2015 G&L ASAT Tribute "Bluesboy" 3 Tone Sunburst & New Hard Case
What a lovely G&L Tribute this is in near mint condition. It came in a part exchange last week. These G&L Tribute models are now made in Indonesia & I have to say they are a superb Telecaster. Lovely woods. Well finished & with really nice pickups. This one needed a string change, Fret polish & oil & a set up when it came in but it's now playing really nicely. There are a few minor scratches & playing marks but it has been little used & is a really nice guitar.
Here's some history & info from the web
Clarence "Leo" Fender sold his eponymous company Fender in 1965. He designed and produced instruments for Music Man in the 1970s through his company CLF Research. When relations with Music Man soured, G&L was created to continue operations apart from Music Man. The G&L name comes from two founders' first names, George Fullerton and Leo Fender.
G&L instruments are similar to the classic Fenders, but with some modern innovations. They are built at the same facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California that produced the early Music Man instruments. G&L instruments are not widely distributed but are highly regarded by many musicians and collectors. The relatively small scale of production further allows for more custom options that are not possible on larger production lines. The Tribute range of G&L are built outside the USA, firstly in Japan then in Korea and Indonesia
Leo Fender and George Fullerton created improved designs over the years, with the most advanced being featured in G&L instruments.:
The Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups use a ceramic bar magnet in combination with soft iron pole pieces with adjustable height, instead of the traditional Alnico magnet, and allow a player to set the pickup output per string, as opposed to the entire pickup as a whole in traditional single-coil pickup designs.
MFDs are known for their distinctive tone, which combines clarity, high fidelity and power with an airy "sweetness".
Before 2003, Tribute guitars were briefly produced in
Japan for non-US markets, shifting to South Korea.
The pickups used are all originally made by G&L in Fullerton, California.
Here's what G&L say about the ASAT Classic Tribute Bluesboy model
The G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy is a factory-modded version of Leo’s final word on the traditional single-cutaway bolt-on axe. For players looking for the unmistakable warmth of a classic humbucker in the neck position, the Bluesboy delivers with a well-balanced pairing of a G&L alnico humbucker and a single-coil G&L Magnetic Field Design bridge pickup designed by Leo Fender.
Framed in a classic boxed-steel bridge, the single-coil MFD bridge pickup delivers crisp attack with complex harmonics while individual brass saddles offer modern levels of intonation refinement. Flip to the neck ‘bucker and you’ll discover all the charismatic warmth you could ask for. Put ‘em together and you’ll find yourself immersed in exploring the limits of this guitar’s surprising versatility.
The Tribute Series ASAT Classic Bluesboy is dripping with mojo at a price attainable for every working musician. Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, you’ll never look back.
Here are some specifications:
G&L ASAT Tribute Bluesboy
Scale: 25 1/2"
Pickups: G&L AS4255C Alnico Neck Humbucker; G&L MFD Single Coil Bridge Pickup Made In Fullerton, California
Body Wood: Swamp Ash
Neck Wood: Hard-rock Maple w/ Rosewood Fingerboard
Neck Width At Nut: 1 5/8"
Neck Finish: Clear Satin
Neck Radius: 9 "
Neck Profile: Medium C
Frets: 22 Medium Jumbo, Nickel
Tuning Keys: 18:1 Ratio, Sealed-back
Bridge: Traditional Boxed-steel Bridge With Individual Brass Saddles
Controls: 3-position Pickup Selector, Volume, Tone
Hard Case: Thomann Black Plain (Can be upgraded)
As stated many times, due to courier damage, all my guitars are shipped in hard cases (usually new) this one being a plain black one. I do have a tweed option and these are a little dearer (Extra £12). If you prefer that, please email me for details. If you are collecting, I'm happy to knock off the price of the case (About £30) & I may even have an old gig bag you can have to take it away in
So to sum up, an excellent guitar from G&L Japan. This model is impossible to find here in the UK unless you import it. Why not play something that's just a little bit different?