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During the 1980s, the 5-string bass began to soar in popularity since it effectively stretched the range of the instrument. In fact, the 5-string bass is considered by many to be the new standard in bass guitars. G&L saw the need to have a 5-string bass in their line-up and Leo Fender designed the L-5000 to meet that need. The L-5000 was a short-lived and rare bass that featured a unique Z-coil pickup.  It was not a very popular 5-string, not because of any lack of sonic capability, but because the neck width was not very comfortable compared to other 5-string basses on the market. In 1993, the L-5500, an entirely new model, was released to address the deficiencies of the L-5000 string spacing, and to further expand the tonal diversity of the instrument.

G&L L-5000 BASS (May 1989)

Body: Solid; 2-piece ash

Finish: Black, polyurethane

Neck: 2-piece flame maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Rosewood; pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets: 21

Pickguard: Black crinkle powder coated aluminum

Bridge: G&L Locktight, black crinkle powder coat

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: G&L/Schaller, open, chrome

Pickups: One, G&L Magnetic Field Design Z-coil humbucking with adjustable pole pieces

Controls: Master volume, master tone

Scale Length: 34 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 3/4 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 13 inches

Body Depth: 1 5/8 inches

Weight: 10.4 lb.

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