The G&L CLF Research L-1000 is a modern update to a classic, yet lesser known Leo Fender bass design.
G&L is the final legacy of legendary guitar builder Leo Fender. When Leo, along with George Fullerton, founded G&L in 1979 he, in addition to re-working his old iconic designs, set about creating new ones.
In the pantheon of Leo Fender-designed basses, the L-1000 is perhaps the most underrated. Nearly 40 years after the original came out G&L are keeping the design alive with the CLF Research model – named after Leo’s own research company.
Body and Neck
Some basses can be really cumbersome and can take their toll if you play standing up for an extended period of time. Thankfully this model has a Basswood body which is a lightweight material that will save your back some stress!
The maple neck has a comfortable, slim, C-shape neck profile that fits well in the hand. The fingerboard radius is 9 and ½” which is common amongst Leo Fender-designed instrument and is a happy medium between flatter modern radii and the more curved, vintage radius.
The maple fingerboard makes for a very smooth playing experience and it has been said that maple adds a snap and brightness to the tone.
Right in the centre of the body is a G&L Magnetic Field Design (MFD) humbucker. MFD is another of Leo’s innovations and is essentially a ceramic bar magnetic with individually adjustable soft iron pole pieces. In practical terms, this results in higher output per wind giving these a full and powerful sound.
This bass might only have one pickup, but the addition of a 3-way mini-toggle gives the L-1000 impressive tonal versatility. The toggle allows you to select between parallel, split and OMG (a type of treble cut) modes for a variety of sounds in one pickup.
The CLF Research L-1000 features a dual-action truss rod with twin graphite stiffening rods for rock-solid neck stability. The bridge is a G&L Saddle Lock and features chrome-plated brass saddles and, as brass is known for its impressive sustain and resonance, this bridge definitely adds to the L-1000’s tone.
The CLF Research L-1000: Return Of An Icon
In the late 1970s, Clarence Leo Fender was looking forward to launching his new G&L brand featuring his latest innovations including Magnetic Field Design pickups and the Saddle Lock bridge. Leo developed these technologies at his CLF™ Research company, and production of the new G&L instruments took place in the CLF Research factory on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, where G&L production continues today.
The new CLF Research L-1000 is a fully modern “wunkay” that pays homage to its roots with classic details including the early CLF/G&L headstock and neck profile, beautifully reproduced CLF knobs and control plate, and red-capped mini toggle switch.
- Pickups: G&L Magnetic Field humbucking pickup
- Body Wood: Lightweight Basswood
- Neck Wood: Hard Rock Maple w/ Maple fingerboard
- Neck Profile: CLF/G&L 1 5/8" slim 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: Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle Lock with chrome-plated brass saddles
- Electronics: 3-position mini toggle for parallel/split/OMG pickup modes, volume, treble, bass
- Case: Deluxe Tolex hardshell