Up for sale, a 1995 G&L L-2000 in excellent condition and in perfect working order, augmented with a Bartolini XTCT preamp. The third instrument company founded by Leo Fender, G&L’s instruments benefit from Leo’s decades of experience at Music Man and (of course) Fender.
Tonewoods include an ash body with a maple neck capped by a thick slab rosewood fretboard, delivering a warm, resonant acoustic character faithfully captured by the stock Magnetic Field Design humbuckers. The MFD humbuckers are big and bold, with a rich midrange character and plenty of low end heft. Already versatile thanks to the Tri-tone mini toggle system, this bass has been made even more sonically capable thanks to the addition of a Bartolini XTCT preamp. The XTCT is a variant on the iconic TCT onboard active preamp, delivering independent Bass, MIddle and Treble controls with a mid boost, wide adjustment range, and low noise floor. This bass weighs 10lbs 8oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 45-125 roundwound strings, comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a chunky C-shaped profile carve with generous shoulder in all registers and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .885” deep at the 1st fret and 1.020” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard has a 9 1/2” radius and retains the stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have plenty of meat with well-rounded crowns and only light wear on frets 1-6. This bass plays cleanly up the 34” scale with a straight neck and a responsive, optimally-adjusted truss rod. The stock nut measures 1 11/16” in width. On the headstock, the clover button tuners turn smoothly and hold accurate pitch. The neck heel and pocket retain the factory stamps dating this bass to August 1st, 1995.
All of the electronics work as intended, with the stock MFD humbuckers wired to the upgraded harness with Bartolini XTCT preamp. There are three mini-toggles: the three-way toggle switches between parallel, series, and split-coil configurations for the two pickups, the two-way toggle engages the active 3-band EQ, and the third toggle is rendered functionless by the Bartolini preamp modification. The stacked knob incorporates a Master Volume on the bottom and a Bass control on the top (when the EQ is engaged). The second knob acts as the Mid boost with EQ engaged or as a passive Tone control, and the third knob controls Treble frequencies. Hardware includes the dome-top knurled knobs and the Leo Fender-designed Saddle Lock bridge, all with clean chrome plating.
The gloss Natural finish highlights the broad, dynamic grain of the ash body, and cosmetic wear includes six small cleanly doweled holes where a pickup was previously installed, some light scuffing on the treble side of the pick path, and a handful of faint finish scratches and pinhead-sized dings on the body as a whole. The satin finish on the neck profile has been buffed to a semi-gloss from contact with the palm, clean and smooth save for a few small marks along the profile length.
A padded gigbag is included.