The new CLF Research L-1000: Return of an Icon

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The new CLF Research L-1000: Return of an Icon

Postby Ken Baker » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:19 pm

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The new CLF Research L-1000 brings back the best of the iconic passive G&L bass from 1980. Fans of the vintage G&L "wunkay" know what we're talking about.

It's that rounded, fast shape of the neck combined with the slick feel of an old gloss finish. It's the clean, modern aesthetic of the original CLF/G&L headstock.

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It's the tactile delight of those beautiful CLF Research knobs shimmering from an elegant chrome control plate. And of course, there's the legendary punch of the L-1000's MFD humbucker in OMG mode.

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Now take all that goodness and pack it into the slimmer mid-90s L-Series body shape for added comfort and lower weight, and you can make it through that 3 hour gig with tone and style to spare.

And when you're on the road, you can count on the neck to be more stable than those beloved vintage wunkays, with a modern dual-action truss rod and twin graphite stiffening rods. Add it all up and you've got the best of the vintage CLF vibe with the best of modern G&L elements.

About the CLF Research L-1000

In the late 1970s, Clarence Leo Fender† was looking forward to launching his new G&L brand featuring his latest innovations including Magnetic Field Design pickups and the Saddle Lock bridge. Leo developed these technologies at his CLF™ Research company, and production of the new G&L instruments took place in the CLF Research factory on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, where G&L production continues today.

The new CLF Research L-1000 is a fully modern “wunkay” that pays homage to its roots with classic details including the early CLF/G&L headstock and neck profile, beautifully reproduced CLF knobs and control plate, and color-coded mini toggle switch tip.

Speaking of that mini-toggle, it has has three positions to maximize the tones of that massive and passive MFD pickup:

    > Parallel mode

    > Single Coil mode

    > Single Coil mode with bass boost added (OMG Mode)

Thin urethane finish choices are:

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Re: New shiny

Postby Nedmundo » Tue Jun 26, 2018 1:53 pm

Wow! Those are great. I hope that gold becomes a standard finish. My old DiPinto Belvedere had a similar finish, and I loved it.
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Re: New shiny

Postby bdgotoh » Tue Jun 26, 2018 5:36 pm

Very nice! I'm glad they have new colors and alternate fingerboard options this time.
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Re: The new CLF Research L-1000: Return of an Icon

Postby El Tookay » Wed Jun 27, 2018 7:23 am

...paging Tris Carpenter...

Those look and sound great!
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Re: The new CLF Research L-1000: Return of an Icon

Postby bdgotoh » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:08 am

When did they start adding twin graphite rods to the necks??
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Re: The new CLF Research L-1000: Return of an Icon

Postby Ken Baker » Wed Jun 27, 2018 11:47 am

bdgotoh wrote:When did they start adding twin graphite rods to the necks??


Around the middle of 2017.

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Re: The new CLF Research L-1000: Return of an Icon

Postby bdgotoh » Wed Jun 27, 2018 2:31 pm

Excellent! G&L is really upping their game nicely these days.
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Re: The new CLF Research L-1000: Return of an Icon

Postby Jammin4Jesus » Thu Jun 28, 2018 7:24 am

So the graphite rods are in all US made basses as of mid 2017?

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Re: The new CLF Research L-1000: Return of an Icon

Postby Ken Baker » Thu Jun 28, 2018 8:01 am

Roughly mid 2017. It was a running change, meaning that it was done with no production break and no notation of exactly when or where from a serial number standpoint. If anyone has a bass from mid-2017 it could go either way because all that is known is "around the middle of last year". It is safe to assume that once it was started it was for all basses.

To the next question: I don't know how you would tell whether or not a given bass has graphite bars. X-Ray, perhaps?

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