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G&L JB2

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by gnome01, Oct 30, 2001.


  1. gnome01

    gnome01

    Oct 30, 2001
    Bronx NY, USA
    I'm thinking of getting one of these new G&L's - I think it be a nice, slightly more modern alternative to my '72 Jazz. I have an L2000 fretless too, but I hardly ever use it in active mode so I figure just go with passive single coils. Of course I need to try one out first, and I'm curious about what other people think of 'em. I've noticed lots of comments about the L2000 but not many about the JB-2. Also, I hear they list for $1600. That seems higher than what new L2000's list for, which doesn't make much sense considering that it's a simpler design. Anyone know a good price for one?
     
  2. seamus

    seamus

    Feb 8, 2001
    Jersey
    It's been difficult to get many impressions on this bass as they are not as widely distributed as G&L's L-series basses. I've been dying to try one as well, but simply have never come across one yet. If you do a search on them here, you might find a little info, but probably not much.

    IMO, G&L has a tough time with distribution. They don't have the brand equity of older more established firms like Fender and MM, so I think that hurts them too. They are just harder to find overall, and the JB-2's even more so. Only time will tell if that will ever change. With the current economic climate however, I don't expect to see them spending more on marketing or distribution anytime soon. I wouldn't be surprised if major retailers don't give them the time of day either. After all, they move a lot more MM's and Fenders off the floor since G&L is almost an unknown by comparison.
     
  3. actually have tried one myself. pretty good tone, nice bite. haven't played it recently, should probably go back and check it out again. it was a little bright for me though(maple neck and fretboard, i don't like maple fretboards either so...) but it still sounded pretty good, i just kinda was comparing it with a warwick corvette FNA at the time, and i just liked the warwicks sound more. but i still thought it was a good bass, and i think it was actually going for under a grand retail, so i don't think the list price was that high. overall good bass, more comfortable and playable than many fender jazzes i've played, but the frets were a bit rough sliding for me, but that again was vs the warwick that cost another $500 more. i'd have to say try one yourself, but i don't think you'd be too disappointed with it if you just blindly bought one.
     
  4. i think Bass Player Magazine reviewed the JB-2

    they said that it was a much better jazz bass than that of Fenders.

    but i remeber them complaining about the hum that the pickups give.
    But I also remember that they gave it a good review, though. Definitely better than buying a Fender Jazz. But that's just my opinion.:D
     
  5. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    Funny... I don't remember them saying that.
     
  6. i could be wrong...i remember it was a G&L passive bass though.
     
  7. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    Actually, your statement is pretty close to the truth.

    I went back and dug up the article, in which they said, "...the JB2 definitely held it's own next to a stock '62 Jazz. In fact,...produced clearer high midrange and better sustain than the original."

    I guess many would consider that "much better" so I can see how you reached your conclusion.

    All in all, sounds like a ringing endorsement to me!
     
  8. I saw an ad for the JB-2 in the November issue of BP and had a major GAS attack. I had to put the magazine down, wipe the drool from my chin, and wait for the feeling to go away before I could pick the magazine up again.:p :D
     
  9. Robert B

    Robert B Supporting Member

    Jan 21, 2000
    Hampton, Va USA
    Trust me, happens to me all the time. I have to wear a bib... ;)