G&L ASAT Tone Flexibility?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nisei, Apr 23, 2012.

  1. Nisei


    Mar 12, 2012
    Hey TalkBass.

    I've been doing some home recordings with a friend of a friend, and he wants to get rid of some of his bass guitars. One of them is a G&L ASAT which has a black finish, which I assume is a slightly older model since they've only got the butterscotch colored bass online now.

    Anyways, he's willing to sell it to me for $500 with hard case.

    I was just wondering how far I can shape the tone on that particular bass? I played with it for a little bit, but it was too bright for my tastes (he uses extra light gauge strings on all his basses), and I'm a Reggae kind of guy. Do you think I can get this bass to sound deep and clean kind of like my Squier Vintage 70s Jazz Bass by restringing the ASAT with medium gauge strings?

    $500 is a steal, right?
    Any input would be greatly appreciated!
  2. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Thats not a fair price for a import G&L.
  3. Nisei


    Mar 12, 2012
    So I'm getting ripped off?

  4. xxx666


    Jan 12, 2008
    Endorsing Artist G&L Guitars
    It's not an import - G&L only make ASAT basses in the US so it would be a cracking deal. You have a myriad of switching options and will be able to get close to the sound you described.

    (G&L endorser)
  5. xfretlessx


    Dec 17, 2010
    Mohawk, NY
    ^^what he said...ASAT is a US bass...great price!
  6. That ASAT will out bottom the Jazz as well as a P. Try it this way: front pickup, series, passive, treble half way and bass all the way up. Just nail down the furniture first so nothing falls over from the fat, bassy sound.

    Rumble Thunder and joebar like this.
  7. Lo-E


    Dec 19, 2009
    Brooklyn, NY
    Absolutely a good deal and that bass is absolutely capable of bowel-shaking bass tones.
  8. TonyP-

    TonyP- Excuse me but you have your I-IV-V in my II-V-I Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2003
    Boston Mass
    A-Designs Mike Lull GK Tsunami Cables GHS Strings RMI Basswitch Nordstrand Pickups Darkglass
    Sorry...Thats a type O

    That is a fair price.

    If its MIA then its a no brainier. I'm not expert on the G&Ls but liked most of them that I have tried.

    (I originally was writing that a not a bad price...Ect)
  9. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    They are pretty flexible with all of the switching options. I love mine.

    $500 is a great deal.
  10. Toastfuzz


    Jul 20, 2007
    Pittsburgh, PA
    I'd take it if you pass!
  11. Mr. Pickles

    Mr. Pickles Supporting Member

    Nov 11, 2006
    Dutchess County, NY
    The toggle closest to the bridge is a treble boost when pointed away from the bridge. Maybe that's why it sounded too bright. The middle position is active and the rearmost is passive. Engage the passive mode, set the middle toggle to series, roll of some treble and you are in DUB heaven!

    You could also solo the neck pup in passive mode, play near the neck and be in dubby territory as well.

    My ASAT is the most flexible and powerful sounding bass I've ever owned. Hands down.
  12. bassfart


    May 5, 2008
    BUY IT!!!!!!!!!
  13. john_g

    john_g Supporting Member

    Sep 14, 2007
    Yeah really, Ill buy it if you dont want it! Very good deal! And great basses...wont find many basses that are as versatile as the G&L's.
  14. lmfreeman9


    Sep 1, 2007
    Buy it, try it.
    Try with flatwounds.
    If you don't like it, you can sell it here for a profit.
  15. Nisei


    Mar 12, 2012
    Thanks for the input.

    I'll definitely be picking it up in a few days when I get a day off from work.
  16. alembicbones


    Nov 10, 2000
    Seattle, WA
    ASAT's are extremely flexible tonally.

    I only see one issue. Before you purchase this bass, bring a strap with you and see how the bass hangs on you. Since the ASAT has a "Tele" like body and 34" scale, some players have issues with neck dive and/or discomfort accessing 1st position. Only you can determine if that is an issue for you.

    Best Wishes,
  17. Nisei


    Mar 12, 2012
    I've gigged with a stock Epiphone Thunderbird IV for a bit, so I'm sure it won't be an issue for me.

  18. Any sentence which includes 'G&L ASAT' and 'tone flexibility' should not need a question mark; that is what they do, and they do it very, very well. It is a great offer and I am really dripping with envy right about now. Enjoy it.:)

  19. Wannaflea


    Jun 7, 2011
    Jersey, CI
    Can somebody give me a comparison between the ASAT and the L2000? Thanks

    sorry about the hi-jack haha
  20. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
    Same pickups, same electronics. Different body shape.