Today I brought my USA 52'reis.(1997) and my USA deluxe Tele (2000) to a local musicshop to compare with 3 diff. Asat's, the Korean versions (tribute), because I neverd heard or played them. Well.... It's a shame but they all sounded better than my tele's. Okay, the necks were thinner, the poly coat is thin, but there is also a BIG difference in price (550 Euro Asat vs. 1600 Euro for a new 52' reiss.). Sound was more balanced, richer and deeper tone, more output (more output than the stock noiseless humbuckers on the deluxe). I played the hollow body, one with oversized pu's, and a standard kind of Asat. Is G&L Korea making better sounding guitars than Fender USA? What about the USA Asat's, are they better? Anyone here notice the same thing?