veiled, are permitted - not even a pointer elsewhere.

when the L series body shape changed * B

Postby fatherska » Mon Jul 03, 2017 11:48 pm

I once believed that the current L-series body shape began when the L-2500 model replaced the L-5500 model, then the L-1505 followed having only current body shape, then the four-string L-series basses adopted the current body shape after that.

Even though this might be true, that would mean a transition time of three years or more - probably the longest transition period of bass features. It would also be complicated by the fact that some L-2500 basses were made with the original L-series body shape.

From when to when did the transition occur from the original to the current body shape for each L-series model?

L-2500 pre.jpg
L-2500 original body shape
L-2500 pre.jpg (91.85 KiB) Viewed 2016 times

L-2500 post.jpg
L-2500 current body shape
L-2500 post.jpg (36.4 KiB) Viewed 2016 times
User avatar
fatherska
 
Posts: 169
Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:49 pm

Re: when the L series body shape changed * B

Postby Eastcoasteddie » Tue Jul 04, 2017 8:02 pm

My L2500 was manufactured June and August of '96...which also happens to be the one in the first pic you posted. I'm pretty sure that '97 was the introductory year for the 2500. I am also pretty sure that late '97 - '98 was the time that the body got smaller and the 3+2 headstock came into play.
I believe the body of the 5500 is still slightly smaller than the current 2500 body.
Here is a pic of the '97 brochure which shows both the 5500 and original 2500 body shapes
Image

These early '96-'97 serial numbers began with B00xxx
Late 97-98 serial numbers with body and headstock changes began with CLxxx
User avatar
Eastcoasteddie
 
Posts: 22
Joined: Sun Mar 15, 2015 10:43 am
Location: NoVa

Re: when the L series body shape changed * B

Postby fatherska » Wed Jul 05, 2017 11:05 am

Yes. The L-5500 body was unique - not just a little bit smaller than the bodies of other L-series basses but also contoured differently: more like the body of the SB-series basses and with a sharper lower horn.

The L-2500 Custom in the image clearly has the original L-series body shape. All L-series basses in that catalogue, except for the L-5500 and L-5500 Custom, have the original body shape.

I can't tell what year that catalogue represents. The catalogue itself does not specify.

In the G&L catalogue after the one from which you've posted that excerpt, the L-5500 and L-5500 Custom basses are gone.

Importantly, that catalogue (silver sparkle ASAT Z-3 guitar on the cover) shows L-2500 and L-1505 basses side-by-side with the current body shape on the same page as L-2000 and L-1500 basses with the original body shape.

If we knew what year that catalogue represents, then we'd know some more about the transition from original to current L-series body shapes and which models underwent the change when.
Last edited by fatherska on Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:32 pm, edited 1 time in total.
User avatar
fatherska
 
Posts: 169
Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:49 pm

Re: when the L series body shape changed * B

Postby jcburn » Fri Jul 07, 2017 2:44 am

Slightly off topic but that blue bound L2500 with slab body is hot.
jcburn
 
Posts: 55
Joined: Fri Jul 11, 2014 2:53 am

Re: when the L series body shape changed * B

Postby gargouill » Fri Jul 07, 2017 10:38 pm

User avatar
gargouill
 
Posts: 83
Joined: Sat Sep 22, 2012 1:50 pm
Location: France, near the sea.

Re: when the L series body shape changed * B

Postby fatherska » Tue Jul 11, 2017 5:21 pm

The bass at the link gargouill provides has the current body shape.

If it really is a 1999 model L-2000, then we're one example closer to determining when that 4-string model switched from the original to the current body shape.

Thank you gargouill.

Who's got photo of a '99 or later L-2000 with the original body shape?
User avatar
fatherska
 
Posts: 169
Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:49 pm

Re: when the L series body shape changed * B

Postby fatherska » Mon Apr 16, 2018 7:36 pm

The photos here show how the original L-series body shape has remained in the G&L line-up since the current L-series body shape replaced it for L-series basses.

The model known today as the LB-100 bass has featured the same body shape since it was Introduced as the Legacy Bass in 1992: the original L-series body shape.
Attachments
LB-100 bass.jpg
LB-100 bass
LB-100 bass.jpg (42.92 KiB) Viewed 1532 times
L 1000.jpg
vintage L-1000 bass
L 1000.jpg (81.05 KiB) Viewed 1532 times
User avatar
fatherska
 
Posts: 169
Joined: Tue Dec 07, 2010 5:49 pm


Return to G&L Basses

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 6 guests