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The G&L ASAT Bass Commemorative Edition has a swamp ash body with rear body contour and Cherryburst finish. Mine has a 7½” radiused hard-rock maple neck with maple fingerboard. Although without binding, on the upper bout the same decal as in the guitar is used showing Leo’s signature, his year of birth and death (‘1909-1991’), and a rose with gold petals. All hardware is gold plated, i.e. bridge, controls, switches, control cavity cover on the back, pole pieces of the Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups, tuners, and Maxima strings. The electronics is otherwise identical to the L-2000/L-2500 basses with volume control and Tri-Tone active/passive controls, including mini toggle switches for pickup selection, series vs. parallel, and preamp off/on/on with high-end EQ boost. The gold-plated 3-bolt neck plate reads “Commemorative Edition” and “#13 of 150”. No G&L webpage exists for this model, and even Greg Gagliano’s website is without a Commemorative bass! So the only available resource is the Registry on the Guitars By Leo (GbL) website where you’ll find the ASAT Bass Commemorative Edition listed amongst the Rarebirds.


G&L ASAT BASS Commemorative EDITION w/Maple Fingerboard

The story behind this bass

Year:                  1993

Serial number:    13 (#13 of 150, but likely 25 or less produced)

Neck date:          MAY 10 1993

Body date:          MAY 02 1993

Strings:               Optima/Maxima Gold Strings Electric Bass Roundwound 2299 (45-100)

You’re in love with the ASAT shape. You already own a ASAT Classic Commemorative Edition. And then a Commemorative bass shows up. What do you do? I was perfectly willing to leave it alone if somebody wanted it. Anybody. But when it came down to the last seconds, nobody had put in a bid even though the starting bid was more than reasonable. And that is how my first Commemorative (#152) got united with its big brother before #29 was also added to the mix. After Jimi White, a working bass player and meticulous caretaker of this instrument, I’m the third owner. The neck and body dates have a large significance. If indeed G&L stopped production of the Commemorative Editions in May 1993, this is one of the last produced. This gives credence to the rumor that far less than 150 were issued and that the true number is more around 25, if that many (see my G&L Commemoratives page). This is not only a beautiful looking instrument, it sounds great too! In one of the pictures below you can see the manual provided to explain the workings of all knobs and switches. There is not a low-ender sound you cannot coax out of this thing. On top of that, it is a light bass which is nice for a change!