G&L MJ-5 5-String Bass

G&L introduces the MJ-5, a 5-string electric bass that combines traditional P/J style looks with modern active pickups.

G&L MJ-5

This bass is the 5-string version of the MJ-4, both of which follow G&L founder Leo Fender's vision of taking guitar building and technology to the next level, while retaining desirable features.

The standout feature of this bass is the use of re-engineered G&L Alnico "Bi-coil" pickups, which at first glance may look like an average Alnico single-coil. Underneath its classic appearance, the company was able to fit two coils in a side-by-side configuration, resulting in a single-coil sized pickup that actually works in "series-humbucking" mode. The company says that this will allow for a wide range of single-coil tones without the single-coil hum.

To better harness the capabilities of the pickup's unique design, G&L developed a specially tuned active preamp and control system that they called MJ-spec. The instrument's 18v active electronics system is powered by two 9v batteries, and gives you control over volume, pan and EQ controls.

The EQ section lets you shape your tone with +/- 14dB 3-band control knobs with center detents, turning this seemingly classic looking instrument into a versatile bass for modern players. Other features include 100v poly caps, mil-spec circuit board, 1% metal film resistors and it has a LF442 dual low power JFET input operational amplifier chip.

The G&L MJ-5 is available with two different body wood depending on the finish - Traditional alder is used for the body on standard and solid finish versions of the MJ-5, while swamp ash body is used for models that utilize premium finishes.

The neck is carved from quarter sawn hard rock maple and topped by either rosewood or maple fingerboard. Neck profile follows G&L #10 style, which has a 12" radius and 1.75" nut-width. The bass has medium jumbo frets that are dressed using modern PLEK technology.

Other features include Custom G&L "Ultra-Lite" with aluminum tapered string posts, G&L Saddle Lock, and chrome-plated brass saddles. It will ship with a Deluxe Hardshell Tolex Case included for protection. The price of the MJ-5 will vary depending on the tonewood and hardware specification that you prefer, with the MSRP starting at $1,950.

For more information and other details, head over to G&L Guitars.

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