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ASAT neck vs L2000 neck vs JB-2 neck

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by justbass4, Apr 26, 2009.


  1. justbass4

    justbass4

    Apr 26, 2009
    I've played a L2000 before (a tribute) so I know what they play like but I've never played an ASAT before--that is what I really want by the way, an ASAT--or a JB 2. Incidentally, I can't believe so many prefer a sting ray over a G&L; I owned a stingray--cool looking bass; not that great of a tone.

    My question is this: what is the difference between an ASAt and L2000 neck, if any. I'm assuming there must be a difference in the necks; else, why make it? The two guitars are electronically identical. I'm hoping the ASAT has a smaller neck or "faster," as they say; I have small hands.

    Lastly, is the JB 2 about the same, neck-wise, as a fender jazz? Or is it bigger. I ask because I've noticed a tendency in G&L's to be on the "tank-ish" side. But they really do sound good. Just curious.

    Ultimately I want an ASAT; I think it's the coolest looking bass ever made--and I've been around the block (bass-wise that is) so I don't just say that--with the best sound. The guy from hot water music turned me on to them because I liked his bass sound in Flight And A Crash.

    Don't get me wrong; fender, especially squire, is making some nice basses. I might have to put off getting the asat and get their vintage modified jazz bass, the one with the black inlays. Warwick makes a really nice bass too--the thumb--comparable to fedora in sound but not in price; I've never played either though so, to that, I could not attest to the merits of either.
     
  2. Nedmundo

    Nedmundo Supporting Member

    Jan 7, 2005
    Philadelphia
    The ASAT and JB-2 both come stock with G&L's #8 neck, which has a Jazz nut width of 1.5", but a relatively flat fretboard radius of 12". The L-2000 has a beefier 1.75" nut width, and a chunkier rear profile, but also has a 12" radius.

    I have two G&L basses with the #8, and it's similar to a Jazz bass, but with a deeper rear profile, so it's a little more chunky. And the 12" radius is different from the typical Jazz also.

    Keep in mind you can special order U.S. G&L basses with any neck they offer. These are either 1.5" or 1.75" nut width, and either 7.5" or 12" fretboard radius. So the closest to a vintage Jazz bass is the #6, with the 1.5" nut and 7.5" radius.
     
  3. Good to see another Hot Water Music fan on the board!

    Sorry I don't really have any experience with these, but looks like justbass4 got it mostly covered. All I know is that the ASAT totally looks killer!
     
  4. lug

    lug

    Feb 11, 2005
    League City, Tx
    What he said. I ordered the number 8 neck on my L2000 and it is my favorite profile. As stated it's a jazz neck but slightly thicker front to back. That little bit makes a significant difference for me when playing extended periods of time.
     
  5. But the bodies are a "little" different...


    I have a #6 neck on my L-2000.

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  6. Horny Toad

    Horny Toad Guest

    Mar 4, 2005
    NJ

    Just to throw some fuel on the fire, here's my old ASAT:

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