G&L LB-100 Gets Outstanding Review From Premier Guitar
When Premier Guitar decided to review the G&L LB-100 Bass, they assigned the task to not only one of their top columnist, but a guy who really knows bass. Steve Cook has been heard on stage with Steve Cropper, Randy Brecker, Edwin McCain, Bucky Covington and others. His extensive studio and touring credits run the gamut from rock to jazz to country. The bottom line is, the guy knows what he is talking about when it comes to bass.
So what was the verdict? You can read the entire review here but here's what Steve concluded:
"The LB-100 delivers a tight, focused sound that's a bit more modern than a vintage P, and it does so with warmth you can hear and feel. The more I played, the more convinced I became that this bass can handle any gig. It's expertly made, and its features are well thought-out. The original LB-100's goal was to evolve the traditional P design, and this reissue takes it even further. G&L has simply nailed it here, both tonally and structurally."
In fact, Steve liked the LB-100 so much that he gave it a 4.5 out of 5 rating for Tone, 4.5 out of 5 rating for Playability, 4.5 out of 5 rating for Build/Design, and 4.5 out of 5 rating for Value. That's about as good as it gets!
About the G&L LB-100™ Bass: 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.