L-2000 Controls

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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby kingman » Fri Apr 02, 2010 12:55 pm

just got off the phone with Kebos. They told me G&L never released a passive L-2000, so I probably don't have one of those. His thoughts were I have a very early prototype, and recommended I get the new electronic components from G&L and have someone in my area install them.

To Harleyy:
The fellow at Kebos said you're in my area (Bay area of Northern California), and suggested I ask you who to contact to have the work done. Please let me know who you recommend. Also, when you replied "PM" can you elaborate as to what you mean?
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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby spideyjg » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:08 pm

Get a picture of the whole body front and back.

The one and only place that placement of pickups, 4 holes for switches, and that control plate were ever seen is on the ad for the passive 2K. I'd agree that what you have is a test mule from the factory that Leo and George tinkered on. [smilie=food-smiley-004.gif] That is bloody history mang!

The passive L2K was so short lived it may only have gone to dealers. The reason the earliest mass done L2Ks say L2000E is that it signified active electronics to differentiate from the passive 2K.

Very soon the E was dropped because the passive was killed.

Both Matt and Templar have laid hands on the passives back in the day.

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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby harleyyy » Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:29 pm

kingman wrote:
To Harleyy:
The fellow at Kebos said you're in my area (Bay area of Northern California), and suggested I ask you who to contact to have the work done. Please let me know who you recommend. Also, when you replied "PM" can you elaborate as to what you mean?



For this work, if you're absolutely sure it's NOT a prototype, I'd recommend Michael Dolan in Santa Rosa. By PM, I meant I sent you a private message. Check your inbox by clicking the message counter link next to "User Control Panel" atop the page on the left. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]

Mike Dolan's site:

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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby kingman » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:01 pm

Fired off an email to Dale Hyatt, so waiting to see what he has to say.

Note to all: WILL NOT HAVE ANYTHING DONE TO THIS BASS UNTIL I KNOW MORE ABOUT ITS ORIGINS. Obvisouly the last thing I want to do is muck around and possibly end up destroying valuable information. Will be keeping this post up to date as to what I find out.

FInally, don't know if I mentioned it or not but this is a working bass. Aside from the "missing" active/passive (or passive) electronics, the pickup selector and series/parallel switches both work. Both pickups are fine, the neck is straight as an arrow, and aside from a few nicks the body is in very good condition. I'll post more pics over the weekend.

Thanks again to all !!!!
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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby derick » Fri Apr 02, 2010 2:52 pm

The neck is also fascinating. Different shape eye-gouger than I've ever seen with a skunk stripe, and it also looks to have the later G&L logo, not the "stretched" one that my '81 has.
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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby Templar » Sat Apr 03, 2010 12:36 pm

Is there a serial # on the bridge?

Post a full-body pic, and a close-up of a pickup.
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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby Rob Francis » Sun Apr 04, 2010 5:41 pm

kingman wrote:Fired off an email to Dale Hyatt, so waiting to see what he has to say.

Note to all: WILL NOT HAVE ANYTHING DONE TO THIS BASS UNTIL I KNOW MORE ABOUT ITS ORIGINS. Obvisouly the last thing I want to do is muck around and possibly end up destroying valuable information. Will be keeping this post up to date as to what I find out.
Thanks again to all !!!!

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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby kingman » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:32 pm

Posted picures of the body, bridge, and pickups at http://s750.photobucket.com/home/kingman_666.

Will be joining the "guitarsbyleo" forum as well, and posting the same info.

Contacted someone with a bunch of G&L parts, but he probably doesn't have what I'm looking for. Said he'd look around though.

Keep your comments coming, and thanks.
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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby harleyyy » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:38 pm

Templar wrote:Is there a serial # on the bridge?


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Screams prototype eh? yell_smilie

Notice the larger rout for the top G pole ?

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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby spideyjg » Sun Apr 04, 2010 8:58 pm

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Is there a battery compartment on the back?

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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby spideyjg » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:29 pm

kingman wrote:Posted picures of the body, bridge, and pickups at http://s750.photobucket.com/home/kingman_666.

Will be joining the "guitarsbyleo" forum as well, and posting the same info.

Contacted someone with a bunch of G&L parts, but he probably doesn't have what I'm looking for. Said he'd look around though.

Keep your comments coming, and thanks.


Good luck on that one. Been trying to get info on this white elephant for years and nobody that has one has stepped up.

I have heard of several sightings but coming up snake eyes. I did forward a link of this to Steve Grom and Dave McClaren to check it out.

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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby kingman » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:42 pm

Yes, there's a battery compartment on the back. Added another pic at photobucket of the back.

No there's no identification of any kind (other than the G&L stamp) on the bridge.
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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby Templar » Sun Apr 04, 2010 10:57 pm

It has the wierdest concoction of incongruous features imaginable. Note the small hex poles, also. This is a L-2000 with some stories to tell.

Pretty cool tho, and a great conversation piece.

Please allow me to name this bass "Enigma".
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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby spideyjg » Mon Apr 05, 2010 6:17 am

Yeah, I noticed the small hex poles as well. [smilie=coz.gif] Another headscratcher since they didn't show up en mass until '82.

I second Enigma.

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Re: L-2000 Controls

Postby kingman » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:08 pm

For now I've got to do something about the noise being generated.

I fiddled with the "electronic switch" and that seemed to have an impact. By fiddle I mean moving the ends of those cut wires. Don't want to remove or modify anything, so thought I'd start by installing shielding tape around that switch and the corresponding pot. Hopefully that will clean things up, but if not I'll line the control cavity and back of the metal control plate. If that doesn't work, I can add more to some of the other electronic components such as remaining switches and pots.

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