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Featured on the January 15, 1990 price list, G&L offered something on the Deluxe version of the 2nd style SB-1 and SB-2 not seen on any ‘entry level’ bass that came before. The 34” scale hard-rock maple neck on the Deluxe version came with a 7½” radius rosewood fingerboard instead of maple used up to that point. One can also see that a (contoured) swamp ash body in Natural finish is a special option beyond the solid colors. This bass has the G&L Magnetic Field Design (MFD) version of the Precision bass inspired split pickup and instead of plastic, now a black wrinkle powder-coated aluminum pickguard. Otherwise, it still has a Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge, simple volume and tone controls, a nut width of 1⅝”, and a headstock without G&L teat, just as before. For the current day SB-1, check out the G&L site at:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/basses/SB1/index.asp.

G&L SB-1 Deluxe

The story behind this bass

Year:                 1990

Serial number:    B020597

Neck date:         JUL 17 1990

Body date:         SEP 10 1990, marked ‘#5’, ‘5¼’

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

I had lost out on an all Black SB-1 Deluxe a couple of weeks before this beautiful bass came on the market through the Poway Pawn Shop in Poway, CA. And in much better condition than the Black one mind you. Although maple and rosewood fretboards have been rather consistently available in the BBE-era, it is rewarding to have such a nice exemplar of a rather rare pre-BBE model. Even most G&L aficionados don’t realize the Deluxe was an actual separate model with its own entries on a price list. It took even me until 2016 to grog that and only by amassing a slew of price lists! It is a little heavy. But boy! Does this bass have a killer sound. My! Oh, my! All the tones you ever wanted to get out of a P-bass. This will be one I will grab a lot of times.