I've played Music Man, Fender, Pedulla, Warwick, Spector, and God knows what else and this bass is a monster. It's as good as any I've played. G&L is definitely worth a look if you can afford a bass in this price range. Get one if you can. As I understand it, G&L has a 20 week lead time on custom instruments but they will stay in contact with you and give you great customer service.
Model Year: 2003
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Tested at Center Stage Music; Tyler, TX
When I sat down with this bass I was immediately impressed with how comfortable it felt in my lap. It was not overly heavy considering the body was swamp ash with a flame maple top. The finish was a flawless clear gloss. The neck was satin finished and very comfortable. It was neither clunky or too skinny, it was just right. The overall construction was fantastic, as well it should be, seeing each bass is handmade. The two single jazz pickups were in their usual positions.
This bass played itself. The action was perfect for me and the balance was perfect. I could've played long sets without any fatigue at all. It wasn't too neck or bridge heavy at all. I liked the neck especially. It was like a Fender Jazz but it seemed to compliment my plaing style better. The string spacing was fine and lended itself to fingerstyle or slap techniques with ease. Smooth.
I played this bass though an Ampeg Portabass 2x10 Combo. It had a great jazz sound, a nice, burpy tone. The tone was very even across the board, not too dark or bright. It was all passive, no active circuits at all. The knobs turned well with no noise. The single coil pickups buzzed a little but that's what singles do unless they're stacked. With some EQ tweaks, this bass could work in any style of music.