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G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar Blue Burst Rosewood Fretboard

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Familiar body, bolt-on maple neck and Leo Fender-designed jumbo single-coil pickups.

The G&L ASAT Special just might be the quintessential G&L guitar, viewed by many as Leo's ultimate single-cutaway. Back in 1985, Leo Fender launched this model under the G&L Broadcaster name, which prompted a response from Fred Gretsch of Gretsch Guitars over the name just as it had thirty-five years earlier. History buffs will recall that the Broadkaster name is owned by Gretsch, and once again, a Broadcaster from Leo was required to have its name changed. This time around, the name became "ASAT," which is US military shorthand for an "Anti-Satellite" missile.

The ASAT Special, as the model became known, features jumbo single-coil Magnetic Field Design pickups, each with a narrow bobbin aperture for a coil that is shallow yet wide. In this regard, an MFD jumbo single coil is similar to a P-90 or Jazzmaster pickup, yet the MFD principle provides a punchier bottom end and brighter top end sparkling with harmonics. Leo further departed with the past with the addition of his innovative Saddle-Lock bridge which transfers string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredibly resonant instrument. The result is one of the most versatile guitars ever, serving up ballsy twang to searing blues to smooth jazz tones. What's more, this ASAT Special is offered in either a traditionally G&L Swamp Ash body for maximum attack, or a mahogany body for that righteous ˜80s G&L blend of jumbo MFD power mellowed by the high porosity of mahogany. Two great ASAT flavors, yours for the picking.

Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Swamp Ash body (Blueburst) or Mahogany (Tobacco Sunburst)
Hard-Rock Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard
Leo Fender-designed jumbo G&L MFD single coils made in Fullerton, California
3-position pickup selector, volume, tone
18:1 ratio, sealed-back tuners
Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock bridge
Case sold separately

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

SPECIFICATIONS
CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
SCALE: 25-1/2"
PICKUPS: Leo Fender-designed jumbo G&L MFD single coils made in Fullerton, California
BODY WOOD: Swamp Ash (Blueburst) or Mahogany (Tobacco Sunburst)
NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with 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: Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock
CONTROLS: 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone
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G&LTribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 16 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good pick up (13)
  • Solid electronics (13)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (6)
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(24 of 25 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

unbiased

By Nunowannabe

from Paso Robles, CA

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Pros

  • Fun To Play

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

      Sometimes I read these reviews and get the feeling that a five star rating from a customer is only five star because that person bought this particular product. Know what I mean? ie Chevy's are best, because I own one. I find the negative comments are sometimes more informative.
      That being said, this is a very nice guitar. I wanted a Telecaster, but have been disappointed by Gibson and Fender and feel that sometimes all you get are the name.
      I tend to discount reviews with superlatives and absolutes but the reviews for this guitar were spot on. It is a beautiful instrument. I especially like the bridge and the pickups and the ringing sustain. The pickup switch and tone and volume knobs feel solid. There is enough Chinese throw away junk out there for you to know what I mean.
      The finish is good, love the blue and the smooth back. The neck finish, smacks of Music Man, Ernie Ball, slick as a baby's bottom.
      I can honestly recommend this guitar. It is as good as or better than an American Standard Fender Tele.

      (13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Incredible Guitar!

      By Will94

      from Columbia, MO

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      Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

      I bought this guitar in January 2012, before this model appeared on Musician's Friend. At the time, the G&L website said that both the Blueburst and Tobacco Sunburst (which I have) were made of swamp ash. G&L has since updated their page to show the Tobacco Sunburst made from Mahogany. Mine must be mahogany, because it is heavy, every bit as heavy as my Epiphone Les Paul. The weight of the thing is really my only complaint.

      The guitar itself is incredible. The two single coil pickups are rather huge. They really look like P90s to me. You can get that good, heavy, chunky, distorted humbucker sound if that's what you're going for (with no noticable hum). This guitar is so much more diverse though. It also delivers if you're going for a slightly overdriven bluesy sound, again with no noticable hum. The two G&L pickups are just phenominal!

      Over the last year, I have fallen in love with the Telecaster body style. I now own five of these things, including this one. My G&L is far and away my favorite. Everything about it (tuners, hard tail, frets, finish, pickups, etc) is high-quality. It was even setup well out of the box.

      (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Fantastic Guitar!

      By telosfound1

      from TEMECULA, CA

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

        I received this guitar a little over a week ago. I unpacked it and gave it a strum. To my amazement, the guitar was actually in tune. I mean the UPS man delivered it at the end of the day in the middle of a heat wave. If there was ever an opportunity for the guitar to get out of tune and warped it was that day, and it was all good.

        The build quality seemed really quite good for the price point. It was way better than the MIM Strat I bought a couple of years ago. The action was nice. Not too high. No discernable fret buzz. The thing that really appealed to me was the ringing sustain of the guitar. I could really feel it, even when the guitar wasn't plugged in. Really bell like sustain.

        The pickups are amazing. A lot hotter than standard tele style pickups. The sustain is clearly audible here as well. The bridge pickup is biting and brite and the neck pickup is darker and growly, without getting too muddy.

        Overall the guitar is really quite amazing. I would pay a lot more money for this guitar. Way better than the comparable Fender tele. Do not hesitate to buy one o these. You will be totally stoked.

        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lots of bite, twang to spare

        By Charlie

        from Fort Collins, CO

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        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Needs a set up

        Best Uses

        • Anything And Everything

        Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

        I've had this for a little over a month, so I can't really comment on how it's going to hold up in the long run, but my experience so far: great player, pickups sound great, lots of spank, very sharp bite, roll back a bit on the tone and you've got a whole lot of variety with this thing. I got the blue, which as a satin finish neck, apparently the brown one has a gloss neck. I really like the satin finish. Neck is a little thicker than I'd prefer, but I like a really thin neck. The neck is thinner than Fender Tele's that I've played. Frets are larger than on a lot of Fender's, but smaller than on most Gibson's. Good weight (I don't know exact weight), but with Strats and the like I find them too light, and the strap will slide around a lot on your shoulder, LP's etc, tend to get pretty heavy on your shoulder after a while. This is somewhere in between the two. (Blue is ash, so it may be lighter than the brown.) Finish on this thing looks great, stays in tune for days. Needed a set up out of the box, but every guitar does (even the high end ones that are set up perfectly at the factory.) After set up was able to get a pretty low (not extremely low) action with no buzz, intonation is spot on and stays that way. I also own a couple of Gibson's and US made Fender's. This thing plays and sounds just as good or better than any of my other guitars. I have also owned some lower end guitars in the past, and you can definitely tell a difference in quality, playability, and sound. Not with this instrument. This is the least expensive instrument I own and it's up to par with any of my other guitars. Great value.

        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Better than most for the money

        By Curt

        from Indiana

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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 Special Electric Guitar:

            If you're moving up from a cheap first guitar I would get this over a mim Fender. Sound is better, feel is better. Not a fan of "blueburst" or the look of the pickups but sound and feel are what this has to offer.
            Fit and finish are great. After five years pots are not scratchy. Stays in tune and intonation is good. Love the bridge.
            Pickups are louder than my mim Tely. so I roll back the guitar volume just a bit to get the same reaction from my pedal settings.

            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            G&L ASAT Special - great axe

            By Old Hippie

            from Tulsa, OK

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

              Bridge saddles feel great on wrist; no sharp saddle screws like some Fenders. Unique sound from bridge pickup. Best bang for buck I've seen.

              (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              impressive

              By spaceman

              from Ottumwa,Ia

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording

                Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

                ordered on cyber Monday pm was at my door wed.so much better looking than in the picture set up a tad high not much close to perfect tune but when I plugged it in to a small tube amp wow you need to pick one up if you can now to see how it records a impressive piece of history

                (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                5 Stars.

                By Scout

                from San Francisco

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

                  This is an awesome guitar. You can even drop it a few times (on a rug) and it still stays in tune. Perfect tone, weight and playability.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Thanks Leo. For this guitar.....wow

                  By Guitarstevo

                  from Dallas ga

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                  Pros

                  • Fun To Play
                  • Good Feel
                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics
                  • Twang Jazz Or Rock Wow

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • great
                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Recording
                    • Small Venues
                    • The Best Value Guitar

                    Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

                    This is the fav guitar I have .. I have american gibsons and fenders ...the tone is fantastic....the pickups make the guitar the neck is fast and super accurate

                    (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Must have when on a budget

                    By eljoel89

                    from Columbus, IN

                    About Me Novice

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

                      Best thing I can say about this ASAT is the sound. Swamp Ash makes gives this guitar exceptional tone. One important thing I did was to swap the 3 way circuit style switch for the Fender 4 way blade switch. Pickups will ground correctly as these covers are plastic, and the control plate will fit it without modifications. I always swore to myself I'd never play a tele, but this blew away my misconceptions. I can get anywhere from Tele twang (not that I use it), to P90 and even Fender Mustang tones.

                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      beats USA tele

                      By markh

                      from olney, il

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy weight

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

                      VERY solid for the money....right up there with a 3x the price USA tele I tried at GC.

                      the blue is not as bright as in the picture (photo lighting made it really stand out more than in real life).

                      this is a little different animal than a tele but its growing on me.

                      I had to set it up when I got it....truss rod was about a turn an a half too tight but hey its winter weather out there so it happens.

                      otherwise all the hardware seems extremely well made.....this is the first guitar I have had in a long time that I have not wanted to swap the tuners out for grovers right away.....I may still put grovers on it but the factory ones are still really good.

                      I cant emphasize enough the build quality on this....go for it.

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Love the pickups!

                      By Sunny

                      from Roeland Park, KS

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Recording
                        • Rock Concerts
                        • Small Venues

                        Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

                        A beautiful instrument and love the pickups - real hot and articulate. Only issue was I had to adjust the string tree a bit because the second string was muted. Adjusted it and I'm good to go. I own two G&: electrics and am very impressed!

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great guitar for all styles

                        By Jay

                        from Washington state

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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 Special Electric Guitar:

                          Received this guitar the other day. I have many guitars including several g&l's. Wanted to see what the large mfd's sounded like. They are very versatile. I have become a single coil player for the most part. Prs, however, make about the only humbucker's that I like. This guitar can play about any style from mellow stuff to heavy stuff. Just what I wanted. I had to make alittle action adjustment but oh wells. If you need a guitar that can sound like a tele, then sound heavy this is it. Tone knob works great. G&l has become my favorite, next on list is the s500!

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Guitar, Great Pickups

                          By Mike

                          from RI

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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

                            Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

                            Really like this guitar. Better craftsmanship and hardware than a MIM Fender IMO. Smooth, fast neck and good weight to the body. Finish is really, really cool but I get it that it might not be for everyone. The pickups are fantastic. They cover all levels of gain - from clean to heavy distortion and everywhere in between. They are single coils, so you are going to have hum. The middle position does cancel much of it, though. I like the neck for fat lead tones and rhythm. The middle is good if you have a lot of drive and want to cut back on the hum. Bridge can get twangy for country or loaded on distortion for more rock styles. The bridge is pretty cool, though it can be a little tricky adjusting the intonation, but not that bad. Overall this is a great guitar. Last take on the pickups - they are clear, bright, and articulate by nature, but you can certainly darken things up with your amps EQ or the master tone knob.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Somewhat Disappointed

                            By Craig

                            from North Carolina

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                            Pros

                            • Good Feel
                            • Good Tone

                            Cons

                            • Dusty Condition
                            • Quality Assurance

                            Best Uses

                            • Jamming
                            • Recording
                            • Small Venues

                            Comments about G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar:

                            After waiting for over a month (these ASATs are in demand) I was somewhat disappointed in the condition as received. The ASAT was very dusty with bits of styrofoam over the entire body. The tone pot knob wobbled and required removal of the mounting plate and knob and tightening the locknut on the pot itself. String action was set too high for my tastes, I somewhat expected more of Strat type setup.

                            Once these minor discrepancies were sorted out the ASAT started to grow on me. Fit and finish are Very good. The ASAT is a well made, attractive addition to my collection.

                             
                            5.0

                            Exceptional value guitar, real player

                            By Pharmboy

                            from Lexington, NC

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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 Special Electric Guitar:

                                Bought one used, the blue burst is really dark, almost looks black, but still looks nice. The pickups are different, but have great tone. You actually need to use the tone and volume controls. They put out a LOT of sound. Reasonably quiet for single coils. I would drag it on stage any day. For the price, the same as a Mexican Telecaster, this beats it hands down. Neck is slightly thicker than Fender, but not too thick.

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