G&L ASAT Classic or ... ??

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  1. dnp41

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    Hi Guys,

    I'm currently shopping for a telecaster model to complement my strat and LP. I realy like how the sound of a tele cuts trough the mix in a live situation, and since my band (coverband: Funk, Rock and everything in between) is adding a lead guitar player I would like to have the tele as an option to use as rhythm axe.

    I stubbled upon the G&L ASAT classic (tribute) in my local guitar shop and I was sooo amazed by the build quality and the feel of the guitar. Love it. However, the sound is not really what I was looking for.

    I really want to try the SQ CV 50's tele, but no shop in my area has one on stock. I've watched a lot of clips on this guitar and really dig the sound.

    Bassicly I'm trying to decide which way to go: either buy the G&L (perhaps switch pickups) or look for another option like the Squier classic vibe and hail mary order it online..

    Any recommendations?
     
  2. phel21

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    You need to look for one of the recent ASATs with alnico pickups if you want a G&L with classic tele sound. G&L's build quality is good, even the cheaper tributes are decent, but I never liked their ceramic pickups much.
     
  3. dnp41

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    According to the G&L website the tribute versions are not available with stock alnico pups. I would look for a used USA model, but G&L's tend to be very rare in the country I live in...
     
  4. Turi

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    Was the amp you tried the G&L through the exact same amp as the one you use at home/gigs?

    You can't gauge a guitars sound in store unless you brought your own amp.
     
  5. SouthpawGuy

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    G&Ls respond to pickup changes like any other guitar. I have a set of Wilde noisefree pickups in my US ASAT Classic, and it sounds like a "real" tele to me.

    You may want to revisit the Tribute and try it with a different amp. As mentioned some amps do not respond well to G&Ls MFD pickups, my ASAT Special with the larger rectangular MFDs sound great through a Blues Jnr and AC30, but not so great with a Laney TT50 combo. The ASAT Classic with the Wilde p'ups however sounds fantastic through the same Laney amp.
     
  6. dnp41

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    I didn't bring my own amp. I've played it trough a Vox AC 15 (i think). It did sound very nice. I was (originally) however looking for a "twangy" guitar to cut trough the mix. The lack of this specific sound is pretty much the reason I didn't buy it on the spot. I will try to bring my own amp next time. It is however very good to know that I could always go for a pickup swap and get a little closer to the "real tele" sound.
     
  7. Turi

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    If you want twang, raise the treble on the amp a bit.

    Every guitar can twang imo.
     

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