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G & L JB-2 or Carvin B40?

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


  1. profdave

    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.

    Thanks.
    The Prof
     
  2. madbassplaya

    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

    1954bassman

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

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

    Apr 11, 2006
    +1
     
  5. JGR

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

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

    TomB Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2007
    Vermont
    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
    G&L
     
  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
    Vermont
    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
    Vermont
    ...so where are all the Carvin fans??
     
  11. madbassplaya

    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

    kellyrojo

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

    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

    Aspidites

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

    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

    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

    SJan3

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

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