G&L ASAT

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  1. superjam144

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    What are your thoughts on the ASATs by George and Leo?

    I have heard many great things about them, and the parts/build quality look amazing.

    I am more interested in hearing about the tone, which from the videos I have watched shows a very different tone than a Fender model telecaster has. How are the pickups/humbuckers?

    The used market has many great ASATs ready to ship. Thanks for any information. Pictures of your ASAT would be awesome too!
     
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    No idea what they are like, but I really want one....
     
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    I know, I gotta try one eventually. I love the legacy that is there. Leo named them after anti satellite missiles I guess. :) He was one cool dude.
     
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    I had an ASAT Special back in the 90s. Rosewood with a black sparkle finish. I loved it, but unfortunately had to let it go in a time of need. The MFD pickups are just about my favorites out there and the build was fantastic. There is one on Reverb I would love to pull the trigger on but times are a bit too crazy for me to go dropping a grand on a new ax with plenty for me to play already here.
     
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    This was an ASAT Tribute partscaster I had. 12” radius dark rosewood/maple neck, ash semi-hollow body, G&L made in USA cloth wired pickups, light as a feather and tone for dayzzz.
     
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    Get one! The only drawback with G&Ls is that they tend to be heavy. The MFD pickups are a bit hotter and, some say, a bit more "hi-fi" than Fenders. Prices seem to have gone up, if anything, so make sure you're not being sold a Tribute -- a lot of the listings on Reverb do not mention Tribute in the subject (like this one: https://reverb.com/item/17313082-g-l-asat-classic-tobacco-sunburst), so you need to review the details. Also, while the quality of the hardware on the USA models is very good, I ended up swapping the ashtray bridge for a Gotoh -- no issues with intonation, but it's a lot more comfortable to mute with the latter.
     
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    MFD’s are good pickups. It’s all about the amplifier anyway.
     
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    They’re great, incredibly well made guitars!
    The do not sound, or play like a traditional Tele.
    The bridge pickups sound more mid-rangey, IMO.
    I really like the neck pickups on them.
    They sound full and clear.
    ASAT’s stay in tune really well, too.
    Great stuff!
     
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    So sorry, but I don’t move my photos around well.

    I have 4 G&L Classic ASATs. Love everything about them.

    They are meticulously manufactured.
     
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    That's not a really fantastic price on that one - it would have been $1,400 new. On the plus side since it's a 2019 it has the G&G hard case; 2020 Fullerton Deluxes now come in a gig bag (which from the photos at least looks like a nice gig bag, more like a PRS gig bag than a Fender gig bag).

    You should note that this one, like all Fullerton Deluxes, has G&L's "Modern Classic" neck - so the shape is going to be very similar to a Fender Modern C like you'll find on American Standards, American Specials and American Performers, so if you want a thicker neck than that you should look for one with one of G&L's other neck carves.

    I've had a couple of G&Ls; one was a 2002 ASAT Special Deluxe that I custom ordered (well, I picked the color, made sure it had black pickup covers, and I spent $25 to upgrade from the plastic case to the tolex case). This is one of about 3 guitars I've owned and sold that I wish I had back - the neck shape they were using back than was pretty much a Modern C but with a 1.625" nut width:

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    I also had a 2008 ASAT Classic Custom - a model they don't make any more that was an ASAT Classic with a big MFD neck pickup like an ASAT Special - I couldn't get rid of that one quickly enough; the neck carve they used from 2004-mid 2015 was a chunky C more like say an American Original 60s Strat or Tele neck. Sorry, no photos of that one either on this device or uploaded to my imgur account.
     
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    ASAT would be perfect were it not for that wonky looking rounded edge on the pickguard (lower left hand quadrant) -- i suppose that could be drilled and then fitted for a new guard.
     
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    I disagree. I've played different pickups through the same amp and hated some and loved the others. The amp is simply a control to test the tone on.

    I feel like the pickups are super important to the tone of a guitar.
     
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    I guess the alnico would be the one to get.

     
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    The alnico ASAT looks just like a tele, but the bridge seems easier to intonate, individual brass saddles.

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    My only issue is that the pickups might not cut like a fender.
     
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    you know it's a shame i have never played one myself but i do like how their 6 saddle bridges look.

    i think most of us here on the forum just instinctively want to see the 3 barrel bridge on everything that isn't an Am Std. but, if i recall correctly, there was a time in the 70s when Fender was shipping all teles with the old "6 hammers" style vintage bridge, too. just a different set of expectations.

    have you tried an EQ or a treble booster? i've been trying to get away from constantly swapping out pickups so these are my new solutions. YMMV

     
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    As a long time G&L player, they are superb. I find nothing negative about them. Great wood, great electronics. After all it's what Leo was doing at the end - perfecting the Telecaster (in his mind). My oldest is a 1991 and my newest a 2004. I recently sold my 2019 when I picked up another Telecaster. The American builds are as good as T-Style guitars get and the Indonesian ones (different than most, if not all, T-Style foreign builds) use American electronics and are assembled in Indonesia. That's why, to me, the best deal in the industry are the Tribute models. I don't currently own any Tributes but they are great. My ASAT Classic 'S' is incredible. It is the T-Style guitar with 3 (a la Nashville) pickups. No Tele sound I can't get. Also there is no singular ASAT sound. They come with MFD pickups as well as Alnico and even humbuckers.
     
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    That alnico asat in sonic blue is amazing. I don't doubt how amazing they are. I guess the only reason I haven't pulled the trigger on one is that I love my current am pro with ovs... Just curious about these G&Ls. My brother told me about the company.
     
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