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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. It has the same small footprint Magnetic Field Design (MFD) Bi-Pole™ humbuckers and electronics, which initially appeared on a control panel. With steady production starting in March 1984, the Interceptor Bass was available with mahogany, ash, or maple body, again just like the El Toro. 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, 1¹⅟₁₆” 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-R value for the bridge pickup came out to be 209.1kΩ compared to 4.46kΩ for the neck pickup. Weird! Clearly the preamp circuit is loading the output already. However, in passive series mode the DC-R measures 8.65kΩ indicating the bridge pickup by itself is about 4.19kΩ 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.