The G&L L-1000 was among the first instruments produced by G&L, Leo Fender’s post-Music Man venture, circa 1980. The single-pickup L-1000 was designed by Leo and combines elements of two of his legendary, enduring creations: the Fender Precision Bass and the Music Man Stingray.
This all-original, Mahogany-bodied example was produced in 1981, neck dated April 16th 1981 with a chrome control plate instead of the later black powder-coated cover.
The pickup is Leo’s proprietary MFD (“Magnetic Field Design”) pickup, which is a ceramic (rather than Alnico) pickup. This example has adjustable slot-head pole pieces, which is a rare, short-lived feature bookended by large allen-head pole pieces (1980) and smaller allen-head pole pieces (1982-on).
This bass features passive electronics. The controls are volume/bass boost/treble boost, and the three-way switch provides (left to right) series / single coil / single coil with bass boost. It also features a maple fretboard and black dots. The nut width is 1 11/16″ and the neck profile is thin with a 34″ scale. The truss rod works perfectly and the action is nice and low. This bass plays great. It is in nice shape for its age, showing normal signs of use with some mild scratches checking and what appears to be a sticker mark that was removed. The frets are in good shape and she’s playing clean. Comes with what appears to be the original case!