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Thoughts on G&L Asat Z3?

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Keld, Jun 9, 2006.

  1. Keld

    Keld Member

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    I'll have a chance to play/buy one in a day or two, but was curious about some input. Any owners out there or others who've played them? Likes? Dislikes?

    Thanks for any input.

    Cheers,

    Keld
     
  2. aquadog

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    Hey Keld,

    I haven't played an asat z3, but I have played the majority of the asat line and own a comanche, so I'm fairly familiar with both the pickups and teh instrument itself.

    The asat is an absolutely phenomenal tele style guitar in my opinion, and I can almost guarentee you will not be disappointed playing it. Everything is well made and extremely comfortable to play. As a general rule, they are very alive acoustically, especially if you can snag a semi hollow (I advised my guitar teacher to pickup a semi hollow special when he wanted a tele-esque guitar, and I must say it is one of the best guitars I have ever had the chance to play). The shapes will vary a bit depending on which number neck it is, but I have found them all to be quite comfortable.

    The Z-coils are a really unique sounding pickup. The switching system on the comanche allows for a wider range of tones with its expander switch and PTB tone system, but the z-coils are an extremely versitile pickup regardless. Dont expect to get classic tele tones perfectly- it can closely approximate plenty of tones, but has a voice of its own. The bridge is very tele like, but the neck and middle do their own thing. Overall, they very clear sounding, with a bit more presence and punch than normal single coils. They also, to my ears, sound bigger and hi-fi.

    I'm sure the asat z-3 will sound a bit different as the PTB system on the comanche really allows you to play with the voicing of the pickups, but this should give you a fairly approximate heads up.

    feel free to ask anything more specific that i didnt cover
     
  3. VaughnC

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    IMO, the G&L Z3 pickups are modern sounding with stronger mids than vintage Fender tones. So, if you're seeking vintage Fender-like tones I would look elsewhere. Otherwise, if you prefer a hi-fi modern & probably a more versatile sound, the G&L Z3 guitars are excellent.
     
  4. Telecaster

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    I've got a Z3 (and will never part with it); at home it's one of my least favorite guitars. However, in a bandsetting the guitar sounds killer. It's a big sounding guitar that cuts through the bandmix really really well. More Strat than Tele i.m.h.o.. I suggest to try one before buying.
     
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  5. Jon C

    Jon C Silver Supporting Member

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    fabulous guitars, as my friend Chris S (moderator at the TDPRI (tdpri.com)) says, "the Swiss Army knife of guitars" -- I can do big blues on it, jazz (used it through a Twin for jazz and a friend who owns a real '53 ES-5 said he could not believe it, it sounded "like a big, fat archtop..."), rock, country, etc.

    Go to the TDPRI and do a search and you'll get lots of info. I personally prefer the semihollow version, mine is one of my top 5 keepers among many big name, big deal guitars....

    jc
     
  6. Keld

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    Thanks for the great input all. I'll let you know what I decide tomorrow.

    Cheers.
     
  7. phoenix 7

    phoenix 7 Silver Supporting Member

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    I owned a Z-3 and it was my main squeeze for about a year. Stellar guitar with great sounds and versatility. Great quacky Strat sounds and a very clear, fat sounding neck pickup. Not real crazy about how it looked. Overall, the guitar is an amazing value.
     
  8. Keld

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    Well I pulled the trigger this weekend and bought the Z3 - what a great guitar. The sounds and playability are terrific. I'm enjoying it more than I even anticipated. The neck is larger than I'm used to but it's easy enough to adjust.

    It's pretty flashy, but I think the flash just makes it more fun :dude. I imagine tele traditionalists will choke, especially with the trem, but what the heck, it works for me.

    Cheers,

    Keld


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  9. Telecaster

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    Wow, that Z3 looks great. Trem looks good on that guitar as well I think.
     
  10. Keld

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    Thanks. I'm really pleased with how full, yet articulate the tones are.

    Well back to going deaf, er I mean practicing....
     
  11. big mike

    big mike Moderator - EL34 Emeritas Staff Member

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    Thats COOL!!! I like it!!
     
  12. BIGGERSTAFF

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    great looking guitar:RoCkIn
     
  13. Jon C

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    G&L trems are fantastic, IMO, that is a very cool combo you have...
     

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