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G&L MJ-5 Active Bass Now Available

Features bi-coil jazz pickups and studio-quality 18v pre-amp.
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Following in the footsteps of G&L’s acclaimed MJ-4 four-string, the new MJ-5 brings all of the features of the MJ-4 into a 5-string platform.

With re-engineered Bi-coil Alnico V pickups paired with the MJ-spec preamp/control system deliver a wide range of single-coil tones from classic jazz to far beyond, all without single-coilhum. The pickups look just like a traditional Alnico single-coil pickup, but under the cover are two side-by-side coils configured in series-humbucking mode.

These new pickups are optimized for a specially tuned version of G&L’s studio-quality M-spec preamp and control system, dubbed MJ-spec. The 18v system features volume, pan and+/-14dB 3-band EQ with center detents, and is powered by twin 9v batteries housed in an easy-access compartment. With an LF442 chip, 100v poly caps, 1% metal film resistors and big, fat signal traces on the mil-spec circuit board, this preamp reveals everything the player and the instrument have to offer.

The new MJ-5 Active Bass features:

  • G&L Bi-Coil pickups for classic tone without the hum
  • MJ-spec studio-quality 18v preamp
  • Primary volume and pan controls
  • +/-14dB 3-band EQ with center detents
  • Impeccable, familiar “feel” of the instrument in the hands and on the shoulder
  • 1 3/4” nut-width, medium-C neck profile
  • Medium-jumbo, Plek-dressed frets

 The MJ-5 starts at MSRP $1,950.

Read an BP.com interview with G&L's guitar tech, Paul Gagon.

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