My bass collection - G&L


Whereas G&L stopped production of the slab body 1st style SB-2 bass in 1985, the SB-1 underwent a couple of changes. The soft maple body now has a Precision-bass inspired split-coil Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickup. However, G&L experimented using a Schaller PBX pickup on the very early ones produced in 1985. This bass finished in Three-tone Sunburst is one of these. Of course it has the rock-solid Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge. With a volume control and tone control mounted on a single-ply, black, plastic pickguard, its use is intuitive and simple. The hard-rock maple neck with 7½” radius maple fingerboard, 34” scale length, and 1¹¹⁄₁₆” nut width completes this model. The current day SB-1 looks pretty much the same. It’s page can be found on the G&L website:

SB-1 (2nd style)

The story behind this bass


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I learned about the use of the Schaller PBX pickup through the 1985 SB-1 featured on Greg Gagliano’s wonderful website. I started specifically looking for one with the same finish as my 1st style SB-1 and with this pickup. During 2016, I saw one dated as a 1987 bass and could be had dirt cheap. If you were willing to fly to the town of brotherly love that is. Instead, a 2nd style SB-2 was first acquired. Just a month or 2 later this SB-1 became available through the Chicago Music Exchange. The bass comes with non-original knobs (see picture below). But I happen to have some spares for the period-correct knobs laying around, so who knows? I like the featured knobs though and they are on original CTS pots from 1984. So clearly, it is not a complete pot replacement. With the Chrome flat-wounds the sound is incredible: mellow and deep. Playing the ‘Silly Love Songs’ bass lick is cool and fun.

The story behind this guitar



OCT 3 1985

SEP 24 1985

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