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trade my ebmm stingray 5h for a G&L assat ?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Justice4trance, Dec 23, 2013.

  1. Justice4trance


    Sep 20, 2013
    Is it worth it ?

    I like the stingray tone .
    Wondering if the G&L assat can produce similar to a stingray tone as well as other tones eg. of bands - incubus, muse, SOAD, oasis, suede etc
  2. jbybj

    jbybj Supporting Member

    Jun 11, 2008
    Los Angeles
    I can't comment on the tone comparison. I loved the sound of my Asat bass, and the feel of the neck, but I truly didn't care for the balance of that bass. Very long reach to the first frets and significant neck dive.

    I replaced it with an L2000 sporting an SB-2 neck. THIS is a trade I would make for a Ray, not for an ASAT.
  3. Crabby


    Dec 22, 2004
    Its a tough call. Both brands are of similar quality. I owned an L2500 earlier this year and when comparing it to my Stingray5, I found the Ray a lot easier to setup and had a faster, easier to play neck. The G&L had a wide range of tones but I would likely only use one or two settings and I find that I hate tweaking on stage and just want a simpler setup.

    The good news is that if you make the trade and done love the G&L, a used Stingray is relatively easy to come by.

    Based on used value, the Ernie Ball basses seem to hold their value a lot better then G&L for some reason.
  4. Justice4trance


    Sep 20, 2013
    Thank you. Guess I won't trade..
  5. Jungy


    Jun 9, 2011
    If you are trading face to face so you can both play each bass it may be worth it if you love it. But again, I would say (irrelevant of quality), a Stingray is usually worth more on the used market than a G&L.
  6. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    G&L can't do a stingray sound
    ASAT does not come in 5 string.
  7. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    If your SR5 is a pre-2008 (and thus, has the ceramic magnet pickup), you've already got the best sounding bass made (in my opinion, of course). Only matched by a Sterling 5 H, which all have the ceramic pickup and same electronics as the SR5 H.

    :bag: :D
  8. Justice4trance


    Sep 20, 2013
    Keep forgetting to check my serial number for details of my sr5, thanks!
    Have confirmed not trading, informed the asat owner just nw.

  9. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX
    ASSat. I giggled. Yeah, the intellect of a 12yo right here.
  10. Justice4trance


    Sep 20, 2013
    Haha, Me and my spelling error... Always !
  11. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    If the pickup is rectangular, with rounded shoulders on the ends, and mounting screws through the rectangular part, it's ceramic (i.e. pre-2008).

    If the pickup is rectangular, but with squared off shoulders and 3 ears for the mounting screws (2 ears on one end and 1 in the middle on the other end), then it's alnico magnets.

    This is an SR5 with ceramic magnet pickup:


    And this is a Sterling 5 H. It has a ceramic magnet pickup, but it LOOKS (almost exactly) the same as the 2008+ Stingray 5 pickup which is alnico magnets.

  12. georgestrings

    georgestrings Banned

    Nov 5, 2005
    Love that Sterling 5 H, Stuart - it's sharp!!!

    - georgestrings
  13. Justice4trance


    Sep 20, 2013
    Wow, gorgeous Sterling 5 H!

    By the way, guess I got the ceramic magnet

    Thank you Stuart:)
  14. If your wanting versatility then why not sell it and buy a Stingray HH or HS?
  15. Justice4trance


    Sep 20, 2013
    i was fickle minded to have more in one or less so that easier and more comfortable to figure.
    i decided now to stick with the latter!
  16. StuartV

    StuartV Finally figuring out what I really like Supporting Member

    Jul 27, 2006
    Manassas, VA
    Thanks, George and Justice!

    Justice, I think you're making a good call. Personally, I don't buy that the HS or HH is "more versatile" or "better" than the H. Both of those give up the Parallel mode that the H has and that Parallel mode sound is the classic StingRay sound that is pure awesomeness - particularly for slap bass sounds.

    My G&L L-2500 has the Single Coil option, so with all the switching choices, it has, I don't know, something like 72,000 different configurations ;), with the 2 humbuckers and all the coils. And I find that I use 1 or 2 of those. Sometimes, simpler is actually better. Especially when "simple" has the sounds you really want. Personally, I feel like I don't need 10 different sounds. Or even 5. I just need 1 or 2 KILLER sounds. In the StingRay family, the single H (with ceramic pickup) gives that to me.
  17. Red Planet

    Red Planet

    May 29, 2005
    Talking Rock GA
    OEM Manufacturing Supplier
    J4T you made the right decision. You would regret ever parting with a Stingray. :cool: