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G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar Transparent Black Rosewood Fretboard

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The Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar was inspired by a recently uncovered drawing of a prototype done three decades ago by G&L co-founder George Fullerton. The design represented Leo Fender's vi... Click To Read More About This Product

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Overview

The Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar was inspired by a recently uncovered drawing of a prototype done three decades ago by G&L co-founder George Fullerton. The design represented Leo Fender's vision for G&L's first 24.75" scal guitar with three tuners to a side. It was designed jointly by G&L's longtime VP of engineering, Paul Gagon, and his close friend and former collaborator, Grover Jackson, founder of Jackson Guitars.

Although its DNA is full of rock guitar history, it breaks new ground for G&L: it has a set neck, a Leo-inspired headstock with three tuners to a side, and a 24.75" scale to put it squarely on the classic side of the rock'n'roll stage.

Add in a TonePros tailpiece and coil-tapping humbuckers specially designed by Gagon, and you have a gorgeous, high-performance rock guitar that's simultaneously strikingly new and steeped in rock guitar history. Case sold separately.

Features
  • Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Maple Flame
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C modern
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Set-in
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 12"
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Trapezoid
  • Nut width: 1.687" (42.8mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Gagon designed humbucker
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: Gagon designed humbucker
  • Brand: G&L
  • Active or passive: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: Push/pull tone control
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: Coil tap
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: Tune-o-matic
  • Tailpiece: Stopbar
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast
  • Color: Chrome
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Pickups
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None
  • Country of origin: Indonesia
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Limited 10 year warranty on all guitars.


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G&LTribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar
 
4.6

(based on 36 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (26)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (32)
  • Good tone (30)
  • Fun to play (26)
  • Good pick up (20)
  • Solid electronics (18)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Practicing (24)
  • Jamming (23)
  • Recording (15)
  • Rock concerts (11)
  • Small venues (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (21), Novice (8), Professional musician (5)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Right out of thebox

This thing was set up perfectly right out of the box. Nice tonal range and simple operation. Push/pull knob changes pick up configuration as advertised. For the low price you get a...Read complete review

This thing was set up perfectly right out of the box. Nice tonal range and simple operation. Push/pull knob changes pick up configuration as advertised. For the low price you get a whole lot of well built guitar, which is a G&L Tribute hallmark. I played a few MIM and lower end USA Fenders, and USA Gibsons (studio) while looking for a classic rock ride with humbuckers, and this blows them all out of the water in terms of sound and build quality. Sure, you could get a better guitar if you wanted to spend a whole lot more cash, but in my particular situation it wasn't necessary. My second G&L.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great Guitar w/ Quality Control Issues

I'm a long-time G&L player and I own an ASAT Classic, a Legacy, and the Ascari with P-90s (which is fully awesome), so when I saw this one on...Read complete review

I'm a long-time G&L player and I own an ASAT Classic, a Legacy, and the Ascari with P-90s (which is fully awesome), so when I saw this one on sale, it was an easy decision to order it. When I got it, I plugged it in and it sounded great. It also was surprisingly playable right out of the box with nice low action, no fret buzz and decent intonation- which was surprising since these Indonesian guitars don't normally come with a good set-up.

Now the bad part. I soon noticed there were a variety of cosmetic issues with the guitar, most notable was a nasty cloudy haze covering most of the headstock, underneath the finish. Also, the control knobs were both set crooked, and there were a couple minor defects in the finish and hardware too. Due mainly to the visibility of the headstock blemish, I elected to exchange it for another one, and Musician's Friend was very accommodating.

Now the really bad part. The second one I received had the same ugly blemish on the headstock. In fact, I never even played it because I knew it would be going back too. This guitar also had been poorly packed and was missing the styrofoam disc that should've covered the 3-way switch. Possibly because of that, the lid of the box had been pushed down against the bridge to the point where the strings and saddles had shredded though the foam bag.

I initially asked for yet another replacement, but when I saw how many 'open-box' items there were available, I thought better of it and requested a refund instead. I think these issues might be widespread and sending a third guitar back would've been a big hassle. Its too bad because if it had not been for these very avoidable quality control issues, this Ascari would've made a sweet addition to my collection. C'mon G&L, you can do better.

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5.0

Great Guitar!

By CaptainAJ

from Clinton, UT

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Small Venues

    Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

    I absolutely love this guitar! This is my first G&L and I'm glad I jumped on the sale and picked this up. Beautiful finish and flame maple veneer. This guitar feels great, much like an SG. Setup was almost perfext out of the box with only minor tweaking required. The pickups are wound very hot, so I did have to lower them to get my desired tone. No regrets purchasing this guitar. I'll probably upgrade the tuning machines, pickup switch, and push-pull tone pot down the road, but as-is this guitar plays, feels, and sounds great. If you're looking for a great guitar with a feel between an SG and a Strat, and the great tone and crunch of humbuckers, get this guitar.

     
    5.0

    amazing guitar at an amazing price

    By jeffrey

    from Venice, florida

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

      I was amazed how well this guitar was made..flawless...set neck,perfect finish,so we'll made,you seriously can't find alot today,made this well,at this price point.

       
      5.0

      Great Instrument!!

      By MH

      from Chicago

      About Me Professional Musician

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

      First of all KUDOS to MF!!! I purchased a scratch & Dent, and was only concerned with play-ability. I did not care about some playing scratches as I leave lots of playing scars on my guitars (it's all part of having an aggressive right hand picking technique, and putting lots of hours in). This guitar in trans-black was perfect, and is one of the very few (playing > 40 years) that I did not have to setup before I could play it!! And BTW....I could not find scratches...so...already leaving my own !

      The guitar sounds and plays great....the pickups are real decent and will probably stay (another rare event for me not to swap them out). The rest came out of the box perfectly (frets, neck, truss, the important stuff, etc.).....It's definitely a keeper, and with the 24 3/4" scale, it is just what I wanted for a dual Humbucker alternative to my many Strats !!!

      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Great Guitar!

      By NRV PAUL

      from Pearisburg, VA

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

          This a great guitar for the price. I have had mine for a couple of years and enjoy it a lot. I play it just as much as my Gibson and Paul Reed Smith guitars.

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Tribute Ascari GTS - Great Value

          By Barry

          from West Windsor, NJ

          About Me Novice

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Pick Up
          • Good Tone
          • Solid Electronics

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

              As a novice player I did not really know what to expect. I tried some inexpensive electric guitars in the past and was disappointed. However, the moderately priced G&L Tribute Ascari GTS is great. It's easy to play, has wonderful tone and after having it checked by a GC luthier, it required no setup. More experienced players tried it out while I was at GC and were pleased with the quality, craftsmanship, sound, and ease of playing it.

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Great Guitar w/ Quality Control Issues

              By Rosco Silver

              from Utah

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

              • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording
              • Rock Concerts
              • School Bands
              • Small Venues

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

              I'm a long-time G&L player and I own an ASAT Classic, a Legacy, and the Ascari with P-90s (which is fully awesome), so when I saw this one on sale, it was an easy decision to order it. When I got it, I plugged it in and it sounded great. It also was surprisingly playable right out of the box with nice low action, no fret buzz and decent intonation- which was surprising since these Indonesian guitars don't normally come with a good set-up.

              Now the bad part. I soon noticed there were a variety of cosmetic issues with the guitar, most notable was a nasty cloudy haze covering most of the headstock, underneath the finish. Also, the control knobs were both set crooked, and there were a couple minor defects in the finish and hardware too. Due mainly to the visibility of the headstock blemish, I elected to exchange it for another one, and Musician's Friend was very accommodating.

              Now the really bad part. The second one I received had the same ugly blemish on the headstock. In fact, I never even played it because I knew it would be going back too. This guitar also had been poorly packed and was missing the styrofoam disc that should've covered the 3-way switch. Possibly because of that, the lid of the box had been pushed down against the bridge to the point where the strings and saddles had shredded though the foam bag.

              I initially asked for yet another replacement, but when I saw how many 'open-box' items there were available, I thought better of it and requested a refund instead. I think these issues might be widespread and sending a third guitar back would've been a big hassle. Its too bad because if it had not been for these very avoidable quality control issues, this Ascari would've made a sweet addition to my collection. C'mon G&L, you can do better.

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great guitar for the money!

              By lmccat

              from Las Vegas, NV

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

              This is a great guitar for the money! Don't let the small price tag fool you. It's well made and has great feel and sound. I've been wanting humbucking pickups on a guitar, and this one has it... however, the coil tap feature is also fantastic giving you single coil sound versatility. The only complaint I have is a little bit of fret buzz, but a setup should fix this problem.

              (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Not bad for the money

              By CECIL

              from Southfield, MI

              Site Member

              Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

              I love Les Pauls, but I was looking for something different. This fit the bill, and I purchased it when it was on sale. It's a decent guitar for the money; thin neck, easy upper fret access, coil tapping versatility, comfortable to play... It doesn't have the heft of a Les Paul (both in terms of weight and sound), but then again it's not a Les Paul. I ultimately decided that it wasn't for me, but it was a decent guitar and I'm glad that I tried it out.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing value!

              By BMAC72

              from Peoria, IL.

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Solid Electronics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Rock Concerts

                Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

                Why pay more.. this is an amazing guitar at an amazing price! Buy it on sale and you can't go wrong. :-)

                (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS

                By Smokinguitars

                from Tracy, CA

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Extremely Budget Friendly
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Great look

                Cons

                • Input Jack Loose
                • Required Extensive Setup

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing
                • Recording
                • Small Venues

                Comments about G&L Tribute ASCARI GTS Electric Guitar:

                Looked great out of the box. The finish and lines were spot on. It did however require quite a bit of setup to get it playable. The truss was so far out it took 2 days of adjustments to get the neck straight. Once that was dialed in, I for the bridge height and intonation set and it now plays beautifully. The pickups are a bit different and immediately I thought I'd be dropping in some DiMarzios, but after jamming through a practice session with the band, it really cut through well and I think I'll be keeping it stock. The guitar looks great and plays great. I am planning on replacing the push/pull knob and input jack as they seem cheap and I don't trust them.

                All in all, if you have the know how to setup a guitar, then this is an extremely great value and plays nice. It's a good gig guitar.

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