Got the chance to play around on some G&L's today. I liked the JB-2's over the L-2000's. My local dealer here in the upstate of SC had a good selection in stock which is rare these days especially with GC (not a fan) just down the road. I really liked the JB-2 series and was fortunate to play both the Tribute and USA models. Sound wise I could not tell a difference. The main differece that I noticed was the overall feel of the neck. Not a big difference but noticable. Overall, both are fine instruments. I think the US made JB-2 with a HSC is prolly worth the extra 600 clams, but that;s just me and my two cents. Gotta sell some crap and get me one on order.