G&L ASAT Special vs Fender Telecaster

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  1. Clifford-D

    Clifford-D Member

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    Two different guitars from the mind of Leo.

    First there was the Tele, that was there for the R&R explosion and country.
    The G&L ASAT Special was named the G&L Broadcaster until 1985.

    I own only the ASAT Special, when I bought it, I did a showdown between about 15 guitars including PRS's, Gibsons, and Fender Tele's. It came down to the Fender custom shop Tele and the ASAT, went and had lunch. Iwent in to buy the ASAT and I did. Never looked back.

    Which of these two guitars do you prefer?

    (I have a feeling the ASAT is going to lose big time because the Tele is
    the Tele, what can I say??

    Which do you prefer?
     
  2. Wagster

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    I own both and find the ASAT Special to cover the most ground. My Teles do what they do great but the G&L is one of those guitars that grabs your ear from the 1st note.
     
  3. lshines

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    +1,000 to this!
     
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    I've got 2 ASATs and am looking for more... love 'em...
     
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    ASAT: poor resale value.
     
  7. jordanL

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    Can I pick both? I have an ASAT Junior that's an amazing guitar capable of covering a lot of ground, but I still love the bridge pup on a good tele, Its a great sound.
     
  8. Matt L

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    ASAT Special is my favorite, but I also like a nice Thinline Telecaster.
     
  9. edward

    edward Supporting Member

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    If you buy one used (like any guit), the depreciation is "done." Look at Lesters, Strats, PRS, USA, non-MIA, etc ...once they're in someone's hands, the value has been largely set and not much else depreciates it, even time.

    Edward
     
  10. shredtrash

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    ASAT by a mile for me. Those pickups are ridiculously good!
     
  11. p.j.

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    I miss my ASAT Special. I still have my Tele. Maybe I'll have both some day?

    PJ
     
  12. SouthpawGuy

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    I have one Tele, and ten ASATS, so I might be slightly biased in my opinion. :sarcasm :p
     
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    I have an 86 Asat flamed maple body, ebony board....great, great guitar. As far as tele's I've owned 3 or 4 and always ended up selling them....never a custom shop though
     
  14. The Illustrated Bassist

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    I have two MIM Teles and have played the ASAT Classics/Specials... they are nice guitars, but I don't see much point in buying one, unless you can find a good used deal - they're not that much better - really, its a matter of taste - and their resale value compared to even a cheap Fender is poo. All perception, I know...
     
  15. G Man

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    Another ASAT player here. Those large MFDs are so crazy versatile and the build quality so well done, that I can't see any reason to even consider a Fender.
     
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    After owning a couple ASAT's, I became really pickey about the wood that they use for Fender guitars. My problem was the skinny necks. I finally found a Tele with decent wood (and a larger neck), and sold the ASAT's.
     
  17. guitar&mando

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    good thing i never want to sell mine! i have the ASAT Classic Rustic (slightly and tastefully relic'd) BEEEEEA-UTIFUL!!
     
  18. saneff

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    I have a ASAT Special semi hollow and a Tele. I prefer the ASAT. As someone said, it just covers so much ground. Swiss Army Knife.
     
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    I own a CS Nocaster and two luthier-built Teles. They're great guitars but I'm still curious about an ASAT Special; guys are always going on about their nice pickups.
     
  20. Dave Wakely

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    The neck pickup on a ASAT Special is a wonder of the world. I've never played one out anywhere without a "that guitar sounds beautiful".
     

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