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Whats the most versatile G&L ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by nitrofix, May 20, 2011.


  1. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Miami Fl
    Hey guys thinking about jumping back in the G&L camp, my question is what do you guys think is the most versatile G&L out there...Thinking about getting a JB-2 USA...Looking on the bay it seems there are a lot of L-2000's and a bunch of SB-2's but not a lot of JB or JB-2 models anyone know why that is ? and what is the difference between the JB and the JB-s besides the look...Thanks
     
  2. Aspidites

    Aspidites

    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    L2500 with K mod.
     
  3. SteveC

    SteveC Moderator Staff Member

    Nov 12, 2004
    North Dakota
    I think that pretty much says it all.
     
  4. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Miami Fl
    K mod ?
     
  5. Aspidites

    Aspidites

    Oct 20, 2009
    Berkeley CA
    Single coil switching modification.
     
  6. Handyman

    Handyman

    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    This replaces the two position series/parallel switch with a three position that lets you choose between series/single coil/parallel. Its a useful setting to have, and is just a matter of swapping out a switch.
     
  7. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Miami Fl
    Thanks guys..Any JB-2 players out there that could tell me a little about it....Just got a chance to get one in a trade locally...
     
  8. unclejane

    unclejane Guest

    Jul 23, 2008
    If by versatile you mean which can give the widest variety of tones, it's the L2K/L2500 hands down. Mainly because they use the MFD humbuckers which come already wired for series and parallel mode/active and passive out of the factory.
    There are wiring mods out there (that I don't know anything about personally) for single-coil ops too.

    The L2000 is the most popular one that's been in production for the longest, which is probably why you see so many of them out in the used market. The JB-2 and the SB-2's don't seem that popular for some reason, probably because of availability and they're too much like the original P and J's (they just go get the Fender versions at that point). The JB is only a few years old.

    If you're really bent out of shape about the single-coil sound, the JB or JB-2 is the natural choice, but the L2000/2500 gives you a close imitation of that plus all the other tones. And they're dirt cheap on the used market as long as you can find one configured the way you want.

    LS
     
  9. snyderz

    snyderz

    Aug 20, 2000
    AZ mountains
    I'm an SB-2 and L1000 guy myself. But if you want a bass that will make you breakfast in the morning, plus wash the dishes, the L2K is the one for you.
     
  10. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The JB pickups are fairly clanky, and not very warm or deep.
    I replaced them with Nords in the one I had.

    Without a doubt, an L2X00 is more versatile, especially if you add single coil switching.
     
  11. spufman

    spufman

    Feb 7, 2005
    Central CT
    And don't forget the El Toro - pretty dang good variety of tones in there. Maybe more J-ish in the midrange than the 2k if that's what you want.
     
  12. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    +1
     
  13. osuok88

    osuok88 Supporting Member

    Nov 12, 2009
    Fort Worth, TX - USA
    L2000E
     
  14. mmbongo

    mmbongo Five Time World Champion Supporting Member

    Aug 5, 2009
    Carolinas
    L2K/L2500 for sure. Single coil switching even better!
     
  15. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    just fyi:
    El Toro and L2000E are no longer in production.

    And having owned both, I can say an L2X00 with K switching is more versatile.
     
  16. Handyman

    Handyman

    Sep 4, 2007
    Austin, TX
    That's the difference between an L2000E and a modern L2000?
     
  17. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    L2000E is:
    single coil with bass boost and dual parallel

    current L2000 is:
    dual parallel, dual series.

    K Switch mode is:
    single coil
    dual parallel
    dual series

    I've seen folks install a four position switch to give you
    single coil, outer coils
    single coil inner coils
    dual parallel
    dual series
     
  18. chadhargis

    chadhargis Jack of all grooves, master of none Supporting Member

    Jan 5, 2010
    Nashville, TN
    +1 on the L-2500.

    Of course, I'm biased. I own one. :)
     
  19. nitrofix

    nitrofix Supporting Member

    Jan 15, 2009
    Miami Fl
    Hey Chef how did it sound with the Nords, did it make a big difference and what do they go for these days ? Thanks
     
  20. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The JB I had was a supremely well crafted piece.
    The Nords warmed it up nicely, but they didn't make it a 5 string, so I flipped it;)

    There are *scads* of J pup replacements, if you love either of the G&L J-basses, it's easy enough to swap in pups you'd like better.

    You can price a lot of pups at bestbassgear.com, or whomever your fave vendor is.
     

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