My bass collection - G&L


Not only is Leo Fender the father of the Telecaster and Stratocaster guitars. We should not forget he also originated the Precision, Jazz, and Stingray basses at different companies. After he had started G&L with George Fullerton, soon enough he applied his newly developed Magnetic Field Design (MFD) humbucker to a bass model, the 4-string L-1000, the first G&L instrument issued and known as the ‘Wunkay’ among its aficionados. It clearly has some semblance to the Fender P-bass. This bass has a mahogany body with a gorgeous Sunburst nitrocellulose finish. The wiring harness consists of a volume control, PTB circuit, and a red tip coil selector to use the pickup in humbucking (i.e. coils in parallel), split-coil (aka single-coil), or coils in series (as derived from the DC-R value even though it is commonly referred to as “single coil”) with bass boost (“Oh My God” or OMG) mode. The hard-rock maple neck still has a skunk stripe, refretted 7½” radius maple fingerboard, replacement Graph-Tech TUSQ replacement nut, old headstock shape, and Schaller branded tuning machines. On his website, Greg Gagliano features several ‘Wunkay’s from 1980, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1986, 1992, and 1993, illustrating the evolution of this model before it was discontinued in mid-1992. One might also want to consult Willie G. Moseley’s “G&L L-1000 - Leo’s last “basic” bass” and “1981 G&L L-1000”. And talking about reviews, a very early one prepared by Stars Guitars and published in the January 1981 issue of Guitar Player Magazine is included. In the summer of 2018, the L-1000 was reintroduced in practically its initial glory as a CLF Research model. For that modern reissue, check out this webpage:



The story behind this bass


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How cool is it to include a ‘Wunkay’ from the first year of production? Since all other L-series basses have dark (ebony or rosewood) boards, it is also nice to have a maple fingerboard. Would it even be cooler to have an L-1000 with an ash body? Perhaps. But this is a gorgeous finish on a perfect hog body. It took a couple of conversations with James Radebaugh before he was ready to part with it. Thank you James! It has a great sound as one may expect.

The story behind this guitar



AUG 28 1980

JUL 24 1980

D’Addario ECB81 Chromes Bass Light Long Scale (45-100)