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G&L Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar 

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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 l...Click To Read More About This Product

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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

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SPECIFICATIONS

Tribute ASAT Special Electric Guitar

  • 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 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (13)
  • Good tone (13)
  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good pick up (12)
  • Solid electronics (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (9)
  • Recording (9)
  • Practicing (7)
  • Rock concerts (6)
  • Small venues (6)
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(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.

        (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.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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

        By Guitarsrevo

        from Dallas georgia

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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

          (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.

              (6 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              5 Stars.

              By Mongo

              from Austin Texas

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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.

                (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

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