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G&L Tribute ASAT Junior II Electric Guitar  Irish Ale

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The ASAT Junior II carries two Paul Gagon-designed P90 pickups, specially spec'd to deliver stellar tones in each position and with matched output fo...Click To Read More About This Product

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Bolt-n construction, P90s and a great-feeling neck.

The ASAT Junior II carries two Paul Gagon-designed P90 pickups, specially spec'd to deliver stellar tones in each position and with matched output for more truly usable rhythm/lead switching. No more fumbling with the volume trying to find balance between the P90s.

The Junior II features an easy-playing, medium-C profile neck with 12" radius and 1-5/8" nut width for a classic ASAT feel that greets the hand like an old friend. Add on Tone-Pros bridge/tailpiece hardware, delicious Irish Ale-finished mahogany body and hard rock maple neck with Rosewood board and you've got one versatile ASAT that effortlessly covers a wide range of sonic territory.

The Junior II has popped up before in short-run Custom Creations models made at G&L's Fullerton, California shop, but this is the first time it's been this widely available. On top of that, it's part of G&L's Tribute Series, which has been garnering rave reviews for more than a decade thanks to its solid combination of tone, quality and value.

FEATURES
  • Construction: Bolt-on
  • Scale: 25-1/2"
  • Pickups: G&L AP4285B in neck position, G&L AP42105B in bridge position; Designed by Paul Gagon
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Neck wood: Hard-rock maple with rosewood fingerboard
  • Neck Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Neck width at nut: 1-5/8"
  • Neck profile: Medium C
  • Bridge: Tone-Pros locking C-TPFP bridge and CT1 tailpiece

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G&LTribute ASAT Junior II Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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5.0

Very Nice Indeed

By 2manyguitars

from Charlotte NC

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Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Junior II Electric Guitar:

I picked up one these blemished. As has been the case before with MF, I can't find any blemish although a couple of the pickup cover screws were not fully screwed down. Took all of two seconds to fix that. Otherwise, fit and finish and set up (including intonation) were absolutely perfect right out of the box. Note that I purchased another G&L a few months back and returned it for fit and finish problems. Conclusion, based on two samples, G&L quality control is a bit lacking.

Body wise, this is a Fender tele clone, both as to the body shape and the 25.5 scale neck. This does have 22 frets as opposed to the traditional tele 21 and the radius is 12 as opposed to 9.5. Still, think tele body and you won't be surprised. More accurately, think basic tele body because this thing has no fancy binding or fancy paint. In fact, from just two feet away, despite the color richness of the butterscotch headstock/neck and the 'mahogany reddish' of the mahogany, it's a very basic, even stripped looking guitar, as the black pickups kind of disappear and the subtle beauty of the mahogany can only be appreciated up close. Very close.

Appearances aside, and in case you don't know tele's, know you are getting a comfortable, easy to handle, easy to play guitar. This one, I would say, even a bit more comfortable and a bit easier to play because of the lighter mahogany body and the 12 degree radius. That said, some complain the G&L's heavily glossed neck a bit slow. I don't have a problem with it but if you do you can always lightly sand/steel wool it to a faster satin finish, leaving the front of the headstock alone so as to retain the rich color and the G&L logos.

Sound wise, we have a whole other animal as this thing carries two beefed up clones of Gibson's storied P90 single coils.

In case you don't know P90's, understand that Gibson never really pulled off the single coil thing, that few if any P90's sound like any Fender single coil. These are no exception. While you can dial in a decent representation of tele 'twang' at the top end, this guitar and these G&L P90's are best played as and described as 'punchy' mid range pieces.

Don't get me wrong, G&L did a great job of matching up the electronics on this guitar. You can dial up a nice sparkle to a very, very dark with practically no mud anywhere in the range. All with no hum or other extraneous noises. In other words, twisting the tone knob actually produces different useable tones, something that cannot be said for all guitars, regardless the price range.

So, this guitar is versatile, but in its own way, a P90 way. Not PAF, (true or the all too common in this price range "muddy" Epiphone PAF), not Telecaster twang or Strat quack, not Rickenbacker clean and chimey, not an ArtCore rich and bluesy. Not EMG metal. Just a rich P90 punch, plain and simple, nicely balanced across the two pickups and potent enough to carry some gain.

Also note that the P90 flavor continues when you turn up the gain. Perhaps a little less rich, but it is definitely there. Understand, I don't use a lot of distortion nor a bunch of pedals so YMMV but to me this thing sounds as good under mild to medium distortion as anything I own, better than most, way, way better than some.

Finally, realize that this combination of tele clone and Gibson P90 clone is a bit unusual, although G&L has done it before, albeit at a much higher, limited edition, price range. In fact there has been some grumbling in G&L owner circles that this model 'devalued' their previously purchased 'collector' P90/tele clones.

Finally, finally, note that I played the guitar through a variety of medium range amps. I didn't have any low end stuff available at the time and I don't own any high end, Mesa quality, or high end vintage stuff. It really liked my Blues Jr. III as well as a Roland GA112. Same for a Vox AC15c1. The only thing it didn't sound good with was a cheapo Marshall emulator head hooked to a 12" Celestion 70/80 which, interestingly, I flat out love and which is my absolute favorite Strat amp.

So who needs one of these?

I personally would recommend this to any beginner. In my opinion, this is a much better place to start than a Les Paul or a Tele or Strat or a shredder as it sounds good straight up. You don't need a fancy amp or dropped tunings or super accurate setups. It's light enough you don't need a custom made six inch wide strap. No fancy controls, one tone, one volume. Just pick it up and play it, the 'punch' will make you and your exercises sound better and sounding better may well keep you playing longer.

I would also recommend it to any experienced player wanting something fun to play and fun to listen to while plugging the hole between the PAF and tele/strat sounds. However, if 'plain jane' appearances bother you, you best pony up another grand or so for the USA limited edition.

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5.0

I wish I could have kept every Tele I ever owned

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from Tulsa

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Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Junior II Electric Guitar:

I wanted one of these when G & L first started up. Leo Fender actually had a contract that prohibited him from building guitars after he sold "Fender" to CBS. It was gorgeous then, just as it is now. It's no coincidence that it was in response to Gibson's Junior. To think that Leo Fender had no idea how to play the guitar and what he accomplished for the music world. Where would you start? He even had the foresight to make bolt on necks so you could replace it if you wore it out !

 
4.0

Surprisingly high quality. A bit of a diamond in the rough.

By Caesar Agustus Gloop

from Arizona

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Pros

  • Excellent neck profile
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Great aesthetics
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

  • Occasional tuning stability issues
  • Slightly heavy

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    Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Junior II Electric Guitar:

    It's rare to find low-cost gear that meets high-level expectations, but this guitar has thus far done just that. I purchased this thinking I would almost certainly have to put a fair amount of work and parts into it just to make it playable; off the bat, I assumed the pots and wiring would have to be replaced, the bridge would likely be of poor quality, the setup would be unusable, and the tuners/nut would have problems. For the vast majority of these, the opposite has been true.

    The pots and electronics (switch, jack) are incredibly solid, quiet, and smooth. The bridge is solid, no rattles, and intonates very close to perfect. The setup out of the box was dead on; shocking, for a guitar made overseas and at this price range. The one area where the jury is still out is the tuners and nut. There are a few occasional tuning stability issues, especially on the higher strings. This is likely due to a bad nut, so I've ordered a Tusq replacement to see if that helps. The tuners also seem to have a little more throw than I'm used to, and aren't as precise as I'd like. That said, they're still fine and I'm not going to hesitate to gig with this guitar.

    The look of the guitar in person is, in my opinion, nicer than what you see here. I think it's a beautiful guitar, if not a little plain. The neck is a glossy yellow, which some folks might not like, but I don't care what it looks like. The profile is a bit chunkier than the previous Telecasters I've owned; most comparable to the Baja series, though a bit smaller than their V-shaped cuts. Just a solid feeling neck.

    Lastly, the sound. This is where this guitar shines. These are some of the best vintage-sounding P90's I've used, and I've played more than I care to remember, many from expensive boutique winders that we're all familiar with. This is not a guitar for clean, crystal clear tones. It's overdriving my amps right away, in a very good way.

    All in all, a great axe at a surprisingly low cost. G&L did right.

     
    5.0

    ASAT Junior II

    By PorkChop

    from Hudson Valley

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Real nice workmanship
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Junior II Electric Guitar:

      I really wanted a Tele with P90 pickups, and this one really looked great. The reviews were good, and they had 17% off. Hard to pass up. Nice build quality and who ever set the guitar up did a real nice job. It sounds and plays great. Really couldn't ask for more than that.

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