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L2000 vs JB-2 vs Fender Jazz bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by mbernard110, Jul 24, 2012.


G&L Tribute L2000 vs JB-2 vs Fender MIM Jazz Bass

  1. L2000

    64 vote(s)
    51.6%
  2. JB-2

    36 vote(s)
    29.0%
  3. MIM Jazz Bass

    24 vote(s)
    19.4%
  1. mbernard110

    mbernard110

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    Hi, I am a longtime lurker of this great forum, in the market for a tribute series G&L L2000 or JB-2 or a MIM Fender Jazz bass. I would like to know opinions in terms of weight, sound, parts quality, and any other info you guys can give. And I have read that G&L tribute JB's have superior hardware compared to a MIM Jazz, so I would also like to know of any good/recommended mod's that could be made to make the MIM a better bass. Thanks!!!
     
  2. Low Class

    Low Class Supporting Member

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    G& L2000 or JB2 you can't go wrong with, just a matter of which suits you better. The MIM Fender...not even in the same league!!
     
  3. tylerwylie

    tylerwylie Supporting Member

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    This.
     
  4. seventhsunbass

    seventhsunbass

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    ....and a big Ditto from the mountains of the East.
     
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  6. StrangerDanger

    StrangerDanger Neo Maxie Zoom Dweebie Supporting Member

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    A tribute G&L has a 1.75" nut width and is going to play very differently from a JB-2 or a MIM Jazz FWIW.
     
  7. mbernard110

    mbernard110

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    Ok, thanks guys! Any other recommendations within that price range? I am having trouble finding a good L2000 in the finish I want (natural w/ maple fretboard).
     
  8. FrenchBassQC

    FrenchBassQC Supporting Member

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  9. Flabass

    Flabass

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    I've never owned a G&L Tribute but I understand their build quality is very good. Same electronics as their USA models. I do own two USA L-2000's, one with the 1.75 and the other with a 1.5 neck. I also own a USA SB-2 which right now is my go to bass. I have two MIM Jazz and one MIM Precision. If I had the money, I would always go with the USA G&L. But if money is an issue and the neck is not an issue, I'd go with the L2000 Tribute. Just my HO.

    My avatar is a G&L Legacy (LB100) with the 1.75 neck. Killer sound.
     
  10. PlungerModerno

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    I'd say JB-2 . . . But that's a guess. Whatever floats your boat. :hyper:
     
  11. johnpbass

    johnpbass

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    L2K has a wide variety of tonal options. It would be the most versatile if that's a factor in your decision. They're also typically a great deal if you go used.
     
  12. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

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    Either one of the G&L Tributes over the MIM Fender, so it's just a matter of which you prefer. The Tribute JB-2 has a 1.5" nut width, if that matters. Or, you could split the difference with a Tribute SB-2. It has hot MFD pickups like the L-2000, but in passive-only P/J configuration for something closer to "classic" tones. The JB-2 is even more traditional, with straight up alnico J-type single coils.
     
  13. wong99

    wong99

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    In my opinion G&L make better instruments than Fender.
    I think that if Leo Fender had not sold his company to CBS Fenders would have evolved into what the G&Ls are anyway.
    I think that Leo knew that there were some better ways to do things than his original design.
     
  14. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN" Supporting Member

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    the public at large seems to disagree!:bag:

    (there is something about Leo's first designs that make his last ones pale in comparison, IMHO)

    OP, if you got the Fender, the only up-grade i would consider is pups. but, even that is a waste of money to me!:)
     
  15. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

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    I owned a Tribute L2000 and a MIM Jazz fretless, and, while the Fender was a very good one, the G&L blew it away with versatility. Its simple controls allow a lot of variation.

    I eventually abandoned mine for a Classic '50s P, on the basis of tone, but I really liked the Tribute.

    [​IMG]
     
  16. mbernard110

    mbernard110

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    Great thanks for all the feedback! love this forum... working on finding one just like what Mr. lpdeluxe has in the pic above.
     
  17. mrjim123

    mrjim123

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    I owned a Tribute L-2000 and currently own a Tribute JB-2. The only "Fender" I've ever owned is a Squier VM Jazz that I bought a few years ago. I would say definitely get a G&L. Try both if you can and see which you like. I prefer the JB-2's narrower and thinner neck, personally. The L2000 has more tonal options, but I get all I need from the JB-2.
     
  18. sailri

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    If it helps, there's a natural w/maple that looks to be in nice shape, but used, at http://used.guitarcenter.com $499 plus shipping is a tad high - but their shipping is pretty cheap. Say $530. You can do a little better, by about $70 if you shop here at Talkbass and just be patient. But I've bought used from GC online and I recommend it - if you have one near you ship it there, inspect it, and say "no thanks" if it has issues.

    Item number is 107872634 but you should probably just do a "National Search" for "G&L" in Bass category.

    Personally the JB-2 Tribute at $299 is a steal, the black L-2000 Trib at $349 is a deal, and the Cherryburst L-2000 with maple is the one you should really buy! That's got the big logo so it is Korean made. It's arguable which is better - Indonesian vs Korean - but for sure there were some better color finishes in the Korean made models that didn't make the transition over to Indonesia. That Cherryburst is one of them I believe.
     

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  19. lpdeluxe

    lpdeluxe Still rockin' Supporting Member

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    Thanks. I really liked it. If I find an L2500 with that finish I'll probably buy it.

    The JB-2 is essentially G&L's take on the Jazz, with the dual pickups and the narrow neck. I prefer the larger L2000 neck. By the way, it had a 12" radius fingerboard with a satin finish that was the best feeling neck I've played. Fit and finish were really nice.

    Here's another pic:

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  20. stretberas

    stretberas

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    try MIM jazz bass Deluxe series...with active preamp , sounds great to me..:bassist:
     
  21. MarkD1

    MarkD1

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    I have a line on a good deal on a sunburst Tribute JB-2, but I'm wondering about the pickups. My current bass is a MIM Fender J, and I'm having trouble in an electrically noisy venue because the pups are not humbucking, so I really need an upgrade. I'm not much of a gearhead. Anybody know the specs or where I can find them on the pickups for the Tribute JB-2?

    The product description typically says "It comes equipped with 2 USA Made, G&L vintage single coil jazz type pickups controlled by separate Volume controls for each pickup and a single Tone control." and "Pickups: 2 G&L vintage Alnico jazz type pickups." I'm not smart enough to know if that means these are humbuckers.
     

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