I had a USA made ASAT Classic for about 3 months. For 2 of those 3 months I made countless foolish statements like "This is the best guitar I've ever played" and "This is better than custom shop Fender...blah blah blah." In reality, I found that I just could not bond with the guitar at all...it was missing that something. Real nice, outstanding build quality(although I was didappointed in the fret work...sharp edges)....but something about it. It may sound crazy, but the G&L was almost TOO solid.....kinda stiff in a strange way. Too refined. Most Fenders I've played felt like a nice pair of broken in jeans..... The other thing I think about is this...for all the high praise and outlandish statements that are made when comparing G&L's to Fender, why then do we not see more big time guitarists playing them instead of Fender? Certainly for big time players, who can afford and play the best of the best, you would think they would choose G&L overwhelmingly if the statements made on web boards were indeed true. Just a thought. I am in no way bashing G&L...obviously plenty of people love them and they are indeed fine guitars. Some of the statements made regarding them being WAY better than American fenders are a little overboard. Just my dopey opinion.