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Carvin SB4000 or G&L MJ-4

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Low Key, Feb 18, 2014.

  1. Low Key

    Low Key Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    So I was seriously thinking about ordering a Carvin SB4000 or 4001 (with active EQ), and then Ed Friedland comes along and shows us a great looking/sounding G&L MJ-4. Why does he play with my mind like this!?! :)

    I can't get my hands any of these instruments before I order so I am curious if anyone else has had a chance to compare the G&L to the Carvin directly or maybe played both at different times. (I have seen Ed's videos for both the G&L MJ-4 and the Carvin SB5000, which were great.) Thanks!
  2. Low Key

    Low Key Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    Oh, and I'm contemplating the humbucker Carvin jazz pickups. So this should be fairly apples-to-apples in terms of HB PU's and active preamp on both basses.
  3. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    I haven't played those 2 specific models, but overall I prefer the feel and sound of G&L basses more than Carvin.
  4. tnosam


    Sep 2, 2012
    Fayetteville, GA
    I can't speak for the Carvin bass but I test drove a G&L M2000 GTS today. And loved it! Both companies make high quality instruments so you can't go wrong with either choice. But my recommendation would be the G&L MJ-4. I've never heard a bad report about G&L instruments.
  5. Low Key

    Low Key Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2007
    Yeah, I have also owned a couple G&Ls - L2000 and L100. I foolishly decided to sell them when I wanted to move to 5-string basses. They were rock solid.

    I need to sell a couple pedals and then will probably shoot for the G&L.

    Thanks for the comments!
  6. Tunaman


    Dec 26, 2004
    That MJ4 sounds great

    I went Active passive with my Carvin PB4 build... I wanted that split coil tone but also some SC tone.
  7. jeff7bass


    Apr 9, 2009
    Carvin all the way. There's bang for your no-middle-man bucks that go right into the bass.
  8. Jarrett


    Jan 19, 2004
    Waxahachie, Tx
    I'm a Carvin fan, but that particular G&L sounded nice in the video!
  9. kellyrojo


    Feb 16, 2011
    South Carolina
    I had a Carvin sb4000 for a minute and I have had the l2000 for 2 years. They feel REALLy different to me. I thought that SB4000 would be my end all be all ultimate bass but I couldn't get with its feel or sound at all. However, it was built perfectly. So I have no advice !!!!!!