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Old June 5th, 2010, 12:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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G&L vs. Fender

What do you guys think about G&L? Would you rather have that or a Fender?

And where are their non-USA models built, and how are they?

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Old June 5th, 2010, 12:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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G&Ls are great guitars! The Tribute models are the imported versions, and while they were once built in Korea, they're now made in Indonesia. They're great guitars for the price. If you do a search, you'll find tons of information with plenty of thoughts regarding G&L vs Fender. There's also a G&L owners club on the TDPRI as well. I have both G&L and Fender guitars, and I'm really not partial to one or the other. There's no doubt in my mind that both are great contributions to the guitar world!
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Old June 5th, 2010, 12:55 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have three G&L strats. I love the necks on them, you can choose from G&L what neck shape you want. i go for the 1 5/8 12 radius, slim.

I have and older G&L strat 1992, which i just worked over an am loving. Damn thing won't go out of tune !

I also have a 2006 fat strat G&L..neck is unbelievable and an Indonesian strat, which is IMO better than an MIM Fender.
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All my G&L's 11 of them all pre BBE are great better fit and finish and workmanship than USA Fender models.
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I have an American made Bluesboy semi hollow. I go back and forth between it and my Squier CVC. Love them both, but very different. The bluesboy always impresses me how musical it is. It sounds absolutely fantastic regardless of what amp I am playing through. My CVC plays and sounds great too, but I have to tweak my amps a little more to get the best sounds out of it.
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Let me put it this way. My only "Telecasters" are the new Squier Classic Vibe Custom and 50s models. No Fenders in this house.
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Let me put it this way. My only "Telecasters" are the new Squier Classic Vibe Custom and 50s models. No Fenders in this house.
I have both of those also but they do say Fender right on the front of the headstock.
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G&L. Now that's a real Fender.
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Have owned several G&L's over the years, both USA and Tribute series.

The Korean Tributes, IMO, are top quality guitars! Played a few of the Indonesian models and while okay, just didn't seem to be the same as the Koreans.

Different animals, Fender and G&L, but great guitars in thier own right. Can't go wrong either way!
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My G&L is a gutsy guitar. I bought it from Dale Hyatt right after Leo died. Got the tour of Leo's office and workshop. It was really cool.
Unfortunately, I don't really play it anymore. Very P90-ish on the bridge.

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I go out of my way to dish out more money just to have "fender" on my headstock
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Old June 5th, 2010, 05:06 PM   #12 (permalink)
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G&L. Now that's a real Fender.
Absolute b0ll0cks.
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Old June 5th, 2010, 05:54 PM   #13 (permalink)
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And where are their non-USA models built, and how are they?
The first non-USA models were made in Korea. The Koreans make really nice guitars. Now non-USA G&Ls come from Indonesia. Can't answer how they are, all my G&L are American made.
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Absolute b0ll0cks.
Not really.

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This just ignores history.

Last thing I did was X.....therefore A. B C etc which I did before, never happened...
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That's not the point. But you know that.

G&L is just a continuation of what Fender and Fullerton would have done had they not sold the company to CBS. Before Leo died, on a good day you could drop by the Fullerton office's of G&L and see George, Leo, and Dale Hyatt all there working. Just like 1956.
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So FP, he obviously made significant technological and musical advances, over and the Tele, during his G&L days, to justify the G&L lackeys' claims of bearing his legacy?
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Old June 5th, 2010, 07:46 PM   #18 (permalink)
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if I get gas my next guitar would be a G&L tele. i know this is blasphemy, but i'm kind of good for now on guitars (2 melancon strats, 1 high end tele project guitar and one squire tele I can take to the more dicey clubs, and an acoustic when it calls for it). there has been some negative talk about Gibson owning them, but the above poster says BBE? oh well, suffice it to say I see a lot of threads on Fender vs. G&L but I don't recall seeing a thread saying someone hated their G&L.
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The older G&L's made before Leo died and BBE bought the company are different than todays G&L's which are still good guitars.

Leo did the routes different and a few small changes in pickup windings.

The saddlelock bridge like used on the ASAT's and the Dual Fulcrum tremelo used on the G&L Strat styled guitars are improvements on the original Fender design.

It all really started with Music Man then to G&L.
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I've tried so hard to like G&L guitars, but ultimately I just don't.

They're not better built than Fender and they don't sound better than Fender.

G&L guitars feel overly solid and lack the vintage tone and feel of great Fender guitars. They're wonderful instruments, but when you want a great Fender, G&L just doesn't build one.

They don't sound or feel even remotely like a Fender Custom Shop, so don't let that bit of internet fluffery about G&L's being as good as Fender CS, convince you to spend your money on one before you try it.

If you play G&L and say, "Wow, THIS is what I've been looking for", then you should buy one. You'll be connecting with a guitar that is different than a Fender. Nothing wrong with that at all.

Nothing is better than a great Fender when you want classic Fender tone and vibe.

So, there's no VS. here. :)
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