The world of yowhatsshakin

 
 

Similar to the SC-1 being the little brother of the SC-2 ‘entry level’ guitar, G&L introduced the single pickup 1st style SB-1 bass in parallel with the 1st style SB-2. With its slab soft maple body without contours, Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge, hard-rock maple neck with 7½” radius maple fingerboard, 34” scale length, 1⅝” nut width, and single volume and tone control, this simple bass had the same Jazz-bass style Magnetic Field Design (MFD) single-coil with adjustable pole pieces. Only produced between 1982 and 1984, 1st style SB-1s built at the tail end of this period have their serial numbers printed on the neck plate instead of the bridge and were available in more than four colors as evidenced by the Three-tone Sunburst finish on this one. It is save to assume that similar to the 1st style SB-2, only few SB-1s were produced although still not warranting the Rarebird status on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) site. In mid-1985 the SB-1 was upgraded to have a contoured body, pickguard, and single split-coil Precision-bass style MFD-pickup. It was available until 2000, only to be reintroduced in 2009 unchanged. The webpage for the current version is available at: http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/basses/SB1/index.asp.

 

G&L SB-1 (1st style)

The story behind this bass

Year:                  1983

Serial number:    B012815

Neck date:         NOV 16 1983

Body date:         OCT 30 1983

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

It always gnawed at me not to have all 1st style ‘entry level’ models. This got fixed with my last purchase in 2015, when this gorgeous, non-Black SB-1 became available through McKenzie River Music in Eugene, OR. Except for some small nicks on the body, this bass looks great for a late-1983 specimen. Especially the neck seems to have no miles on her! Unfortunately, I can not entirely make out the day in October this gorgeous body came about but I think it is the 30th. Hence, this instrument does not have as wide of a difference between body and neck dates as both my 1st style SC-2 and SC-3. The sonics of this very simple bare-bones instrument is thundering: lots of definition and a wonderful, simple, and effective tone stack. A killer bass.