Up for sale, a 1999 G&L SB-2 Japan-made Tribute Series bass in excellent, 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 8lbs 11oz, this G&L bass has been professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with roundwound 45-100 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 .815” deep at the 1st fret and .950” at the 12th. The dark slab rosewood fretboard features dot inlay and medium jumbo fretwire that shows very light wear on the crowns of frets 1-7. 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. The 912-prefix serial dates the instrument to December of 1999.
The stock electronics work as they should, with individual Volume controls for each pickup and a Master Tone control. The chrome hardware on the heavy duty bridge base has ample shine, with uniform patina across the saddles. The mirrored pickguard exhibits one small stable split at the volume knob and some oxidation of the mirrored material on the underside of the guard on the edge adjacent to the fretboard extension and also near the knobs. Cosmetic wear on the Silver Metal Flake finish is otherwise limited to a few small dings on the lower bout body edge, and just a couple small shallow marks on the smooth satin neck profile finish behind frets 1-2.