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G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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
 
4.6

(based on 38 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (35)
  • Good tone (33)
  • Fun to play (31)
  • Solid electronics (25)
  • Good pick up (23)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (29)
  • Jamming (27)
  • Recording (22)
  • Rock concerts (18)
  • Small venues (16)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Professional musician (10), Novice (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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(16 of 16 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.

      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Just a great guitar.

      By JB

      from New Jersey

      About Me Novice

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Plastic nut

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

      This has become my favorite...just a nice playable neck with a sweet low action. Maybe it's the fretboard radius, but this neck is very comfortable. It's light enough and balanced nicely. It makes me practice more and more often.

      The fit & finish are perfect. The flamed maple top was very well matched at the factory.

      The pickups are well matched & give a nice bluesy tone with a touch of gain on the amp.

      I love it.

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Very Good for the price

      By TallyPro

      from Tallahassee, FL

      About Me Experienced

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing

        Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

        I have had this for about three months and thought I'd go ahead and share what I think.

        At this price point, I'm not sure you can beat this guitar. Its designed for rock, but it seems good for blues or country too.

        The guitar has a real nice feel and weight to it. The neck is really smooth and fairly fast. Fretboard is nice as are the frets. Seems to stay in tune well.

        The pickups are hotter than typical G&L guitars, but you'd obviously expect that with humbuckers. The neck pickup is just warm enough in tone and the middle position is perfect for solos or a thicker rhythm.

        The finish is nice(red). The only minor flaw on mine is there is some red body paint on the neck binding where the body and neck meet. You have to be looking for it to see it and it wasn't bad enough to return.

        Overall, really comfortable; good for rock/classic rock; nice finish

        I'm going to give it five stars as it is everything it should be at this price point.

        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A Hidden Gem LP/Strat Hybrid

        By Pap

        from Nor Cal.

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        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.

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        G&L Ascari GTS is a real winner!

        By Magic_Biddie

        from East Texas

        About Me Professional Musician

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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 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!

          (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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          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!

            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            My New Favorite!

            By motempo

            from Maumelle, AR

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Rock Concerts
              • Small Venues

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

              Just got this as a deal of the day, although I had been planning on purchasing it at full price eventually. I am very impressed by the quality of the guitar, from the finish to the frets. Set up required no adjustment out of the box, just put on my favorite set of strings. I love the tones this guitar has, from warm cleans, to an overdrive with a bite! Coil tapping is very useful in getting the sound I want with my effects pedals. I would have gladly paid full retail for this guitar.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              This is a GREAT guitar.

              By Micheal

              from undisclosed

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              Pros

              • Beautiful Fit And Finish
              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Relatively Light Weight
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

              This is a beautiful guitar that, like most new guitars, needed some setup when it arrived. I replaced the extremely light gage strings with D'Addario jazz strings. I adjusted the truss rod, bridge height, and intonation. I also adjusted the pickup pole pieces to get good string to sting volume balance. This guitar has very low action and plays great. The tone is also very nice. This guitar is a great substitute for a Les Paul at a much lower price.

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Nice Alternative for Fender players

              By Uncle Jerry

              from Way Down South Mississippi

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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 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!!

                (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                G&L Ascari Update

                By Magic_Biddie

                from East Texas

                About Me Professional Musician

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                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...

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