| Condition: || Used: An item that has been used previously. The item may have some signs of cosmetic wear, but is fully operational and functions as intended. This item may be a floor model or store return that has been used. See the seller’s listing for full details and description of any imperfections. See all condition definitions- opens in a new window or tab ... Read moreabout the condition || Brand: || G&L |
| Dexterity: || Left-Handed || Model: || LB-100 |
| Type: || Electric Bass || Style: || Precision Bass |
| Country/Region of Manufacture: || United States || Body Type: || Solid |
| MPN: || Does Not Apply || String Configuration: || 4 String |
Hi, and welcome to my auction! Today I'm selling my Left-Handed G&L LB-100 Bass, Three-Tone Sunburst finish over Empress Wood Body, with Vintage Appointments & the Original Hardshell Case. Christmas is over, and now it's time to pay some bills, so (unfortunately) I must sell one of my basses, and this one is a VERY nice bass! I am the original owner (I bought it in spring of 2015) and it has never been gigged out - has always been stored in a smoke- and pet-free home - and it's in utterly immaculate condition.
As I said, it's G&L's LB-100 model (I've been told it stands for "Leo Bass, model #100," as it was originally it was designed - but not implemented - by Leo Fender before he passed away, was marketed for a while in mid-90's or so, but then discontinued later that decade), but it's basically just G&L's version of the classic Fender Precision Bass, except with MANY very nice upgrades. First of all, the body wood is made of a gorgeous slab of Empress Wood (a HIGHLY sought-after tone-wood that G&L no longer offers; not only is beautifully-figured, it's also VERY light, as this bass weighs a mere 7.5 lbs!) and finished with a vintage-style Three-Tone Sunburst finish (not the kind of clumsy 3-tones that you see nowadays - this finish is a nicely-blended combination of the colors, as you can see in the photos). Pair this nice body with a high-quality 3-ply Tortoiseshell pickguard, and it really gives off a "vintage" kind of vibe! But the SOUND on this bass is brilliant: they use the normal Two-Knob control system (Volume & Tone, simple & elegant), but they couple this with a pair of G&L's own version of the famous Alnico V Split-Humbucking pickups and the result is simply Tonal Heaven! (Not sure what the "family recipe" is on these pickups, but they should give former-Fender Custom Shop designer Paul Gagon a medal, as I've NEVER heard a set of P-bass pickups that have this kind of fidelity - the lows and mids are both well-articulated, but the highs on these pickups are the most "crystal-clear" P-bass pickups I've ever heard!). The strings are anchored by a MASSIVE G&L "Saddle-Lock" Bridge with brass saddles (this bridge - designed by Leo Fender - is not massive, but it also has a "lock" on it which you use to lock the saddles together & eliminate saddle-vibration, which increases sustain), and between this fabulous bridge & the Custom G&L "Ultra-lite" Tuners (with aluminum string posts - nice & light!) at the other end, the sustain on this bass is amazing! My guitar tech tried to time the sustain on this bass, and I remember him giving up once it got to a minute-and-a-half! As for the neck, it's (again!) a nicely-figured Maple Neck (almost has a "spalted" kind of look to it, which you can sort of see in the photo of the headstock) which is capped with a nice, dark Rosewood Fretboard with Medium Jumbo Frets. The neck profile is a 1 3/4" Medium C, which means that is has a width of 1 3/4" (at the nut) and the radius is 12." (Just a note here: I originally purchased the bass with standard 1 5/8" nut width, but it had a faulty truss rod in it, so I sent it back to G&L to have it repaired; whilst there, I asked them if they would mind giving me a 1 3/4" nut width neck back, as I'd really regretted not asking for that, as I was trying to assemble a "vintage" style P-bass that would hearken back to the 60's; long story short, they DID, and I was VERY happy with the result! There's just nothing like "thumping" on an old-style P-bass with the exact same specs as the instrument that James Jamerson, Carol Kaye, Duck Dunn and all the other great P-bass players used to use - you simply can't beat "vintage," y'know? Oh, and the truss rod is FINE now - it works perfectly, thanks for asking!) ;-) BTW: if you've never played a G&L bass, they are VERY nice, with beveled "rolled" edges and super-nice finishes; this bass has a "Vintage Tint Gloss" finish, which means that it has a darker "aged" look to it (again, in keeping with the "vintage" style I wanted), but it is glossy (not satin), as I wanted to keep the neck looking just as nice as it does today. It comes in an original G&G Deluxe Tolex hardshell case, and both the Bass and the case are in like-new condition. Think about it: great LOOK, great SOUND, and a beautiful VINTAGE look & feel to the instrument - what else could you want in a P-style bass? Anyway, that's about it, I guess. Sorry about the length of the "novel" I've just written here, but I find it's just SO HARD to explain what's great about an instrument - especially one of the quality of this G&L - without illustrating with an abundance of words! (And if you know anyone who's owned a G&L, I urge you to check with them on it & see what they think. I think you'll find 99% of the time they'll tell you "Buy it...NOW!") And hey - if I've left something out that you need to know, please let me know right away. I'm NOT the most technically-savvy musician around (really more of a "player" than a "tech head," if I'm being honest!), but I'll still do my best to get as accurate an answer as I can back just as quickly as I can get it to you. So...thanks for looking - let me know if you need anything - and happy bidding! :-)