Ryan Kienle and Those Old Bones

G&L artist Ryan Kienle has a new project with 'Matchbook Romance' bandmate Ryan DePaolo. 'Those Old Bones' is the new creative outlet for the duo and the third single, "We Own The Night," is streaming exclusively on altpress.com today. Ryan told us that the entire project was recorded with his "fleet" of G&L SB-2 basses, and gave us the low-down on the new single.

"I used my 2002 G&L custom SB-2 which has a swamp ash body and maple neck, with a fresh set of DR High Beams (.125 - .65) tuned to Bb through Db. All takes were played with my fingers, with the bridge pickup rolled back ever so slightly, and run through an Aguilar Amplification Tonehammer Preamp/DI. Both the Tonehammer and the "wet" out from the 1/4" ran directly into a Neve compressor. Each output was then sent to separate channels on an API 3124+ preamp before hitting Pro Tools HD. Lately I have found the sweet spot on the preamp to be the Gain set around 9:30 and the AGS engaged. Beyond that, I use the EQ to slightly boost the Bass, push the Treble and use the mid-frequency selector to find just the right growl from the AGS to suit each track. As you can see in the picture, I run a fairly flat setting. The results are THUNDEROUS and come mainly from my beautiful sounding bass!"

Visit 'Those Old Bones' on-line at facebook.com/ThoseOldBones. Check out "We Own The Night" at altpress.com.


Jack Osbourne Interviews Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney for Fuse

Fuse.tv posted a video interview with G&L Signature Artist Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney of Alice in Chains last week. Interviewer Jack Osbourne talks to the duo about the new record, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, as well as influences, development of today's artists, and why they look at each record as if it's their last.


Alice In Chains On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Fans of Alice In Chains got a special treat this week when the band performed the single "Stone" from the upcoming album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, on ABCs Jimmy Kimmel Live! The Sony Outdoor Stage was definitely rockin' and G&L signature artist Jerry Cantrell played his black Rampage Signature Model (complete with AIC logo) that we built built for him. In case you missed it, here's the video.

But that's not all. The band also performed "Man In The Box" and "Hollow" off-air, for the studio crowd and if you look close, you'll also see Jerry playing a Rampage Signature Model in Ivory.

Alice In Chains will be touring the US in May before heading to Denmark, The UK and Brazil later this summer. Pre-orders are being taken now for the new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which drops May 28. Visit www.aliceinchains.com for more information.


G&L Provides the Bass Groves for Young the Giant

G&L Feature Artist: Payam Doostzadeh
of Young the Giant

"I think every bass player should own a G&L"

Over the past few years, Young the Giant has been dominating the airwaves with uniquely titled songs like, My Body, Appartment, and most recently Cough Syrup. With engaging lyrics, addicting hooks, and the self-proclaimed “Orange County sound”, these indie-rockers are a leading force in modern-alternative rock music.

We caught up with G&L enthusiast Payam Doostzadeh, bassist for Young the Giant, and had a great time discussing the band, touring, and of course our favorite topic, guitars by George and Leo.

Payam with G and L JB BassWhich bass is your favorite?

”I’d have to say my baby blue JB, and it plays even better than it looks. I love the maple neck, the pickups and that fat G&L saddle lock bridge.”

How long have you been playing G&L for?

“I've been playing G&L basses almost exclusively for about 10 years. It started with my purchase of a custom JB-2 at Jim’s Music in Irvine, CA. I had been a customer of Jim's ever since I was renting violins for orchestra. As I started playing in bands in my early teens I was continually stopping in to see what they had. One day Rob Joly, one of the owners, came up to me and said, "Hey man, you gotta check out these basses, they’re not gonna stay for long." He went to the back and pulled out a Fender custom 5 string and a G&L custom JB-2, both had been acquired from a collector. Up until that time I was playing on one of those Squier p-bass starter packs. I tried them both and immediately fell in love with the G&L. I wanted it so bad, but I told Rob I couldn't just make the upgrade from a Pinto to a Ferrari without any middle transition. Rob convinced me I should, and I’m glad I did. Today that JB-2 still remains one of my favorite basses.”

Payam from Young the GiantAwesome story Payam. So, how does Young the Giant go about the songwriting process?

”Strangely, we’re completely democratic in everything we do, including the songwriting process. We have been living together in various houses around SoCal for the past 5 years in between tours, which has really expedited the songwriting process. Sometimes we write songs just from a group jam, or one person will have a riff that they like and will bring it to practice and we will all expand on it. Sometimes we build songs from separate tracking in our home studio. Other times one of us will have a complete idea on piano/acoustic guitar and the rest of us will help arrange, add parts, and work on lyrics. So, I guess it just depends. There really isn’t a set pattern.”

What is coming up for the band?

”We finished a 3 year touring cycle in the fall of 2012 and are now all living together in a house in Palos Verdes. We've spent the last couple months writing songs and kind of decompressing from touring 10 months out of the year for several years. We are about ready to get into the studio and record LP2! We have some upcoming summer festival dates and are currently having conversations about late summer/fall tours... So, keep an eye out!”

What kind of rig are you using in the studio?

”For the last record I used my G&L JB-2 through a SVT-VR + SVT-810AV. Our producer at the time, Joe Chiccarelli, was always raving about how good the JB-2 sounded through the DI.”

Any special tips or tricks you use with your G&L’s?

”I string all my basses with flat-wounds. Sometimes I like to throw nylon tape wounds on my basses too, although I prefer the tape wounds on my fretless.”

How would you describe your tone?

”Considering my use of flat-wounds, I would say my tone is more of a deeper soul sound than aggressive rock. I also don't really use any pedals except for a fuzz and a bass micro synth for octaver and filter sweep effects (which I use very sparingly). I usually favor both pickups on my jazz basses but sometimes only use the neck pickup for that classic p-bass sound. It’s crazy how much you can get the JB-2 to sound like a vintage Fender p-bass by just using that neck pickup.”

What is your recommendation to a new player who is just getting started

”I think that every bass player should own a G&L at some point. I picked up the JB-2 after only a year of playing. The difference the G&L made to my playing over the Squier I learned on was paramount. You learn to respect the instrument much more as it opens the doors to tonality and playability. A great instrument really goes a long way in helping you improve as a player.”

Young the Giant tour dates.

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Guitarist Dan Weller: Over A Decade With G&L

Nashville based guitarist Dan Weller is enjoying the career that most guitar players only dream about. As a Nashville "go-to" kind of guy, Dan has worked with an illustrious list of artists that includes Colt Ford, Montgomery-Gentry, Kid Rock, Jason Aldean, Darius Rucker and others. Dan is currently on the road with Republic Nashville act Florida-Georgia Line who are touring in support of their new album HERE'S TO THE GOOD TIMES.

We recently caught up with Dan during a week of sold-out shows and asked him about his guitars.

"G&Ls have been my main touring and studio guitars for over 10 years. I've yet to find anything that can travel as well. Between hot, dry, cold and wet conditions, they're always reliable and rock solid! The 12" radius necks feel like home and the body woods are always so resonant and simply a joy to play! I love my G&Ls!"

Dan's current arsenal of G&Ls includes an ASAT Classic, Legacy Special and an L-2500 and we couldn't be more happy that he has spent over a decade with G&L. Catch Dan on tour this Spring with Florida-Georgia Line. Visit www.floridageorgialine.com for more information and a complete list of tour dates.


G&L Feature Artist: Fox Fagan

Bassist for Grammy Nominee Wilson Philips talks about his transition to the SB-1.

Fox Fagan

We caught up with renowned vocalist/bassist Fox Fagan (Wilson Phillips, Teleskopes) to discuss his recent recent switch to the G&L SB-1 Bass.

What lead you to try out the G&L SB-1 bass?

It was actually the guys at the factory that suggested I try the SB-1. It's a passive bass with just the split-coil MFD pickup, so it sounds and plays similar to a p-bass which is what I was playing at the time.

What do you think of the SB-1’s tone?

I really dig the tone a lot. It has similar qualities to the p-bass tone that I love, but it has better clarity in the bottom end through mid range, and it is even across all the strings.

How does the SB-1 feel?

It’s light and the action is fast! It’s great to hold, especially when you’re on stage all evening.

How does the SB-1 fit into the overall band mix?

It lays the bed for the band and just really sits in nicely. With my other basses, the band members would have to scoop out the bottom end in their monitors, so they could get the bass with out a low rumble. They told me that they don't have to do this when the SB-1 is coming through because it has a much more balanced sound.

Everybody really loves the tone from this bass.

In addition to your band Teleskopes, you're currently planning with Grammy nominee Wilson Phillips. What do you have coming up?

Well, I just got back from Manila with Wilson Phillips, where we played a 20 thousand seater arena which was brilliant! We played at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco over the weekend, and we have shows scheduled all around the states through the first half of this year. It's a great gig and the girls are amazing people to work with.

We know you're busy Fox, so we won’t keep you much longer. Is there anything else you’d like to share with aspiring bassists out there?

Sure, I had an interesting compliment at the San Francisco show. This guy said he was watching me he said that I didn't look bored once! Apparently that's rare for bass players...so I guess the moral there is, love what you do.

Click here for Fox Fagan tour dates and more.


James Cruz and his M-2000 on The View!

Bassist James Cruz and his G&L M-2000 laid down a soulful groove on Monday morning's episode of The View.

As a member of Gavin DeGraw's band, James is known for his smooth grooves, impeccable style and of course his arsenal of G&L basses. Armed with his new M-2000, James delivered a rich foundation to the stellar duet of Gavin and Grammy Award winner Colbie Caillat.

We caught up with James after the performance and he had great things to say about the new bass:

"My red M-2000 sounded stellar and played beautifully. Every G&L bass I own feels like an old friend and each delivers tone and consistency I can depend on.”

Check out the performance:

Check out the M-2000 here.


Introducing the new ASAT Bass Tom Hamilton Signature Model

Putting the Punch in the Aerosmith Sound

Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton has been playing G&L ASAT Basses for nearly twenty years since he bought his first blue metal flake ASAT Bass at 48th Street Custom Guitars in New York City. Since then, G&L has built several more ASAT Basses in a variety of finishes, but there’s something about G&L’s over-the-top metal flake finishes that keeps him coming back for more.

Tom loves the tone, the way the ASAT Bass cuts through the mix in a live setting and the way it tracks beautifully in the studio. Why mess with such a good thing? Well, after listening carefully to Tom’s live performance and studio tracks, G&L VP Engineering Paul Gagon thought he could dial in the pickups to suit Tom’s style even more. Ideas were exchanged and prototypes were built, carefully moving the output and resonant peak until the perfect spec was nailed. Aiden Mullen, Tom’s tech, had this to say:

“The new bass you built for Tom is fantastic, and he started tracking with it like twenty minutes after it arrived. Every G&L we get is excellent, and the new pickups are perfect.”

Today, G&L is proud to introduce the new ASAT Bass Tom Hamilton Signature Model featuring the new “Hamiltone” Magnetic Field Design humbucking pickups mounted in a Western Sugar Pine body for reduced weight and an aged-satin-finished quartersawn maple neck that better withstands the rigors of worldwide touring. Naturally, the model features G&L’s stunning metal flake finishes, available in Blue, Red or Turquoise Metal Flake with a fresh twist: Silver Metal Flake faux double-binding for even more visual pop on stage. Tom’s signature and special caricature are placed discreetly on the rear of the headstock.

ASAT Bass Tom Hamilton in Turquoise Metal Flake

ASAT Bass Tom Hamilton in Red Metal Flake

ASAT Bass Tom Hamilton in Blue Metal Flake

The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive “hook” headstock design, ASAT, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.


Introducing the new ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico

Following on the heels of the ASAT Classic Alnico, the G&L crew in Fullerton turned their attention to bringing uncompromising alnico sonic flavor to the three-pickup ASAT Classic ‘S’. The single-coil Alnico V bridge pickup created by Leo Fender† and specced by G&L’s Paul Gagon belts out meaty twang that that’ll stop you in your tracks. Flip to the Alnico V neck pickup and you’ll discover Gagon’s spec offers a fuller tone that leaves traditional, anemic T-style neck pickups in the dust.

What’s more, the two pickups pair beautifully for an exceptionally sweet, jangly tone bursting with harmonics. But the ASAT Classic ‘S’ Alnico goes even further, with a reverse-wound, reverse-polarity G&L CLF-100 Alnico V pickup (as used on the G&L Legacy) in the middle. The result is the sweet, evocative “quack” of a good S-style axe. And we’ve added what is becoming a staple of G&L three-pickup axes: a push/pull tone pot that gives you the classic neck/bridge combination as well as all three pickups together, for a unique sonic depth that G&L players love.

To commemorate the introduction of the new 'S', G&L has commissioned a special 50-instrument production of ASAT Classic ‘S’ Alnico Launch Edition guitars. The Launch Edition features a Sugar Pine body coated in a gorgeous new Autumn Burst finish. The combination of Sugar Pine and Alnico magnet pickups harks back to early prototype instruments created by Leo Fender. This Launch Edition ‘S’ is a thoughtful blending of the best of old-school Leo with 21st century G&L quality and playability, including Plek fret processing.

Made in the historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico is available with a wide range of custom options including body and neck woods, body and neck finishes, neck profiles and pickguard materials.

ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico

The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive “hook” headstock design, ASAT, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.

† 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.


Bass Musician Magazine Reviews JB bass
from the G&L 2012 Special Collection: Nearly Naked

October 2012 - Check out the latest love for G&L, the G&L 2012 Special Collection JB courtesy of Bass Musician Magazine, the online magazine for bass players and the bass industry.

This particular bass was loaned to BMM for the review by G&L dealer Watermelon Music in Davis, CA. That's right, straight off the wall and into the hands of reviewer Eric Parsons who was clearly impressed.

"The neck is trim and fast, the PLEK finished action is smooth, precise and easily accommodates both finger playing and slapping with little extraneous pickup or fret noises."

"Plugged into an amp, the sound of the bass is extremely focused and responsive. When I hit a note it is immediately all there, there is no lag time for the note to bloom or build."

"Playing the bass with a pick and palm mute provides just the right amount of thud accompanied by the definitive snap of the pick - a perfect tonal balance."

"This bass is versatile, extremely quiet, [especially for single coil pickups] and will work in a variety of musical situations."


Ascari GTS and Fiorano GTS win Guitar World Platinum Awards

September 2012 - There's nothing more rewarding than winning the the prestigious Guitar World Platinum Award. But when you show up with two new guitars and both go Platinum, now that's a pretty awesome achievement.

What else would you expect from G&L and the dream team of Paul Gagon and Grover Jackson, the masterminds behind these killer axes? Ascari GTS and Fiorano GTS breath new life into the segment where flashy looks are a given but substance often falls short.

These axes deliver far more than their price tag suggests, with no excuses or compromises. They say you get what you pay for. We say you can get a lot more.

Read the full review.



Guitar World's Paul Riaro Video Review
of Ascari GTS and Fiorano GTS

September 2012 - Fresh from Guitar World is this sweet video review from the one-and-only Paul Riario. Check it out below.




Guitar Player Magazine Reviews Ascari GTS and Fiorano GTS

August 2012 - There's nothing like a great review to turn heads, and when the mag is Guitar Player and the reviewer is Dave Hunter, you know it's going to create a major buzz. What's more, when the guitars are designed by Paul Gagon and Grover Jackson, you know they're going to be amazing. Check out the full review. Here's a couple of tasty bits about the Ascari GTS from Dave's review:

"There are plenty of elegant details here, from the neatly applied trans red polyurethane finish on the beautifully flamed top, to the bound body and fretboard, to the abalone 'G&L' and fan inlays on the headstock."

"Plugged into a variety of amps, the Ascari GTS dished out a range of gutsy to fiery tones. The bridge 'bucker puts some bite into even an amp set for clean tones, but you can dial that down effectively at the guitar, or pop up the tone control to twang it up further."

"The Ascari GTS easily gets you where a guitarist seeking a contemporary yet classic-leaning hot-rod of the breed is likely to want to go, and it looks great and plays effortlessly while doing so. "


New G&L Tribute Series S-500 Features Mahogany Body

Fullerton, CA – July 28, 2012 – The G&L S-500™ debuted in 1983 as Leo Fender’s own evolution of the double-cutaway bolt-on axe, showcasing his G&L innovations including the Dual-Fulcrum™ vibrato and Magnetic Field Design™ single-coil pickups. These MFD™ pickups deliver a sparkly top end and robust bottom end without losing midrange focus. Supported by the S-500’s PTB™ (Passive Treble and Bass), a wide range of tones can be dialed in from traditional glassy to all-out punch. A push-pull expander switch on the treble pot allows additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge and all three pickups together.

The new G&L Tribute Series S-500 delivers the quintessential modern Leo experience with a twist that harkens back to one of his favorite pairings: the power of MFD pickups mellowed by the porosity of a mahogany body.

Leo Fender’s forward-looking spirit is clearly embodied in the G&L S-500, a guitar he designed for players with a progressive mindset. And with its affordable price, the new G&L Tribute Series S-500 makes authentic Latter-Day-Leo flavor accessible to every working musician.

Available in:

  • Tobacco Sunburst over mahogany, 3-ply black pickguard, tinted gloss neck finish, rosewood fingerboard
  • Vintage White over mahogany, 3-ply white pickguard, tinted gloss neck finish, rosewood fingerboard

Tribute Series S-500

The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive “hook” headstock design, Tribute, S-500, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.

† 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.


Introducing the new ASAT Classic Alnico

While the G&L ASAT® Classic is Leo’s final word on the traditional single-cutaway bolt-on axe with its Magnetic Field Design single-coil pickups, the new ASAT Classic Alnico has arrived to blend latter-day-Leo with uncompromising Alnico sonic flavor. The single-coil Alnico V bridge pickup created by Leo Fender† and specced by G&L’s Paul Gagon belts out meaty twang that that’ll stop you in your tracks. Flip to the Alnico V neck pickup and you’ll discover Gagon’s spec offers a fuller tone that leaves those anemic old pickups in the dust. What’s more, the two pickups pair beautifully for an exceptionally sweet, jangly tone bursting with harmonics.

Made in the historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the ASAT Classic Alnico is available with a wide range of custom options including body and neck woods, body and neck finishes, neck profiles and pickguard materials.

To commemorate the initial production of these Alnico pickups, G&L has commissioned a special 100 instrument production of ASAT Classic Alnico Launch Edition guitars. The Launch Edition features a Sugar Pine body and coated in a gorgeous new Autumn Burst finish. The combination of a Sugar Pine body and Alnico magnet pickups harkens back to early prototype instruments created by Leo Fender: this is a thoughtful remix that blends the best of old-school Leo with 21st century G&L quality and playability including Plek fret processing.

ASAT Classic Alnico

The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive “hook” headstock design, ASAT, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.

† 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.


G&L Expands Tribute Series With New M-2000 and M-2500 Basses

Fullerton, CA – June 25, 2012 – Three decades ago, the G&L L-2000™ bass served notice that company founder Leo Fender† was ready to disrupt the status quo of bass design. Now the new Tribute Series M-2000™ and M-2500™ harness that power with a sonic palate that will surprise and delight new and die-hard G&L fans alike.

Leo’s MFD™ humbuckers have always been the heart of the iconic L-Series. In the all-new M-Series, these powerhouses are voiced to fully exploit a studio-quality 18v preamp system that incorporates volume, pickup blend, treble, middle and bass controls creating an amazing array of tonal possibilities for any playing style. The new M-Series preamp harnesses the power of those meaty MFD humbuckers without a hint of clipping. The feel of the M Series Basses is familiar and every design aspect rock solid.

The best tools are simple, intuitive and easy to use, and that’s exactly what you’ll find in the new M-Series package. Experience the evolution of Leo’s revolution at your local G&L dealer.

Available in:

  • Honeyburst over swamp ash, clear satin neck finish, rosewood fingerboard
  • Gloss Black over basswood, clear satin neck finish, maple fingerboard
  • 3-Tone Sunburst over swamp ash, clear satin neck finish, maple fingerboard (M-2000)
  • Blueburst over swamp ash, clear satin neck finish, rosewood fingerboard (M-2000)

Tribute Series S-500

The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive “hook” headstock design, Tribute, L-2000, M-2000, M-2500, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.

† 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.


New G&L Tribute Series ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Models

Fullerton, CA – June 18, 2012 – With three of G&L’s most popular finishes borrowed from its Fender Avenue facility in Fullerton California, G&L has launched new Tribute Series ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow models sporting a decidedly upscale appearance to complement their premium tone and feel.

Each of these new Bluesboys is equipped with a semi-hollow body made of genuine American Swamp Ash, Paul Gagon-designed AS4255C alnico neck humbucker, Leo Fender†-designed G&L MFD™ single coil bridge pickup made in Fullerton, California, and a classic boxed-steel bridge with individually machined brass saddles, all working in harmony to produce rich, authentic G&L tone. That G&L neck feel is all there, too, with a 1 5/8" nut-width, medium-C profile and 12" radius for deep bends. All this goodness adds up to the sort of experience normally expected from a guitar costing two to three times the price.

Magazines around the world have praised G&L Tribute Series models for their high-end performance and strong value, and these new Bluesboy Semi-Hollow models have arrived to take it to a new level.

Available in:

  • G&L Blonde, tortoise pickguard, tinted gloss neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • G&L Clear Orange, 3-ply creme pickguard, tinted gloss neck with maple fingerboard
  • G&L Old-School Tobacco Sunburst, 3-ply BWB pickguard, tinted gloss neck with rosewood fingerboard

Tribute Series S-500

The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive “hook” headstock design, Tribute, ASAT, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.

† 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.


Interview with INXS bassist, Garry Beers.

INXS is alive and very well. We recently had a chance to chat with INXS bassist, Garry Beers, while he was in Oz. He talked to us about their gear, how much fun writing new music is and how formidable 30,000 fans can be to the new guy.

How does it feel being on tour back in US again?
We finished a US/Canadian tour back in September and are presently concentrating on shows in South America, Australia and Europe. We are out road testing some new songs and a great new singer we have from Dublin by the name of Ciaran Gribbin. It may sound cliche, but the band is REALLY enjoying performing and writing right now.

Does it feel like the rock n’ roll machine that INXS was back in the day?
In a way it does. We had always considered the band to be this unstoppable machine but time and recent events have shown us that it is much more than that. It has a soul of it's own that has helped us stay focused in life and beyond.

How has the band evolved from its classic incarnation?
We feel that right now, at this point in the band's career, is a very powerful moment for us. We feel something very special happening both musically and spiritually with the band.

How is it the same?
Five of the six original members are still together and loving every minute of playing together, even after 35 years of doing so! We are still the family that we have always been and will always have a collection of music that is second to none… in my humble opinion.

What is the songwriting process now within the group?
We are all writers but of course we are lucky enough to have Andrew Farriss as our main writer. Andrew has now brought Ciaran into the band and already the songs are flowing and inspirational.

What G&L gear is in use by the group?
We all use G&L guitars live and in the studio. Andrew and Tim use the ASAT Classics mixed into their collections and Kirk's number one guitar live is his red S-500. My one and only live bass is a custom blue LB-100 that I have been using exclusively since 1997 since the custom department made it for me.

What BBE Sound pedals are in use by the group?
We use an assortment, including the Mind Bender, the Boosta Grande, the Sonic Maximizer, the Supa-Charger power supply, plus some older fuzz pedals. The pedals are very reliable and I can honestly say that we have never had an issue with them in years of touring.

What is in Store for 2012 for INXS?
Right now we are busily planning the next phase in our journey, which will have us pretty busy in 2012. We will be recording new material and touring to get ourselves around the world and play to as many people as possible. Have to say that having Ciaran onboard is so much fun for us. He is a very talented, experienced and balanced individual and his first 2 shows with us recently in South America were to 30,000 people! I guess sometime the rest of us kind of forget how long we have been performing as a band and to what degree we have achieved this, but the look on Ciaran's face during and after these shows was priceless. 

Stay tuned!!
- Garry -


Introducing the new M-Series basses.

When Leo Fender† introduced the iconic G&L L-2000 in 1981, the father of the electric bass was ready to disrupt the status quo. The L-Series was revolutionary in ways that truly mattered – flexibility and versatility – and offered an amazing range of tones from a single instrument.

30 years later, the new M-Series basses have built upon that legacy and are ready to reveal a new and improved sonic palate that's a force to be reckoned with.

The Studio is On-Board.
The twin MFD humbuckers have been voiced to take maximum advantage of the new studio-quality 18v preamp system designed by G&L's R&D wizard Paul Gagon. Gagon says: "The new preamp lets you hear the crisp detail and punch of the MFD pickups, the nuance of the strings and the resonance of the wood, all without artificial coloration."

Flexibility is Nothing Without Control.
Building on a solid foundation, the M-Series' intuitive and ergonomic controls unlock a musician's full creative potential. The controls are fit to the hand – a player's design that's rewarding and easy to use. And in place of the original L-spec pickup selector toggles, the M-Series features a pan control to explore the full range of sounds available between the two pickups.

Learn more about the new M-Series basses.

M-Series Basses

† 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 commercial 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.


Korina Collection gets taken for a test drive by Guitar Player.

“Classic Tele snap and bite with varying degrees of Gibson-inspired fat midrange and thick lows.” This is just one of the many flattering statements James Nash says while reviewing the G&L Korina Collection in the Holiday 2011 issue of Guitar Player.

G&L Korina Collection review in Guitar Player magazineThe review offers six pages of pics, specs, in-depth commentary and also a video demo (see below) of all three guitars from our Korina collection, including the ASAT Classic Bluesboy, Deluxe II and Junior II.

Click here to download the complete review. And here's a little taste of what Guitar Player had to say:

ASAT Classic Bluesboy
“The combination of vintage neck depth with more modern radius and frets are immensely playable, and the factory PLEK setup is stellar.”

ASAT Deluxe II
“I enjoyed flicking between all three pickup settings without ever feeling the need to tweak an amp or step on a pedal.”

ASAT Junior II (Editors’ Pick!)
“Enormous tone brimming with sparkle and clarity, but with big-time fatness and lower midrange push, and outstanding balance from neck to bridge. What’s not to like?”

Korina demo with James Nash

Watch James Nash demo the G&L Korina Collection.


Newsflash: Jon Cain of Journey Loves His New ASAT Classic Bluesboy

Fullerton, Calif., October 7, 2011 - Jon's out on tour with Journey and received his new Bluesboy. He fell in love with it (as did the whole Journey crew) and Jon performed with it the same night.

Read what Jon had to say on his new G&L Featured Artist page!


Newsflash: Andrew W.K. Orders Up an ASAT Bass Semi-Hollow

Fullerton, Calif., September 23, 2011 - Andrew W.K. just ordered an ASAT Bass Semi-Hollow in Royal Purple with matching headstock and maple fingerboard. This thing is going to look sweet and we're looking forward to hearing this bass in action. For more on Andrew, check out the Andrew W.K. site.


Steeped in Rock-Guitar History, Ass-Kickingly Modern: The G&L Ascari and Fiorano

G&L’s first-ever set-neck, 3-tuners-to-a-side guitars, inspired by Leo.

Fullerton, Calif., September 19, 2011 - G&L has broken its own mold. The company founded by the man synonymous with bolt-on guitars has introduced its first set-neck, three-tuners-to-a-side instruments, tapping into a deep vein of hard rock with G&L’s characteristic innovation and quality. Introducing the G&L Ascari and Fiorano, part of G&L’s Tribute Series.

The inspiration was a long-lost drawing of G&L founder Leo Fender’s own concept for a 24¾” scale, twin-humbucker, 3-by-3-tuner axe. G&L discovered it two years ago, creativity ensued, and today rock players have two seriously new options. The details:

  • Mahogany body with flame maple top; mahogany neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 24¾” scale, 22 medium-jumbo frets (Ascari); 25½” scale, 24 frets (Fiorano)
  • 12” radius neck, 1-11/16” at nut; modern slim C profile
  • TonePros locking bridge and tailpiece; G&L custom-designed humbuckers
  • Trans Red or Trans Black bound bodies; comes with G&L gig bag (U.S.)

The Ascari’s shape and specs put it squarely in the long tradition of versatile, expressive rock guitars. The Fiorano’s 25½” scale and 24-fret neck deliver de-tuned heaviness and brutal riffing to go with its more aggressive curves. Each has humbuckers custom-developed by G&L VP of Engineering Paul Gagon. Both guitars deliver a full palette of expressive rock tones.

There’s another back-story: Gagon enlisted long-time friend and former colleague Grover Jackson, founder of Jackson Guitars, to collaborate on the curvaceous bodies and classic headstock. Fittingly, G&L named these striking high-performance guitars after iconic Italian racetracks.

Get the full story.


G&L Instruments at NYC's Germano Studios

March 2011 - Five years after shutting the doors on The Hit Factory, arguably the most well known recording studio in the world, Troy Germano is back in NYC after consulting with European studios for a number of years. With his latest trend-setting facility in Noho, Germano Studios, Troy has created a relaxed environment that's attracting many of today's hottest artists.

Germano Studios' client roster includes Alicia Keys, Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, Matisyahu, Bruce Springsteen, LeAnn Rimes, Lady Gaga, John Mayer, Beyonce, Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and more. Without question, Troy is once again one of the new shining stars in the commercial studio business.

Only The Best At Germano Studios

With a sophisticated boutique vibe, all of Troy’s house gear is high-end hip, from G&L instruments and hand-wired amps to the latest SSL Duality mixing desks and plugins including the BBE Sonic Sweet and Stompware.

At right: Troy Germano (standing) and Technical Director, Jay Whalen in the Studio 1 Control Room


"The G&L additions have strengthened our bass and guitar arsenal at the studios and the clients have already noticed the difference these instruments have made." - Troy Germano

Germano Studios
   
Germano Studios Germano and G&L: Superior Instruments for Superior Tracks

Germano Studios insists on the very best instruments for his clients. That's why Germano Studios has G&L instruments including the G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy and SB-2 ready for tracking.

At left: Troy Germano in Studio 2 Live Room


"The addition of the G&L SB-2 and the ASAT Classic Bluesboy have helped the studios on sessions that normally would have rented inferior instruments.

On a recent Jamie Squire session, the SB-2 bass helped shape a track's bass line that was unachievable with any other bass on hand at the studios."
- Troy Germano

"The G&L Bluesboy and the SB-2 bass are both killer instruments with great tone."- Jay Whalen

Learn more about Germano Studios

New Yukon Gold Metallic for G&L USA models

Yukon Gold Metallic

March 2011 - We can't remember how many times we tinkered with the formula to find just the right hue, but when we finally struck gold, we knew it. You see, we had a vision of Yukon Gold just as the hearty miners picked out of the dusty hills of the Yukon Territory in 1897. It had to feel authentic, gutsy, hard-won. One look at Yukon Gold Metallic and you can sense the pioneering American spirit of our forefathers as well as the passion that goes into everything we do here at G&L.

If you'd like to get your hands on a gleaming nugget like this one, ask your G&L dealer for an ASAT Classic in Yukon Gold Metallic with a 1-ply Black pickguard and a Rosewood #1 neck with the new Light Tint Gloss neck finish.


New Tangerine Metallic for G&L USA models

Tangerine Metallic

February 2011 - Just one look this Legacy and you can almost taste the flavor bursting from a perfectly ripened tangerine. That's Tangerine Metallic, a delicious new Standard Finish from the crew in Fullerton. Mmmm... we can't get enough of this yummy finish. We posted this photo on the G&L Musical Instruments Facebook page and the response is just as bonzo as with Margarita Metallic!

If you'd like to order an Legacy just like this one, ask for it in Tangerine Metallic, a Pearl pickguard, and a Rosewood #1 neck with the clear satin neck finish. This color combo is also sweet on an S-500, Comanche and more.


New Margarita Metallic for G&L USA models

Margarita Frost

February 2011 - Check out Margarita Metallic, a delicious new Standard Finish from the G&L crew here on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California. This SB-2 is sporting the optional satin "frost" top coat, so we call this Margarita Frost. Hey, everyone likes a margarita in a nice frosty glass, right? We sure do. Mmmm... tasty. We posted this photo on the G&L Musical Instruments Facebook page and the response was fantastic!

Want to get an SB-2 just like this one? Ask your G&L dealer for an SB-2 in Margarita Metallic with satin "frost" top coat (or just say "Margarita Frost" like we do), a 1-ply black pickguard, and a quarter-sawn Maple #8 neck with a clear satin neck finish. This color combo is also sweet on a Legacy, S-500, Comanche and more.


Check out Die So Fluid!

You've gotta check out Die So Fluid, a seriously kick-ass trio fronted by a gorgeous but potentially lethal bass player who goes by the name "Grog". This UK-based band is aggressive, powerful and tight, as Grog anchors the wall of sound on her G&L L-2000 while belting out passionate, intense vocals.

Just two days ago Die So Fluid released a new album called 'The World Is Too Big For One Lifetime'. DSF is scheduling a US tour soon, so we'll keep you posted. Check out the video on the Featured Artist page for Die So Fluid.

Grog DSF DSF album


Above: DSF's new album
'The World Is Too Much For One Lifetime'

Left: Grog of DSF with her L-2000