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MIM P Bass vs. G&L Tribute SB-2

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by eddie27, Nov 7, 2010.

  1. eddie27


    Jun 15, 2004
    I'm looking for an affordable bass for rock/alt country. Any opinions on Fender MIM P Bass and G&L Tribute SB-2? Or for that matter, any other makes in the same price range?
  2. Spiritfield

    Spiritfield Supporting Member

    Mar 2, 2004
    I'd go with the G&L Tribby hands down. A used one is a huge value for very little coin. The pickups are the same USA MFD's as used in the US G&L SB-2's. Great basses...
  3. Mikhail1


    Apr 8, 2008
    My main bass, really my only bass at this time, is a MIM Precision which I really like. I have played a G&L SB 2 and it was a really nice bass. To be totally honest, if both basses were close in price, I would pick the G&L. In my opinion, having the option of being able to dial in some of the J bass pickup gives it a little more tonal variety over the P bass. I also like that it has a jazz bass width neck. Some have complained about the lack of a tone control on the G&L but that wouldn't bother me too much.
  4. You can always do a tone control mod, with 2 concentric volumes; very common with the SB-2.
  5. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    G&L all the way. MIM Fenders have been darned good in recent years, but they still don't stack up to G&L Tributes, and the SB-2's MFD split-coil is simply incredible. It's a chep mod to add a tone control, but you can get a wide tonal range by manipulating the two volumes. The MFD split-coil is really hot, and by rolling back the volume you can get a more vintage tone.
  6. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    A bit "left field", but since you asked for alternatives....

    Epiphone Jack Casady Bass -


  7. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    G&L. Not even a contest.
  8. spufman


    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    I prefer my (US) SB-2 to the American Deluxe Jazz I used to own, the MFD pickups are killer. Since the Tribute gets great praise for quality around here and it runs the same pickups as the US, I'd get the G&L myself. Or keep an eye out for a good deal on a used US SB-2. I scored mine for $350 over the summer, so deals are out there if you're the lucky sort.
  9. OtterOnBass


    Oct 5, 2007
    I play americana with my G&L Tribute (L2500). It's a trio, so I'm definitely playing out front in the mix. I modeled my sound on REM's Driver 8 - twangy/growly bridge pickup, and the G&L's flexibility let's me get that at the flip of a switch.

    For our acoustic sets, I change to a thick upright-style sound, and flip to the neck pickup while plucking with my thumb and resting my right hand on the strings. Sounds so cool, I'm tempted to use it all the time, but it gets lost in a louder context.

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