If you can remember ATK305 the Premium 805 is not the very same, pickups differ a lot
The look stays the Ibanez "MusicMan knockoff", but the sound is way different nowadays
On the ATK305 you had the TripleCoil pickup who could get dialed parallel, phantom coil, serial
On the ATK805 you have the new C.A.P. pickups who are multiples of humkbuckers
I mean: bridge pickup is a double humbucker, so the selector works with front/both/rear humbucker
Neck pickup, called Arch, is a humbucker too: the blend knob mixes neck pickup/both/bridge (dual) pickups
So you apply frequencies off different positioning along the ash body to the three band equalizer, but just that...
New ATKs are more powerful than ever, yet not as much versatile as they used to be, and less comparable to MusicMan
G&L Tribute L2500 employs same essences of the American made ones (surely less selected) and cheaper finishings, but hardware and electronic is consistent
They count on an incredible power in serial, still they're up there in parallel, and can get switched off (Ibanez ATKs don't)
if you favor a passive approach, or your power supply ran dry.
Both Ibanez ATKs and G&L, sport ash bodies and humbuckers and deliver a very high output
Both are straigt forward basses that can get thru any band mix with no shame
Both are 34" scale basses with stringthru himass birdges and provide downtunin' with no failings, the price it's nearly the same and the only valuable competitor in that price range and nononsense approach is passive Fender Standard Jazz V
I prefer G&L Tributes in that I opted for carved maple tops versions, other than that I couldn't tell you more... I love'em both
PS: did you take a look at SterlingRay35? That could play a lil' bit different and coverin' your sound needs...
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Last edited by Wallace320 : 01-23-2013 at 07:43 AM.