G and L ASAT Solid Bass Reviews
Daddy's Junky Music Store
about $700 Used, very clean.
I was actually looking for the
f-hole ASAT but I played this
one and loved the sound and feel.
The number of noticeabley different
voices: Passive and active, combined
with series and parallel pickups and
the treble booster are all useful to
me. Even with the treble boosted it
doesn't become an unmanageable funk
bucket, but is warm and shimmering.
The tone controls DO FUNCTION in the
It has a maple board and I prefer the
rosewood. I was expecting it to play
noticeable fret and finger noise, but
that problem did not occur. It sounds pretty much like rosewood. I use flatwounds but even at the store with
the roundwounds it was no problem.
Other players have mentioned the sound
is really terrific.
I also Like the finish, transparent
white over heavily grained ash so it
looks carved of veined white marble.
It has a 3-way toggle for the pickups
but lacks a fader knob. I'd like 24
frets but this bass sounds so good I
couldn't pass it by despite these two
shortcomings. The only other negative
is one you'll hear about any number of
great sounding basses: It's heavy.
It's slab-sided, big-necked and has
two big 8-pole pickups [exposed poles].
It looks serious, and when you play it
[or are just cleaning] it you feel that
this is very true. It is after all a
G and L. Mine has only 3 bolts at the
neck but never creaks or feels unsolid.
I think the body is Swamp Ash. The
neck is not laminated. It has Fender-
type tuners and a very heavy bridge.
I'm rating this as a "5" in the context
of it's genre ["Fender Bass"]. As "One
bass for any and all needs for any and
all players", drop it to "4". It's two
outstanding qualities are solid build
and great tone. It's just not one of
pencil-neck 24-fret ergonomic wonders,
although it's comfortable to play and
has very easy action.
rated this unit
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