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NGD - ASAT Special Tribute SE

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by TheOtherNeill, Aug 11, 2020.

  1. TheOtherNeill

    TheOtherNeill TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    First, I need to thank one of the greatest groups of enablers for helping to convince this neophyte that another guitar might be a good idea, or at least not a bad one. I figure no better way exists to celebrate 6 months of learning/playing, right?

    Anyway, my first T-style: a 2013 LE ASAT Special Tribute, in clear emerald over swamp ash. I had admired both G&L's blueburst and their version of surf/Bel Air green, and this beauty split the difference for me. Plus, Tribute value with a swamp ash body.

    Initial impressions are that the Indonesian builds seem at least superficially comparable to the Chinese build I got to see more recently. It feels solid and, at 8.2 lbs, not unwieldy. This is also my first maple fretboard, and the feel is more different from rosewood than I expected: not worse, just different--maybe less soft/forgiving. The wide MFDs are to die for, especially clean, even if they aren't "classic" Tele. The only potential issue is that I think I *might* need a second string tree to hold A and D at a better angle from the nut.

    First pics are from the seller, and show the grain and color more clearly than I could. I was not a fan of the deluxe-style knobs, and put the originals back on.
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    (Fingers crossed on the pics).

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  2. nobis17

    nobis17 Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    congrats! wow that green looks awesome over the ash body :)
     
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  3. suave eddie

    suave eddie Tele-Afflicted

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    Big fan of G&L--been playing them since the early '80s. Not sure I understand your comment regarding "Chinese build", as G&L has never made guitars in China.
     
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  4. Collin D Plonker

    Collin D Plonker Tele-Afflicted

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    I want one! I wonder how long Sweetwater will give me to pay it off. Also wonder how long it will take for my wife to notice:
    Her: "When did you get a green one?"
    Me: "Oh, I've always had this, since before we got married.'
    Her: "I don't think so."
     
  5. tah1962

    tah1962 Friend of Leo's

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    Very nice. Congratulations.
     
  6. TheOtherNeill

    TheOtherNeill TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    You're right, and I misspoke: I meant the more recent Indonesian builds, but had Squier on the brain. I think the one I tried was a 2019.
     
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  7. FenderGuy53

    FenderGuy53 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Years ago, I owned an older G&L Tribute ASAT Special, that I had bought used. I think it was a 2003 or 2004 model, with a rosewood neck and tobacco burst body. A real beauty - and it sounded great!

    I was shamed into selling it because "it's a G&L trying to be a Fender".

    Needless to say, I have regretted it ever since... :(
     
  8. Les Paul lover

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    You did well. That ash body has some really lovely figuring.
    The locking tuners upgrade is a nice one too. I've slowly been fitting locking tuners on all my guitars. I don't even change strings thay often, but I vastly prefer them when i do.

    I'm also pretty anal when tuning guitars, and have noticed that wound strings can occasionally catch and release between windings resulting in absolutely minute tuning variances when they do. Probably not an issue for most normal people, but it irritates me. :lol:

    Since locking tuners mean there's only one string pass around the tuner post, it solves that issue for me and helps me sleep better at night. :cool:
    I know. Ridiculous.


    And happy NGD again.
     
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  9. Deathray

    Deathray Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    HNGD! And, welcome to the rabbit hole:p
    That green really pops, which will make you realize that guitars are like skittles, and one must taste the rainbow;)
    Congratulations!
     
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  10. Cali Dude

    Cali Dude Tele-Holic

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    Congrats on the new G&L special. I had one about 15 years ago, and I loved it. I replaced it with a z-3. It was one of the most well made guitars I have ever had. I know you will enjoy it. Those big MFD pickups are awesome. Enjoy!
     
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  11. TheOtherNeill

    TheOtherNeill TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    Yep. Sadly, I still love and may eventually wind up with a blue burst...
     
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  12. TheOtherNeill

    TheOtherNeill TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    They really, really are. I haven't been able to put this one down.
     
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  13. Old Plank

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    Very sharp, Congrats and enjoy!
     
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  14. Pasta Player

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    CONGRATS. Absolutely beautiful. Ya got the bug!

    Take the body and pups from the ASAT Junior II, add the neck from the ASAT Special
    (or Classic) AND a bridge similar to the ASAT Classic and I’d buy THAT G&L right now.
    (I just don’t like that bridge on the Special (or the Junior II). Silly, perhaps.

    Guess I should really just give an ASAT Special a try?

    Put my #1 Tele away… about a month ago when I first got my Classic and I’ve been playing it
    ever since. Still love my #1 and will never part with it …but the G&L has me spellbound.

    “G&L trying to be a Fender”? P-shaw!

    They’re evolved Fenders.
    Next (and last) Generation!

    Locking tuners might be nice but the Classic here stays in tune for days without ‘em!
     
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  15. Fretting out

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    I don’t understand weren’t the Jerry Cantrell rampage models made in China at one point?
     
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  16. TheOtherNeill

    TheOtherNeill TDPRI Member Silver Supporter

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    I recall Tributes were originally made in Korea, prior to Indonesia.
     
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    I recently picked up a D'Angelico deluxe Ludlow very cheap. It's HH, like my G&L tribute asat deluxe.

    I was going to sell the asat as I can't really justify having 2 HH guitars and the D'Angelico is better - not surprisingly as it retails at nearly 3 times as much.

    But I can't bring myself to sell the G&L. It's just such a well made guitar for the price and a pleasure to play.

    It's also tough as old boots, which the fancy D'Angelico is not.
     
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    AviA Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Congrats!
     
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    Usually not into green axes, but that thing is beautiful!
     
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  20. brookdalebill

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    Cool, I love the color.
    I had a hardtail Strat-style G&L with that finish.
    G&L’s are great instruments!
     
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