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G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar  Transparent Black Rosewood Fretboard

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An innovative mahogany body, topped in flamed maple with a set neck and tappable humbuckers.

The Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar was inspired by a recently uncovered drawing of a prototype done three decades ago by G&L co-founder George Fullerton. The design represented Leo Fender's vision for G&L's first 24.75" scal guitar with three tuners to a side. It was designed jointly by G&L's longtime VP of engineering, Paul Gagon, and his close friend and former collaborator, Grover Jackson, founder of Jackson Guitars.

Although its DNA is full of rock guitar history, it breaks new ground for G&L: it has a set neck, a Leo-inspired headstock with three tuners to a side, and a 24.75" scale to put it squarely on the classic side of the rock'n'roll stage.

Add in a TonePros tailpiece and coil-tapping humbuckers specially designed by Gagon, and you have a gorgeous, high-performance rock guitar that's simultaneously strikingly new and steeped in rock guitar history. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple Flame
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Gagon designed humbucker
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Gagon designed humbucker
  • Brand: G&L
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/pull tone control
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil tap
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Indonesia

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

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G&LTribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar
 
4.5

(based on 34 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (24)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (32)
  • Good tone (30)
  • Fun to play (28)
  • Solid electronics (22)
  • Good pick up (20)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (26)
  • Jamming (25)
  • Recording (20)
  • Rock concerts (16)
  • Small venues (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (20), Novice (7), Professional musician (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Right out of thebox

This thing was set up perfectly right out of the box. Nice tonal range and simple operation. Push/pull knob changes pick up configuration as advertised. For the low price you get a...Read complete review

This thing was set up perfectly right out of the box. Nice tonal range and simple operation. Push/pull knob changes pick up configuration as advertised. For the low price you get a whole lot of well built guitar, which is a G&L Tribute hallmark. I played a few MIM and lower end USA Fenders, and USA Gibsons (studio) while looking for a classic rock ride with humbuckers, and this blows them all out of the water in terms of sound and build quality. Sure, you could get a better guitar if you wanted to spend a whole lot more cash, but in my particular situation it wasn't necessary. My second G&L.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Guitar w/ Quality Control Issues

I'm a long-time G&L player and I own an ASAT Classic, a Legacy, and the Ascari with P-90s (which is fully awesome), so when I saw this one on...Read complete review

I'm a long-time G&L player and I own an ASAT Classic, a Legacy, and the Ascari with P-90s (which is fully awesome), so when I saw this one on sale, it was an easy decision to order it. When I got it, I plugged it in and it sounded great. It also was surprisingly playable right out of the box with nice low action, no fret buzz and decent intonation- which was surprising since these Indonesian guitars don't normally come with a good set-up.

Now the bad part. I soon noticed there were a variety of cosmetic issues with the guitar, most notable was a nasty cloudy haze covering most of the headstock, underneath the finish. Also, the control knobs were both set crooked, and there were a couple minor defects in the finish and hardware too. Due mainly to the visibility of the headstock blemish, I elected to exchange it for another one, and Musician's Friend was very accommodating.

Now the really bad part. The second one I received had the same ugly blemish on the headstock. In fact, I never even played it because I knew it would be going back too. This guitar also had been poorly packed and was missing the styrofoam disc that should've covered the 3-way switch. Possibly because of that, the lid of the box had been pushed down against the bridge to the point where the strings and saddles had shredded though the foam bag.

I initially asked for yet another replacement, but when I saw how many 'open-box' items there were available, I thought better of it and requested a refund instead. I think these issues might be widespread and sending a third guitar back would've been a big hassle. Its too bad because if it had not been for these very avoidable quality control issues, this Ascari would've made a sweet addition to my collection. C'mon G&L, you can do better.

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great guitar for the money!

By John the runner

from Flagstaff, AZ

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

    I use this guitar just to jam and mess around. Its good for that. Has a deep rich tone through my VOX. Its a bit heavy however. But I don't mind. Feels like a les paul in weight.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Highley Recommended

    By Tim

    from Detroit

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Excellent Metal Tone
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

    • None at price point

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

    Tones as good as guitars much more expensive!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Simply a Really Good Guitar

    By Fabs58

    from Long Island, NY

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Looks Great/Sounds Great

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

      I own several (not a lot) of guitars, including a G&L S500 from around 1995. I've always enjoyed playing that guitar so when I got the urge to look for another dual humbucker guitar, I was intrigued by the Ascari. I was somewhat concerned that the guitar is made in Indonesia. So, I read the reviews (including the one in Guitar Player), went online and watched the demos and decided it was worth the shot, especially when it came on SDOD.

      You know how a lot of reviews qualify their ratings with the phrase "for the money"? This is a really good guitar. Period. You can spend a lot more on a guitar and you will likely get some additional quality. The question that any player has to answer for themselves is "is it worth it?" This guitar simply sounds great and was easy to play straight out of the box. The humbuckers are powerful, but clear. The coil-splitting feature is a "nice to have" for me - I wasn't particularly looking for this. The most important part is that the guitar sounds great. (I play it mostly through a Vox AC15, in case that helps.)

      Having read some of the reviews, I spent a few extra minutes going over the finish, the binding, etc. I didn't see any issues at all with mine. Everything on the guitar looks neat and professionally done. The wood has a nice amount of flame - not an extreme amount, but enough to be noticed. I have the red finish and its a really sharp looking guitar.

      A couple of minor things: the pickup selector feels a little "loose" when I toggle it. Its quiet when I use it, so I'm just going to keep an eye on it. But it isn't an issue at this point. I'm also not in love with the tuners - they're very basic, no name tuners but seem pretty solid. (The S500 has locking tuners that I've come to like alot.)

      Bottom line is that I'm really happy with the guitar and have gotten a number of compliments on it from others. If anything happened to this guitar, I would definitely buy another.

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      (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Great Guitar w/ Quality Control Issues

      By Rosco Silver

      from Utah

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

      I'm a long-time G&L player and I own an ASAT Classic, a Legacy, and the Ascari with P-90s (which is fully awesome), so when I saw this one on sale, it was an easy decision to order it. When I got it, I plugged it in and it sounded great. It also was surprisingly playable right out of the box with nice low action, no fret buzz and decent intonation- which was surprising since these Indonesian guitars don't normally come with a good set-up.

      Now the bad part. I soon noticed there were a variety of cosmetic issues with the guitar, most notable was a nasty cloudy haze covering most of the headstock, underneath the finish. Also, the control knobs were both set crooked, and there were a couple minor defects in the finish and hardware too. Due mainly to the visibility of the headstock blemish, I elected to exchange it for another one, and Musician's Friend was very accommodating.

      Now the really bad part. The second one I received had the same ugly blemish on the headstock. In fact, I never even played it because I knew it would be going back too. This guitar also had been poorly packed and was missing the styrofoam disc that should've covered the 3-way switch. Possibly because of that, the lid of the box had been pushed down against the bridge to the point where the strings and saddles had shredded though the foam bag.

      I initially asked for yet another replacement, but when I saw how many 'open-box' items there were available, I thought better of it and requested a refund instead. I think these issues might be widespread and sending a third guitar back would've been a big hassle. Its too bad because if it had not been for these very avoidable quality control issues, this Ascari would've made a sweet addition to my collection. C'mon G&L, you can do better.

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      (3 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Not as adverstised

      By Jas

      from Columbus OH

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Guitar was not in mint condition as advertised
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

      • Recording

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

      This guitar was advertised as being in mint condition, it was not. The front top pickup cover was dented on both sides and there was a finish flaw. The guitar is a great guitar, everything functions perfectly, it plays well and sounds great. Musicians Friend, sent a new pickup cover, gave me a rebate and a store credit. It should have never been advertised as being "mint" This is the second time that this has happened to me, buying guitars from them.
      I had to take this guitar to a luthier for the repairs, this is an inconvenience to me.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great guitar for the money!

      By lmccat

      from Las Vegas, NV

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

      This is a great guitar for the money! Don't let the small price tag fool you. It's well made and has great feel and sound. I've been wanting humbucking pickups on a guitar, and this one has it... however, the coil tap feature is also fantastic giving you single coil sound versatility. The only complaint I have is a little bit of fret buzz, but a setup should fix this problem.

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      5.0

      G&L Rocks!

      By JSTJEAN

      from Greenwood, Delaware-USA

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      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Finish and workmanship is great
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

        I own an American Legacy G&L and thought I would give an Indonesian made one a shot. Wow, was I surprised at how nice this guitar was going to sound and play. It feel great and the frets are finished and polished correctly (much better than an American Gibson made guitar) and the craftsmanship was spot-on right out of the box. I picked up this beauty in Transparent Red on a sale at MF, however it is well worth the money even when it is not on sale.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lotta guitar for reasonable money!

        By The Old Gray Guitarist

        from none of anybodys business

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Great neck!
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

          First thing I did was plug it into my Podfarm UX-2 interface and run it thru the gammit off tone patches.
          Super sustain on distorted tones, either on Humbucker or split coil. Though the volume went down once split. Not muddy when I used it at all. I don't know what other reviewers expect. It's not EMG's so you actually have tone! Nice cleans. When split coiled the middle position is very cool. Neck on humbucker very full. I dropped it down to standard C# and played some Sabbath, handled it great, also super for Alice in Chains tones.

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          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great quality guitar for the price, excellent out of the box

          By Laredo

          from Upstate, NY

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          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

            Great guitar, pleasantly surprised at how nice it is! The Ascari GTS is worth the asking price, but if you get it on sale it is a steal! Great fit an finish, nice set-up out of the box, great tones with the stock pickups. If you are looking at Epiphone Les Pauls with bound necks, give this guitar a try.....Don't get me wrong I have Epi's as well, but the Ascari just feels better, and the fit and finish is nicer to boot! I have purchased other guitars on "Deal of the Day", like ESP LTDs, and was very disappointed when I opened the box. With the G&L Ascari I was pleasantly surprised when it arrived, and could not believe the quality for the price! IMHO this is the best and most underrated "cheap" guitar in the market. Plays like a high end guitar, in fact better than some that I own!

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            i own 2 of these one with p90,s one with humbuckers

            By Timmy the heat

            from new jersey

            About Me Professional Musician

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

              great guitar for the money

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