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The G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy is a factory-modded version of Leo's final word on the traditional single-cutaway bolt-on guitar, and the semi-hollow version takes it further with G&L's distinctive twin voice chambers and f-hole added to a beautiful swamp ash body. Like its solid-body stablemate, this axe delivers a well-balanced pairing of a G&L alnico humbucker designed by Paul Gagon and a single-coil G&L Magnetic Field Design bridge pickup designed by Leo Fender.

Framed in a classic boxed-steel bridge, the single-coil MFD bridge pickup delivers crisp attack with complex harmonics while individual brass saddles offer modern levels of intonation refinement. Flip to the neck ‘bucker and you'll discover all the charismatic warmth you could ask for. Put ‘em together and you'll find yourself immersed in exploring the limits of this guitar's surprising versatility. What's more, the semi-hollow body softens the midrange attack, accentuating the low and high harmonics.

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Swamp Ash hollowbody, bolt-on maple neck and Paul Gagon-designed neck humbucker.

FEATURES
  • Semi-hollow Swamp Ash body with twin voice chambers and f-hole
  • Hard-Rock Maple neck with Maple or Rosewood fingerboard
  • Paul Gagon-designed AS4255C alnico neck humbucker, Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single coil bridge pickup made in Fullerton, California
  • 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone
  • 18:1 ratio, sealed-back tuners
  • Traditional boxed-steel bridge with individual brass saddles
  • Case sold separately

Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, you’ll never look back. Order today.

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Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar

  • CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
  • SCALE: 25-1/2"
  • PICKUPS: Paul Gagon-designed AS4255C alnico neck humbucker, Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single coil bridge pickup made in Fullerton, California
  • BODY WOOD: semi-hollow Swamp Ash with twin voice chambers and f-hole
  • NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Maple or Rosewood fingerboard
  • NECK WIDTH AT NUT: 1-5/8"
  • NECK RADIUS: 9"
  • NECK PROFILE: medium C
  • FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, nickel
  • TUNING KEYS: 18:1 ratio, sealed-back
  • BRIDGE: traditional boxed-steel bridge with individual brass saddles
  • CONTROLS: 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone
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G&LTribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 22 reviews)

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91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (21)
  • Fun to play (19)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Solid electronics (15)
  • Good pick up (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (16)
  • Practicing (16)
  • Recording (13)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Rock concerts (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (9)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Nice alternative to Tele Thinline...

I am a lefty. I got this in the event I have company that might want to play, and no one I have in my circle plays lefty. I know how many times...Read complete review

I am a lefty. I got this in the event I have company that might want to play, and no one I have in my circle plays lefty. I know how many times I have held a righty guitar upside down and tapped into my deepest points of dyslexia....

I had an excellent custom Bluesboy and this entry level G&L is solid and more precise than MIM Fenders I have had, though some of those have been more impressive than American Standard instruments I have had....

The combo of single coil at bridge and humbucker at the neck is wonderful.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I'M happy

Although my previous comments don't sound like it, this is a really nice guitar. The setup out of the box was really bad, especially the string height. Nobody likes an action set that...Read complete review

Although my previous comments don't sound like it, this is a really nice guitar. The setup out of the box was really bad, especially the string height. Nobody likes an action set that high and lowering it caused it to fret out badly. I finally found a happy medium and the tone came in nicely. I suspect one high fret but finding it is over my head. The intonation is not great but it will do for now. I'll take it to a pro at some point for a real setup. My fret pressure probably causes more note distortion than the intonation problem. Also, there was a small crack in the finish. It is barely noticeable and as long as it doesn't spread I don't think anyone will ever see it.
I sent a previous one back for a simple mechanical problem that I could have fixed myself but I was afraid of voiding my warranty. That one actually played a little easier than this one right out of the box.
Too make a long story longer, I think what I'm trying to say is I don't believe there is very much consistency in the manufacturing or inspection of these guitars; however, with all that said I still really like the guitar. It feels good, it's light, it is a beautiful guitar and it sounds great. With just a little more work I believe it will be my go to guitar. If you are willing to put a little work into it after you get it then buy it. I don't think you'll be sorry: I'm not

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4.0

what a great guitar!!!

By Zark

from Kingston, NY

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • excellent neck, chunkier than a Tele
  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • all around applications

    Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

    i am an amateur musician, will use for rehearsal, jamming, performances

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    5.0

    I love this guitar.

    By Connie

    from Mining wi

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    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

      Will using my new guitar for practice, jamming, playing in a duo as well as 5 piece blues band!

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      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      What's Not to Like?

      By Highplainz

      from Wyoming

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      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          I like this guitar's overall feel, great tone, quality, and lightness. Weight becomes an issue as you "mature". The blonde/rosewood Bluesboy I received weighs in at 6lbs.1.5oz. That's pretty light. It's also very resonant.
          The fit and finish was very good. No flaws, just a little heavy on the poly finish. Overall craftmanship is very good. Asian manufactured. The tuners stay in tune, the electronics seem real solid. The pickups are very good. The neck profile is comfortable. I have medium sized hands.
          The neck humbucking pickup sounds a bit dark but musical.
          The MFD bridge pickup is the star of the show. I was prepared to replace this pickup right off the bat with a more traditional alnico single coil before I even received the guitar. After giving the MFD a good listen to though, I absolutely love it. The tone is a tiny bit less spanky than a Fender Tele bridge pickup, but the range of tone is far wider than a Tele pickup. It blends very well with the Paul Gagon-designed AS4255C neck pickup.
          The frets could use a tad more polishing but the edges are smooth. I had to adjust the truss rod a bit to achieve more relief to stop a few frets from buzzing. Easy fix. MF doesn't set up guitars like some other venders do, so the set up you receive is right from the factory production line. My Bluesboy needed minor tweeking.
          I've had this guitar since Thanksgiving and play it often, so I guess I like it. OK, I really like it. The Mary Kay Blonde finish on Swamp Ash and dark rosewood fretboard are very seductive as is the tone.

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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The first guitar I've ever actually loved

          By Rmoo

          from FL

          About Me Novice

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Incredible Set-up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Flaws in finish

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Made up venues in your head
          • Practicing
          • Real venues outside your head

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          This is the first guitar I've ever bought where I actually feel like it belongs to me. I've been through an embarrassing amount of guitars trying to find one that fit. One that could be be played without buzzing. One that felt significant in my hands. One that was beautiful. This ASAT delivered in every department, and delivered very well. Fenders, in my experience, are consistently the buzziest guitars in the world, even with repeated different professional setups. I had given up on Telecasters and Strats, but I found out about G&L being Leo Fender's final company. I decided to give it a try and, well, I'm never looking back. This ASAT, which is the equivalent of a Tele Thinline, not only kicks any MIM's butt, but stands as a unique spin on any Tele-style guitar. The humbucker on the neck is delectable sounding, with nice punch and sting, while the bouncy single coil properly creates that famous Tele twang. The combination of rosewood and swamp ash sounds heavenly and warm! I can see this being my friend for a long time. It is my only guitar, and I'm proud of it. The *only* flaw would be some imperfections with the finish in which it trapped some black specs underneath, which kind of look like little ink smudges in a book. But it's all about how you appraise it- my guitar just has beauty marks (yeah yeah, roll you eyes). My last comment will be on the set-up, which is the best I've ever had on ANY guitar, even done by local professionals. Just buy it. I got the one that looks like a hunk of plywood, and I don't regret it for a second. Gorgeous.

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          G&L Hot Guitar

          By beetle

          from galion Ohio

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics
          • This is the best Eletric Guitar I Have out of 10

          Cons

          • Set up needed some work

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

          I love this Guitar, killer sound and great looks. Fret board is great. The setup needed some work but it's very good now.

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Quality Instrument at an Affordable Price Point

          By VE

          from Chas., WV

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Beautiful finish
          • Easy on the back
          • Excellent Tuners
          • Good Tone
          • Great for Jazz and Lounge Music
          • Quality Construction and Materials
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday Playing
            • Recording

            Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

            My first "good' guitar was a Fender Tele which I sold back in the early 70's. I always wanted another one, but I wanted something a little easier on the back; I'm 64. I ordered the Natural Swamp Body at the Veteran's Day sale, so I got 15% off; just a beautiful guitar and very light weight. I couldn't find a defect anywhere. Excellent electronics and great tuners.Comfortable Medium C shaped (this is not a shedder or "thin C" neck). The above average nut and fret work were really nice at this price point. Good solid instrument, tight neck pocket. The intonation and saddle heights were right on. But, be careful if you try to upgrade or retro-fit the instrument because the G&L necks and pick guards are not interchangeable with their Fender counterparts. Most users will find the guitar adequate enough as is.

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            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            A Cut Above The Rest

            By VE

            from Chas., WV

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            Pros

            • A Quality Instrument
            • Best Bang For The Buck
            • Excellent Craftmanship and Materials
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Great for Jazz & Lounge Work

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              I purchased the Blonde/Rosewood version during the Veterans Day sale for 15% off. Considering the price point of this imported product, the quality and construction of the guitar was immaculate; well worth twice what I paid. The 18:1 Tuners work wonderfully. The bridge has 6 individually adjustable "Brass" Saddles; the intonation was right on and the saddle heights matched the radius of the fret board to a tee. You get a Nice Medium C Neck with true to spec medium jumbo frets; not the low rider Squire frets. The nut work was dam near perfect. The top circle fret board markers set perfectly between the 3rd and 4th strings; excellent neck alignment. The neck and pocket fit were really tight; I couldn't get a piece of notebook paper between them. Unlike many Fender necks, the neck profile is carved right to the neck pocket, so you have no wasted neck wood getting in the way of upper fret access. The frets could use some polishing, but at this price point, very decent fret work and edges. The guitar I received had a fairly low action already with no fret buzz that I could detect. The volume and tone pots I looked at internally, were "audiophile" quality and feel and some of the best I have ever seen on any guitar. The pickups, as they state, are very powerful and balanced; the overall sound is one of mellowness. The paint job is stunning; I couldn't find a dent, a scratch or a chip anywhere. The whole guitar reeks of quality everywhere, right down to the input jack. Very impressive axe. I can see why Leo and George left Fender; they wanted to build quality instruments and this one doesn't disappoint. Great value for the money.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Really Cool Semi-Hollow Guitar!

              By Mike

              from Rhode Island

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Awesome look
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Neckdive

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              Excellent guitar. Looks great, but more importantly, plays great. Great warmth from the hollowed out chambers. The pickups are excellent at handling effect pedals and can play just about any variety of music (don't let the appearance fool you. This guitar can play it all). The quality of the parts and craftsmanship is much higher than any MIM Fender you'll find, which means this guitar is built to last. The only downside for me is that the guitar body is TOO light, and I have some neck diving issues going on. A good strap or some sort of counter-weight system can easily correct this, though it is worth mentioning.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great Deal!

              By Rastamufasta

              from Grand Rapids, MI

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Concerts
              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              I love this guitar. Came with a little bit of fret buzz on the low E String, but it was an easy fix. For blues, country, gospel... You will not find a better bang for your buck. I don't really recommend it for real heavy music though.

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              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              sweet guitar with a cosmetic flaw

              By Jazzbo

              from Hudson Valley, NY

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              Pros

              • Excellent Pickups
              • Excellent Pick Ups
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Everything Is Covered In
              • Plastic Coating
              • Swamp Ash Body Flawed

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:

              A real sweet guitar with open and responsive pick ups. Light weight as well. The one I ordered was the transparent orange finish on swamp ash with a maple neck. The blank that they used for the body was a second, or poorly selected. In the midst of this gorgeous wood grain was a dime sized knot, blacker than night. It repeated with a smaller one 6 inches away. It looked like some kind of carcinoma. For a stage worthy instrument, this kind of visual defect is not acceptable. Back it went. Musician's Friend is the best though, no problem with the return. The entire transaction, with the exception of the ill fated guitar, was pretty good. The entire guitar was coated in plastic. Fret board, body, neck, all shined brightly with a gloss plastic finish. I think perhaps a less heavy coating might make this guitar sing even better.

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