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.
You see, the original L-2000 is a force to be reckoned with.
It's bold, brash, maybe even a bit wild. Players often liken
playing an L-2000 to driving a high-performance sports car at
ten-tenths: an exhilarating experience if you've got the skill to
pull it off. Harnessing the power of Leo's potent Magnetic Field
Design humbuckers is the name of the game. The new M-2000 and M-2500 harness
that power and reveal a new sonic palate that will surprise and
delight new and die-hard G&L fans alike.
The heart of an L-2000 has always been the twin MFD humbuckers.
With the M-Series, these powerhouses have been voiced to take
maximum advantage of the new studio-quality 18v preamp system
designed by G&L's R&D wizard Paul Gagon. With an LF442
chip, 100v poly caps, 1% metal film resistors and big, fat signal
traces on the mil-spec circuit board, it's like having a
studio-grade preamp on board. Says Gagon, "This new preamp lets you
hear the crisp detail and punch of the MFD pickups, the nuance of
the strings and the resonance of the wood, all without artificial
coloration." In other words, the M-Series preamp doesn't make the
tone, it reveals it.
What's more, running a full 18 volts delivers generous headroom
for dynamic funk slap/pop and any aggressive playing style. Go
ahead, throw anything you've got at it and the M-spec preamp will
harness the power of those meaty MFD humbuckers without a hint of
Building on this solid foundation, the M-Series' intuitive and
ergonomic controls unlock your full creative potential. The
controls are fit to the hand - a player's design that's rewarding
and easy to use. The trio of center-detent, reduced-diameter knobs
is positioned along the body perimeter for the 3-band EQ, offering
a new level of flexibility over the MFD pickups. For slapping and
popping, rolling back some highs and dialing up some lows, coupled
with a mid-range boost, magnifies the intensity Leo's humbuckers
are famous for.
Need more definition for fingerstyle? Just bring up the treble
and roll off the bass for a nuanced and detailed sound. Unlike the
original E-spec pickup selector toggle, the M-Series features a pan
control to explore the full range of sounds available between the
two pickups. Both volume and pan are treated as primary controls,
given larger knobs and placed parallel to the strings where they're
more easily accessed. They say the best tools are simple, intuitive
and easy to use, and that's exactly what you'll find with the new
There's something about the way an L-2000 or L-2500 feels that
is unmistakably Leo. The way the instrument balances, the way it
greets the hands, it's like meeting an old friend. Something that
good should stay that way, and so it is with the new M-2000 and M-2500 basses.
What's more, the M-2000 brings back the 1 5/8" neck with a
comfortable, classic "C" shape discontinued by G&L in the mid
It's about taking the essential goodness of Leo's dual MFD
creation and providing the kind of evolution he'd have applied
himself if he were still with us here on Fender Avenue in
Fullerton. It's about respecting the roots while pushing forward.
It's about your passion to find the ultimate in flexibility,
versatility, and expression of Leo tone. Visit your G&L dealer
today and experience the next generation of Leo's iconic basses …
the M-2000 and M-2500.
Body and Neck Options Include:
• Honeyburst over swamp ash, clear satin neck finish, rosewood
• Gloss Black over basswood, clear satin neck finish, maple
• 3 Tone Sunburst over swamp ash, clear satin neck finish, maple
• Blueburst over swamp ash, clear satin neck finish, rosewood
The best tools are simple, intuitive and easy to use, and that's
exactly what you'll find in the new M-Series package. Suggested
retail prices starting at $973.00 for the M-2000 and $1045.00 for
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