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Why not much love for G&L?

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by Blustele, Jan 3, 2013.

  1. Blustele

    Blustele Tele-Afflicted

    Dec 30, 2012
    I am new to guitar and searched (not that comp savvy either), but couldn't find much on the G&L guitars.
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  3. coloradojeff

    coloradojeff Tele-Meister

    Feb 17, 2012
    There's a lot of love for em. I have two. Absolutely outstanding guitars.

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  4. Dick Fanguy

    Dick Fanguy TDPRI Member

    Oct 28, 2012
    I love mine. Never heard of them before I picked this one up. Hard to keep my hands off of it.

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  5. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    HARD to find

    IN PERSON!!!

  6. Dan R

    Dan R Friend of Leo's

    Mar 17, 2003
    Charleston, SC
    There is a place in Mt. Pleasant, SC that has G&L guitars; quite a few. I have heard them and they sound good. I played a few and they are certainly quality axes. I have no urge to buy one, but they are good.

    Dan R
  7. Colo Springs E

    Colo Springs E Doctor of Teleocity

    Mar 4, 2003
    Colorado Springs
    Yes, and don't be offended if you post something, and two weeks later, there are two responses.

    That site is easily the boringest place on the internet.

    I'm not a big fan of G&Ls, but some guys really like them. Even most of the enthusiasts agree, though, that the best ones were from several years ago (especially the 3-bolt models).
  8. willspear

    willspear Tele-Holic

    Apr 29, 2012
    If I remember correctly they have a really large required purchase for a dealer or something to that extent I may be mistaken. A lot of small shops can't handle the burden of carrying a huge load of them.

    There is one shop in my area that carries them but they also do not carry gibson or fender. They get rics and g+l.

    They play well enough I think the cheap lines feel really cheap. The variety of necks that can be special ordered is impressive.
  9. What I like about the USA ASATs is that for the price of a MIA Tele you can custom order your guitar: pick the color, the neck contour, the fretboard wood, the contour cuts, the pickguard, the fret wire, the binding etc...
  10. Teledelphia

    Teledelphia Tele-Holic

    Mar 12, 2008
  11. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    I have a G&L ASAT Classic that I love, but it took some work to get it to where it is now. I'm not a fan of the barrel jack set up. Mine failed when the guitar was only 4 years old. To me, that's a design flaw that should be corrected at the factory... Also, mine needed a fret level and crown, as the factory frets were uneven. Mine is a 2007, which I got used in 2009 for $600. With the new jack and the fret level and crown, I'm into it for around $750. Mine is now an awesome guitar, but if I had paid over a grand and the barrel jack failed just outside warranty and then I had to pay someone to level the practically new frets, I might not love it as much... :oops: ;)

    I took a chance that these things could be fixed, and I got lucky.


    I got mine on Friday the 13th, November 13, 2009. Due to the Friday the 13th date and the fact that most places still had Halloween decorations up, I named it Casper, the friendly Telecaster... :oops:
  12. cmgretsch

    cmgretsch TDPRI Member

    Dec 31, 2012
    Rowlett Texas
    I own 2, A Legacy factory wired like S500 and a ASATIII. Both are 3 bolt necks. I was in GC one day trying a amp I saw a S500 to try the amp out. The GC kid said to me it was the best Strat in the house.
    Usually I find G&L built more consistant.

  13. Scantron08

    Scantron08 Tele-Afflicted

    Jul 14, 2010
    Jackson, MS
    Same reason a lot of dudes want decals put on their after-market partscaster relics.

    Because they don't say "Fender" on the headstock.
  14. JDC

    JDC Tele-Holic

    May 9, 2003
    Las Vegas, Nevada
    If I had only known then what I know now..I'd have held on to my ASAT. Famous last words.

    In the mid 80s I was playing a telecaster but was searching for some additional sounds. I was somewhere in Wisconsin one week and went to the local music store one day and saw an ASAT. I casually asked the shop keeper if this G&L company (which I'd never heard of until that day) had a custom shop.

    As it turns out, I custom ordered an ASAT that day. Since I was on the road and was in a different town weekly, I kept calling G&L to let them know my location/address for the coming week so they would know where to ship the guitar once it had been completed. I remember talking to a Dale Hyatt.

    Although it's probably not the case, I sometimes wonder if , in 1986, someone at G&L looked at the special order and said."Hmmm..that might be an interesting guitar to market".

    The first production run of ASAT lll guitars with the middle pickup started in 1988, more than a year after I was playing mine in clubs around the country.

    Unfortunately, I sold the G&L to the other guitar player in the band. As is often heard here "I wish I'd never let that one go".
  15. G&L now PLEks its guitars and basses, so I think your fret comments no longer apply.
  16. Beachbum

    Beachbum Friend of Leo's

    Mar 11, 2009
    Sand Land
    What's not to love?

  17. JayFreddy

    JayFreddy Poster Extraordinaire

    Nov 6, 2006
    Dallas TX USA
    Hope that does the trick. I'm still not a fan of the barrel jacks.

    I also own a Les Paul Traditional that was PLEK'd at the factory, and it arrived to me with the top 3 strings binding in the nut and the frets still needing some levelling. I really want PLEK to work as advertised, but it hasn't worked that way for me yet. :idea:

    I'm not trying to rain on anyone's parade here. I do love my G&L, and I love my Traditional too, but I was trying to answer the OP's question.

    Hey Beachbum... I noticed you "Ninja-edited" the pic of your guitar... Why not just post both?! Sure looks purdy! ;) :)
  18. Doug 54

    Doug 54 Poster Extraordinaire

    Dec 12, 2004
    HARD to find

    IN PERSON!!!

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