Any G&L fans here???

Jeff Scott

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Cool! How is the neck dive on those ASATs?

I used to have a US JB-2; I sold it to a good friend for cheap to give to his autistic grandson for Christmas a last year.

G&Gs are great basses, I should check out their guitars, sometime.
 

georgestrings

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Cool! How is the neck dive on those ASATs?

I used to have a US JB-2; I sold it to a good friend for cheap to give to his autistic grandson for Christmas a last year.

G&Gs are great basses, I should check out their guitars, sometime.
It was bought new in September of this year - I swapped an '08 Fender American Standard Jazz even up for it... I did quite a bit of reading about the ASAT before checking it out in person, and wasn't going to make the deal before strapping it up beforehand - after all, the Jazz I was potentially trading was a great bass in it's own right... Since I had another MIA Fender Jazz that I liked even more, and had been wanting a Tele style bass for awhile, I decided to atleast check it out - but with caution, since it's owner was trading it because of a lack of comfort while strapped up...

I also play a Gibson Thunderbird and a Fenderbird - which are notorious for neck dive, but aren't a problem *for me*, given my habit of playing fairly low slung, and using leather straps that are fairly substantial with a rough inside for a bit of traction against my shirt... The ASAT didn't hang any worse than my Gibson - so, neck dive wasn't a problem... It might be for some - I suppose I'm just not very sensitive to it...

I have to say that it probably wouldn't be very comfortable to play for several hours at a time, but I typically don't do that, anyways... My standard gig these days is three 1 hour sets, with some switching between a 4 string and a 5er - and bringing an "extra" 4 string is no prob... I wanted it for the novelty of something a bit different - and an orange Tele style bass fits that bill nicely... I have to say that despite the hype, it isn't any more well made than the Fenders I already have, and certainly not a better bass in any way than the MIA Fender Jazz I traded for it - just different...

JMHO, but there it is...


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dkelley

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Hey man, how's it sound compared to your USA sub tone or stingray? Been very curious about all things g&l recently but that is the first one I've seen that is actually sexy looking also

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georgestrings

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Hey man, how's it sound compared to your USA sub tone or stingray? Been very curious about all things g&l recently but that is the first one I've seen that is actually sexy looking also

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It has a bit of that active midrange thing going on like my USA SUB(or a Spector), but is a little more subdued: it won't get as bright or as deep as the 2 band SUB will... The active G&L preamp isn't as powerful as an EBMM preamp is: it is more of a buffer with cut only bass/treble controls, instead of cut/boost like an EBMM... It does have alot more different tones available than the SUB does, though - due to the series/parallel, active/passive, and pickup switches switches...

I don't have an actual Stingray any more - I traded my BFR Stingray 5 HH for a Sterling 5 HS awhile ago... Comparing the ASAT to the Sterling 5 HS, it's no contest - the Sterling 5 HS is WAY more versatile, and way more powerful regarding EQing...

I don't mean to slam the ASAT with any of this - it's definitely a quality bass, and a little more time with it will probably reveal more usefulness in a band situation - after all, I've only played 1 gig with it so far... I'm planning on gigging it tonight, and definitely for a pair of Halloween shows we've got coming up - I'll know a bit more after that...


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jeffbelch

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I'm a huge G&L fan! My first instrument was bass, but I'm more a guitarist these days. I played professionally in a band for 9 nine years and my main guitar was an ASAT Deluxe. I let a buddy talk me out of it after I had kids and got a job that allowed me to stay home, but I often miss it. G&L definitely makes some of the best instruments available.
 

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Hawt. I've been through 2 L2500s, one US, one Tribby, but my SB2 is a desert island bass for me. Tried an ASAT bass years ago, should have bought it, but whaddya gonna do? My SB2 has the #8 neck like the ASAT, and it my favorite profile thus far. My fav settings for the MFDs is neck, passive, series. Thickest tone ever.
 

dkelley

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It has a bit of that active midrange thing going on like my USA SUB(or a Spector), but is a little more subdued: it won't get as bright or as deep as the 2 band SUB will... The active G&L preamp isn't as powerful as an EBMM preamp is: it is more of a buffer with cut only bass/treble controls, instead of cut/boost like an EBMM... It does have alot more different tones available than the SUB does, though - due to the series/parallel, active/passive, and pickup switches switches...

I don't have an actual Stingray any more - I traded my BFR Stingray 5 HH for a Sterling 5 HS awhile ago... Comparing the ASAT to the Sterling 5 HS, it's no contest - the Sterling 5 HS is WAY more versatile, and way more powerful regarding EQing...

I don't mean to slam the ASAT with any of this - it's definitely a quality bass, and a little more time with it will probably reveal more usefulness in a band situation - after all, I've only played 1 gig with it so far... I'm planning on gigging it tonight, and definitely for a pair of Halloween shows we've got coming up - I'll know a bit more after that...


- georgestrings
excellent info, thanks man.

PS... you and I spend too much time in forums.... but I'm glad I came across your post as I believe you have similar preferences and taste to me in axes.

cheers, thanks again

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georgestrings

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I'm a huge G&L fan! My first instrument was bass, but I'm more a guitarist these days. I played professionally in a band for 9 nine years and my main guitar was an ASAT Deluxe. I let a buddy talk me out of it after I had kids and got a job that allowed me to stay home, but I often miss it. G&L definitely makes some of the best instruments available.
I've always been a Fender fan, and in the last few years, and EBMM fan, too... I've often said that I never played a G&L that I just had to take home with me - always preferred my Fenders - but this one literally came to my home, hahaha!!! I'm gonna gig this ASAT a few times before coming to any solid conclusions about it - it's definitely a gig-worthy bass, and it's good looks fit in with my current band...


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georgestrings

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Hawt. I've been through 2 L2500s, one US, one Tribby, but my SB2 is a desert island bass for me. Tried an ASAT bass years ago, should have bought it, but whaddya gonna do? My SB2 has the #8 neck like the ASAT, and it my favorite profile thus far. My fav settings for the MFDs is neck, passive, series. Thickest tone ever.
Thanks - I think this might be the 1st #8 neck I've tried out, and I do like it: it's just a tiny bit more narrow at the nut than my Jazz is, but deeper front to back - so it feels solid in the hand for being so narrow at the nut... The neck shape/profile has usually been the deal breaker on most G&L basses I've ever checked out - they've always been a bit chunky for my tastes... I have to admit that I like this neck, and the fretwork is very good - although even though it's PLEK'd, it's still not any better than my luthier's fretwork - nor any better than the fretwork on the '08 Am St Jazz I traded for it...

I'm still experimenting with settings - the one you mentioned is definitely going to see some use, for sure...


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georgestrings

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excellent info, thanks man.

PS... you and I spend too much time in forums.... but I'm glad I came across your post as I believe you have similar preferences and taste to me in axes.

cheers, thanks again

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Glad to help any way I can - and I've tried to make all this as honest and objective as I could... Yeah, I spend a fair amount of time in forums - I've been a working musician for quite a while now, and my kids are all grown - so I tend to have more free time than alot of people do...


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dkelley

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Glad to help any way I can - and I've tried to make all this as honest and objective as I could... Yeah, I spend a fair amount of time in forums - I've been a working musician for quite a while now, and my kids are all grown - so I tend to have more free time than alot of people do...


- georgestrings
cool

I just prefer to do this than actually work at my day job.... but I the stuff done ;-)

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Larry Mal

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I have a couple of G&L basses, I think they make some of the best basses in the world at any price:



The L1000 I've had since the early 90s, the Jazz bass I only got very recently. I traded a Fender for it and threw in some bucks, I thought the G&L would be a lot better. It is.
 

georgestrings

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Yeah, I traded this:



...for this:




I *wish* I could say the G&L is better than the Fender I traded for it - but it isn't... I'm still going to keep the ASAT, because it brings something different to my modest collection, but I'd be lying if I claimed it was a better instrument than the Fenders or Music Man basses I have...

To each their own, though...


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Larry Mal

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I thought the G&L Jazz bass would be a lot better than the Fender Jazz I traded for it, it is better, but it's not night and day. I do like the bridge a lot better, and that was the impetus. I also ended up with a case and some other better things.

Still a big fan of the G&L lineup. I have the two G&Ls above, and have a Stingray, and that will be my modest collection for the rest of my life. I'd like to add a Fender Precision to it all and at that point I can't think of anything else I'd ever need (maybe a cheap fretless).
 

lpdeluxe

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It appears that the electronics are similar to the L2K. I gigged with a Tribute L2K for a stretch and liked it a lot, but I am now a devoted Precision/SR5 player. G&Ls are very well made.

 

Larry Mal

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There's an early 80's L2000 by me, I kind of thought about getting it once I'm flush with money again. I'm not sure what all the switching does on there, though?
 






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