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G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS HB3 Electric Guitar Transparent Black 888365898964 (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

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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by PowerReviews
G&LTribute ASCARI GTS HB3 Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (15)
  • Good tone (15)
  • Good pick up (14)
  • Solid electronics (14)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (14)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Recording (12)
  • Small venues (12)
  • Rock concerts (9)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (8), Professional musician (6)

Reviewed by 15 customers

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5.0

Great balanced and versatile guitar

By Johnboy

from Cincinnatu, ohio

About Me Experienced

Verified Reviewer

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!!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This one goes to 11!

By Danny Taddei

from Sweet Home Alabama

About Me Professional Musician

Verified Reviewer

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.

    (2 of 2 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.

       
      5.0

      Very nice guitar.

      By Bill

      from Robeson County, N.C.

      About Me Novice

      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.

         
        4.0

        Buy One

        By Eagle one

        from Cincinnati

        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:

          Beyond my expectations

          (0 of 1 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)

             
            4.0

            This is a very good value in an electric guitar.

            By eagleye1

            from White Mountains, Az.

            About Me Experienced

            Verified Buyer

            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.

              (1 of 1 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!

                 
                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.

                   
                  5.0

                  Excellent guitar for the price!

                  By CS

                  from Sheridan, WY

                  About Me Experienced

                  Verified Reviewer

                  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.

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