G&L ASAT question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Acacia, Mar 31, 2001.

  1. Acacia


    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    I am looking at this particular bass and would like to know why Leo's name is on the body. Special edition or something? I know it's a 1991 ASAT.

    <img src=http://www.authenticguitars.com/images/b6a.jpg>

    Thanx for any help.
  2. Acacia


    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX

    By the way, the white blur is the Leo signature.
  3. He started signing his name on many instruments around that time. I believe that's likely his actual signature. Although, I had no idea they made ASAT basses that far back - I thought they were more recent than that.
  4. cb56


    Jul 2, 2000
    Central Illinois
    nope, the signature is just a decal in the finish I believe they were called signature series. I used to own a 92 that looked just like that but without the Leo decal. i have heard stories that Leo actually did put his signature in the neck pocket on random instruments.

    these folks will probably be able to answer your question.

  5. Acacia


    Apr 26, 2000
    Austin, TX
    thanx for that link. Here's what I found out from their message board, for those interested:

    The signature decal is a standard 1991 G&L feature. The ASAT Bass you pictured is a 'standard issue'.

    The ASAT Bass is by in large less preferred by bass players since they tend to be neck heavy and the backs aren't contoured (the newer BBE versions are, however).
    I don't own an ASAT Bass, but they're among my favorites.
    If that bass is in excellent condition with OHSC, it shouldn't sell for over $700. They do sometimes, but a lot of times they don't.

    The powerful electronics and MFD pickups should smoke any Fender/FMIC bass. If you aren't happy with the sound of that ASAT Bass, keep turning some knobs and flipping some switches.

    If you like the bass but don't care for the balance and lack of back contour, remember the L-2000 is nearly the same bass but with a contoured, horned body and usually a less tapered nack (though some have more tapered necks as well).
  6. Joemt


    Apr 9, 2001

    I actually own the very first of these basses
    made (Serial #1 of 150). Mine was given
    away by Bass Player Magazine.


    Joe T.