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Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:17 am
by BraddersBass
Hi Everyone,

My name is Bradley and I'm a young bassist from the South East of England. I've been playing for over six years now and my reason for joining this forum is that I've just bought my first G&L bass yesterday. It's a G&L L-2000 Tribute in a Walnut Satin finish. So far, I'm getting on really well with it and its a lot different from my previous bass which was an Ashton. My other bass had served me well but now I'm progressing, me and my tutor though it was time for an upgrade so I treated myself and went for a nicer bass. I have lessons once a fortnight at my local music shop which is where I bought the G&L too. I had a good go on it last night and the difference in quality and sound surprised me and far surpassed my expectations. My parents came in and told me to turn my amp down because it was putting out too much bass ;) ! I really love the finish on it as well, from my understanding, it's not a common finish on the L-2000 and I can't see it listed on the G&L website. I run through an Ashdown 15W modified 'after eight' edition practice amp which sounds really great with the G&L bass. I can't say exactly how many watts its capable of but its now more than than 15 due to the modifications. Something else that I knew about the bass, but still surprised me, is the range of tones that I can get from the six controls. My previous Ashton bass had a 'PJ' configuriation of pickups and had reasonably limited tone. Tone isn't something that I have explored that much so I'll be looking to do this with the new bass, having more options to choose from. I never really considered having an active bass nor did I consider having a bass with humbucking pickups. I was looking for another 'PJ' configuration as a new bass but when this opportunity came up, and after a little research, I decided to go for it and so far, I'm really pleased I did! The range and diversity from the humbuckers has been amazing and the bass overall is impressive. I've hardly scratched the surface and its going to take some time for me to get used to the new bass, but once I have, it should be a way better experience than my previous guitar.

I thought I should post something to introduce myself and my history as a bassist. I will try and get a photo up of my new bass soon and I'll also add this photo to the 'G&L Basses' section and the photo thread in there. Thank you for having me and I'm looking forward to chatting and learning for some of the more experienced members on here.

Kind Regards,

Bradley

Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 8:12 am
by deltafred
Welcome to BassesByLeo Bradley.

The L-2000 is a great bass and as you say the walnut finish is not very often seen so a photo is essential, we like to see each others basses (and show off our own).

My first G&L was an L-2000 Tribute and if it were my only bass I would be very happy to play it at all gigs.

Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:03 am
by Cuzzie
Hi Bradley,

Welcome indeed to the site and welcome to G&L land. It is very addictive and you have got what sounds like a real nice axe.

Me personally i now have an ASAT solid body, and ASAT Semi hollow and an L1500, they are just too addictive! Never tried a Tribby so you have one on me, but they are high quality instrument that proves it does not all have to be USA made to be good.
For my 2 bits, play around with the settings, dials, pre-amps etc and get the tone you like embedded, and then tinker some more.
I started as a stone wall passive, parallel, both buckers on, but slowly as i mature i hear now that different songs need the different beasts that man up the L2K and find myself using all 3 configurations of pup a lot more.

When you progress past a practice amp the G&L opens up even more.

Don't forget to pop onto Talkbass as well to the G&L club, great guys like deltafred who just posted are on both sites and are always ready to chip in, and the wise owl that Ken is helps tremendously.
Better still take some time to read the posts by Paul Gagon who designed and made the MFD pickups you are playing, it hurts my head a little all the sonic considerations, but slowly i am learning and it makes you a way better player and bandmate.

Cheers

EW

Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:06 am
by BraddersBass
deltafred wrote:Welcome to BassesByLeo Bradley.

The L-2000 is a great bass and as you say the walnut finish is not very often seen so a photo is essential, we like to see each others basses (and show off our own).

My first G&L was an L-2000 Tribute and if it were my only bass I would be very happy to play it at all gigs.


Thank you for the welcome. So far, I would have to agree with everything that you've said. G&L themselves say that the L-2000 can be used in just about any genre of music and I can imagine when people get to know how to achieve desired tones, it can be an amazing and diverse instrument. Attached are a couple of photos of my new bass in the Walnut Satin finish. After a little research, I found only two websites selling this exact bass on the internet and they were both U.K. based. Although there are a few when you search it in Google Images, there definitely aren't as many as the other colours/finishes that G&L list on their website. Here's the bass.

Happy Playing,

Bradley

P.S. This bass is Indonesian made and a 2016 model.

Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 10:22 am
by BraddersBass
Cuzzie wrote:Hi Bradley,

Welcome indeed to the site and welcome to G&L land. It is very addictive and you have got what sounds like a real nice axe.

Me personally i now have an ASAT solid body, and ASAT Semi hollow and an L1500, they are just too addictive! Never tried a Tribby so you have one on me, but they are high quality instrument that proves it does not all have to be USA made to be good.
For my 2 bits, play around with the settings, dials, pre-amps etc and get the tone you like embedded, and then tinker some more.
I started as a stone wall passive, parallel, both buckers on, but slowly as i mature i hear now that different songs need the different beasts that man up the L2K and find myself using all 3 configurations of pup a lot more.

When you progress past a practice amp the G&L opens up even more.

Don't forget to pop onto Talkbass as well to the G&L club, great guys like deltafred who just posted are on both sites and are always ready to chip in, and the wise owl that Ken is helps tremendously.
Better still take some time to read the posts by Paul Gagon who designed and made the MFD pickups you are playing, it hurts my head a little all the sonic considerations, but slowly i am learning and it makes you a way better player and bandmate.

Cheers

EW


Thank you for the welcome. I have just posted a few photos of the bass so you can now see if it's the axe you think it is. Having done some research I have come across the ASAT and L-1500 models and I don't think G&L make a bad bass by the looks of things. I totally agree with what you said about not all great basses being made in the U.S. This one has proved that to me. I intend to play around with the settings and controls on the bass so I can learn what does what and how this will effect the sound I get out at the end. I'm also looking to find a signature tone that I like which I may have already found, a kind of general tone that fits just about everything. When I play, I like to play with a bassy sound rather than a bright tone as I mainly play rock. I will be looking to explore into other genres a bit more shortly so having the new L-2000 is great going into this next phase of my playing. I appreciate your advice with this.

I have been looking on YouTube at demo's and videos by people who play the L-2000 and although there aren't many on there, I have found some good one's where they explain how to set up the bass to get certain tones. I have a bass notebook where I'm making notes of these. One of the videos features Paul Gagon. I will look through some of his posts on here and possibly ask his advice when it comes to achieving certain tones by setting up the bass. I didn't know he produced the pickups, who better to ask in that case! I have looked on TalkBass before but whether I post on there myself, I don't know yet. I will carry on playing about with the settings and hopefully get used to it a little more. Thanks again for the warm welcome from the both of you and, of course, that advice. That's exactly what I joined this forum for, advice and sharing everything G&L bass :) !

Regards,

Bradley

Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:08 am
by Cuzzie
And she's a beauty!

Pm me and we can start a conversation on what gear I have and been through and what I have discovered. I'd also be interested in your tone.

Please bear in mind I am no professional, am only a reasonable player at best, but I love music and sounds and have fun playing with some of my mates.
I can share the sonic experiences and then you can take or leave as much as you want from my experience.

Good man

Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 11:50 am
by BraddersBass
Cuzzie wrote:And she's a beauty!

Pm me and we can start a conversation on what gear I have and been through and what I have discovered. I'd also be interested in your tone.

Please bear in mind I am no professional, am only a reasonable player at best, but I love music and sounds and have fun playing with some of my mates.
I can share the sonic experiences and then you can take or leave as much as you want from my experience.

Good man


Expect a PM from me in the next couple of days if that's ok. I'd love to have a chat with you and share some experiences. The fact that you aren't a professional means that I'll be able to relate to you more in a way so that's not necessarily a bad thing. Will I get a notification if someone sends me a private message? I haven't had a go on the bass today so I'm going to do that now so that'll be all from me tonight.

Thanks,

Bradley

Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Nov 08, 2016 3:34 pm
by Cuzzie
With pm's you get a message

Chat soon

Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 8:38 pm
by tveastman
Hi Bradley.

I just signed up for this forum today, because I wanted to post some questions about new G&Ls, but I saw your post and just wanted to comment -- we have twin basses on opposite sides of the world!

My Walnut L-2000 Tribute hails from Dunedin, New Zealand :-)

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Dark Walnut L-2000 Tribute
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The dark, natural wood is just *stunningly* beautiful. I've had mine since Christmas, 2010.

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Dark Walnut L-2000 Tribute
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Re: Hello Everyone

PostPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2017 1:42 am
by Golla
Cuzezie wrote:Please bear in mind I am no professional, am only a reasonable player with the Best Gaming Mouse ever but I love music and sounds and have fun playing with some of my mates.
I can share the sonic experiences and then you can take or leave as much as you want from my experience.

Good man


Hey Bradley, that is very nice.