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

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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.

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

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 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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90%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (30)
  • Good tone (27)
  • Fun to play (25)
  • Solid electronics (20)
  • Good pick up (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (23)
  • Jamming (22)
  • Recording (18)
  • Rock concerts (15)
  • Small venues (13)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (17), Novice (7), Professional musician (7)

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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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2.0

Great Guitar w/ Quality Control Issues

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from Utah

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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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1.0

Not as adverstised

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from Columbus OH

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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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4.0

Great guitar for the money!

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from Las Vegas, NV

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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!

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from GREENWOOD, DELAWARE, USA

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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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    5.0

    Lotta guitar for reasonable money!

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    from N.J.

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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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      5.0

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

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      from Upstate, NY

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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
        • 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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        3.0

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

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        from new jersey

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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
          • Small Venues

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

          great guitar for the money

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          5.0

          Amazing value!

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          from Peoria, IL.

          About Me Experienced

          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 ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

            Why pay more.. this is an amazing guitar at an amazing price! Buy it on sale and you can't go wrong. :-)

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            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS

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            from Tracy, CA

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            Pros

            • Extremely Budget Friendly
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Great look

            Cons

            • Input Jack Loose
            • Required Extensive Setup

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Small Venues

            Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

            Looked great out of the box. The finish and lines were spot on. It did however require quite a bit of setup to get it playable. The truss was so far out it took 2 days of adjustments to get the neck straight. Once that was dialed in, I for the bridge height and intonation set and it now plays beautifully. The pickups are a bit different and immediately I thought I'd be dropping in some DiMarzios, but after jamming through a practice session with the band, it really cut through well and I think I'll be keeping it stock. The guitar looks great and plays great. I am planning on replacing the push/pull knob and input jack as they seem cheap and I don't trust them.

            All in all, if you have the know how to setup a guitar, then this is an extremely great value and plays nice. It's a good gig guitar.

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            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great Sounding Guitar

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            from NJ

            About Me Novice

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Needed Set Up

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing

            Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

            When I first got this guitar it needed some adjustment. Once done it sounds great , low action , great feel and nice tone . I got it as the stupid deal of the day and for the money this guitar can not be beat ! I have 5 other guitars and this one is one of my favorites !

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