G&L Tribute JB-2 Natural-Rosewood vs MIM Fender (Price difference is huge)

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  1. bradwarden

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    I am looking for a jazz bass to replace my Cort B4 (I am not good with active basses).

    In my Country, prices are like this:

    G&L Tribute JB-2 : 600 usd
    Fender Standard Jazz Bass (MIM) : 1100 usd
    Squier Classic Vibe Jazz Bass 60s : 725 usd

    With this price tags, G&L Tribute Bass looks line a no-brainer, but I would like to ask you about the hardware quality of this basses, I know there are different quality in same brand/model basses but i also heard that G&L basses have a quality stability.

    Thank you for replies.
     
  2. BulbousMoses

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    Those prices are certainly bizarre. The G & L is a great bass. Hardware is top notch. IMHO, the G&L is the best bass of the three you listed and apparently the cheapest in your country. I wouldn't hesitate to grab the JB-2.
     
  3. bradwarden

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    Thank you for response. In Turkey, every brand but Fender is selling with a reasonable price, but the Fenders are like 3 times expensier than USA prices.
     
  4. BulbousMoses

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    Interesting. The price you listed for the Fender MIM is about what you'd expect to pay for an MIA Jazz here.
     
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  6. bradwarden

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    MIA Jazz is 2060 usd. (American Standart)

    Anyway, i guess the GL is the only option here.
     
  7. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    Sweet goodness $2060.00 for a MIA Jazz? I need to load up some MIA Fenders and head over there beautiful country by the way and the G&L is a great bass.
     
  8. Makatak

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    No brainer, JB-2 has Swamp Ash Boby, 6 bolt neck joint, massive saddle lock bridge, superior quality tuners with Allen key shaft lock, Satin Jass width neck, P Body , mightymite pots , high output G&l Alnico pickups, A mile away from a Mexi Jazz which every student has in their room.
    No need to upgrade the G&l , only things I did to mine was a full shielding job so uber quiet now, even under light dimmers , filed the fret ends and put some Black knurled knobs on it instead of the chrome ones . MIne is the three tone sunburst with Maple neck. I run it through aither an Aguilar DB928 or aphex Bass Xciter outboard preamp before my rig and its the Best Bass tone Ive had,

    If I DID see a cheap MIM Jazz the first thing id check is the neck , ive had several go bad ie. run out of truss rod adjustment and still a Banana. They were all about the 2004 era . The Classic Vibes ive tried have O.K tone but seem to have really weak output, like about 20% less than the G&L, even less than a mid nineties Korean Squier I had , I know you can just " turn your amp up " to compensate, but I like plenty of honk up front instead of trying to bleed it out at the end.The tinted Gloss neck on the Classic vibes is a bit meh too .

    Good luck
     
  9. bradwarden

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    Thank you for your response, for me, the hardware and general quality of the instrument is as important as the tone, with your review and also other people's comments, G&L Tribute can be trusted for the quality for the price.
     
  10. bradwarden

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    I am getting an unused Tribute JB-2 for 500 usd (2years warranty etc etc)

    Thank you for responses.
     
  11. johnson79

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    Definitely the G&L. They're great basses and made very well. No issues there.
     
  12. plankspanker13

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    One point of clarification, from someone who has had both the Tribute and USA versions:
    The Tribute's pickup routings are identical in size, whereas the USA routings are different. If you plan on doing any pickup replacement, this is important to know.

    I do like the Tribby, and would recommend it to anyone. I do not have mine, any longer, but have 2 USA versions that I would never part with. They are my main gig workhorses. I did put DiMarzio humbuckers in both of them, and they are very quiet, in all environments.

    The JB-2 does not get as much love as the other G&L basses with MFD pickups, and is now being overshadowed by the company's MJ-4 offering (and the announcement that there is a MJ-5 in the works). I love mine for being simple, dependable, playing like buttah, and sounding great.

    Enjoy playing yours, wherever it may be from.
     
  13. LoTone

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    I do not understand why the Squier is more expensive than the G&L. I had both and I would go G&L all the way.

     
  14. ombuki

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    When i saw this, I instantly understand that you are in Turkey :)

    Checking this bass for myself too, how are your experience so far?
     

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