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G&L Tribute ASAT Deluxe Carved Top Electric Guitar

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 99 reviews)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (2)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (83)
  • Fun to play (78)
  • Good tone (74)
  • Good pick up (64)
  • Solid electronics (56)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (8)
  • Flat sound (6)
  • Poor pick up (6)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (72)
  • Jamming (66)
  • Recording (51)
  • Small venues (49)
  • Rock concerts (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (66), Professional musician (28), 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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(19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great Looks, Great Tone, Excellent Value

By WebbMan

from North East

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Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

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

    REVIEW UPDATE FROM PREVIOUS REVIEW - OK, this is now about 10 days since I've had this guitar and I still love the sound and the sustain. HOWEVER still doesn't stay in tune for more than a couple days whereas my Epi LP stays in tune for MONTHS. I can't blame the machines because they are all out of tune the exact same amount so I'm thinking now its a neck thing. Keep in mind its winter and I have forced air heat - very dry in my house, maybe that has something to do with it. One thing I didn't mention in my first review of this guitar is its surprisingly THIN BODY. I personally kinda like the chunky thick wood body of a Fender Tele and through the body string configuration. This G&L has neither and yet like I said has amazing rich tone and sustain. Also for all of you who KNOW your guitars, in the Glossy Black it looks exactly like a MIJ Fender Aerodyne... Nice. On another note, ONE THING I really didn't appreciate is they forgot to intonate the guitar at the factory. All the strings were sharp at the 12th fret and its a good thing I know how to intonate or I would have to pay a guitar tech for a set-up, NOT COOL!! Still an excellent value. A great tip you'll get from the WebbMan is IF you're not sure how to intonate - look it up on youtube. I just saved you the cost of a set-up. Like that? Please make sure to click that you found my review helpful. Thanks.

    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Hard to beat...best value around !

    By Eric

    from Edmundston NB Canada

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    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… ;)

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      What a deal!

      By SenathDavid

      from Kenton, Tn.

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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:

        I had been wanting to try a G&L Tele for quite a while, when I spotted this one on MF's Stupid Deal of the Day. I couldn't pass it up. When I got it, I looked it over from stem to stern, and couldn't find a single flaw. The finish was perfect. The neck and frets were perfect ... no sharp fret ends that can be found on many inexpensive guitars. I am somewhat partial to humbuckers, but sometimes like single coils, so the G&L with humbuckers and a coil splitter was an ideal compromise.I will say that when switching to coil splitting mode, there is a marked decrease in volume. That doesn't concern me. It came with perfect intonation, I just had to drop the strings down a bit to suit my playing style. It won't hold up to my PRS, but for the price I paid It sounds great. It, in my opinion, doesn't have the "quack" of a Tele, to me, it sounds more like a cross between a Tele and a PRS.
        I have bought a Taylor, a PRS, and several other expensive guitars online, but I have to say that this G&L was packed better than any of them. I will buy another G&L as soon as I see one that calls out to me.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        "Not a good beginning" Update

        By Widespreadtrumpet

        from Canton, GA

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Inconsistent Quality

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

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

        This is an update to my previous review "Not a good beginning". I decided to exchange the first defective guitar for another and glad I did. The new one is "money". Neck setup is perfect with smooth fret ends and the strings align correctly from the nut to the bridge. Finish is also perfect with no issues. Sound is better than you might expect from an instrument in this price range and the "feel" of the electronics (haven't opened the back yet) is solid. Bottom line, this is a great guitar for the money. The initial issue I had with the first guitar would give the perception of inconsistent quality control on G&L's part. MFI on the otherhand is world class. They have certainly stepped up their customer service and that sets them apart from other web retailers out there. And, as someone mentioned in a previous review, Tyler is "the man". I've dealt with Tyler several times recently and I have always been pleased with his providing consistent outstanding customer service. Kudo's to Tyler.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Almost sent it back - but...

        By 6StringDude

        from Texas

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        Pros

        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Flat Sound
        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • General Gigs
        • Practicing

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

        Might be surprised at my comments and rating seeming contrary. But with the G&L name and this particular guitar at such a low price I thought I would take a chance. At the first practice I took it to, I could not get a decent tone in any pickup position. I was so disappointed I was seriously considering sending it back right away. But I decided to take it to a guitar technician that I trust.

        He modified the bridge pickup which was so low from the strings he was surprised it was picking up anything. He modified a Gibson pickup bezel and placed it underneath the factory bezel to raise it up another quarter inch. The bridge pickup is now less than 1/8 inch from the strings and closer when you press the strings which in the bridge is fine. He also lowered the neck pickup which reduced some of the heavy lows and low mids.

        The pickup switching is now balanced in output across all three positions and the pull single coil is also much closer in volume as well and balanced. Now this thing sounds fantastic. If it had come from the factory or after the G&L setup before shipping this way I would have been pleased from day 1. Glad I had a great guitar tech to prevent me from shipping back a good guitar at a great price.

        Hope to enjoy it now for years to come.

        Also for anyone who has suffered from the rosewood sharp edge problem which this guitar does not have right now, my tech said this wood needs oil. It's not the frets sticking out, it is the wood shrinking. He suggests Old English oil about every third string change.

        Hope this may help others who may have a gem and not know it regardless of where it is made.

        56 years old and still pickin and grinnin.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Great guitar.

        By K.C

        from Dayton, Ohio

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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
          • Small Venues

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

          I picked this up on a stupid deal of the day for 399.00. I bought it for a flip, however, when I received it, I decided to keep it. I love the finish and the feel of the guitar. Normally, you would be paying more for all the features this guitar has. I love the carved top and how the back of guitar is carved for comfort. I played the USA version and really can't tell a difference, 1700.00 verses 400.00 It was a no brainer. I was really surprised how good a value this was. The action was low enough for me when the guitar arrived, set up was very good. I'm unable to find any flaws.

          (5 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Disappointed

          By The Chad

          from Fort Worth

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          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

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

              I bought this as the stupid deal of the day. I liked the look of the guitar. It is nice and light too. It is made in Indonesia. Had I known that I wouldn't have bought it. The set up was good. The frets were a little sharp on the ends. The sound is what I couldn't get over. Everything I did it just wouldn't get out of the "muddy" tone. I tried several rehearsals and comparing it to my other guitars. I ended up sending it back. What do you expect. The STOD was for a really good price. Well, it played like a guitar with a really good (low) price. I think for some it would be great but it would end up never seeing stage time with me.
              I weighed the option of putting better P'ups in it but would probably end up paying more than I paid for it putting nice ones in. Think i'll stick to buying a guitar I can put my hands on first before paying for it.

              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great guitar, great value!

              By Pgcomputerguy

              from Southeast NH

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              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Quality Pickups
              • Warm Tone

              Cons

              • Hardware Not Tight

              Best Uses

              • Gigs

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

              Can't say enough good things about this guitar! It feels and plays like a guitar 3x/4x the price. For someone looking for a quality instrument on a limited budget (like me) you've found it here. My only call out is the humbucker in the bridge position does not "put out" as much as my Seymour Duncan Super Distortion on my Washburn. That's not what I purchased it for though; and I'm sure there is a pedal out there that will compensate.

              I was a bit ticked that the input jack and tone knob were loose and I had to crack it open to tighten. Minor complaint though. Also, no manual?

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              M.F. is great!

              By Skarski

              from Elberton, Georgia

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              Pros

                Cons

                • Received Bad Guitar

                Best Uses

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

                  I ordered this guitar at a very reasonable price. I read the reviews, watched the video, and I was sold. I have bought many things from Musician's Friend over the years, and this was the first problem I have encountered. I just received a lousy guitar. The high E string was way too close to the edge, so very hard to play without it dropping off of the fretboard. The other problem; the saddle screws or adjustment screws for height if you will, well, they were different sizes on the same saddle? Go figure. Anyway, called at 9:50pm eastern time, alerted Royce of the problem, and I just can't say enough about the customer service. They did not have another guitar like I ordered, "color wise" so, Royce juggled some figures and I ended up getting a much prettier, higher grade guitar of the same make and model, for what I will say a very reasonable increase in price. I need to say this as well. Royce instructed me as to what to do to return the guitar, I explained I live way out in the woods, so he scheduled a residential pick-up here where I live, at no additional cost. Somewhere along the line, the quality assurance team for G & L went astray on this particular guitar. And, the result was a guitar that should have never been seen or sold, got through the system. Nobody is perfect, so something like this can, and will happen once in a while. Bottom line; couldn't be more satisfied with the service that was provided to me by Musician"s Friend. I have received the replacement already, and I will write an additional review on that one, when the review e-mail arrives. Customer service means a whole lot to me as a buyer, you hope you never have a problem when ordering, but I just couldn't say enough good things about Musician's Friend, and the way they handled my misfortune. You will be hearing much more about the actual guitar, on the replacement. Thanks Musician's Friend!

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great guitar!

                  By R&Bman

                  from Baltimore, MD

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                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

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

                    I have been playing guitar for 30 years and I am a fan of G&L products. The ASAT Deluxe Tribute that I got was ready to play right out of the box. The pickups sound great. They are full and musical. It's great to have humbuckers in a t-style guitar, but the added bonus is that you can tap the coils to get the single coil sounds that you love from a traditional telecaster. With this instrument you only need one guitar as it is capable of covering a broad range of sonic territory. You get a lot of guitar for a low price with the G&L ASAT Deluxe Tribute.

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Quickly becoming a favorite go-to

                    By Subsonikk

                    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!

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Sonic slicer unleashed by the God Apollo

                      By Subsonikk

                      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.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very comfortable

                        By Skarski

                        from Elberton, Georgia

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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
                          • Small Venues

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

                          This is a replacement guitar I received having to send a flawed version back. The guitar itself, is the most comfortable guitar I have ever played. If you are looking for a Telecaster sound, this is not the guitar for you. I bought this, because I wanted a "hybrid" type guitar, and that is exactly what this is. It has its own unique sound. I think the demonstration video, is very close to what you will actually get. This is one beautiful guitar. I have some very high end guitars, that cannot match the sustain of this one. Tone wise, I will call it hybrid. Someone else mentioned on their write up, that the coil tap is more of a novelty than anything else. I can agree with that. I wanted a guitar with a Telecaster shape, without the twangy sound. That is exactly what I received. Stays in tune real well, and the neck just has a great feel to it. I got it at a very good sale price, so hard to complain about anything. The only thing I will mention, "I am a perfectionist and take extreme caution and care with all of my stuff", when restringing, you have to be super careful when removing or inserting the new strings. They have a tendency to drag across the body, in which could cause scratches. Not a big issue, just have to be a bit more careful. I will close by saying, me personally, I am very happy with the purchase. I did receive the guitar without a warranty registration, which makes me think, maybe it was an open box, and I was supposed to be buying a new guitar? This I will never know, as the guitar itself is in great condition. Musicians Friend did take care of this for me. The customer service is great. I will reiterate again,listen to the demo. video, and that is what you will get. God bless, and great day!

                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          this is the one!!

                          By Ohseanyboy

                          from Niagara Falls, NY

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                          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:

                              I have 12 to 15 guitars but this is the one that I go to every time. If I could only have guitar this would be it period. I gave it 5 stars because that's as high as the rating goes or I would have given it a 10, yes it's that good!

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Incredible bang for the buck!

                              By Sotua

                              from Delaware

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Slight Neck Dive

                              Best Uses

                              • Anything And Everything

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

                              Background: I've been playing for more than twenty years, mostly bass and some guitar. My main style leans towards metal/progressive. Bought this guitar to replace a souped up PRS SE Singlecut. I required a cheap guitar to work on my own material at home.

                              I picked the gloss black one as the fancy top models were out of my budget. Guitar arrived very well packed. Out of the box set up like a dream. The fit and finish excelent. No sharp/tall frets, no paint problems, pristine condition. The black bound looks very classy, and the carved top gives it a gentle curve that makes it more comfy than the usual flat tele.

                              Plugged into my computer (Pod Farm throguh a PodGX) and it handled beautifully everything I threw at it, from funk to metal. The singled sounds were very useful. Perhaps the pickups could be a little clearer under distorted chords, but my previous guitar had a Dimarzio Crunchlab in the bridge (which is designed precisely for that scenario, tight and well defined notes under high gain) so that might be coloring my judgement. I might exchange the pickups in the future, but there's no real *need* to do it. The guitar is very versatile and produces lots of pleasant, usable sounds by changing pickup combinations, coil tap, and dialing in/out some volume. Detuned to drop D withouth any issues. The bridge is incredibly solid. I want one for my bass too!

                              The neck is a dream to play, C profile with the flat-ish 12" radius is more reminescent of Ibanez rather than Fender. Back of the neck is satin finished and very smooth to play, the hand glides effortlessly.

                              I have only one issue with it, it has a bit of neck dive, which was expected due to the lack of a long upper horn. But the weight is very reasonable (I'm used to lugging a Jazz Bass so the guitar is practically a toy to my shoulder :D). The neck dive should be cured with a better strap.

                              Overall, I love it. I am amazed that this much guitar can be had for so little money. I've turned into an instant G&L fan, and will probably be looking for a G&L Bass to try when the budget allows.

                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              A very pleased buyer.

                              By Mikos-14

                              from Wales-United Kingdom

                              About Me Experienced

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                              • Recording

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

                              Bought this guitar used/mint from Musician's Friend as it was not available in Butterscotch Blonde in the UK. They said Mint and it was! When a minor fault was found with the tone knob Tyler
                              made a small financial adjustment for me. Great
                              customer service - better than many UK firms that
                              I'll refrain from naming; it has been a pleasure.

                              (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              wow, amazing deal and awesome tone

                              By Ironranger

                              from MN - Gods country

                              About Me Professional Musician

                              Pros

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

                                Love this thing! Pulled it out of the box and started playing it for an hour. I am blown away by how good this sounds! I ran it through a G-Dec as well as my DT-25/Orange cab and it can go from fat to spanky. Its been on stage twice in front of 150-200 people and inspires me to play more. You might think that sounds silly but hey! These pickups rock. The best part is I bought it on Stupid deal of the day!!!!!! What!

                                I have a custom shop Strat as well and have been playing for 30 plus years and several guitars. Honestly for my ears, taste and touch this is a winner. Sounds as good as guitars costing 5x what I paid.

                                Needed a slight adjustment. Guitars that travel times zones will need a little tune-up. guitars in the shop get TLC before the customer see's it so that should be expected.

                                (3 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                2.0

                                The good The bad The dirty'''

                                By Tim M

                                from Edgar Springs Mo.

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                Pros

                                • Good Feel
                                • Love The Dished Out Body

                                Cons

                                • Flat Sound
                                • Fret Buzz
                                • Poor Pick Up

                                Best Uses

                                • Practicing

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

                                got it on SDOTD for what it may be worth.Mine is gloss black & impossible to keep clean''must be the type of finish,I have 4 other black guitars without this unique problem,,but that's a minor beef I guess. This guitar loses at least half volume when you pull the coil switch & the pups are up there with the worst total mud sound I ever heard..I really don't know what to compare it to...The good'''I really like the dished out back of the body..Bottom line''if your looking for a Tele replacement'''this is not even close''

                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A1

                                By Reverend Hellbilly

                                from chi-town

                                About Me Professional Musician

                                See all my reviews

                                Pros

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

                                  Wow, excellent guitar, ups man stepped on the box"douce".Took to my guitar guy for set up no problem, awsome ghs strings, it rocks , I wish I had 10 more, I love it, Pick ups are great, If you dont like the sound of this guitar, you need a real amp, Really

                                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Good guitar at a great price!

                                  By Cowboy

                                  from California

                                  About Me Professional Musician

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fun To Play
                                  • Good Feel

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Rock Concerts
                                    • Small Venues

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

                                    This is a good deal. The guitar is well-built and solid, with good, workmanlike hardware. The neck is wide, flat, and satin unfinished, with jumbo frets - very rock guitar. The contoured body is nice, and well-finished.

                                    This is no Tele, tone-wise, even with the coil splitter. The pickups are - unremarkable. They're not bad, they're just there. I have been getting a lot of squeal from the lead pickup, at fairly modest stage volume. This will necessitate a replacement, but I was likely to do that, just for tone.

                                    The input jack comes loose, but, that's an easy fix.

                                    For the price that I paid on sale, I'm delighted.

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