Celebrating 40 years of the G&L brand created in 1980 by Leo Fender and George Fullerton, a special edition SB-1 will be available to mark this milestone. Made at the historic factory on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the SB-1 bass is superb example of Leo Fender’s design philosophy.
the 40th Anniversary SB-1 features Leo’s famous MFD split-coil pickup, okoume bodies showcased by a Clear Ruby Red finish, white pearloid pickguard, and a choice of maple or caribbean rosewood fingerboards.
When Leo Fender† launched the G&L SB-1™ bass in 1982, he packed his latest innovations in pickup and bridge design into a straightforward, hard-working bass. At that time the SB-1 had an MFD single coil pickup and no pickguard, which was a departure from the classic single-pickup passive bass. By 1985, however, the SB-1 had taken the form it has today, with an MFD split-coil humbucking pickup and pickguard. In some way, the SB-1 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.
Once the SB-1 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 SB-1 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: SB-1 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 SB-1 is available with a wide range of custom options including body and neck woods, body and neck finishes, neck profiles and pickguard materials.
PICKUPS: Leo Fender†-designed G&L MFD™ split-coil
BODY WOOD: Okoume
NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with choice of Maple or Caribbean Rosewood fingerboard
NECK PROFILE: G&L 1 5/8" Medium 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: volume, tone
CASE: deluxe Tolex hardshell