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G&L Tribute JB2 4-String Electric Bass   

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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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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.

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

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
 
4.8

(based on 11 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (9)

  • 4 Stars

     

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (7)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (5), Professional musician (5)

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good product

By Padge the great

from Middletown NJ

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Fret Buzz

Best Uses

  • Practicing
  • Rock Concerts
  • Small Venues

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

Good quality

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Incredible Bass!

By The Four String Wizard

from Newport News, VA

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

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:

    This is an incredible bass! I'm a 50-year pro, mostly in guitar performance, but in the last 3 years have moved over to bass. I have a short scale bass and an MIM Fender Fretless Jazz, both of which I love, however this axe is now my go-to instrument. Right out of the box this bass was fabulous. The action and unfinished neck were superb for a super-smooth playability. With Leo's bridge the sustain will make you very happy. The craftsmanship, even though assembled in Indonesia, is flawless. I got the Sunburst Swamp Ash and Maple Fretboard version and the Swamp Ash with the finish is breathtaking. No setup needed on my end. Some might need an adjustment, but it was perfect for my style. Just had to put on a new set of strings because the factory set were not playable. Do yourself a favor, just try it. You will be blown away at this price point.

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    (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Excellent bass for not much money

    By Bass Brett

    from Texas

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    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        After playing bass for almost 30 years this is the first G&L I've played. I've owned a lot of Fenders but there aren't many G&Ls in my area. I liked the price point, features, and online sound clips so I thought I'd give the JB-2 Tribute a try. I've had this bass almost a year now and it is excellent. The tone and overall feel of the bass are great. I like the hotter jazz pickups that are in this bass. The electronics cavity is a little weak. The bass arrived with one pickup not working. It was a quick fix but shouldn't happen with a new bass. The wiring and pots seem to be where they saved a little money. The bridge, tuners, and pickups are all nice quality. The body is a little downsized from the typical Fender Jazz body so it took a few weeks for me to get used to that, now I don't even notice it. Very comfortable neck with decent fretwork.

        I would recommend this bass to anyone looking for a quality jazz bass for not a lot of money.

        The Tribute sounds so good it has me looking to get a US G&L sometime down the line.

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        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great piece of craftsmanship!

        By SSmith2CClub

        from NJ

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        Pros

        • 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:

          This showed up at my door at around 5PM. I took it out of the box and brought it to a gig just to see how it sounded thru my GK amp. It sounded so good I played it all night! I usually play an 83 Fender Jazz bass with EMG pickups. This equaled the sound and playing-wise the neck is better! All of the basses I was looking at buying were over 1k and the one that blew them all away was less then half that!

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          (7 of 7 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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            (7 of 7 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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            (6 of 7 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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              (9 of 10 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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              (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great bass

              By parkerflyer

              from Watkins Glen , NY

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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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                (13 of 13 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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