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1999 G&L SB-2 Tribute Series Electric Bass Guitar Silver Metal Flake, Japan Premium


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Up for sale, a 1999 G&L SB-2 Japan-made Tribute Series bass in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. As 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. This discontinued model was made in Japan and was exclusive to the Japanese domestic market, notably rare and a higher-tiered Tribute Series model (later rebranded as the Premium series), not to be confused with the myriad of Tribute series instruments produced elsewhere. This exceptionally well-crafted instrument easily rivals USA production, complete with G&L USA pickups and bridge.

With a Vol/Vol/Tone control layout governing the MFD (Magnetic Field Design) pickup pair, the bass delivers the broad thump and authority of the split coil P pickup, with plenty of power and midrange fullness from the bridge pickup which has more breadth and power than a traditional  J single coil. The Tone knob is also very effective for smoothing out the signal for added breadth. Weighing 9lbs 4oz, this G&L bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-105 strings, accurate intonation, and comfortable action.

The maple neck features a slender C profile carve with nicely rounded shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .830” deep at the 1st fret and .975” at the 12th. The thick slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and medium jumbo fretwire that shows just a hint of wear on the crowns of frets 1-3. The bass plays effortlessly in all registers up the straight neck with an ideally adjusted and responsive truss rod. The bass features a full 34" scale length, and a slender, easily navigable 1 1/2" nut width typically attributed to Jazz Bass models. The headstock features lightweight clover button tuners which turn smoothly and hold pitch well. In the neck pocket, the factory date stamp reads November 18th, 1999.

The stock electronics work as they should, with individual Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone control. The chrome hardware has ample shine, complimenting the original Silver Metal Flake gloss finish. The clear coat has aged, giving the finish a more golden hue and cosmetic wear is limited to a couple tiny nicks on the top headstock edge, light pick scuffing across the guard, and a single ding on the back central to the lower bout. The neck profile sports a pristine smooth satin finish.