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G&L USA ASAT. Any love here ?

 
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goddardo
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:01 am    Post subject: G&L USA ASAT. Any love here ? Reply with quote

I've been looking for either a LP or Tele type guitar for a while now & a G&L ASAT appeared on my radar.
Vintage white, tortoise shell guard, R/W fingerboard. in other words, my favourite features.
I know the basic history with these & their quality, but never played one, so I'm checking if any guys here can tell me a thing or two. I reckon I could get it with a Fender case for ?500 ish.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 4:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would love to own one of Leo's last guitars, but the G&L range never did it for me. I don't like the feel of the necks, & they always sounded a bit sterile.

I did read that Leo's hearing was going towards the end of his life, & his ability to hear high frequencies was compromised. So he was constantly trying to improve his earlier designs, & frequently failing! He listened to the early Tele pickups, & thought they sounded awful - not a smooth range of tones, but all kinds of resonant peaks & stuff that Leo hated. Trouble is, lots of players love the sound of old Teles - even if they are "wrong" in theory. I guess we grew up with the sound of his early guitars, & that's what our ears expect to hear.

Probably not a lot of help to you, I'm afraid!



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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 6:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a '96 ASAT III and can't fault it from a build quality point of view - the neck joint's perfect, finish is flawless and the hardware is top notch. The three G&L s/c pickups give the range of tones that you'd expect, but are a 'deeper' and 'rounder' version compared to my Tokai Strats and '52 RI Tele. Wouldn't say sterile though - have to disagree with Mike on that one. The soap-bar pickups on a standard ASAT have a character all their own and you'll either love it or not. If you like it enough, then ?500 with a non-G&L case for an ASAT seems to be about right as long as the condition is OK.

It's all personal in the end though
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goddardo
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cheers for that guys.
My main reservation might be that the neck could be too slim, but I can't tell until I've seen it.

Will post some pics of it later. It does look great
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

If the necks on the G&Ls that I have tried had been thin, I probably would have liked them!
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:23 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Meaning they're quite chunky ?
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Chunky compared to what I like, possibly quite average to most people. It's been a while since I tried one though.
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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's some pics.

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PostPosted: Wed Mar 04, 2009 10:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Thu Mar 05, 2009 10:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i've really liked the couple i've tried.
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