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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" Alnico single-coil tone with modern Leo Fender improv... Click To Read More About This Product

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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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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
Specifications
  • 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 20 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (10)
  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (7)

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5.0

yes yes yes get it while you can,

By jessie's dad.

from up nort in wisconsin.

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • buy this you won't regret it ,I've got it. love
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • great
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • don't take your priceless axe to play, use this.

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

    thank you MF .

     
    4.0

    Probably my new favorite bass guitar

    By Gary

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    I got this bass as an early Christmas present from my wife. It arrived on time and was well packaged. The finish on the guitar is much better looking than the photos, I got the 3 color sunburst, the center color is more of an amber than what the picture shows, I think it has just the right amount of red, and the black is perfect. I love it. The setup was spot on, everything measures in spec. The neck has a sealer on it, but looks like it is bare wood. The frets protrude a little bit from the neck, not sharp, but noticeable. All the Asian basses I have are a little sharp so no big deal, 20 minutes with a fret finishing file and it is just how I like it. It plays better than my Jazz bass, my Stingray, or my Ibanez. I think it is going to be my favorite guitar! The only reason I gave it 4 stars is the back of the thing was scratched, like someone played it with a belt buckle on. Not what I would expect from a new guitar

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    It really is a steal

    By barefoot

    from Nirvana

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

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

    My best piece of advice would be to get one while you still can; they really are a steal. I don't think that G&L can continue to offer the instrument, as it is now constructed, without bankrupting the company.
    I watched the handful of videos on the internet, and none of them sound even close to what my bass sounds like in person. I just wish I could sit in the room with you so you could hear for yourself. The pickups are, apparently, very hot wound. She almost sounds like there are active electronics, but these are passive pickups.
    Continuing with the electronics: I have read reviewers who thought that where G&L cut corners cost-wise
    was with the "guts" of the bass... the wiring/ the potentiometers ( the "pots")/ the capacitors (the "caps"). Maybe I got a good one, but my guitar has excellent components. The pots- all three of them- have very good tolerances (the amount of turning you have to "roll" a knob to hear a difference). I've got much, much higher-end basses that don't really compare. (They only really affect the sound from, say 6 to10 and 0 to 3.)
    Anyway, if you've ever believed a reviewer....
    The body is made of swamp ash- highly revered as a tone-wood, and though I think it must be made of book-matched pieces, I am having a darned hard time figuring out where one piece ends and the other begins. (One other thing before I continue- there are 6 bolts joining the neck to the body... it looks odd at first.) The grain is very pronounced, by the way, and, at least for me, took some living with; now I admit- she's beautiful, to me.
    One last thing about the body before I forget: Although the body looks like it's encased in glass there is no finish at all on the neck or headstock. Mine felt almost like it had just come from the lathe (which is a feeling I love). It was white but has lately gotten darker, and I figure it will only get better. It's also got a glossy sheen these days to replace that pasty white complexion.
    Bottom line- buy it.

     
    5.0

    The best bass for the money

    By Greg

    from undisclosed

    Verified Buyer

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

    This is the best bass I have ever played for the price. When I received it , it was actually in tune. The craftsmanship is outstanding and has a sound that compares to a high end Fender jazz bass. I did, however have to lower the strings to the fretboard a tad with no fret buzz at all. This is the best bass for the money

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great-Sounding Bass, Phenomenal Value

    By Coach D

    from La Canada, California

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Terrific Sustain, Super-Playable Neck, Light

    Cons

    • Electronics (not PU's) Need Upgrade

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues
    • Very versatile, good for almost anything

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

    I've been playing bass for many years; have tried Fenders, Gibsons, Ibanez, Laklands, Hofners, Ricks and many others; and the JB-2 Tribute beats them all in terms of playability and tonal variety. (The only bass I've found that tops the JB-2 is the Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling, an active bass which costs 3-4x as much.) Indeed, I recently compared a JB-2 Tribute to two models from a big-name manufacturer which cost nearly three times as much, playing them back-to-back through the same high-end amp, and it wasn't close - - the JB-2 was much better overall.

    As other reviewers note, this bass is a fabulous value for the money. IMHO, you simply cannot do better in a moderately-priced instrument. The quality, workmanship and body finish are very good, and the light weight makes this bass a real pleasure to play, especially for extended periods. I can't say enough good things about the neck - - its narrow width (1.5" at the nut ) and smooth unfinished surface make it super-playable and great for small hands. The G&L bridge is excellent and gives the instrument superb sustain. The pickups are strong and will produce a wide spectrum of tones from deep P-bass to poppy and jazzy. The only weakness, as Bass Bret and Woof have noted, is the electronics (to be expected in a budget instrument). The pots in the Tribute version of the JB-2 do not alter the p/u blend or volume in a progressive fashion; they have little to no effect over some parts of the knobs' turning range, then suddenly produce a big change. Likewise, the shielding in the cavity is a bit spotty, permitting a bit too much single-coil hum. However, quality replacement pots are very cheap, as is improving the cavity shielding. With these very inexpensive upgrades, you'll essentially end up with the equivalent of a US-made JB-2, which has the same body, neck, pickups and tuners but costs a lot more. Buy this bass - - you won't regret it!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Remarkable!

    By Ray

    from Elgin, IL

    About Me Professional Musician

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • use as back up instrument

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

      The set up on this bass was remarkable. The action was low, the fret finish is flawless, no buzzes, intonation was spot on. I still don't believe this is an under $500.00 instrument.

      (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

      (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

      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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        SUPERB VALUE FOR THE MONEY

        By Coach D

        from La Canada, California

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Pots not the best

        Best Uses

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

          I strongly recommend this bass. It's a fabulous value for the money; for under $500 you get a very high quality instrument, better than many basses costing a lot more. It's very light (approx. 6lb, vs. 8-9 lbs for most others), and has a lovely, smooth, highly-playable neck. The workmanship and body finish are very nice; the bridge and pickups (same as on the more expensive US version) are first-rate. With a 1.5" nut width, it's great for players with small hands/shorter fingers. The rock-solid bridge and body wood produce great sustain - - you'll be amazed at how long a note rings! Not having played one before I got mine,I expected it to be a bit short on low end, but using the neck pickup and the tone control you can get it to sound just like a P-bass and shake the room. Perhaps the best testimonial I can offer is this: After owning a JB-2 for almost two years, I sold mine when I got an Ernie Ball Music Man Sterling (at least twice as expensive). Despite my love for the Sterling, I now regret selling my JB-2 and am thinking of getting another as my backup bass - - it's that good.
          Now for some nitpicks (and that's all they are). 1.The neck's contour is a tad flat for my taste, but this is largely subjective and the neck is super-playable as is. 2. As you'd expect in a moderately-priced instrument, the pots and cavity wiring are where the manufacturer cut corners. I'd recommend having your luthier check the cavity wiring/shielding when you take the bass in. The pots' weakness - - common to almost all budget instruments - - is that the tone/volume adjustment is not smooth and linear as you turn the knobs; you get very little change for a while, then suddenly get a big jump. However, you become used to this pretty quickly. (Moreover, replacing the pots is inexpensive.) Due to these nits, I'd give the JB-2 four instead of 5 stars on an absolute scale. For the money, it definitely deserves five stars.

          (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent bass for not much money

          By Bass Brett

          from Texas

          About Me Experienced

          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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