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G & L JB-2 or Carvin B40?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by profdave, Jun 5, 2011.

  1. profdave


    Nov 3, 2007
    Some adivice adn opinions: this crowd is good for both. I'm going to buy a new jazz bass and love the G & L JB-2. I'm a shopper and noted that the Carvin B40 with similar specs is about $300 plus less than the G & L. I already love the G & L but the Carvin has a good reputation too. So for feedback, should I get the Carvin and save some cash or go with the G & L because it's a long term investment: I keep my guitars for life. Also, if someone has a recommendation for a jazz bass I'd like to hear that too.

    The Prof
  2. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    they do seem pretty similar. J pickups in a P body.

    I haven't owned a B40, but I have an SB5000 on order. Carvin is a great way to go if you want to customize the bass some. And yes, their prices are amazing.

    Are you looking at a US G&L? The quality of the US G&L's are amazing. I owned a Jb-2 and it was a great bass, but I couldn't get with the body shape.

    Resale isn't great on either instrument.

    If you want the G&L though, go for it!
  3. 1954bassman


    Jun 7, 2004
    Hickory, NC
    clear winner here: G&L
  4. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
  5. JGR

    JGR The "G" is for Gustav Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 29, 2006
    President, CEO, CFO, CIO, Chief Engineer, Technician, Janitor - Reiner Amplification
  6. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    I've had several of both G&L and Carvin (though not the B-40, the earlier neck-through passive 4). The Carvin stuff was very nice, but I've always found that my G&L basses have more character.

    I own a very special JB-2 that I hope to sell some day to a JB-2 lover... but it's a relatively expensive one :).
  7. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
  8. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru.......... Supporting Member

    Apr 11, 2006
    What makes your very special JB-2 more special than my very special JB-2? :D
  9. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    It was one of 2 matching transparent vintage white specially-selected super-light ash bodies with bound birdseye maple necks and matching headstocks that were made up for the JB-2's debut at the 2001 NAMM show.

    I picked it up at Bass NW in fall of 2001 and it's still in mint condition with all the case candy... I didn't gig it. I figured some day someone would truly appreciate it as much as I do and I would sell it to them.

    I think it's a very special JB-2, but I didn't say it is more special than yours :).
  10. TomB

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    ...so where are all the Carvin fans??
  11. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    yea, you're getting a lot of G&L fanboys in here. G&L's are great and are super quality.

    i like Carvins and have never had a problem with them. i ordered a new custom SB5000 from them because they are getting RAVE reviews.

    if you posted a G&L or Fender thread, i guarantee that you would have way more people telling you to get a Fender.

    freddels is a G&L guy and i bought my G&L Jb-2 from him. he has an sb4000 and it is one of his favorite basses.
  12. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    I'm a big fan of both G&L and Carvin basses. I've had a JB-2 and I have a Carvin SB4000. The JB-2 is long gone but the Carvin is my go to bass right now. I still have several L2K's.
  13. kellyrojo


    Feb 16, 2011
    South Carolina
    You my friend, have a great dilemma. Can't go wrong either way! Good luck~!
  14. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    holy crap dude. did you search for your name or something! :)

    seriously, this guy was a big deciding factor in me ordering my SB5000. anyone who loves G&L and a Carvin is one of their favorite basses knows how well built a bass should be!
  15. Freddels

    Freddels Musical Anarchist

    Apr 7, 2005
    Sutton, MA
    Do you still have that JB-2? That was one of the lightest basses I've ever owned. It was a great player.
  16. Aspidites


    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    We want pictures.
  17. madbassplaya


    Dec 28, 2007
    i don't. :(

    i'm more of a fan of the traditional J body and decided that the Jb-2 didn't ergonomically work for me.
  18. WoodyG3


    May 6, 2003
    Colorado, USA
    Okay, I'll just say Carvin and not give any reason the way a few others wrote G&L without explanation. ;)
  19. +1
    Clear winner here: Carvin :D
  20. SJan3


    Dec 8, 2010
    +1 G&L "character".

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