I could use a little help.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by joel406, Feb 6, 2014.


  1. joel406

    joel406

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    Trying to decide between buying a new Fender American Jazz Standard.

    Or the G&L JB-2 or L-2000

    All in 4 string

    Feels like my head is going to explode!

    Please offer any help you can.
  2. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    Have you played either?
  3. joel406

    joel406

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    All of them.
  4. Gorn Captain

    Gorn Captain Supporting Member

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    I'm a recent jazz bass convert. Hard to go wrong.
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  6. walldaja

    walldaja

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    have you played them blindfolded?
  7. Selta

    Selta

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    What problem are you trying to address with your current gear?
  8. Bassisgood4U

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    I'd have to go with the G&L L2000. It's better wood.
  9. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

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    What's one thing you don't like about each?
  10. boristhespider9

    boristhespider9

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    Get the one designed by Leo.

    Do remember, that some of the L2000 have wider necks than a 1.5" Jazz. Make sure you get the neck you want if you buy a G&L.
  11. kevteop

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    They're all good basses. I think the G&Ls look a bit plain, but the L2000 in particular is a very versatile bass.

    That said, I'm always attracted more to basses with pickguards. Currently hankering after a Sandberg P, a Yamaha 1025X, and a 5-string Jazz Deluxe in oly white.

    Well, there you go, apparently one of them has "better wood".

    :rolleyes:
  12. smcd

    smcd Supporting Member

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    I think what he meant to say was that with G&L you have many color options with nice woodgrain that are not available on a Fender in that price range. I do agree with that. Take a look at the color choices in translucent finishes and G&L blows Fender out of the water.



    As far as picking one of the 3 basses the OP listed, I'd wonder what the prices were.
  13. Bassisgood4U

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    I think G&L is a little more picky with the wood they use for the bodies, plus..their necks are generally grainier. Grain equals quality imo.

    G&L is also better with matching neck and body woods for balance.

    Really, I'd be happy with any of the 3.
  14. SirRolfe

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    The L-2000 is the most versatile of all three. It can emulate a precision, jazz, stingray, and 15 other tones--albeit not all 18 switching configurations are equally useful. Just make sure it has a 1.5" neck if you're digging a jazz neck.

    Between the Fender Jazz and the JB-2, in my experience the JB-2 has better build quality. I've seen some strangely cut nuts on Fenders (including one that held the A string too loose so that it rattled). G&L's typically have more options available, since if you're ordering new from a dealer, you're pretty much ordering a custom instrument.

    If you want a more traditional look and the namesake, get the Fender, but choose a good one.

    Or better yet, buy a G&L JB. Best bass I've ever played, ever.
  15. GIBrat51

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    I had a guy tell me once, that the best way to deal with a situation like this (we were discussing motorcycles, but the principle applies) was to look for reasons not to buy the one you're looking at. The one with the fewest negatives is the one to have. Unless there's one of them that you just can't stand to live without...:D

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