G&L USA Basses
Shown in 3-Tone Sunburst over Alder, Tortoise pickguard, Quartersawn Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard and Vintage Tint Gloss finish
The Return of the LB-100
The G&L LB-100 made its debut twenty years ago in response to bassists asking for a subtle evolution of the p-style platform. With a slightly streamlined body shape for improved comfort and balance, the LB-100 also brought the G&L Saddle Lock bridge for richer note definition and sustain. In the late ‘90s tastes were changing and the popularity of the p-style platform waned, and the LB-100 was discontinued.
In those years the G&L LB-100 earned legions of avid fans, among them Garry Beers of INXS. According to Garry:
“I’ve been a diehard Precision Bass fan since I was a kid, and as my career took off with INXS I was fortunate to be able to collect some amazing examples made in the ‘50s and ‘60s. Of course, there’s my number one Fender, a 1958 p-bass which I dearly love. However, the truth is the best p-type basses I’ve played are my G&L LB-100s. The shape, feel, and tone are just superb. I’m excited to see the LB-100 return after all these years.” – Garry Beers of INXS
While the tone remains unchanged, thanks to a faithful recreation of the original LB-100 Alnico V pickup wound in-house at G&L, playability is enhanced with Plek fret processing making this LB-100 the best yet.
Made in Leo Fender’s historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the LB-100 is now available with a wide range of custom options including body and neck woods, body and neck finishes, neck profiles and pickguard materials.
The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive "hook" headstock design, LB-100 and Saddle-Lock, are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. Precision Bass is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
† The personal name, likeness and signature of Mr. Clarence Leo Fender are property of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. and may not be used in any commercial capacity without prior approval. For enquiries regarding the use of the "Leo Fender" name, likeness or signature, please contact us. G&L is not associated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
- PICKUP: G&L Alnico V split-coil humbucking
- BODY WOOD: Alder on Standard and all solid finishes, Swamp Ash on Premier Finishes
- NECK WOOD: Hard Rock Maple with Rosewood or Maple fingerboard
- NECK PROFILE: G&L 1 5/8" Medium C with 9 1/2" radius
- FRETS: Medium Jumbo, Jescar 57110 18% nickel silver
- TUNING KEYS: Custom G&L "Ultra-Lite" with aluminum tapered string posts
- BRIDGE: G&L Saddle Lock with chrome-plated brass saddles
- ELECTRONICS: volume, tone
- CASE: deluxe Tolex hardshell
Live! At Leo's: watch Steve Araujo of The Bass Hang showcase how the LB-100 represents the evolution of the split-coil bass with Leo Fender's latest engineering innovations. The LB-100 is running through the superb BBE BMAX-T bass preamp using the DI out. The Live! At Leo's studio is located at Leo Fender's historic G&L factory on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California - The Birthplace Of Bolt-on™.
Ed Friedland The Bass Whisperer demo of the LB-100: