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G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar   (Used)

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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 prototype drawing done three decades ago by G&L co-founder George Fullerton, representing Leo Fender’s vision for G&L’s first 24-¾” scale, three-tuners-to-a-side guitar. 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. Its DNA is full of rock guitar history.

Yet it breaks new ground for G&L: it has a set neck, a Leo-inspired headstock with three tuners to a side, and a 24-¾” scale to put it squarely on the classic side of the rock’n’roll stage.

Add in a TonePros tailpiece and tappable humbuckers specially designed by Gagon right here on Fender Avenue, and you have a gorgeous, high-performance rock guitar that’s simultaneously strikingly new and steeped in rock guitar history.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Mahogany body with Flame Maple top
  • Mahogany neck with Rosewood fingerboard
  • G&L AS4255C pickup in neck position, G&L AW4368C in bridge position; designed by Paul Gagon
  • 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone with push/pull coil tap
  • TonePros locking C-TPFP bridge and CT1 tailpiece
  • Case sold separately

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

 

Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • Construction: set-neck
  • Scale: 24-3/4"
  • Pickups: G&L AS4255C in neck position, G&L AW4368C in bridge position; designed by Paul Gagon
  • Body Wood: Mahogany with Flame Maple top
  • Neck Wood: Mahogany with Rosewood fingerboard
  • Necl Radius: 12"
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo
  • Neck Width at Nut: 1-11/16"
  • Neck Profile: modern slim C
  • Neck Inlay: pearl trapezoid
  • Bridge: TonePros locking C-TPFP bridge and CT1 tailpiece
  • Controls: 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone with push/pull coil tap
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G&LTribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 12 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Fun to play (9)
  • Solid electronics (7)
  • Good pick up (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (8)
    • Practicing (8)
    • Recording (6)
    • Rock concerts (6)
    • Small venues (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (6), Novice (3), Professional musician (3)

    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

     

    Weak pick ups

    This is a relatively nice guitar. Fit and finish is excellent. The guitar is very comfortable and balanced.

    I do not like the pick ups which get muddy very easily. ...Read complete review

    This is a relatively nice guitar. Fit and finish is excellent. The guitar is very comfortable and balanced.

    I do not like the pick ups which get muddy very easily. Pick us are the weak point of this guitar.

    I would not recommend this guitar with the stock pick ups.

    Reviewed by 12 customers

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    (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    Weak pick ups

    By Guitar Critic

    from Los Angeles

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

      This is a relatively nice guitar. Fit and finish is excellent. The guitar is very comfortable and balanced.

      I do not like the pick ups which get muddy very easily. Pick us are the weak point of this guitar.

      I would not recommend this guitar with the stock pick ups.

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      5.0

      Amazing Quality in this price range

      By JRod

      from Edmond, OK

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

        I have played many guitars in this price range and this one beats them all. Neck, fretboard, body, tuners all feel very solid and high quality. The knobs could use an upgrade but are totally fine as is; same could be said for the switch. It works great but feels a little "loose". I really like the variety of sound I can get with the tappable humbuckers. Sounds great clean and distorted. Very fun to play and all frets are very accessible.

        I bought mine used, Level 3 ("Good Condition"). Saved 36% (sorry, it won't let me put actual amount) off the price and I can hardly tell it is used. There is a very small scratch near the volume knob and a few very light scratches on the back. I would put a few scratches on it within a month anyway, so no harm there!

        Even better than the used price was the shipping. I have never received an item so fast from anywhere. I ordered it on a Wednesday around lunchtime, got the email that it was shipped at 7:30pm that night. Next morning I check the status and it is on the truck to be delivered as of 6:30am! Now, it did just come from one state over, but wow, for standard (4-5) shipping to have it on a truck to be delivered in less than 12 hours is insane!

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        5.0

        Love it!

        By RTrocker

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Recording
          • Rock Concerts

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

          I was amazed at the tone and the quality of this axe. Just get it!

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          A Hidden Gem LP/Strat Hybrid

          By Pap

          from Nor Cal.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • None

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

          This G&L GTS Ascari is a very decent guitar. Got it last night. And 30 minutes later jamming with it and the guys. Black finish is no flaws beautiful. Weighed in at 8 lbs. 5 oz., a nice sustaining surprise! Pickups are good and strong, lead pu is 13 ohms neck pu is 8.3 ohms in HB mode. Coil split is very cool and better twang than previous reviewers say. Gets you into any turf you want. TonePro's TP and bridge are an added plus, tuners work smooth and well. G&L logo, fingerboard, and headstock crown pearl inlay's are nicely done. Carved maple top and all counter sunk controls are done well and very cool. Body and neck cream binding adds to the beauty. Full size volume pot. Setup was done perfect from the factory. This axe doesn't need much other than a good player. Everything electronically is staying where it is. I've been playing a long time and have owned most of them all at some point or other. Gotta say I've spent more than double and got less from bigger names. Action is great and the neck feels super fast and comfortable. Its well balanced. Its a hybrid of sorts, a cross between LP and Strat land with LP scale and set neck, Strat body with the single coil tap. Gives you both in sounds and then some. Its a really beautiful guitar. If you can play you'll like the Ascari GTS.

          Comment on this review

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice Alternative for Fender players

          By Uncle Jerry

          from Way Down South Mississippi

          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
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

            I've been playing off & on for over 45 yrs., guitar & bass and have played about everything. I have always leaned toward Fender products. This guitar is a way cool alternative as a Leo Fender & George Fullerton concept product and gives you both a Fender'ish & some Gibson style qualities with the push/pull tone pot & humbuckers. Thin wide neck & fret work are spot on. Mine is(Black) which fit & finish is perfect. G&L might should have put a better quality switch & control pots, which are slightly cheap feeling but functional but will surfice until I can change them out. Overall for the price per performance, a well worth place & spot in my collection and deserving of the George & Leo legacy for us commoners that won't clean out your bank account. Good for any style music! A great working tool that's fun to play & look at and that sounds awesome!!

            Comment on this review

            (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Right out of thebox

            By JB

            from Syracuse

            About Me Novice

            Pros

            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

                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.

                Comment on this review

                 
                4.0

                Fine Looking and well presented Guitar

                By Pete

                from Flagstaff Hill South Australia

                About Me Novice

                Pros

                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Well Finished

                Cons

                • Fret Buzz
                • Nut Cut Too Deeply

                Best Uses

                  Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

                  It is a good looking and well finished guitar. I was very impressed with the protective packaging for shipping. The guitar needed some setup on arrival. The nut is cut too deep & has some fret buzz but the guitar plays easily and the tone is not too bad for the price. Overall good value for the price. Eventually I'll replace the pickups but you can improve the sound with careful Amp fiddling.

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  G&L Ascari Update

                  By MagicBiddie

                  from Texas

                  About Me Professional Musician

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Cheapo Pots

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

                  The guitar workmanship, neck profile, fret job and pickups are top notch. The volume pot is an Alpha, also quality. However, the push-pull switch, the tone pot, and the instrument jack are cheap imports. Why, why, why G&L? Saving a few on an otherwise great guitar is really like shooting yourself in the foot before a race. I think this guitar costs enough that you can't justify cheap electronics. But, I love the guitar so I've already ordered upgrade parts...

                  Comment on this review

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar

                  By Watt

                  from Mooresville, North Carolina

                  About Me Experienced

                  Ask me a question

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Jamming
                    • Practicing
                    • Rock Concerts
                    • Small Venues

                    Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

                    Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar is a very solid instrument...great sound, good feel, and quality craftsmanship...a beautiful guitar Leo had a great idea, strange it took so long to hit the market. Purchased as s Stupid Deal...fantastic guitar for the price!

                    Comment on this review

                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    G&L Ascari GTS is a real winner!

                    By MagicBiddie

                    from Texas

                    About Me Professional Musician

                    Ask me a question

                    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 ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

                      This is a capable guitar at any level. I tweaked the neck and string height to my shred level action, and there is no buzzing anywhere along the neck = great fret job and finishing work. For comparision, my PRS 408 has a little taller frets, but can't get near this G&L for getting a low fast action. The neck is my favorite shape too, the classic slim taper D profile. Amazing!

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