Fender American Deluxe Jazz Bass FMT V vs G&L 2500

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Voice Of Thor, Jun 18, 2003.

  1. Voice Of Thor

    Voice Of Thor Member

    May 19, 2003
    Anyone own both of these or have spent a lot of playing time on each? I am looking to possibly purchase one or the other. Can the G&L nail the J-bass tone, or is it's own beast altogether? I know it is very flexible tonally, but I want to be able to nail the J-bass tone more than anything, and I am essentially looking for a bass around $1500 that is a 5 string.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. buzzbass

    buzzbass Shoo Shoo Retarded Flu !

    Apr 23, 2003
    I have an L-2500 and an American Deluxe 5. If J tone is your main priority, go for the Fender. If versatility and a bit of Stingray appeals to you, Get the G&L. Both are great basses and I'm sure that you'll be very pleased with either one.
  3. Matt R Miller

    Matt R Miller

    Apr 27, 2003
    a modulus genesis 5 is right on for "the" j-tone IMO. A used one can be had for under the $1500 mark
  4. Real men like a whole lot of Stingray and go for the... Stingray! :D

    On topic they are not exactly the same instrument. I have only played One GL-2500, and it seemed to me that overall the bass had a better more coherent tone and better B, but that's just me.
  5. I own a G&L L2000 and have played several L2500's. I can say that the G&L has a better B string than the Fender. I can get a good Jazz bass sound, P bass sound, Music Man sound and it has a good natural tone of its own. if you really want to get the Jazz sound spot on then get a jazz bass. the G&L comes close to all of them but has more P bass in it than J bass. you really should try and play one. you may like it you may not. I would take the G&L but that is just me. you may not like it but it is hard to tell if you have never played one. they are very verstile in their tone.
  6. sdguyman


    Jan 31, 2003
    San Diego
    I too own both and I end up using the G&L more because of it's versatility. I highly recommend playing one and decide for yourself and yes the B string is better on the G&L. In my opinion the G&L is hands down best guitar ever designed by Leo.