New M Series basses available to order

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New M Series basses available to order

Postby Ken Baker » Tue Dec 06, 2011 4:56 pm

When Leo Fender introduced the iconic G&L L-2000 in 1981, the father of the electric bass was ready to disrupt the status quo. The L-2000 was revolutionary in ways that truly mattered – flexibility and versatility. The L-2000’s Tri-Tone active/passive circuitry was unlike anything before it, offering an amazing range of tones from a single instrument.

Fast forward thirty years and the iconic L-2000 and its L-2500 five-string counterpart are ready to share the stage with the evolution of Leo’s masterpiece, the M-2000 and M-2500 basses.


More info here.

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Quick note: There is a new neck profile (okay - an old neck profile) being (re)introduced as well. The #12 neck. 1 5/8" at the nut with a classic C shape. This was what was on the proto I played a few months back and it is every bit as nice as my El Toro. I do not know if this will be the standard M-2000 neck. it is listed on the options page, so I'd presume it to be available on all the 4 string basses.

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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby Gil Escalera » Tue Dec 06, 2011 5:28 pm

Interesting. Sounds like G&L's new M-2000 (i.e. L-2000 with a new preamp) is getting a little bit closer to what my L-2000 w/U-Retro preamp is and can do... close, but not quite there. ;)

I was never a fan of the Tri-Tone preamp. I "tried" to like it, but just couldn't in the end and thus replaced it with the U-Retro I have in my L2K (BABP-LE).

I'm sure there are a lot of others who will be interested in a more conventional preamp (3 band eq w/volume & pan) as well. I'll be interested to try it out.

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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby Ken Baker » Tue Dec 06, 2011 6:43 pm

Gil, this isn't your average L series. The electronics are quite different. Pickups have fewer winds than you're used to, which allows Paul's preamp to do the work he designed it to do.

My comments:

http://www.bassesbyleo.com/forum/viewto ... 4807#p4807
http://www.bassesbyleo.com/forum/viewto ... 4817#p4817
http://www.bassesbyleo.com/forum/viewto ... 4822#p4822

The root of the thread:

http://www.bassesbyleo.com/forum/viewto ... ?f=4&t=694

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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby Flash » Tue Dec 06, 2011 8:42 pm

These basses are an interesting idea. I think they will appeal more to non-G&L players than current G&L players who are seeking a bass with more modern electronics. I'm guessing the guys who play their basses passive and/or like a passive tone probably won't like them. I'm definitely curious but I'm also happy with what I have.
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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby harleyyy » Tue Dec 06, 2011 9:11 pm

Flash wrote:but I'm also happy with what I have.


ditto. And the passive LE L-1000 is a beast also. [smilie=cool-smiley-031.gif]
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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby AchimII » Wed Dec 07, 2011 12:36 am

Is it my old eyes, or did they forgot the Ser/Par switch?

Seriously, what's the coils wiring then?
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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby bdgotoh » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:54 am

I think the pickups are wired series only.
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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby Gil Escalera » Wed Dec 07, 2011 9:44 am

Ken Baker wrote:Gil, this isn't your average L series. The electronics are quite different. Pickups have fewer winds than you're used to, which allows Paul's preamp to do the work he designed it to do.

Yeah I got that Ken. The lower wound, fixed coil wiring, being the most notable to me. The preamp sounds nice, but it still falls short of the U-Retro IMO/YOMV.

The M-2000 is definitely different from the L-2000, and my modded L-2000 is different (yet similar in many ways) from both!

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My modded BABP-LE L-2000 Knobs

• Active & Passive modes
• Bass, Mid (sweepable), Treble (Normal/3kHz, Bright/7kHz selectable) eq
• 18V rail
• 3 position coil selector (Parallel/Series/Single Coils)

As stated previously, I'll be interested to try an M-2000. :)

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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby Freddels » Wed Dec 07, 2011 1:53 pm

Do you have any recordings of the L2K with the U-Retro?
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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby jfh2424 » Thu Dec 08, 2011 5:29 am

Having really looked at the specs, I'm pretty sure these beasts will sound very different than the L2000s. Just the fact that they sport different pickups, are all series and all active....that is a different sound. Add the pan and the midrange knob...a different beast.

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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby hmagman » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:08 am

Tried a M Series last Saturday... very cool basses IMHO.
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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby bdgotoh » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:27 pm

You can't leave us hanging like that Harry! Details, description, how did it sound???
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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby jfh2424 » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:22 pm

Well, apparently he can!

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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby hmagman » Tue Mar 20, 2012 5:40 pm

bdgotoh wrote:You can't leave us hanging like that Harry! Details, description, how did it sound???

OK... I'm really impressed with the new preamp/pickup combination in the M Series. It's totally different from the L Series which I wasn't a big fan.

Overall, it's a warmer sounding bass with easy to operate tone controls. I also like the string spacing (17mm I think), took a bit to get used to, but was really comfortable to play, easy to balance, beautiful build, great fret setup, etc.

I'm REALLY interested in a ebony board fretless 5-string... Savin' up as I type this sentance. [smilie=smilie_kopf.gif] (Need to sell something quick! [smilie=fun_84.gif] )
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Re: New M Series basses available to order

Postby hmagman » Sat Sep 01, 2012 8:05 am

Just gotta say I REALLY like the M-series basses... [smilie=food-smiley-004.gif]
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