G&L Custom Built USA SB2 Lake Placid Blue

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If you're a bass player that likes simplicity and high performance, the G&L SB-2 is for you. The G&L SB-2 bass has the classic P-Bass shape, updated and upgraded with two powerful Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups, a hefty saddle lock bridge and a PLEK® finished neck all standard. Wrapped in the dimensional Lake Placid Blue, this bass is made to make waves.

This custom ordered USA G&L SB-2 features the following:

Lake Placid Blue on Alder, 8.8 pounds
G&L #8 satin clear maple neck, 9.5" radius
1.5" width at the nut
Rosewood fingerboard
2 G&L MFD pickups, P and J bass style
3-ply pearl white pickguard
Twin volume controls
Lightweight aluminum tuning pegs for better balance
Plek® laser guided fret finishing
NYXL strings
Made in Fullerton, CA
List price: $2072
(Sorry but case is not included. Will be well packed and protected for shipping)

Leo Fender can be credited with producing two the most iconic electric bass designs ever: The "JB" and "PB" bass guitars. Leo's SB-2 takes the best of both the P and J bass worlds, with both a split middle pickup and a multi-pole J-style MFD bass pickup.

The two G&L MFD pickups have what all MFD pickups are known for: Great clarity, a broad frequency range and plenty of output. With just two volume controls, there's a host of available sounds, all with lots of fullness and presence. Playing though a BBE Bmax head, Carvin power amp and Carvin 4x10 cabinet, the general sound characteristics were round and piano-like, with ample low end extension, note separation and room-filling presence. The MFD pickups pack a lot of punch, and depending on your amp, you can get clean smooth tones, or push the volume controls all the way up for a little growl and graininess. This is not a guitar to play full up all the time: There is a lot to explore mixing and blending the two volume controls, which essentially act like tone/balance controls. The controls are also nicely reactive, and small adjustments yield noticeable tone shifts, so it's easy to tweak on the fly without a lot of fuss.

The G&L #8 neck with it's 1.5" width at the nut is comfortable to play, and for guitar players who also play bass, the neck is easy to adjust to and plays fluidly. Hands down -- no pun intended -- we are big fans of of the narrow JB style neck profiles, and the G&L #8 is one of the best playing examples out there. The now-standard 9.5" radius gives a bit of an old world feel to this bass and, makes string-to-string transitions effortless.

Anchoring the the guitar at the other end of the headstock is G&L's patented saddle lock bridge. Solidly constructed and anchored into -- not just on -- the body, the saddle lock bridge also features a locking set screw on the side. The set screw is used to clamp the saddles together tight for increased coupling and sustain.

The G&L SB-2 is deceptively simple, but extremely flexible. With its traditional yet elegant looks, the MFD pickups give the SB-2 a modern edge that can be percussive and funky, or dialed back for clean springy tones that are great for jazz or fusion. If you need to cover a lot of sonic territory but appreciate the simplicity of just two shiny chrome knobs, check out the SB-2.

Product Specs

Listeda month ago
ConditionMint (Used)
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