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Now with triple humbuckers and coil-tapping for maximum versatility.

The G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar was inspired by a recently uncovered prototype drawing done three decades ago by G&L co-founder George Fullerton, representing Leo Fenders vision for G&L's first 24.75 in. scale, three-tuners-to-a-side guitar. It was designed jointly by G&L's Paul Gagon and 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 24.75 in. scale to put it squarely on the classic side of the rock-and-roll stage.

Add in a TonePros tailpiece and three tappable Alnico humbuckers, and you have a gorgeous, high-performance rock guitar thats simultaneously strikingly new and steeped in rock guitar history.


Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Ascari
  • Body type: Solid
  • Body material: Wood
  • Top wood: Flame Maple Top
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Irish Ale
  • Orientation: Right Handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: Modern Slim C
  • Neck wood: Mahogany
  • Joint: Neck Through
  • Scale length: 24.75 in.
  • Truss rod: Yes
  • Neck finish: Black/Dark Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12 in.
  • Fret size: Medium Jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: pearl trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1-11/16 in.
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: 3 pickup
  • Neck: G&L CS4250C Chrome Covered Humbucker
  • Middle: G&L CS4250C Chrome Covered Humbucker
  • Bridge: G&L CS4470C Chrome Covered Humbucker
  • Brand: G&L
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: no
  • Active EQ: no
  • Special electronics: Pickup Expansion switch (on Tone Pot)
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume, Tone
  • Pickup switch: 5 Position Pickup Selector Switch
  • Coil tap or split: Coil Tap
  • Kill switch: no
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: TonePros locking C-TPFP bridge
  • Bridge design:
  • Tailpiece: CT1 tailpiece
  • Tuning machines: Standard
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6
  • Special features:
  • Case: No
  • Accessories: Adjustment wrenches
  • Country of origin: Indonesia

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G&LTribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar
 
4.8

(based on 21 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (20)
  • Good feel (19)
  • Good pick up (19)
  • Good tone (19)
  • Solid electronics (17)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (18)
  • Practicing (17)
  • Recording (16)
  • Small venues (15)
  • Rock concerts (12)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Professional musician (6)

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Tribute ASCARI GTS HB3 Electric

By Gene

from Beckville, Texas

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

    I bought this guitar because it was on sale and I have had very good luck with G&L guitars. This one is attractive, the action was already set low, no buzzes, and intonation is great. I spent several hours experimenting with it with several different amps. It is very versatile with the coil tapping features, which is good to pick the ones you like best, or as the song dictates. It sounds close to a Strat or a Les Paul with various settings.

    The guitar sounds very good with a Marshall acoustic amp, believe it or nor. I will run it through a Fender Twin as soon as I can. As I said, I have a lot of experimenting to do yet with amps and settings. I'm not much on hard rock or metal so I will not talk about those genres,but as a clean, clear, easy to play guitar with a beautiful finish, I would buy it again in a heartbeat.

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Pro Guitar!

    By Mighty Mike

    from North East USA

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    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 HB3 Electric Guitar:

      Great Job G&L its everything they say it is, Add the triple HB and boom. one of the most versatile guitars I have. Pod up on tone knob and coil taps are the easy to use and give you so many options when con=combined with the 5 selector switch. Not surprised by coming from Leo' design. Looks/quality and solid. Get the HB3.

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Better quality than most costing twice as much!!

      By bud

      from hamburg N Y

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

          Own several high end Gibsons and Fenders,Can not believe the quality in this G and L. Like every thing about it.

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          This one goes to 11!

          By DannyTaddei

          from Sweet Home Alabama

          About Me Professional Musician

          See all my reviews

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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 HB3 Electric Guitar:

            This guitar is so awesome that it is guaranteed that you will get a million $$$ advance on a recording deal even if you never played a guitar before. It will put you first in line at every place you go to and hot chicks will recognize you as a super stud.
            OK, well, results may differ but it is a seriously great guitar.
            First off, mine felt great, played great and was intonated right out of the box (and yes I needed spell check for intonated). It, like the other G&L guitars I own (5 total) are like owning at least 2 guitars in one. The range of tone on this is more like 3 with that 3rd pickup in it. It does everything my Les Paul does but when it comes to the end extremes of my LP, this just keeps going. If you think of tone as a 1-10 variety pack, this guitar goes from about 1-30. I love the way my LP looks but it just doesn't stand up to the G&L.
            If you compare this to a fender, these overseas made G&L guitars match up with the quality of a American custom shop. If you buy the high end G&Ls its like driving a jag.
            You won't go wrong. If you have to buy just one guitar, go get a job and come back when you have more money because you're going to end up buying more of them and going broke.

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            spectacular!

            By tbone

            from mi

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Small Venues

              Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

              5 postion humbucking... 5 position single coil....2 more on expansion pot- a beautiful guitar , picture does not do it justice. home run on quality (and price) never actually played one, so took a chance - and could not be happier.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              10/10 bang for the buck.

              By Fangofthetooth

              from Montreal

              About Me Experienced

              Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

              I just picked up the gorgeous Irish Ale finish HB3 on STOTD last month. This is a beautifully crafted fully capable instrument. I would like to drop the action a bit, it's okay as is, perfect setup, but to go lower will require slight seating or dressing of one high fret. A tiny ding in one pickup cover, otherwise perfectly finished. Very resonant guitar, the neck is fatter than my Ascari GT--90, more D than C shaped and slightly heavier body. This is such a great guitar I would buy the trans-black as well just for the beauty and quality of it but gotta pay the rent. ; ) Fits right in with my several American and one Mexican Fenders, PRS, original Dean (amazing guitar), G&L's, Gibson and Ricky. These G&L Tributes are fantastic deals for great quality.

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              This is a very good value in an electric guitar.

              By eagleye1

              from White Mountains, Az.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                I bought this mainly because of the the story behind how the design came to fruition. I mean every guitar player has thought of morphing a Strat and a Les Paul right? I may add some more combinations in the pickup configurations (Like I do on all the Strats I build) I do a 7 way switch that gives you the ability to add neck and bridge pickups together, or all 3. Other than that, I think the guitar is great. A great bang for the buck.

                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                What a steal

                By Snark

                from Cedar Falls, IA

                About Me Professional Musician

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                  For the money, you're just not going to find another guitar this nice. Wow, the Irish Ale finish is gorgeous. It practically changes color depending on the lighting, from deep wine red to a very natural wood w/ orange tint. The finish appears near flawless, I just found a TINY 2 cm discoloration on the back, no big deal. Set up was nice n low without buzz. I did have to adjust saddles here and there for intonation, but that's almost expected. Input jack was a bit loose at first, but I just opened it up and tightened it down, now good to go. Pups sound great, very warm and dynamic and complex. There's soooo many tones you can achieve without touching your amp settings! The pups are close behind the strings, but you get used to it quickly, no problem. Binding around neck and body is a nice touch. Neck and frets look and feel great. I can already tell that the tuning stability will be great with the special bridge.

                  All in all, this is a very beautiful, high quality guitar with some great, unique features, and it's an absolute steal for the sale price!

                  (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great,Playability, sound, quality hardware

                  By Al Varez

                  from Germany

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                  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 HB3 Electric Guitar:

                    I have the double PUP version of this in 25.5 and 24.7 but this was a great deal with three humbuckers without having to buy a black beauty LP.
                    I like the looks and the quality is good . I have to spend more hours playing this before I give you more feedback

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Great balanced and versatile guitar

                    By Jt

                    from Cincinnati, ohio

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                    Pros

                    • Balanced
                    • Fun To Play
                    • Good Feel
                    • Good Pick Up
                    • Good Tone
                    • Solid Electronics
                    • Well finished

                    Cons

                    • Lower end switches
                    • No manual
                    • Plastic knobs

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                    Multiple guitars in one. Great strat, LP, and in between sounds. Switch brings center pickup in and out. Wiring diagram on G&L website. That is the only place where one can find any operational information on the guitar. No manual included. Guitar was well finished and played very well right out of the box. Diadarrio strings. Intonation was good, as was fret prep.
                    My only complaints: cheap plastic knobs make the pots feel cheap. Switch cover popped off and is a bit loose and needed some light glue to keep in place. Got as a stupid deal, which makes it a great value!!

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Very nice guitar.

                    By Bill

                    from Robeson County, N.C.

                    About Me Novice

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                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Jamming
                      • Practicing
                      • Small Venues

                      Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                      Nice looking, good feel, good sound. I would buy another if I didn't have so many guitars already.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Thank you guitar gods!

                      By Guitarist

                      from USA

                      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 HB3 Electric Guitar:

                        Beautifully designed. I have a couple old school American made G & L's and was hesitant to buy a new Indonesian made model. But it definitely is a well made and very solid. This Ascari design with 3 humbuckers with single coil tapping feature is like a gift from the angels.

                        So good I had to buy both colors. The stock photos don't do the "Irish ale" color justice. From the photos I was expecting a more red color. It's more of a darker finish that accents the natural mahogany wood color. It looks much better in real life, I love it. Love them both. Awesome electric guitar design, with great versatility.

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very Good Guitar for the money

                        By Arturo Grande

                        from Stuart, FL

                        About Me Experienced

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Jamming

                          Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                          This guitar is great. I have many good guitars: Am Strat, Tele, LP, PRS 25th Anniversary, etc. These PUPs have GREAT tone. It has a 4 position switch and another with which I call turbo which puts more punch in the picks. Then you can single coil on one PUP. So really there are 16 different tones before you've even adjusted the volume or the tone knobs. And honestly, I kinda like these tones better than some of my "better" guitars. The action was low and great but the top E string bussed on the 3G note. A lot. All the other frets were fine. But I fixed that easily enough. Now, I literally love and am having a hard time wanting to play anything else. Not bad for an axe from Indonesia. Fit and finish is great. Solid and pretty too. This should have been my first guitar and maybe (maybe) I wouldn't have spent a small fortune on other guitars. Oh, did I mention the tone is awesome.

                          Oh there is one drawback, it's a bit difficult not hitting the pick on the pups since they take up the whole space, but there is a window on the neck pup in which you can work. So it's not really that big of a deal, just takes a little practice.

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Excellent guitar for the price!

                          By CS

                          from Sheridan, WY

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                          Pros

                          • Fun To Play
                          • Good Feel
                          • Good Pick Up
                          • Good Tone
                          • Solid Electronics
                          • Super playable neck
                          • Well made

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                            I have been wanting one of these HB3 guitars for about a year. They are very hard to find on the used market. I saw them go on sale last week and placed my order! It arrived perfectly setup, perfect sting height, no buzzing, all electronics working perfectly. This is a well built, solid, tone rich guitar and the three humbuckers give you tremendous sound! There is a coil tap switch to give you single coil sounds and a push pull switch that gives you different combinations of the three pickups. This has become one of my favorite guitars to pick up and play.

                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Beautiful Quality Guitar, Great Value

                            By Heavy Duty

                            from Mpls. MN

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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 HB3 Electric Guitar:

                              I've been playing part time paying gigs for over 30 years. This 3 humbucker G&L is worth twice it's selling price. Flip the switch and you've got Strat like single coil tones. Super versatile, warm alnico pups are pretty much good for any style of music. Fit and finish is excellent, it looks nicer in person than the pictures. Stays in tune very well, it was set up perfectly right out of the box.

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent guitar

                              By Jetfamily

                              from Richmond BC Canada

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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 HB3 Electric Guitar:

                                Like all the good reviewers out there, the one I got is flawless, neck feel, finishing, set up, no fret buzz, no sharp fret edges, tuners good, plays better then my $4000 Gibson, what can I say, buy it.

                                 
                                4.0

                                Gets a lot right.

                                By McD

                                from Milton NH

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Assembly Issues
                                • Junk Pots
                                • Poorly Potted Bridge Pickup
                                • Poor Pick Up

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                                Waited a few months to write a review. Overall, the guitar is a great value. It's a bit irritating how little information from G&L is available about these. Pickups are low to medium output. Supposedly alnico. Not much to them when you split them and a bit dark. They sound nice. Nothing outstanding. The bridge pickup howls like a banshee with an amount of gain that shouldn't cause it. I assume this is due to poor potting. The wring is very clean and tidy. The push/pull pot is absolute junk. I've never seen such a cheap pot. It will definitely fail. The neck and body fit and finish is outstanding. Really, really nice. Tuners and bridge are nice. Great feeling neck and great balance overall. Small fixable things aside, it feels like a very expensive guitar. Buy it on sale.

                                 
                                5.0

                                A definite buy! Excellent product

                                By Robert the rocker

                                from Ann Arbor, MI

                                About Me Novice

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Fun To Play
                                • Good Pick Up
                                • Solid Electronics

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Jamming
                                  • Practicing

                                  Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                                  Really good product!!! The pickups are amazing and you csn actually tell the difference when changing to a beginners guitar to this one. I would recommend it if you are looking for a change in sound and tuning. I was having issues with my first guitar since it was a beginners. Had trouble with tunning in some of the frets but this ones has the bridge to do so and it tunes perfectly.

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  Feels like a Strat, but with those missing humbucker sounds

                                  By Andy D

                                  from St. Petersburg, FL

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                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Fret Buzz
                                  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Practicing
                                  • Recording

                                  Comments about G&L Tribute Ascari GTS HB3 Electric Guitar:

                                  This guitar feels great - as a long term Strat player, I'd tried Les Pauls, as I knew I needed those sounds in my arsenal - but I never really got on with the feel of them: and missed the sound flexibility that Strat pickup combinations give. This guitar has it all, and more - I particularly like the middle humbucker: which has become a go-to sound for me; and also the ability to coil tap and get all those regular Strat sounds - this is rapidly becoming my go-to guitar for those "I'm not sure what to expect" gigs, as the range of sounds make it really flexible.

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Buy it!

                                  By Easy chair jams

                                  from Louisville ky

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                                  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 HB3 Electric Guitar:

                                    Would buy this guitar again if something happen to it!

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