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The body looks much wilder and quirkier on the Interceptor Bass, but under the covers this model is identical to the El Toro-E. With steady production starting in March 1984, the electronics on the black wrinkle powder-coated control panel was no different: 2 smaller footprint Magnetic Field Design (MFD) Bi-Pole™ humbuckers, master volume, Passive Treble and Bass (PTB) tone controls, (black) 3-way pickup selector, (red) 2-way mini-toggle parallel/series bass boost switch, and (white) 2-way mini-toggle controls the battery powered preamp. Check out the El Toro for an explanation of these switches. Like the El Toro, the Interceptor Bass was available with mahogany, ash, or maple body. This instrument an example of a swamp ash body Interceptor Bass in Cherryburst with some mineral streaks in the wood. The 34” scale hard-rock maple neck has a 7½” rosewood fingerboard, 1⅝” nut, and a matching “sickle headstock” with teat and gold lettering. The Interceptor Bass attained Rarebird status and has its own page in the Guitars by Leo (GbL) Registry with links to additional pictures in the GbL Gallery.

 

G&L Interceptor bass (control panel)

The story behind this bass

Year:                 1984

Serial number:    B015185

Neck date:         MAY 30 1984

Body date:         APR 26 1984

Strings:              D’Addario EXL170 Nickel Wound Light Long Scale (45-100)

These basses do not show up all too frequently so when Southside Guitars in Brooklyn, NY, listed this one, it came West. Its SKB case, held together by duct tape, was barely worth the name hardshell case but the bass now rests in a modern G&L tolex case. The DC-Impedance for the bridge pickup came out to be 209.1kΩ compared to 4.50kΩ for the neck pickup. Weird! Clearly the preamp is loading the output already. However, in passive series mode the DC-impedance measures 8.68kΩ indicating the bridge pickup by itself is about 4.18kΩ which makes more sense. What is the difference between the wider MFD on the L-series or ASAT basses versus these Bi-Pole™ buckers? The 1988 “Kings Of The Road” slick claims “... that there is a reduction in the collapse of the magnetic field, thus producing a more even response”. The sound is very good indeed: powerful, strident, deep, growling, in your face, even. It can be anything you would like it to be. And somebody must have loved playing this thing given all its battle scars. Absolute great bass, sonically and visually.