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NGD Incoming! G&L Tribute ASAT Classic

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by YOSTINATOR, Sep 12, 2017.

  1. YOSTINATOR

    YOSTINATOR Tele-Meister

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    I am a HUGE fan of Squier CV's. (I have 3 Teles & 1 Strat from the series) These G&L Tributes have had my attention for awhile and when I saw them on MF's Stupid Deal tonight I took the plunge. It will be my first taste of the G&L brand and I am hoping it will hang with my beloved CV's[​IMG]
     

  2. Jupiter

    Jupiter Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    Cool! If I was getting one, I think I'd go for the MDF's, just for the variety.
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  3. raysachs

    raysachs Tele-Holic

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    I'm crazy tempted by that deal on MF - I suspect I'll eventually own one of those guitars, but this isn't the right time for me to add another guitar. But I like everything about the spec of that guitar and I love the look of that raw finish. Just need to maintain discipline for another couple hours. They seem to sell them really cheap a few times a year - I'm sure they'll hook me one of these days..

    Congrats and enjoy! I look forward to seeing your impressions...

    -Ray
     
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  4. Henry Mars

    Henry Mars Tele-Holic

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    I got one. Great axe for the buck. I may require feet dressing and a set up. They vary a lot.
     
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  5. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    My thought is, the Squier CV is just a better finished product - they could use a fret level, crown and polish or you could just play it as is.

    By comparison, any of these guitars from the Cortek plant in Surabaya are in a nature of a kit, I had found. The good things about the Tribute replica are, the heel is nice and wide and IMO makes playing above the 12 fret a bit more comfortable (assuming the frets are nicened up), and tinkering with them actually does improve them - you don't have to throw away the final spit and polish to modify one, like you must to mess with a Squier CV.
     
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  6. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    What do others think of the jumbo MDFs? I like them and think of them as P-90s with a college degree -- more hi-fi (more highs and lows) and less growl.
     

  7. boris bubbanov

    boris bubbanov Telefied Ad Free Member

    I don't think they're as much like P-90s as people expect them to be - they're also not like Jazzmaster pickups although people want them to be that, too.
     
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  8. Les Paul lover

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    They have more lows and more highs than P90. They have less grunt as well, as a traditional P90 can have, as well as less honky.

    Difficult to describe - I'm not saying they are better than P90, just pretty different.

    They really are lovely for sure. They're great clean, they really love dirt too. They sure don't sound like a traditional tele though. Fatter, and the bridge isn't as shrill as a tele bridge can be.

    Something to not underestimate too, the saddle lock bridge is a brilliant design in my opinion. Super comfy to rest your hand on, no grub screws sticking out, gobs of sustain too.

    However, as boris said, my ASAT Special Tribute needed some serious fret attention. I've had to hammer in a number of frets not fully pressed in, and will perform a fret level soon.
     
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  9. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    +1. It's a solid bridge!
     
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  10. YOSTINATOR

    YOSTINATOR Tele-Meister

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    Let's assume the fret work is on par with Squier CV's... How do they compare then?
     

  11. YOSTINATOR

    YOSTINATOR Tele-Meister

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    Is the fret work routinely shoddy on these? Do any ever come out of the factory ready to roll?
     

  12. whitecloud

    whitecloud TDPRI Member

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    So you get the guitar and have a chance to give it a fair assessment? Inquiring minds want to know ;)
     

  13. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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  14. YOSTINATOR

    YOSTINATOR Tele-Meister

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    Hey guys, sorry for the delay. Things have been crazy here both good and bad. Anyway, I ended up returning the guitar. The fit and finish was great on it, but the guitar sounded out of tune playing chords anywhere on the neck. It was the strangest damned thing. Also, the pickups sounded very inferior to the excellent Toneriders in my Squier CVs. I wanted it in my collection very much, but it just was not meant to be.
     

  15. JagInTheBag

    JagInTheBag TDPRI Member

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    That is a damn shame. I have NEVER heard of intonation issues on a G&L, Tribute or otherwise. The MFD Soapbars are their own thing and take some tweaking of your normal settings to get the most out of them. I've found them to be more versatile and satisfying once you do, however. Sorry to hear this particular guitar didn't work out. Don't let that stop you from trying again.

    ~JagInTheBag
     
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  16. Les Paul lover

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    Do you know how to set the intonation properly? Moving saddle forward/ back and adjusting the height for the action?
     

  17. JagInTheBag

    JagInTheBag TDPRI Member

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    Sounds to me that Guitar Center did not do a proper job of setting the guitar up prior to delivering it to Yostinator. It is a shame, the made for GC guitars are designed to bring younger players to the brand. With experiences like these, who needs enemies?
     
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2017

  18. YOSTINATOR

    YOSTINATOR Tele-Meister

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    Yeah I know how guys. Lol. I have 21 guitars. The only thing I could think of was that the frets might have been wrong for the scale length.
     
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  19. JagInTheBag

    JagInTheBag TDPRI Member

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    Well, NFG, SMH. My guitar gently weeps...
     

  20. YOSTINATOR

    YOSTINATOR Tele-Meister

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    It was just very odd.. believe me, I was smh. I expect all guitars need a bit of setup, but this thing was just
     

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