NGD - G & L ASAT Classic

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by DAKnox, Nov 12, 2019.

  1. DAKnox

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    I must have owned about 15/16 Fender Telecasters over the years and love them. My current Tele is a Baja but I've owned a few US made guitars too. Baja just happened to be the keeper. I also own a Classic Player Jazzmaster and a Gibson Les Paul Studio.

    Anyway, I was just browsing on Gumtree and saw a used G & L ASAT Classic for £220. I've never tried a G& L so I bought it out of curiosity. At that price I thought - nothing to lose! Sure if I don't bond with it I can sell it. A used Baja is probably £500/600 here. So I thought small financial risk to try something different out.

    I absolutely love it. Pickups are awesome, build quality to me seems spot on. Made in Indonesia 2013 I think.

    If someone handed me this and said there's a £1500 guitar I don't think I'd argue. Maybe just me not being good at finding weaknesses but I've played guitar over 20 years and think I know whats good. For £220 this thing is just awesome. G and L.jpg
     
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    Nice, gotta love this MFD pickups. Enjoy.
     
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  3. Skydog1010

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    That one has upgraded pups from standard Tribute being cranked out these days, plus the ash bodies on the new ones are very heavy. Anywho that is nice, I let mine go for 300 with a road runner case, I was happy to dump it. Yours looks very different and probably sounds very different from the one I had. Congrats.
     
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    G&Ls are great, underrated and under-appreciated instruments...it’s unfortunate for sellers that the resale value is so poor (with the exception of two or three specific models)...but fortunate for the buyers!

    Congrats and Happy New Guitar Day!
     
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    Its pretty too :) ... Congratulations !
     
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  6. DAKnox

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    Sometimes when I'm playing and look up at the headstock it feels a bit wrong but I dont do that much anyway. Then remember what the L stands for and I feel better!!!
     
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    Congratulations! I have two ASATs. Outstanding guitars. They're like my Telecasters but sound more "hi-fi".
     
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    Groovy!
     
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  9. DAKnox

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    Know exactly what you mean. My Baja isn't a traditional tele sound i wouldn't imagine. I don't have much call for twang more of a rounded sound for me.
     
  10. suave eddie

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    Not sure what you mean by "upgraded pickups". The MFD pickups on the Tributes have always been identical to the U.S. models.
     
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    what I mean is - they are not on recent Tributes coming to the States, there for they are an upgrade in my mind. IMG_20190704_121941.jpg .
     
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    I have an ASAT Blues Boy w/ the Seth Lover in the neck, it's a slick guitar. It's right at home with my S500 and Legacy.
     
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    The one in your photo looks like the ASAT Classic Alnico, not the standard ASAT Classic. That's not the one pictured in the OP.

    The MFDs are still identical regardless if it's Tribute or U.S.A.
    The other non-MFD pickups now do vary depending on where it is made.

    http://www.guitarsbyleo.com/FORUM/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=38
     
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  14. DAKnox

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    Isn't it an amazing deal that the Tributes get the USA pick-ups? I know other elements such as woods etc. will differ but taking the tribute for what it is, it is such a good deal.
     
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    The neck wood looks very nice!
     
  16. DAKnox

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    Yeah it is - it almost has a little flaming or something going on here and there. Interesting that there is no skunk stripe so it is a separate fretboard - i.e. maple neck with a maple fretboard.
     
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    Congrats!!!

    I got hold of a B stock ASAT Special Tribute and once I sorted out the atrocious fret work, i got myslef an incredible playing guitar.

    It's really pretty amazing.
    Mine has the jumbo MFD pick ups, a bit like HiFi P90. Not as mids rich, more even. Fantastic tone!
     
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    Guitar Center and Musician’s Friend run specials on G&L Tributes and those have different pickups. Normally all Tributes come with MFD pickups. And the MFD’s are sweet. The ASAT’s can rock a bit more than a Fender Tele, but I have to agree that a Fender Tele beats it in the twang department. Although the MFD’s can and do the twang as well. The middle position is sweet. Your experience may vary.
     
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    Sweet looking guitar, congrats! It’s awesome when you almost can’t believe how reasonably you bought a great guitar for.
     
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