A lt h o u g h th e r e is s o m e h e a d s to c k
b ia s in t h e b a la n c e d e p a r t m e n t
d u e to t h e b o d y s h a p e a n d la c k
o f to p c u ta w a y , u s in g th e lo w e r
s tr a p b u t t o n m a k e s t h e b a s s s it
h o r iz o n t a lly . U s in g t h e u p p e r
b u t t o n c re a te s a m o r e a n g le d
p la y in g p o s itio n w i t h t h e b o d y o f
t h e b a s s s it t in g lo w e r .
T h e s ix - b o lt n e c k jo in t is a s
s t u r d y a s t h e y c o m e , c r e a tin g a
t ig h t f it t in g , s o lid a tta c h m e n t,
w h ile t h e o n e - p ie c e m a p le n e c k
it s e lf h a s a v e r y s lim 'C n e c k
p r o file , a lm o s t J a z z B a s s -lik e ,
m e a s u r in g 3 8 m m a t t h e n u t . T h e
1 9 m m s t r in g s p a c in g g iv e s th e
b a s s a v e r y f a m ilia r fe e l, w i t h t h e
g lo s s -c o a te d n e c k p r o v in g to b e
fa s t a n d r e s p o n s iv e , a n d e x t r e m e ly
c o m fo r ta b le to n a v ig a te . I n n o
w a y d o e s i t h a v e t h a t s t ic k y ' fe e l
a s s o c ia te d w i t h s o m e g lo s s n e c k s .
P e a rl p o s itio n m a r k e r s a d o r n t h e
r o s e w o o d fin g e r b o a r d w i t h w h it e
s id e m a r k e r s , g iv in g t h e p la y e r a
p o in t o f r e fe r e n c e .
C h r o m e h a r d w a r e h a s b e e n
u s e d t h r o u g h o u t , f r o m th e
s m o o th - o p e r a tin g ta p e r e d -
p o s t m a c h in e h e a d s a n d s o lid
G & L S a d d le L o c k b rid g e , to
t h e th r e e c o n t r o l la y o u t a n d
s e le c to r s w itc h e s . T h e p a ir o f
G & L M a g n e tic F ie ld D e s ig n
h u m b u c k e r s . c o u p le d w i t h t h e c ir c u it , s u g g e s t a w id e a r r a y o f to n a l o p tio n s ,
b u t th e m e s s y c o n t r o l c a v it y a n d lim it e d s h ie ld in g a r e d is a p p o in tin g .
T h e A S A T fe e ls s u b s ta n tia l a n d q u ie t ly im p r e s s iv e , h ig h ly c a p a b le w it h o u t
h a v in g to s h o u t a b o u t it. Q u a lit y t im b e r s h a v e b e e n u s e d - t h is b a s s is
p a r t ic u la r ly r e s o n a n t a n d y o u c a n fe e l t h e s p r in g in its s te p t h e m o m e n t
y o u s t a r t p la y in g it. L iv e ly d o e s n 't e v e n c o m e c lo s e t o d e s c r ib in g it. S o m e
b a s s e s y o u in s t a n t ly fe e l a t h o m e w it h , a n d t h is is o n e s u c h e x a m p le . I t h a s
b e e n s e t u p a n d fin is h e d to a v e r y h ig h le v e l, w h ile t h e n e c k is in c r e d ib ly
s le e k a n d r e s p o n s iv e . I t ’s a r e a l jo y to p la y .
T h e E Q a n d to n a l o p tio n s g iv e t h e p la y e r a b r o a d p a le tte to c h o o s e
fr o m , m a y b e a lit t le to o b r o a d f o r s o m e p la y e rs . It's h a r d ly s u r p r is in g t h a t
c o a x in g s o m e t y p ic a lly F e n d e r - is h s o u n d s f r o m it is a s im p le o p e r a tio n ,
a n d a lt h o u g h t h e S t in g r a y a n d S a b re s im ila r it ie s a r e o b v io u s , th e r e is e v e n
m o r e f le x ib ilit y s h o u ld y o u n e e d it. T h e s e r ie s /p a r a lle l s e le c to r c a n b e a
r e a l g a m e - c h a n g e r , o f f e r in g a s ig n if ic a n t b o tt o m e n d b o o s t m a k in g t h e
to n e r o c k s o lid in s e rie s m o d e o r p r o v id in g a t h in n e r ‘s lin k in e s s ' in p a r a lle l
m o d e , a lm o s t lik e a s in g le c o il p ic k u p . In p a s s iv e m o d e , y o u r t r a d it io n a l
to n e s a r e r e a d y a n d w a it in g to b e fo u n d , b u t it is in a c tiv e m o d e t h a t t h is
b a s s r e a lly c o m e s a liv e , a n d th e c i r c u i t r y c a n 't d is g u is e h o w v e r s a tile it is.
T h e r e a r e s o m a n y o p tio n s t h a t it c a n ta k e a lit t le t im e t o w o r k o u t t h e
b e s t u s e f o r e a c h s e ttin g , b u t w i t h p le n t y o f b o d y a n d v o lu m e c o n s is te n c y
to e a c h s tr in g , t h is is t r u l y a b a s s f o r a ll s ty le s o f p la y in g t h a t w i l l c o p e w it h
a n y t h in g t h e p la y e r w is h e s to t h r o w a t it.
T h e A S A T is a g r e a t a ll- r o u n d b a s s a n d a r e a l w i n n e r o n a ll c o u n ts . I t h a s
b a g s o f p u n c h a n d d e p th o f to n e a n d I f o u n d i t q u it e in s p ir in g to p la y .
N o t h in g a b o u t it f e lt d if f ic u lt o r in h ib it iv e . I f y o u h a v e t h e n e c e s s a r y
f o ld in g s t u f f b u r n in g a h o le in y o u r p o c k e t. I s t r o n g ly s u g g e s t c h e c k in g
o n e o u t. W i t h a v a r ie t y o f o p t io n s a v a ila b le , y o u m a y f in d a b a s s f o r life .
H ig h ly r e c o m m e n d e d .
TECHNICAL SPECIFICATION
PRICE I £1,649
MADE IN I USA
BODY I Alder
NECK I Hard rock maple, 34" scale
JOINT I Bolt-on, six-bolt attachment
NUT WIDTH 138mm
FINGERBOARD I Rosewood
FRETS 121
PICKUPS I Two G&L Magnetic Field Design
humbucking pickups
ELECTRONICS I Active Tri-Tone system
with series/parallel switching
CONTROLS I Volume, treble, bass, three-
position pickup selector switch, series/
parallel mode selector switch, three-
position pre-amp mode selector switch
HARDWARE I Custom G&L Ultra Lite
machine heads and Leo Fender-designed
G&L Saddle Lock bridge
WEIGHT 14.75 kg
CASE/GIG BAG INCLUDED? Deluxe
hardshell tolex case
LEFT-HAND OPTION AVAILABLE? Yes
PLUS I Top-notch playability, wide array of
tones and sounds
MINUS I The body styling may not suit all
tastes, and it’s a little pricey
OVERALL IA winner on virtually on all
counts, delivering the goods no matter what
style you play
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