G&L Tribute JB2 vs. Fender Modern Player Jazz Satin
I am looking to get a less expensive, passive, 4-string Jazz bass to complement my more modern sounding EBs (Ray and Bongo fivers).
I have read a lot of great things about the G&L Tribute JB2, but can't find any to try. I was able to try the original Fender MP Jazz (without the coil switching) and am interested in updated version with that feature. The Fender played wonderfully and I hear the same about the G&L.
I want more "old school" tones (low end, low mid and growl). I am not a fan of the scooped tone and am not looking for anything super modern. High end clarity is important, but I don't go for the super trebly top. Of course I can always change pickups on the G&L if it's modern, but I was curious about the playability and quality.
Anybody try/compare/own these two models? Thanks!
Can't Compare to the MP but I own the Tribute JB2. All mine needed was a fret dressing and a good setup. Fret dressing not essential unless you want real low action like I do. I think you can pretty much expect most any sub $500 bass may need a little fret work. I used to own the Squier VM Jazz and my G&L has much better manners. It's not all snarl and bark all the time like the VMJ was. There will be another G&L in my arsenal at some point in the future. For the money the Tribute JB-2 is hard to beat. They can be had for around $400 new even less used. Very playable, fit and finish is very nice.
Thanks, this is helpful. I have seen them for $450-ish, but will keep looking.
I had a couple USA G&L's 10+ years ago. I sold them because I was getting into 5 stringers at the time. I wish I still had the L2000 around.
Oh, I should have mentioned my JB-2 is probably the lightest bass I own. It's very easy on the back and shoulders, at least the one I received is.
I've seen plenty of G&L Tribute guitars in Sam Ash and Guitar Center, but hardly any Tribute basses.
I've never played any Tribute basses, but I've played one or two real G&L basses, and they are fantastic.
I think if you played a Tribute, you wouldn't find any need to replace the pickups, as they sound great.
I have a Tribute Telecaster, and it's build quality to price ratio is very high.
Good luck finding one.
No one apparently has the 2013 Fender MP jazz either. Everyone has the 2012 version w/o coil switching. I may end up buying a bass I can't fully try before I buy in either case.
Thanks for the comments!
About 12 years ago, there was a lot of talk here about how good the Epiphone Jack Casady bass was, but I couldn't find one to try anywhere.
So I ordered one from Musiciansfriend, and I am still glad I did.
I love the sound and feel of a good Fender, and I love my Stingray, and wouldn't think of selling it, but a G&L is something different and special in my opinion.
Did you try the G&L?
Did you like it?
No, I haven't found any to try. I owned an L2000 and L100 for a couple years and can attest to the quality of the USA G&Ls. However, I haven't found any Tribute JB2s.
Most of the online stores have return policies, so I can just go that route and return if it isn't my thing.
Now it just comes down to which one I want buy between the G&L and Fender. :confused:
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