My bass collection - G&L


After the Climax Bass, the Legacy Bass, introduced in November 1992, was the second BBE-era bass. Strictly speaking, the few early 2nd style SB-1 basses with a Schaller PBX split-coil humbucker were the first G&L basses with a non-MFD pickup. But where the PBX uses ceramic magnets, the Legacy Bass is the first G&L, bass or guitar, with an Alnico pickup. Apparently, very early Legacy Basses had a factory installed Kent Armstrong pickup, as evidenced by this exemplar on Greg Gagliano’s website. But most have the Gotoh PB-Classic, a vintage-style split-coil humbucker as found here mounted on a swamp ash body with Candy Apple Red (CAR) finish. The wiring harness, mounted on a 3-ply plastic pickguard, consists of a 250kΩ Audio Taper potentiometer with 200pF treble bleed capacitor and 250kΩ Audio Taper tone pot with a 22,000pF (.022µF) treble bleed cap. The 200pF cap on the volume is the only difference with the early-1990s SB-1 wiring harness. The hard-rock maple post-1994 #5 bass(!) neck has a 7½” radius maple fingerboard and 1¾” nut width. Due to a trademark dispute with Zon, who still produces a Legacy series of basses, the model was renamed to LB-100 by the end of 1993. The model was discontinued in the late-1990s and reintroduced in 2013, now with a G&L LB-100 Alnico V split-coil pickup. More info on the modern day version can be found here:


Legacy Bass

The story behind this bass


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A bass from early days of the BBE-era before the name of the model was forced to change. And in Leo Fender’s favorite color: CAR. What is not to like? Brian Pennington was kind enough to part with this beauty. Sonically it has a voice of its own, different enough from the SB-1 due to the difference in frequency response between the more traditional Alnico unit versus an MFD on the SB-1. It has all the P-bass power and simplicity one expects.

The story behind this guitar



JUN 16 1993, marked ‘Leg’

JUN 08 1993

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