I was in the market for an American made Jazz Bass, and I kept hearing and reading great things about G&L. I shopped around and bought a G&L Fullerton Deluxe JB, and I am happy to say that I was not disappointed. In fact, I cannot say enough good things about this instrument.
It has a nice weight to it, and feels very solid when holding it. The balance is great, there are no sharp fret ends at all, and it needed very little set up help upon arrival from Sweetwater . When I plugged it in, I heard that normal single coil pickup noise, but that was expected. It's a non-issue. After that, though, I must say that for passive pickups, I think these are amazing. The sound is very full and beefy all up and down the fingerboard on all strings. The volume and tone controls work very well, and they are very quiet, as would be expected from a new instrument. It plays beautifully, the satin finish on the neck is very smooth, and I've had no sticking when sliding my hand up and down the neck.
The Saddle-Lock bridge is very interesting, and I like it a lot. It's high mass, and being able to lock the saddles with an additional hex screw is a great idea. The extrusion on the bottom of the bridge which fits into a route in the bass's body is another fine idea, pulling everything together as the strings are tightened. The sustain of this bass is fantastic, and I can definitely understand how this bridge helps facilitate that. The G&L Ultra Lite Tuners are smaller than those on my other Jazz basses, and it seems to me that there is a little more room for fingers when tuning.
The bass comes with what is called a "Deluxe Gig Bag", which is acceptable, but I think G&L could do better for an instrument that has this kind of a price tag. It comes with D'Addario strings, 45-100, which are fine.
In summary, this bass has been a joy to play. I have a hard time putting it down. It's gorgeous, well built, and plays like a dream. I would highly recommend these basses to anyone who's looking for a step up in quality.