My bass collection - G&L


Right from their inception, G&L offered their basses also in a fretless version, leading to the L-1000F, L-2000F, and L-2000FE. This is an example of a mahogany body L-1000F with Black nitrocellulose finish, a single Magnetic Field Design (MFD) humbucker, and a wiring harness consisting of a volume control, PTB circuit, and a red tip coil selector allowing humbucking, single-coil, or in series with bass boost (“OMG”) mode. The hard-rock maple neck has a beautiful fretless ebony fingerboard with 7½” radius and the old headstock shape, i.e. no G&L hook. Although the ‘Wunkay’ was discontinued in mid-1992, that same year G&L reintroduced a bass with a single large MFD humbucker in the Climax Bass, which later evolved in the L-1500, with its pickup a little closer to the bridge compared to the L-1000. With the advent of CLF Research in 2018, producing a line of instruments harkening back to early-1980 specs, the L-1500 was discontinued and the L-1000 became available again in all its former glory, including the “OMG” setting:


L-1000F w/Ebony Fingerboard

The story behind this bass


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I always thought my (first) fretless bass would be something like a JB or JB-2, bought new, and with ghost lines. But when Guitars by Leo member beedubyuh put his nicely relic’ed 1983 ‘Wunkay’ up for sale in the Marketplace that preconception went out the door. Note the thin ebony fingerboard which is more veneer than slab. The switching option are fully explained here. What fun to play this beautifully looking instrument (for its age) which clearly has been loved. Every switch position is very useful and the sound is beautiful: rich, warm, deep, funky. And playing fretless turned out not to be too hard. Again, fun!

The story behind this guitar



3 4 1983

12 7 1982

D’Addario ENR71 Half Rounds Bass Regular Light Long Scale (45-100)