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G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar Tobacco Sunburst Rosewood Fretboard

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When Leo Fender launched the G&L L-2000 bass in 1980, it was clear he was ready to make history all over again. Never before had such a wide range of tones come from a single bass, and today the L... Click To Read More About This Product

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When Leo Fender launched the G&L L-2000 bass in 1980, it was clear he was ready to make history all over again. Never before had such a wide range of tones come from a single bass, and today the L-2500 packs all the features of the latest L-2000 into a 5-string.

Like its L-2000 brother, the foundation of the L-2500 is a pair of G&L Magnetic Field Design humbuckers backed by the flexible Tri-Tone control system, providing the sort of versatility that'll let you find your tone no matter what kind of bass line you're laying down. The Tri-Tone system features a trio of mini toggles for pickup selection, series/parallel signal routing and active/passive operation, as well as a trio of knobs for volume, treble and bass. With all that under the hood, the L-2500 brings the kind of chops that'll fit in any situation, from classic R&B to power-packed rock to poppin' funk. What's more, the L-2500 features an innovative Leo Fender-designed Saddle-Lock bridge to transfer string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredibly resonant instrument.

The Tribute Series L-2500 delivers the magic of Leo's revolutionary design at a price attainable for every working musician.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • 34" Scale
  • Two Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD humbucking pickups made in Fullerton, California
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Hard-Rock Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard
  • Medium C shape neck
  • 22 Medium jumbo frets, nickel
  • Traditional open-back tuning keys
  • Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock bridge
  • Tri-Tone system with 3-position pickup selector, series/parallel switch, 3-position pre-amp mode switch, volume, treble, bass
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • Neck width at nut: 1-3/4"
    Neck radius: 12"
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Limited 10 year warranty on all guitars.


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G&LTribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 10 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good pick up (9)
  • Fun to play (8)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Good tone (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (7)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Recording (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A seriously heavy bass (in evey way)

I bought one of these with a maple fretboard several years ago because I wanted to see what Leo Fenders last contribution to the bass world had going for it. First, even though its...Read complete review

I bought one of these with a maple fretboard several years ago because I wanted to see what Leo Fenders last contribution to the bass world had going for it. First, even though its a tribute model, all the hardware and electronics are the exact same ones you get on the USA model so you get the authentic G&L sound and stability. The action, intonation and playability are superb, as is the tone. With all the tweaks you can get out of the electronics I can get pretty much any tone you could get from any Fender or Musicman bass all in one package. The blue stain is absolutely stunning and the fretwork is about average for a guitar in this price range. The neck is a thing of beauty with wonderful watering in the maple thats so deep you might even think that there are divots in the finish! So if you want an extremely versatile stage or studio bass then you simply cannot go wrong with this axe. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that this bass is HEAVY. While it balances quite well the swamp ash body seems to still have about half the swamp in it cause it weighs a ton and if you have a bad back this is not the bass for you, unless you play in a band where sitting is acceptable. The other issue I had with it is you have to remove the plate on the back, which has 6 screws, in order to change out the battery so its in your best interest to do so prior to hitting a stage with it cause its not a quick process. On the bright side the compartment is fully shielded, the wiring is solid and tidy but the only thing missing is a battery box (the addition of which may have relieved some of the weight issues!). All in all I don't regret the purchase in any way. I use this on stage frequently, along with a late 80's Fender Power Jazz Bass, and between the two I have never been wanting for another guitar (even though I have many, many more to choose from including Warwicks, Epiphones, Gibsons, Steinbergers, ect to choose from). If you're a serious musician then buy it, it's a serious bass.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Truss rod issue

This bass is an excellent bass, don't get me wrong. It gives you tones within the fender p, fender jazz and music man range. No wonder it was the last line of basses...Read complete review

This bass is an excellent bass, don't get me wrong. It gives you tones within the fender p, fender jazz and music man range. No wonder it was the last line of basses Leo Fender made after selling out fender and music man.
I had a very terrible experience with my truss rod, and now I can't get the action low. From my understanding, I am not the only person to have such an experience. Worse of all is the price G&L charges for a new neck. Enough said

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Red face from converted USA snob

By Ali

from England UK

About Me Experienced

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

    The bass has a lovely tobacco sunburst finish and sounds great , the only thing I had done was to get the nut recut as the action was too high and a little finishing to the frets , now it plays great aswell ___ job done!!

     
    4.0

    Love my bass but this bass has a few problems.

    By Thomas

    from Leland N C

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Pick Up

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz

    Best Uses

      Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      The over all looks great. In the back compartment were the electronic are at the wood is cracked. So after finding that Took a real close look at everything. Found that the wrench that comes with the bass to adjust the neck does not fit.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Nice guitar and pleasantly surprised.

      By DT

      from Dubuque, Ia

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Weight, but no heavier that my Music Man

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

      Very nice guitar for the money. I bought the Open Box/slightly blemished, but I can't see anything wrong with it. It's like brand new and it came with the full mfg warranty!

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I would buy this bass again

      By tonyt

      from Long Island n.y.

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Playing With A Big Band C

        Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        first G&L bass I have owned, great sound I like the different tones you can get with It.

        (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome G & L Bass

        By James Keller

        from Moss Beach, CA

        Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        The G&L L-2500 Bass is awesome. The color and look of the L-2500 are great as one might expect. The sound and tone are great as well. It will take me a little while to get used to the five strings and width of the neck but I was surprised at just how comfortable it is to play.

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great BASS! A must have!

        By [EarthPeople]Bassist

        from Portland, Or

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Smooth Playability
        • Solid Electronics
        • Sounds amazing

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Gigging
        • Jamming
        • Large Venues
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

        The first time I played this bass I was shocked at how great it felt and sounded. This bass is perfect... plain and simple. I would recomend this to any bassist looking to add a 5-string into their collection. I noticed a review about a failed trus rod, just because you broke it, doesnt mean it failed lol. Seriously I love this bass and Ill be playing it for a very long time.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent Choice

        By basslifter

        from Ohio

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Rock Concerts
          • Small Venues

          Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

          This bass fits well in any setting. The tone is very versatile as it can generate something smooth and gentle as well as a nice rock roar. The active/passive switch comes in handy when using effects. The bass arrived in very nice cosmetic condition and set-up well. A few tweaks and it was ready to go. I have played it in a church setting as well as a rock setting.
          I wasn't sure how I would like the thicker neck, but now I am of the opinion that it puts my hand in a more 'correct' playing position. It is a bit on the heavy side, but I got a wider strap to go with it and it's not much of a problem, although I wish it was lighter. I am sort of of the opinion that, not unlike the Les Paul on the guitar side, the weight/mass helps generate the generous tone this beauty has. Excellent workmanship also. I compared this primarily against a Fender MIM active jazz and I just thought the tone was better on the G&L; it has more life to it. Great Buy all around.

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A seriously heavy bass (in evey way)

          By Leviathan666

          from Xenia, Oh

          About Me Professional Musician

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • Small Venues

            Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

            I bought one of these with a maple fretboard several years ago because I wanted to see what Leo Fenders last contribution to the bass world had going for it. First, even though its a tribute model, all the hardware and electronics are the exact same ones you get on the USA model so you get the authentic G&L sound and stability. The action, intonation and playability are superb, as is the tone. With all the tweaks you can get out of the electronics I can get pretty much any tone you could get from any Fender or Musicman bass all in one package. The blue stain is absolutely stunning and the fretwork is about average for a guitar in this price range. The neck is a thing of beauty with wonderful watering in the maple thats so deep you might even think that there are divots in the finish! So if you want an extremely versatile stage or studio bass then you simply cannot go wrong with this axe. The only reason I didn't give it 5 stars is that this bass is HEAVY. While it balances quite well the swamp ash body seems to still have about half the swamp in it cause it weighs a ton and if you have a bad back this is not the bass for you, unless you play in a band where sitting is acceptable. The other issue I had with it is you have to remove the plate on the back, which has 6 screws, in order to change out the battery so its in your best interest to do so prior to hitting a stage with it cause its not a quick process. On the bright side the compartment is fully shielded, the wiring is solid and tidy but the only thing missing is a battery box (the addition of which may have relieved some of the weight issues!). All in all I don't regret the purchase in any way. I use this on stage frequently, along with a late 80's Fender Power Jazz Bass, and between the two I have never been wanting for another guitar (even though I have many, many more to choose from including Warwicks, Epiphones, Gibsons, Steinbergers, ect to choose from). If you're a serious musician then buy it, it's a serious bass.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Awesome and versatile Bass

            By BurnEmAll

            from Page Az

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

              I love this bass.Ive been rocking the Tribute L2500 for over a year now.I play a steady two gigs a month with this thing.The tone is amazing I play this Bass passive and its got some ballz.It takes some switch flipping and knob turning to to get the sound right.If your looking for heavy gain its got it.I also like the string spacing it gives you alittle more room than a Sound gear bass and alittle less room then a Fender jazz bass.

              (7 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Truss rod issue

              By Emmnauel

              from Ontario, Canada

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Truss Rod Failed

              Best Uses

              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about G&L Tribute L2500 5-String Electric Bass Guitar:

              This bass is an excellent bass, don't get me wrong. It gives you tones within the fender p, fender jazz and music man range. No wonder it was the last line of basses Leo Fender made after selling out fender and music man.
              I had a very terrible experience with my truss rod, and now I can't get the action low. From my understanding, I am not the only person to have such an experience. Worse of all is the price G&L charges for a new neck. Enough said

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