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G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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Product# H88845
OVERVIEW

Gorgeous tonewoods, bolt-on maple neck and G&L pickups.

One look and you know this ASAT is killer. It's fired up with twin chrome-covered alnico humbuckers - designed by G&L's Paul Gagon - mounted in a bound, flame maple-topped mahogany body (swamp ash on Butterscotch Blonde). This new axe takes the iconic ASAT further into heavy territory while retaining the feel and playability that have made the ASAT a perennial favorite among players.

The ASAT Deluxe Carved Top sports an easy-playing 1-5/8" nut-width neck, a classic C-shaped back and 12" fingerboard radius to make deep bends a breeze. Holding it down on the other end is a G&L Saddle Lock bridge designed by Leo Fender for comfort and singing sustain. The Gagon-designed pickups are split via a push/pull tone pot to offer everything from jangly single-coil tones to gritty blues to scorching leads. Case sold separately.

FEATURES Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Flamed maple (swamp ash on Butterscotch Blonde)
  • Body wood: Solid mahogany (swamp ash on Butterscotch Blonde)
  • Body finish: Gloss polyester
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: C classic
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin Urethane
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.62" (41.3mm)
Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: AS4250C
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: AW4370C
  • Brand: G&L
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Parallel
  • Piezo: Not applicable
  • Active EQ: Not applicable
  • Special electronics: Push/pull tone control
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil tap
  • Kill switch: Not applicable
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: G&L saddle lock
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Chrome
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Versatile electronics
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Indonesia

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G&LTribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 77 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (66)
  • Good tone (62)
  • Fun to play (59)
  • Good pick up (50)
  • Solid electronics (46)

Cons

  • Poor pick up (6)
  • Flat sound (5)
  • Fret buzz (4)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (56)
  • Jamming (48)
  • Recording (39)
  • Small venues (37)
  • Rock concerts (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (50), Professional musician (23), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Hard to beat...best value around !

I just bought the cherry sunburst and it looks stunning! The flamed maple top is to die for ! The looks and feel rivals my US Tele and it complements my cherry sunburst Les...Read complete review

I just bought the cherry sunburst and it looks stunning! The flamed maple top is to die for ! The looks and feel rivals my US Tele and it complements my cherry sunburst Les Paul marvelously. The carved top/humbuckers combination is ideal. Even unplugged the guitar sounds great. I mostly play hard rock and classic rock with it and with the proper amp setting it sounds great ! Lots of sustain and in my opinion good definition from these pups.

The split coil option makes this instrument a very versatile one. When splitting the bridge pick up there is a significant and normal volume drop. It does not equal the brightness and tone my tele bridge pickup (in my case Alnico II) but still does the trick if called upon. This is perfect for a little venue where you don't have room to bring many guitars.

The only downfall was that the action was pretty high out from the box. Nothing a little setup won't fix.

This guitar is a great asset to any rig and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a great versatile instrument without breaking the bank. Did I mentioned that it looks stunning… ;)

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Had to Return Mine.....

I had the same experience as "weekend warrior." The high E string kept falling off the fretboard when using any vibrato or bending of the string. The guitar is also noticeably...Read complete review

I had the same experience as "weekend warrior." The high E string kept falling off the fretboard when using any vibrato or bending of the string. The guitar is also noticeably neck-heavy, and you have to compensate for that while playing. Guitar needed a set up, and I ran into a couple of frets that were high around the 11 - 13th fret area, so I couldn't get the strings as low as I really wanted. Tone in the coil-split mode was muddy. I am a long term, regular customer of MF, and enjoy their products. Sadly, this one had to be returned.... Would not recommend this guitar.

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5.0

Great Guitar

By 

from Topeka, KS

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

    Another great deal from Musician's Friend. I like the care they took in the shipment, triple boxed. The guitar arrived in pristine condition and plays great. Love the tone and sustain.

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    5.0

    You Will like this one

    By 

    from Quebec Canada

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

        Lové that one, Nice to play, great

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        5.0

        Beautiful Instrument

        By 

        from PA

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Great sustain
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Anything You Can Think Of
        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

        Very pleased with this guitar. Feels great, beautiful finish, very versatile with the humbuckers and the single coil option. The sustain is amazing.

        And the service at Musicians Friend was outstanding!
        Had an issue with a crack in the body. They made it so easy to exchange. Thanks!

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        5.0

        Best deal of the year!

        By 

        from Chicago Ill.

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Plays great

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Rock And Blues

        Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

        This guitar played great, right out of the box, the neck was smooth, no rough frets. I wished that I would have bought two of them, cause my wife loves it too, and she is a professional musician. I don't mind it being made in Indonesia, cause the craftsmanship is awesome. Musician friend should do this deal again.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Sweet axe

        By 

        from Northern California

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts
          • School Bands

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

          This guitar is a thrill to play! I have a US Custom shop Fender Tele, but have long been interested in a G&L, so picked this up about a yr ago, and it has been my 'go to' electric axe since. I still play my other guitars, but it's easy to play and has a wide range of tones you can configure it to produce. The carved top and the 'tummy tuck' back give the whole guitar a feel of a hybrid between a T-body, strat back, and LP top. It's lighter than a Tele. Double humbuckers with coil tapping ability give it a variety of possibility for tone. I'm mainly jamming rock and blues, but I think it can fit in with any music. It's a handsome axe, I got the butterscotch/natural. Love the characteristic G&L bridge and stock tuners which make it truly unique, and affordable. It came in decent condition out of the box. But, I brought it to my experienced luthier, who also was impressed with the look and make.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Hard to beat...best value around !

          By 

          from Edmundston NB Canada

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Small Venues

            Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

            I just bought the cherry sunburst and it looks stunning! The flamed maple top is to die for ! The looks and feel rivals my US Tele and it complements my cherry sunburst Les Paul marvelously. The carved top/humbuckers combination is ideal. Even unplugged the guitar sounds great. I mostly play hard rock and classic rock with it and with the proper amp setting it sounds great ! Lots of sustain and in my opinion good definition from these pups.

            The split coil option makes this instrument a very versatile one. When splitting the bridge pick up there is a significant and normal volume drop. It does not equal the brightness and tone my tele bridge pickup (in my case Alnico II) but still does the trick if called upon. This is perfect for a little venue where you don't have room to bring many guitars.

            The only downfall was that the action was pretty high out from the box. Nothing a little setup won't fix.

            This guitar is a great asset to any rig and I would recommend it to anyone wanting a great versatile instrument without breaking the bank. Did I mentioned that it looks stunning… ;)

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Quickly becoming a favorite go-to

            By 

            from Tacoma, WA

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            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

              I got ahold of the swamp ash butterscotch blonde one, and she's gorgeous! I had the fortune to play it before buying, and even unplugged it sang beautifully. Nice satisfying crunch plugged in. There were a few discolored spots underneath the lacquered top, and it's got an input jack that tends to come loose but other than those qual control issues, frets could use dressing. Neck feels good, tuning gears work well, and the tones are just amazing.
              Can't give a 5-star because of those QC concerns but make no mistake, you'll pay hundreds more for the premium features you're getting in this one.
              The one I got was setup great, the Indonesia factory makes top notch work. check out forum reviews, a lot of folks seem to say the same.
              This is the one I'm breaking in to be my main guitar, I love it every bit as much as my USA Strat.
              I would not compare this to a tele, though the split coil is a cool feature, sound wise you will find it to be its own beast. My first G&L and I am starting to think I will be a fan of this company for a long time!

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              after set up a great guitar

              By 

              from st louis

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

                I pulled the plug on this after what I perceived to be color option that G&L does not include on its website (but is way more interesting than the standard colors) dropped to what I considered to be a ridiculously low price. I had played these guitars at the local music shop, but the deal on MF was too good to pass up.

                The negative: Contrary to a lot of comments, mine was way off on the factory setup. Nut needed significant work and the frets needed to be leveled. But the neck was straight and aligned properly.

                I have owned everything from Mexican Fenders to G&L USA limited edition. This guitar exceeds every one of them in fun to play quotient. The humbuckers do give you the opportunity to get a Les Paul sound out of a tele, and at first I was buying the comments about the tapped positions only being a novelty, but I have decided that I love them for their own unique sound. I play this almost exclusively clean with a little compression, and you can get amazing variation in expression depending on attack. I think this has the potential to be a great reggae / funk machine.

                Did I mention I love the neck finish? And the frets are very smooth and cut right. It seems very solidly built, stays in tune, and the carved maple top is not only great to look at but produces great sounds. I have never bought into the notion that to get great sustain the neck has to be glued in and this guitar is living proof.

                I can't believe there has ever been or will be a better guitar for the price.

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                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Sonic slicer unleashed by the God Apollo

                By 

                from Tacoma, WA

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

                  This guitar caught my eye right away, but I've got a thing for blondes (and that swamp ash tone). Gorgeous butterscotch finish, the binding on this one was nice.
                  I tested how it felt in my hands, nice and comfy in all aspects. Good heft to it, played every note on the fretboard to see if there was any dead spots or buzzing before I started strumming chords. It sounded sweet unplugged, so right there I was already stoked.

                  Holy catfish, this thing sings. I don't have a Tele to compare this to, and since the model I bought isn't the maple top/mahogany combo it doesn't sound like a Les Paul either, it is its own animal. If you can, this is one you have to play yourself to see if it clicks with you or not so see if it's available locally to try out. I picked up a showroom play test model so I got a great deal on mine. I almost pulled the trigger on it unseen a few times here when the price would occasionally drop, and I will add to the glowing reviews here.
                  I am always wary of 5-star reviews thinking that just because I own it I need to validate giving in to my Gear Acquisition Syndrome.
                  So the negs on this guitar - a few discolored spots on the wood where the finish applied over it will preserve the defect forever. Adds character, yes, but may be a deal breaker if you're hung up on looks. Intonation was a little off, if you get look at videos posted online for instruction on how to fix this yourself - highly recommended. The frets on mine needed a little dressing, and check the height setting on the pickups - may need to adjust.
                  Neck feels great to play on, build quality is every bit as remarkable as a guitar costing twice as much.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Nice Bargain

                  By 

                  from Pittsburgh, PA

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar:

                    I ordered this guitar a couple weeks ago on sale....it's my first G&L. Out of the box the guitar setup needed a tweak, but I'm not surprised after shipping through some nasty winter conditions. After setup, the action is low and smooth, not the lowest of all my guitars, but very comfortable.
                    The pickups sound good. If I could compare them to something, I would say they sound a lot like Fender's blacktop pickups, but a bit less muddy....which is a really good thing, as I think the Fender blacktop pickups sound great aside from being a bit muddy. Be sure to experiment with pickup height on this guitar, as small changes made some big differences in tone. As other reviews noted, when the pickups are coil tapped, the volume drops considerably (this is expected), HOWEVER, I will add this, you can get a WONDERFUL clean tone with the pickups tapped and the pickup selector on both pickups. It's a very interesting tone with a neat acoustic quality.
                    The neck feels great....I love the 12" radius with the 25 1/2" scale. Also, the fret edges on my guitar were dressed perfectly....in fact, better than any Mexican Fender I've every played, and better than many American Fenders....the neck edges are completely smooth....no issues there.
                    Craftsmanship is very good....the guitar feels very solid and well built, and the finish is beautiful. (Mine is the cherry sunburst)
                    Overall, for the price I paid, I'm very happy with this purchase. This guitar isn't perfect, but if you can get this on sale, it is a fantastic bargain. I own a lot of Gibsons and Fenders, and this guitar can hang in there with most of them. Would I pay the regular price for this guitar? Probably not....I think I'd get a Fender Blacktop, but for the sale price, the G&L is definitely a no brainer.

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