When Leo Fender† launched the G&L SB1 bass in 1982, he packed his latest innovations in pickup and bridge design into a straightforward, hard-working bass. At that time the SB1 had an MFD single coil pickup and no pickguard, which was a departure from the classic single-pickup passive bass. By 1985, however, the SB1 had taken the form it has today, with an MFD split-coil humbucking pickup and pickguard. In some way, the SB1 set the stage for several G&L models to come: Leo took a a classic design and applied his core improvements, in this case, the MFD pickup and Saddle Lock bridge.
Like its sister model, the the SB2, this bass starts with a familiar shape, though subtle modifications to its sculpting make it more sleek and balanced. Strap it on and it immediately feels at home, yet somehow more comfortable than you expected. The 1 5/8″ nut-width, C-shaped neck falls immediately to hand, checking in with a comfortable 9 1/2″ radius and 21 Jescar 57110 medium-jumbo nickel-silver frets frets ready to deliver silky playability.
Once the SB1 has nestled into your comfort zone, it’s time to experience just how far Leo evolved the time honored simplicity of a single split-coil pickup. You see, the Magnetic Field Design interpretation of the split-coil was created by Leo to give you more gusto without losing detail and finesse. What’s more, the SB1 features an innovative Leo Fender-designed Saddle-Lock bridge to transfer string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredibly resonant instrument.
The bottom line: SB1 brings the magic of Leo’s own reinterpretation of a classic design, delivering all the tone and feel you'd expect in a “Latter Day Leo” instrument.
Made in Leo Fender’s historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the SB1 is available with a wide range of custom options including body and neck woods, body and neck finishes, neck profiles and pickguard materials.
FeaturesMade in Fullerton California USA
Pickups: Leo Fender†-designed G&L MFD split-coil
Body wood: Alder
Neck Wood: Hard-Rock Maple with Maple fingerboard
Neck Profile: G&L 1 5/8" Medium C with 9 1/2" radius
Frets: Medium Jumbo, Jescar 57110 18% nickel silver
Fret Markers: Side Dots Only
Tuning Keys: Custom G&L "Ultra-Lite" with aluminum tapered string posts
Bridge: Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock with chrome-plated brass saddles
Electronics: volume, tone
Case: deluxe Tolex hardshell
Weight Avg: 8.70 lbs
We are an authorized G&L Dealer. This is a NEW guitar with full warranty. It was removed from its case/box only for pictures and a basic set-up and then placed back in its case. It will arrive in new condition as shown, set up and ready to play. The actual Guitar for sale is shown in the photographs.