When Leo Fender launched the G&L SB-1 bass in 1982, he packed his latest innovations in pickup and bridge design into a straightforward, hard-working bass. At that time the SB-1 had an MFD single coil pickup and no pickguard, which was a departure from the classic single-pickup passive bass. By 1985, however, the SB-1 had taken the form it has ... Click To Read More About This Product
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When Leo Fender launched the G&L SB-1 bass in 1982, he packed his latest innovations in pickup and bridge design into a straightforward, hard-working bass. At that time the SB-1 had an MFD single coil pickup and no pickguard, which was a departure from the classic single-pickup passive bass. By 1985, however, the SB-1 had taken the form it has today, with an MFD split-coil humbucking pickup and pickguard. In some way, the SB-1 set the stage for several G&L models to come: Leo took a a classic design and applied his core improvements, in this case, the MFD pickup and Saddle Lock bridge.
Like its sister model, the the SB-2, this bass starts with a familiar shape, though subtle modifications to its sculpting make it more sleek and balanced. Strap it on and it immediately feels at home, yet somehow more comfortable than you expected. The 1 5/8" nut-width, C-shaped neck falls immediately to hand, checking in with a modern 12" radius and its 21 Plek-processed medium-jumbo nickel frets ready to deliver silky playability.
Once the SB-1 has nestled into your comfort zone, it's time to experience just how far Leo evolved the time honored simplicity of a single split-coil pickup. You see, the Magnetic Field Design interpretation of the split-coil was created by Leo to give you more gusto without losing detail and finesse. What's more, the SB-1 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 bottom line: SB-1 brings the magic of Leo's own reinterpretation of a classic design, delivering all the tone and feel you'd expect in a "Latter Day Leo" instrument.
Made in Leo Fender's historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the SB-1 is available with a wide range of custom options including body and neck woods, body and neck finishes, neck profiles and pickguard materials.
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Comments about G&L SB-1 Electric Bass Guitar:
This Bass absolutely rocks. I bought an original back in 1988 and have never let go of it. This bass, when playing through a huge stage PA sounds like God! it is a heavy bass, but that's part of the substantial feel you get from a quality instrument. For Rock and big sound, you cannot get a better. Passive electronics, yet you would think they were active pickups. For recording, this bass has a great warm feeling with nice mids. Leo Fender took all his experience that he put into the Fender precision and perfected it in this bass. Be sure to match this with a good cabinet that can handle great lows or you will be defeating the sound of this great instrument. You can use this bass for just about any type of music but it is best suited to rock and hard rock. On the other hand, if you want to use this bass on a classic rock song and make into a version that your audience has never heard before, this bass is for you. If you have ever played a precision, and then you play this, you will put your precision on consignment and never look back.
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