Artist JB2 Sunburst Electric Bass Guitar Plus Accessories
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About this Artist JB2 Bass Guitar
The JB2 is a great starting point to learn bass. You won't believe the quality for this low price! We also sell these as an amp package.
This is a full size bass and is recommended for Adults or Children over the age of 12 (or taller than 1.2m).
Don't have an amp? Check out our Electric Guitar Pack including everything here + a bass amp.
Some of its great features
It includes all accessories you need to get started:
- JB2 Bass Guitar
- Electronic Guitar Tuner
It has an Eco-rosewood fingerboard and maple neck, with a 2 way truss rod (which means you can adjust the neck up or down)
It has die-cast machine heads that will help you stay in tune longer and make your tuning easier.
We include a range of support materials from how to tune, how to read tab, basic chord shapes and more.
We are so confident you will love your new Artist Guitar that we offer you:
100 Days 100% Money Back Guarantee, and a 3 year Warranty
Check out our excellent feedback rating on eBay for what our customers' reactions are.
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The Tech Features
Guitar Neck: Truss Rod, Scale Length 34", 38mm Nut, 20 Frets, Eco-Rosewood fingerboard, Maple Neck
Fingerboard Radius: 14" (350mm)
Machine Heads: Diecast
Body Wood: Poplar Body with Basswood Veneer
Heads: Die-cast Chrome
Pickups: 2 x single coil Jazz Bass Pickups
Controls: 2 x Volume, Tone
Included Accessories: Neck adjustment Allen Key, Guitar Lead, 2 x Picks
Bonus Accessories: Bag, Strap & Electronic Tuner
Optional Hardcases: REBC300RC, REBC350FTB
Optional Gig Bags: HGBAGEBASS, BAGEB
Colour: Sunburst (SB)
Great bass, baby!By: Mike on 20 July 2021Usually when you read good reviews on "cheap" gear, you ask yourself whether the reviewer was paid for the great review or whether the reviewer just hasn't got a clue. No one paid me for this review. I paid full price for this bass guitar. I have no connections to Artist Guitars whatsoever. I worked in the music industry for several decades and sold Fender gear. Is this JB copy as good as the original? Of course not! Is it that much different or that far behind? Err, no, not really! This is a really nice bass guitar that sounds great. Unfortunately, there are brand snobs out there who will refuse to even look at an instrument if it doesn’t cost thousands. They think high price means high quality. Boy are they wrong. I’m perplexed that in only a few years, Asian musical instrument manufacturers have come so close to the real thing. The neck (maple) is very nice looking, it feels great (due to the satin finish) and the eco-rosewood fretboard also looks and feels great. The frets have been levelled, crowned and polished properly. This manufacturer made an effort to come close to the genuine JB nut width. JB basses are sought after not just because of the sound but because the necks are narrower and easier to play. The volume and tone pots are smooth and the hardware overall is pretty good quality. I've never turned such smooth tuners in a "cheap" bass before. They feel like a several thousand-dollar bass. The bridge looks great. Nothing to say as I don't know what's under the chrome plating. But it looks high quality. The body and paint are immaculate and the action and playability are great. And, yes, the sound is 'good'. The tonal differences between the bridge and neck pickups are audible but not as stark as a real JB. Yes, the sound is very percussive and bright but the hollow mid-range grunt is missing; or was that the thundering bass with hollow sound? There are a few reasons for that: the pickups, the hardware and the wood. The wood definitely influences the bass response on a bass guitar. Your average JB is made of alder and sometimes ash. The Artist JB2 is made of poplar with a basswood veneer. The basswood veneer is most likely only paper thin and therefore won’t affect the sound. Because poplar wood turns green over time, manufacturers often use veneers if the body is sprayed a natural colour. So, I'm probably looking at the basswood veneer as this guitar has a three-tone-sunburst transparent finish, which by the way looks very nice. Back to poplar. Poplar was Leo Fender's original choice in very early Fender guitars. It is unknown why he switched to alder. Many think that alder then was more readily available, cheaper and didn't turn green. Although poplar sounds very similar to alder, it does lack a bit of bass but adds some treble, similar to ash or maple but not as much. Therefore, this bass should come pretty close to a JB sound, perhaps closer to one made of ash. Hard to tell without having the original to compare to. What I've done is order a set of JB pickups with alnico magnets from Aliexpress for $26. Let's see if that beefs up the sound a little. I did that to another JB copy a few years ago and it yielded great results. I also installed a series/parallel switch which really accentuated the bass response. It should do the same for the Artist bass. Of course, you could just turn up the bass knob on your amp...he, he... One thing I would like to highlight is that the bridge is screwed in crooked by a few millimeters. The bridge is a degree or two anti-clockwise (out of line with the pickups) and 2 millimeters to the left meaning the strings don't line up with the pickup's pole pieces or the neck. However, I'm not worried as I've seen this "inaccuracy" on genuine US Fender JB guitars. When I swap the pickups and strings, I'll just re-drill the holes and re-position the bridge slightly. Don't get me wrong, the bass is perfectly playable as is. It's merely a cosmetic thing. I haven't looked at the electronic bass tuner as I use tuners built into my modeler. I’ll give the tuner to a friend. The gig bag is OK. Overall, this is a great bass. As is, you could immediately take this on a gig. After the modifications, this will be a professional tool.
By: Artist GuitarsWe appreciate the time and effort you put into making this review. Thank you so much. We are happy that you're overall satisfied with your JB2 bass and please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or need help with anything.
Still love it !!By: Adrian Grulke on 17 July 2021I bought this guitar about four years ago and it’s still like new. I was initially a bit sus at the time about what the quality would be like but figured for the price I had little to loose. However, it’s turned out to be a fantastic buy. Far exceeded my expectations. Apart from its great feel and sound, it seems to stay in tune for ages, while I’m playing it and also while it’s been in its case for ages. Because it’s stood the test of time so well, I’ve decided to buy the Artist Guitars Strat copy, based on my experience with the bass and recommendation from the ‘In The Blues’ guy on YouTube. Thank you Artist Guitars.
By: Artist GuitarsThank you for all the trust and support. Cheers!
Really good value bassBy: Robert on 23 September 2020This bass is ridiculously good value. The build quality is excellent, it sounds good, it played well right out of the box, and it looks great. It had none of the problems you sometimes get with cheap guitars/basses. On the contrary the action (string height) is good and there is no fret buzz, the frets were very well finished, and the electronics all work beautifully. I am a guitarist (30yrs +) rather than a bass player so asked the bass player who I work with for his opinion and he gave it a big thumbs up too.
Jazzbass happinessBy: christian rose on 17 August 2020Needed a bass / nothing special just a backup that might stay in tune and look cool. Well this thing is legit good! Arrived promptly- but for the price it is an absolute score! I highly recommend this bass AND this company as I’ve got some tasty pedals too. Thank you Artist Smalltowninnewmexico
Value for moneyBy: Josh on 3 August 2020Bass guitar arrived quickly and in good condition. Quick tune up and ready to play. Great value for money
First GuitarBy: Craig Winslow on 22 April 2020A good bit of kit, with handy and helpful accessories.
Bass guitarBy: Stewart Morphett on 22 January 2020The product was just as described and quick delivery. However, the guitar was damaged in transit. The communication and service I received was excellent. The guitar was returned and a new one dispatched promptly. Couldn't be happier.
New BaseBy: Steven on 28 July 2019I'm no professional player generally only play rhythm and wanted to try playing bass so not willing to spend heaps on a bass guitar. I've only played it a couple of times so far but for the money that I paid for it I am very happy
AwesomeBy: Matt m on 26 July 2019Awesome bass for the price, have purchased 2 of these in the last 2 years. Out of the box pretty well setup with minimal tweaks needed. Plays well Sounds good
Artist JB2 Bass - WowBy: Theo van der Meulen on 25 January 2019Not a bass player but have been asked to play bass in a couple of concerts so I ordered this bass to meet that need without spending a lot of money. I was blown away by the quality of this instrument. It is easy to play. Looks great and most importantly, it sounds great, to the point where I now find myself playing for hours. With the included accessories it is one of the most satisfying musical instrument purchases I have made.