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Peegoo
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Sep 1st, 2018 10:29 AM   Edit   Profile  

I can tell you there is a marked difference between the G&L Tribute series (imports) and USA-made G&L's. The Tributes are good, but the USA guitars and basses are superb. The difference is less handwork on the imports--that's the cost savings. The nut, frets, and setup usually need some attention.

The only gripe I have on the US guitars is the bridge they used on the Comanche: the saddles are not designed properly for a vibrato bridge; if the bridge angle in relation to the body is off by a few degrees, some of the strings are prone to buzzing in the saddles.

Blows my mind because everything else about these guitars is fantastic.

Play before you buy. Like any guitar brand, there are good ones and there are bad ones.

Doc Sarvis
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Sep 1st, 2018 10:32 AM   Edit   Profile  

I owned a Blues Boy for several years. I really liked the guitar and the fit and finish were top notch. I ended up selling it because I needed some cash and I had a converted '68 Thinline Tele that filled the slot just as well.

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Sep 1st, 2018 01:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m watching a bluesboy on eBay at the moment

archiestone
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Sep 1st, 2018 01:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned a few USA and Tributes over the years but only kept one: a 1988 'ASAT Signature.' I think USA G&Ls rival Fender Custom Shop for quality and att'n to detail.

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I'm not a guitarist . . .
Sep 1st, 2018 01:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

And I’ve heard the Tributes rival Fender’s MIM offerings (personal experience based on hearsay and test drives in guitar stores - I’ve never owned any MIM’s).

Mick Reid
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Sep 1st, 2018 04:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've owned two G&L Tributes. An S-500 and a Fallout (still have the Fallout).

The S-500 is one that I have seller's remorse over, but that's the way it goes...

I thought the quality was very good on both of these guitars and certainly rivalled Fender MIM's or Squier Classic Vibes for value for money.

The Tribute Series are made in Indonesia and AFAIK come out of a factory that makes a lot of other "brand name" imports.

One thing I really liked about G&L strat models is Leo's PTB System for the tone control and 7-way switching as standard. (at least the S-500 had both features).

I've wanted to wire some of my strats with the PTB control but it requires a 1M reverse taper (C) pot and I've never been able to find any for sale.

If you can find a shop that stocks G&L, they are def worth checking out. (US or imports)


reverendrob
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Sep 1st, 2018 04:57 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played a bunch back in the day when there were only US-made ones.

Solid guitars, but the necks always were too thin (fretboard width/nut) for me.


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Sep 1st, 2018 05:36 PM   Edit   Profile  

It should be noted here that, while Tributes all have pretty much vanilla 'Medium C' neck profiles, the USA guitars come in many different flavors, detailed --

Here.

capnhiho
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I'm not a guitarist . . .
Sep 1st, 2018 05:54 PM   Edit   Profile  

I forgot to mention above that I do own an ASAT Classic Semi Hollow Tribute (G&L’s take on a S/S Thinline Tele). Just never owned a MIM Fender. It’s a pretty decent guitar after a little setup TLC.

(This message was last edited by capnhiho at 08:09 PM, Sep 1st, 2018)

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Sep 2nd, 2018 03:14 AM   Edit   Profile  

Good point archiestone. I believe all the Tribute models share the same nut width, neck profile and radius. (12")

I'm sure the "one size fits all" neck specs con-tributes (see what I did there???) to their lower price point.

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ejm

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Sep 2nd, 2018 12:12 PM   Edit   Profile  

GP has reviewed them many times. I don't recall a "bad" review.

They did a multi Tele shootout a couple of decades ago. They rated the G&L among the best of the best.

Just gut feel here, but their resale value seems to be not so good. Which only matters if you're selling it, of course.


gdw3

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Sep 2nd, 2018 12:15 PM   Edit   Profile  

I owned a modded ASAT Tribute. It was just ok, but I never got to hear the original pickups.

I've tried USA-made models in the store a few times, and was always impressed by them.

gdw3

LA-la-land, CA

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Sep 2nd, 2018 12:18 PM   Edit   Profile  

Has anyone on here ever owned a model with the MFD pickups on them? I've always been quite curious about how much (if any) single-coil hum they had. Do they compare to P90s?


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Sep 3rd, 2018 02:58 PM   Edit   Profile  

I’m a telecaster guy. I have owned a ‘72 Fender, a top of the line Tom Anderson Hollow T, and a ‘97 Fender. I have moved on from all of the above in favor of G & L ASAT teles. I have a Classic, a Custom ordered Bluesboy, and a Classic S in three tone sunburst. Just great guitars IMHO.

Just recently sold my ‘97 Standard American Precision Bass. Wound up with a used G & L. LB-100, basically another Precision Bass except it also has the nuances that to me seem to make the teles and Precision’s a better product than the modern Fenders.

I set up my own rigs.

Don’t know much about their off shore products.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Sep 3rd, 2018 04:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Has anyone on here ever owned a model with the MFD pickups on them?"

The S-500 (strat) I had was equipped with the MFD's and I still have a strat set that was in my very first Warmoth-caster.

I haven't played them in a while but I don't recall them being any more or less noisy than alnico or other single coils.
It is worth saying that I did very thorough shielding jobs on both of those guitars though.

As far as sound, they're very good IMO but definitely different. They're ceramic magnets and are quite high output compared to your average vintage alnico SC's. I've heard them referred to as "hi-fi" and I sort of get that.

The beauty of the MFD is each pole is adjustable and you can really fine tune them. To me they sound every bit as "stratty" as the most classic strat sound you'll hear.


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Tone is in the lingers
Sep 3rd, 2018 05:00 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have GAS every time I see this...

Tribute ASAT in Orange

Mick Reid
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Australia

American-made in Oz!!
Sep 3rd, 2018 08:08 PM   Edit   Profile  

"Tribute ASAT in Orange"

What's up with the logo there???

They just used a mirror image of a righty! Hah!!

(This message was last edited by Mick Reid at 02:16 AM, Sep 4th, 2018)

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Sep 4th, 2018 03:26 PM   Edit   Profile  

I played one (Strat type) back in ‘85. I don’t remember much about it other than the setup was fantastic.

They’ve stayed off my radar since. No particular reason.


Itchy
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Sep 4th, 2018 07:17 PM   Edit   Profile  

G&L and Heritage are two companies whose instruments’ fit and finish have completely floored me, but as many of them as I’ve tried, every one has left me cold. After a while I just kind of gave up. Lovely, well-made instruments, just not for me.

langford
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Sep 4th, 2018 08:48 PM   Edit   Profile  

I only know the ASATs, but I can say I love ‘em. Unlike Rev Rob, I think the neck profile is perfect.

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