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The 1st style SB-2 clearly is based on the Jazz-bass with the 1st style SB-1 a single pickup version. In 1985, the SB-1 became a more Precision-bass like instrument by introducing body contours, a pickguard, and changing the pickup to a split Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickup with slightly offset coils. That same year the 1st style SB-2 evolved into the Lynx Bass. However, in 1987 G&L reintroduced the SB-2 as an interesting mixture of J- and P-bass. Most had a contoured swamp ash body, though this instrument still has a soft maple body, and black wrinkle powder-coated Locktight (Saddle Lock) bridge without the S/N which is now printed on the 3-bolt neck plate. Both the J-bass like MFD bridge pickup and the P-bass like MFD neck pickup are mounted on the body with the latter surrounded by the black wrinkle powder-coated aluminum pickguard. The electronics are interesting: each pickup has its own volume control and there is neither a pickup selector nor tone control. The hard-rock maple neck with maple fingerboard has the usual 34” scale length but a narrow 1½” nut width (see the picture on the ”Entry level models” page comparing the nuts of both style SB-2s), later also found on the ASAT bass, making is feel more like a vintage Jazz-bass. Still in production today basically unchanged, info on the contemporary SB-2 can found at:


G&L SB-2 (2nd style)

The story behind this bass

Year:                  1990

Serial number:    B020774

Neck date:         AUG 2 1990

Body date:         MAY 16 1990

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

Since the entry level guitars are found in both 1st and 2nd style versions in the collection, symmetry needed to be restored in the land of the low-enders too. It all started in 2016 with the search for a 2nd style SB-1, in particular one with a PBX pickup. Initially, that search was not successful but a few weeks later this 2nd style SB-2 became available for an extremely fair price. In writing this text, much was learned about its peculiarities which are all born out when one starts playing this instrument. The P-style pup provides the low-end and roundness of the tone; the J-style pup sparkle and bite. Very easy to dial in some delectable tones with this super simple configuration.