Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

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Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby Ken Baker » Thu Feb 07, 2013 6:34 pm

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Aerosmith’s Tom Hamilton has been playing G&L ASAT Basses for nearly twenty years since he bought his first blue metal flake ASAT Bass at 48th Street Custom Guitars in New York City. Since then, G&L has built several more ASAT Basses in a variety of finishes, but there’s something about G&L’s over-the-top metal flake finishes that keeps him coming back for more.

Tom loves the tone, the way the ASAT Bass cuts through the mix in a live setting and the way it tracks beautifully in the studio. Why mess with such a good thing? Well, after listening carefully to Tom’s live performance and studio tracks, G&L VP Engineering Paul Gagon thought he could dial in the pickups to suit Tom’s style even more. Ideas were exchanged and prototypes were built, carefully moving the output and resonant peak until the perfect spec was nailed. Aiden Mullen, Tom’s tech, had this to say:

    “The new bass you built for Tom is fantastic, and he started tracking with it like twenty minutes after it arrived. Every G&L we get is excellent, and the new pickups are perfect.”

Today, G&L is proud to introduce the new ASAT Bass Tom Hamilton Signature Model featuring the new “Hamiltone” Magnetic Field Design humbucking pickups mounted in a Western Sugar Pine body for reduced weight and an aged-satin-finished quartersawn maple neck that better withstands the rigors of worldwide touring. Naturally, the model features G&L’s stunning metal flake finishes, available in Blue, Red or Turquoise Metal Flake with a fresh twist: Silver Metal Flake faux double-binding for even more visual pop on stage. Tom’s signature and special caricature are placed discreetly on the rear of the headstock.

The new ASAT Bass Tom Hamilton features:

    PICKUPS: Two G&L "Hamiltone" Magnetic Field Design humbucking pickups
    BODY WOOD: Western Sugar Pine
    BODY FINISH: Choice of Blue, Red, or Turquoise Metal Flake Finish
    NECK WOOD: Quartersawn Maple with Light Tint Satin finis
    NECK FINISH: Light Tint Satin
    NECK PROFILE: G&L #8 with 12" radius and 1 1/2 " nut-width
    FRETS: Medium Jumbo; processed by PLEK
    TUNING KEYS: Custom G&L "Ultra-Lite" with aluminum tapered string posts
    BRIDGE: G&L Saddle Lock with chrome-plated brass saddles
    ELECTRONICS: G&L Tri-Tone active/passive electronics, 3-way mini-toggle pickup selector, series/parallel mini-toggle, preamp control mini-toggle (off/on/on with high end EQ boost), volume, treble, bass
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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby Freddels » Fri Feb 08, 2013 1:27 pm

I like it but I'd want a #5 or #6 neck.
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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby harleyyy » Fri Feb 08, 2013 3:50 pm

Ken, with the known neck dive issues, do you know if it was addressed going to a lighter body?
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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:04 pm

harleyyy wrote:Ken, with the known neck dive issues, do you know if it was addressed going to a lighter body?


I don't know. I'll ask.

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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby harleyyy » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:09 pm

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harleyyy wrote:Ken, with the known neck dive issues, do you know if it was addressed going to a lighter body?


I don't know. I'll ask.

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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Feb 08, 2013 4:56 pm

Here you go.

Interestingly enough most of the Pine body blanks are within 2 to 3 pounds of the Alder and even the majority of our Ash. I didn't notice much of a difference in Neck Dive on Toms basses.


Not exactly definitive, but hey... If you think of it from a standpoint of how the weight hangs on you with a strap, a couple pounds lighter probably isn't going to make much of a difference. 3 pounds.... I gotta hunch that this one is going to end up being more subjective than average.

Admittedly, I have picked up up only a few ASATs. Only a couple were real divers. The others were a bit neck heavy, but not so much that it was uncontrollable. For me it's more a matter of the headstock being way the hell out there.

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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby harleyyy » Fri Feb 08, 2013 5:16 pm

Cool, I just remember it being an issue and was curious. I believe the popular workaround was relocating the strap button. Thanks Ken.
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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby Ken Baker » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:04 pm

Yup, it's an issue with some of the old ones. I think they've gotten around most of it now by carefully selecting the wood to use.

Some months ago there was a guy on TB who was looking into re-visiting the old ASATMAN ASE. Don't know that anything ever came of it. It was discussed at BbL as well, but that dead-ended too. I even tossed the idea to G&L. Probably not enough market to justify tooling up.

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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby Freddels » Fri Feb 08, 2013 6:23 pm

I had an ASAT hollow body. It was a very heavy bass (Ash with a flame top). The neck dive wasn't really bad with a wide strap although it just wanted to level out. Once it got to a level position, it didn't dive any further. The strap extender that was out a few years back only worked on the 3 bolt necks. I'm not sure what you could do with the 6 bolt neck. I just think the look of the ASAT bass is really cool. And Duke still has (at least I think he still has it) one of the most beautiful ASAT's. [smilie=grinning-smiley-003.gif]
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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby Mr. Mom » Sat Feb 09, 2013 11:53 am

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Re: Introducing the new Tom Hamilton Signature ASAT Bass

Postby AchimII » Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:47 am

Seems it is a questin of using the matching strap...

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