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G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass 3 Tone Sunburst Maple Fretboard

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Players fond of the old adage "if it ain’t broke…" haven’t played a JB-2. You see, the G&L JB-2 is all about refinement, blending "holy grail" Al...Read More

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      OVERVIEW

      A bass designed with yesterday's style and today's technology.

      Players fond of the old adage "if it ain’t broke…" haven’t played a JB-2. You see, the G&L JB-2 is all about refinement, blending "holy grail" Alnico single-coil tone with modern Leo Fender improvements.

      The JB-2’s classic Alnico V pickups have tone reminiscent of the best examples from the early ‘60s, thanks to the work of Paul Gagon, G&L VP Engineering. Gagon found his inspiration reviewing original prints stored in Leo Fender’s private laboratory at G&L, but that was just the start. About 30 years ago, Gagon was an R&D engineer at another company when he was tasked with finding out what was so special about the early bolt-on basses many players raved about. Gagon tirelessly analyzed many examples of what were considered holy grail basses, spending time out on the shop floor talking to builders still working in the pickup department since the ‘50s, all on a quest to discover where the real mojo was – and wasn’t. What he learned from the builders matched his own engineering analysis. You see, back in the day, the actual spec of pickups coming down that old production line varied considerably. That meant coming up with the right specs was more challenging than simply following the prints, and Gagon’s persistence paid off as the JB-2 serves up delicious, classic tone.

      While the pickups are the origin of the tone, the JB-2 will surprise you with a clarity and sustain unmatched by old basses with their rudimentary bridge design. You see, the JB-2 features an innovative G&L Saddle-Lock bridge to transfer string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredibly resonant instrument. If you’re ready to let go of the past but still love that classic Alnico tone, get your hands on a JB-2 and experience a brilliant mash-up of old-school and new-school Leo.

      Various styles and colors available. Please drop down menu to choose.

      Case sold separately.

      FEATURES
      • 34" Scale
      • Two Leo Fender-designed / Paul Gagon-specified G&L Alnico single-coil pickups
      • Swamp Ash body
      • Hard-Rock Maple neck with Maple or Rosewood fingerboard
      • Medium C shape neck profile
      • 22 medium jumbo frets, nickel
      • Traditional open-back tuning keys
      • Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock bridge
      • Dual-volume and master tone electronics

      Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, you’ll never look back.

      SPECIFICATIONS

      Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass

      • Neck width at nut: 1-1/2"
      • Neck radius: 12"
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      G&LTribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass
       
      4.9

      (based on 7 reviews)

      Ratings Distribution

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      of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

      Pros

      • Good feel (7)
      • Good tone (6)
      • Fun to play (5)
      • Good pick up (5)
      • Solid electronics (4)

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming (6)
        • Practicing (6)
        • Recording (5)
        • Small venues (3)
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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Bass!

        By bassman

        from Sacramento, Ca

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands
          • Small Venues

          Comments about G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass:

          Before you buy a Fender, check this Bass Out. I have a Fender American Jazz and this one beats it hands down. No better Bass for the money out there.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Best bang for the buck

          By Rex

          from Daytona, Fl.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

          • Giging
          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass:

          I just got this bass today,I must say,I,m impressed. I bought this as used,level 2,MF is really conservative in their rating. other than some Very small scratches on the back (which I,m almost sure I can buff out) the bass is as close to brand new as it can get! thank,s MF.the fit&finnish is superb, the fretwork is well done,& I especially like the heavy bridge.the set-up is really close to what I would do myself,the only thing I plan to do is install a brass nut.take it from a dude that,s been playin for over 40 yrs, for the money, you can,t get a better deal! thanks MF! Rex

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great value for the money...

          By Woof

          from Daytona Beach

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass:

            the neck and body are well crafted. The pickups are good but I will recommend upgrading the pots.

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            (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Beauty at it's Finest

            By Mele123

            from Riverside

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            Pros

            • Amazing Setup
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

            • No Gig Bag

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass:

            This bass is way better than a MIM jazz... just saying. The pickups are better, the heavy duty, lock in bridge kicks the MIM"s sheet metal bridge's butt.I play funk, rock, jazz, and worship music, and this bass just suits every genre! The maple neck is just beautiful, the sunburst is just beautiful and organic. The set-up is perfect, all I had to do is tune up and BOOM, perfection at it's finest. You basically are paying a bit more than a Squier Classic Vibe but my god it beats a MIM! As a 14 year-old, I can't make bank and spend it all on a bass so I'm ballin a budget and this bass should cost a lot more for how much work goes into it. Buy it, you won't be disappointing.

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            (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great bass

            By parkerflyer

            from Watkins Glen , NY

            About Me Professional Musician

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            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass:

              I bought this bass as a level 2 used from MF, I have to say that there grading system is very fair. The bass I received is flawless, I don't think I could tell it from new if I was not informed that it was used.Now comes the goods! This bass does everything from punch to growl to thump! I use it in a cover band that does a wide variety of rock and some country, it handles it with ease. I also have a G&L Tribute L 2000 that I have used for 5 years, I have a hard time deciding what bass to play, they are both very good versatile instruments. I think the neck on the JB2 is where the bass shines for me as I have small hands,it is very comfortable.This is the first bass that I have owned in years that is passive. I have always preferred active bass guitars till now. I play through a Genz Benz shuttle 6.2 thru 2 GK Neo 112 cabs with a sans amp para driver in front The bass just sounds great! Trust me, pick one up you won't be sorry!

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              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Value

              By Wallace-zvhmn

              from MD

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass:

                I got this bass as a condition 3 used. I was expecting some big dings and lots of scratches...the bass looked like new, I found a few small scratches and 1 small dent on the headstock. MF is very conservative in their grading.
                This bass sounds and plays great. It's like a Jazz bass on steroids. The pickups are so hot you'll swear they are active. The bass is also lightweight. The craftsmanship is very good, not perfect but still very good. The neck is unfinished (that's what I prefer).
                Bottom line if you want a really wicked sounding Jazz bass that plays very good, seriously consider this bass.

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                (26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                A "Must Try" Bass

                By Normal Human

                from Chicago

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Pick Up
                • Good Tone
                • Solid Electronics

                Cons

                • No Case

                Best Uses

                • Playing It

                Comments about G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass:

                Let me start by saying I've owned this bass for 6 months. I've had time to really play and hear this bass. For the money, playability, and sound this has to be the best value on the market today. I used to record with a vintage Fender '72 jazz bass, but this bass has pushed it aside. Just think about that for a second! The tones are clear and present on the JB-2, and sit in a mix very well. FYI, I use this bass for clean bass tones.

                The bridge on this bass is so nice! What a great design. It's anchored into the body and very easy to set up intonation and radius. When it's all set up, it locks into place. Helping your bridge set up last much longer.

                I love the neck carve and finish.

                Pickups are awesome.

                It holds tuning.

                Near perfect set up out of the box and I'm particular when it comes to set up.

                I hope this review helps!

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