Bringing back the iconic passive G&L bass from 1980, the CLF Research L-1000 is a showcase in expert craftsmanship and simple design that can tackle any playing style! It’s that rounded, fast shape of the neck combined with the slick feel of an old gloss finish as well as the clean, modern aesthetic of the original CLF/G&L headstock that give this bass that throwback feel.
It’s the tactile delight of those beautiful CLF Research knobs shimmering from an elegant chrome control plate. And of course, there’s the legendary punch of the L-1000’s MFD humbucker in OMG mode.
Now take all that goodness and pack it into the slimmer mid-90s L-Series body shape for added comfort and lower weight, and you can make it through that 3 hour gig with tone and style to spare.
And when you’re on the road, you can count on the neck to be more stable than those beloved vintage wunkays, with a modern dual-action truss rod and twin graphite stiffening rods. Add it all up and you’ve got the best of the vintage CLF vibe with the best of modern G&L elements.
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.
Thin urethane finish choices are:
Pharaoh Gold Firemist over basswood with Caribbean rosewood fingerboard
Old School Tobacco Sunburst over Okoume with Caribbean rosewood fingerboard
Rally Red over basswood with maple fingerboard
Natural Ash with maple fingerboard