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Mid 80's MIJ Fender Jazz Special vs. G&L L2000

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Luv4Bass, May 5, 2013.

  1. Luv4Bass

    Luv4Bass

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    Hello everyone... Just wanted some opinions regarding made in Japan mid-80s Fender Jazz Specials and G&L L2000 or L1000 basses. Have narrowed down the choice for my next bass to these basses; I have played both and like the feel and sound of both... curious what others think... thanks for any help.
  2. AdamR

    AdamR Supporting Member

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    I have a Jazz Special, Great bass, nice neck, Tons of mids and sits great in a mix. Just bought a Spector (my dream bass) so its for sale if your interested. I havent play the G&L yet but it looks like I will be getting one in the next few weeks on a trade.
  3. Luv4Bass

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    Thanks for the input; so far, everyone I've spoken to has had possitive things to say about the MIJ Jazz Specials... I can usually find them for a couple hundred $ cheaper than the G&Ls also... not really a major factor though...
  4. brenner182

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    I had a jazz special. It fell out the back of a truck and was never seen again. It was my favorite bass ever.
  5. Luv4Bass

    Luv4Bass

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    So sorry to hear that. I have never lost a bass or had one stolen or anything of that sort... I cannot imagine how horrible a feeling it must be. I can only imagine it being comparative to losing a child or a loved one... I know how deep and personal each relationship has been for me and my basses... you have my condolences.
  6. StuartV

    StuartV Out of GAS!! Supporting Member

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    I would take an L-2000 over a J bass any day of the week. I like a more aggressive sounding bass and I like having more options for different tones on tap than what you get with a J bass.

    If you want a J bass sound, you can always add the single coil option to the L-2000 (if it doesn't already have it) for the cost of a $10 switch and a little soldering.
  7. mcm

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    Apples and oranges.
  8. DougBass

    DougBass Supporting Member

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    I have a Jazz Special. I like it a lot. I can get a nice low action, and it plays great. Mine sounds more aggressive than I anticipated. It is all stock and it growls a little.

    I am not sure it could ever be my "only" bass, but at that price it is awesome.
  9. Lo-E

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    I think you'll find both to be extremely well-made and versatile basses. I know that doesn't help you to narrow it down, but I only have good things to say about both.

    The G&L L2000 will give you a wider range of tones, but you certainly wouldn't suffer with what's available on the Fender! How wide a neck do you like? The Fender will be narrower.
  10. bassgod76

    bassgod76 Cort bassist by obligation Supporting Member

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    You realize that a Jazz Bass Special really isn't a Jazz bass?

    I own two JBS's. I like these basses so much, that I sold one, and bought it back from the guy I sold it to.

    They have a rather unique tone that is mid-heavy. It may sound nasally, but it really cuts through a band mix. Add a chorus pedal, and you have Duff nirvana.

    My twins:
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    I have heard that the 1984-1986 versions (necks finished in black) are a tad better. However, I have no proof to sunbstantiate this.
  11. DougBass

    DougBass Supporting Member

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    Bassgod76 has the tone nailed. I have a black one without the painted neck. Mine has a different bridge too. I have the TC chorus with the Duff tone print and it is "Rocket Queen" all the way.
  12. MoeGJBeener

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    i've dabbled with some G&L's and i own 3 MIJ Fenders from the 80's, two being Power Jazzes which is basically a jazz special, but active. I'd say go with the Fender... but I'm no boby.
  13. brenner182

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    I want anoth jazz special. :(
  14. mpdd

    mpdd Supporting Member

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    the g&l sb-2 is a pj like the power jazz
  15. AdamR

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    oranges are better

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