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P or J for a G&L L-2500 guy?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Inconnu, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. Hi!

    I always wanted a classic Fender style bass. I don't want to spend a fortune, so I'm thinking maybe into looking at higher grade Squiers. The question, though, is would a P or a J be the best complement to my USA G&L L-2500?

    With the neck pickup soloed, the G&L gets close, but not quite "it", to the sound of a P. With both pickups on, I get near a J, but I can't blend the pickups...

    Well, what do you think, P or J?
  2. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    Why not both ? image.
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  3. Torrente Cro

    Torrente Cro

    Sep 5, 2013
    Just make split coil mod on L2500 and you don't need anything else ;-)
    I have 3 bases: G&L 2500, and Fender J and PJ.
    They are all nice and fun but G&L gets the most playtime.
    Soundchaser11460 likes this.
  4. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    As you said, soloing the neck pickup on the L-2500 can approximate a P-bass, and you can't blend pickups. So I think J-bass might be the better move, and I've often thought an L-2500 and J-bass would be among the best two-bass arsenals you could have. I could easily do everything with my M-2500 and either of my J-basses.

    For a budget-conscious G&L fan, this means Tribute JB-2, but you wouldn't go wrong with a Tribute SB-2 either, so maybe get whichever pops up first for the right price. They are real bargains on the used market, and among the best budget-friendly basses available IMO.
    dinodino likes this.
  5. I've googled those affinity... Really? Weird that Fender puts an alder body on their cheapest models! Actually, I really dig the white one with a black pickguard and for the price they're selling them, I wouldn't even mind paying an extra 100$ Canadian dollar to get a decent setup and new strings on one.

    Are they seriously worth it?
  6. Whatever you do with a G&L with active preamps and the classic G&L pickups: they don't sound like a P or J, not even close, whatever you do with the preamp or the potis or the switches (had a G&L L2000 for 20 years).
    So you need a P and a J.
    Try to find a used MIJ J or P first. Or a used mexican classic. Heard a lot of good things about the Squier cv series, but never tried one.

    The better MIJ basses are as good or at least very close to the 2.000,- American Vintage Series basses. I own a JV Squier from 1982, a MIJ Noel Redding and a MIJ Duck Dunn and a American Vintage Series '64 Jazz. And some more Fenders.
  7. DOMIT


    Feb 16, 2016
    Ummm... hmmm... I would say "which neck do you like?"
  8. jmattbassplaya

    jmattbassplaya Looking for a gig around East Islip, NY!

    Jan 13, 2008
    Stingray. Get something completely different!
  9. eastcoasteddie


    Mar 24, 2006
    The answer is.... Both...

    I have had an L2500 for almost 20 years.
    The thing, as you know, is a powerhouse. If you do the K-mode coil tap mod, the neck pickup sounds as close to a split-coil as possible, without being a split-coil. Super close.

    I recently picked up a Jazz V, and it has a totally subdued, yet articulate nature. As of late, I'm GAS-ing for a P-esq bass...

  10. Yeah, I've had my G&L for almost 20 years myself, just a bit after you did (mine was part of the first batch with the 3+2 headstock, I can see yours, on your avatar, has the 4+1 config... the store still had a couple of those when I got mine ;) )

    Anyways, I'm not sure about getting into modding my old G&L... I don't know, something tells me it got to stay as is...

    Still wondering about a J or a P...

    As for the MM suggestion, well, soloing the bridge pickup of the G&L gets me darn close to the tone of a Stingray...
  11. McFarlin

    McFarlin Supporting Member

    Oct 27, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Depends on what you mean by "complement".
    I had an ASAT bass and a jazz for a while. Now I have an LB-100. For me, the jazz had more in common with the ASAT.
    If you want a good precision, I would save a bit more and find a used LB-100. I know people love their Fenders, but over a couple of hours I tried the LB-100 along with about four new American jazz and precision basses. Beyond personal preference, the build quality of this particular LB-100 was superior by a surprisingly significant margin, all around.
    I think the Fender pickups are pretty great, though. And every one of those Fenders felt a bit lighter on my shoulders than the LB-100.
  12. Cuzzie

    Cuzzie Supporting Member

    Jan 1, 2016
    Get a Fender Cabronita P bass-all the feel and a really different sound, not too expensive, lovely thick neck
  13. WannaJazz

    WannaJazz Supporting Member

    May 7, 2010

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