Happy NGD and First-G&L-Day to me! (Pics, and now with crappy video in post #25!)

ugacrow

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I was worried that my new G&L ASAT Deluxe Carved Top wasn't going to arrive because of the snow that is coming down all over Birmingham, but my UPS driver said that he was able to get me in as his last delivery of the day!

Got this thing as a Musician's Friend Stupid Deal of the Day. $300 shipped.









First impressions:
  • Snappy
  • Pretty light and resonant
  • Finish looks very good, no visible flaws
  • One tiny nick right around the input jack plate, but not enought to ever bother me
  • Medium-sized neck that is very comfortable
  • Volume pot has a lot of resistance -- need to figure out how to make it easier to adjust
  • Tone put feels comfortable, and the coil tap push/pull requires just the right amount of force to engage/disengage

Can't wait to get home and plug this baby in!
 

73Fender

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Lot of guitar for 300 beans..congrats.

I'll have to quit deleting those stupid deal e mails I guess.

It has occurred to me that some of my favorite guitars are the ones that have hurt my wallet the least.
 

Vibrolux

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very cool. HNGD. I was tempted by that deal but with 5 teles in the stable I just couldn't.
 

ugacrow

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very cool. HNGD. I was tempted by that deal but with 5 teles in the stable I just couldn't.
My only other Tele is a Squier Classic Vibe mongrel (got an old Korean Squier neck), so I felt like this covered different enough ground to justify it. Heading home soon to check it out through my Super Reverb!
 

Delayed Delay

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I'm so bitter they didn't offer it as a lefty at that price.

I told a close friend about the deal, he got Guitar Center to match the price and he used his no interest credit card (3 month payoff) too. I'll get to see and hear him play it next week, and the week after that... Etc.... And be constantly reminded they didn't make it as a lefty.
 

ugacrow

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I thought it was weird that I kept reading reviews about it saying that the bridge was really "comfortable" for playing. But now that I have it, I completely agree. Very ergonomically sound, with recessed screws and nice smooth edges. Very comfortable for any player who, like most of us, anchors the right hand on the bridge. Just seems designed as a hand rest, which is great.
 

saneff

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Just unboxed mine 5 minutes ago!!! Unbelievable for $299. I have a bunch of USA G&Ls and I have never tried a Tribute, but for that money I couldn't avoid it. I won't get to play it until tonight, but it sure looks and feels like a really fine guitar and I'm sure it is. G&L is my favorite brand right now.
 
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ugacrow

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What do you guys think of the sound of the pups?
I'm really happy with them after a quick trial run. Good humbucker sounds. The neck pup is nice and creamy, and the bridge has plenty of bite without being overly harsh. I think I probably prefer these to the 490R/498T in my Les Paul Special, but that could be a honeymoon-period opinion.

There's a pretty marginal volume drop-off when you split the humbuckers, which was really encouraging to me. The single coil sounds aren't quite as single coil-y (if that makes any sense) as I might have expected, but they're completely usable. Not quite as much "spank" in the bridge, and not as much "glisten" in the neck as I might have expected. Still entirely workable, but certainly not a Strat or Tele replacement.

I'll try to record some good sounds from it later today.
 




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