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FDP Forum / Miscellaneous and Non-Fender Topics / Opinions on G&L MFD pickups?


Buckeye Country, USA

Motorcycles, Guitars, and Golf
Nov 27th, 2017 06:14 PM   Edit   Profile  

I've been eyeing a G&L ASAT Classic Tribute but I can't try before I buy. Does anyone have experience with these pups? I've watched a lot of YT clips but I wanted to hear from folks I trust.

I've read they sound 'different' than conventional Tele pups but I can't really hear the difference in the clips.

(This message was last edited by LeftyMeister at 08:15 PM, Nov 27th, 2017)



Why do I keep fixing things that work?
Nov 27th, 2017 06:25 PM   Edit   Profile  

Peegoo rates them somewhat near P-90 territory.
Because of their low profile and wide bobbin, they are said to have a P-90 bark and while placed in a Tele configuration, they retain a little brighter tone, giving them some authoritative but slightly mellowed edge.
So, if you've played a Jazzmaster with P-90's, then you'll have a good idea of how they sound.
At least that's my take on them.

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Roisin, I wanna

fight your father
Nov 27th, 2017 07:55 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, to my ear they are somewhere between a typical Fender tone and a P90. They're a bit fatter sounding.

Mick Reid
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American-made in Oz!!
Nov 27th, 2017 10:53 PM   Edit   Profile  

I only have experience with the strat versions of the MFD and those sound great IMO.

Quite hot compared to other single coils of similar specs (5k ohm) but sound every bit stratty to my ears.

Sorry can't help with the tele versions, but will also add that G&L are great instruments. Even the Tribute Series are terrific. I've owned 2, still have one.

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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Nov 28th, 2017 05:52 AM   Edit   Profile  

I have an ASAT Tribute with these pickups and I like it a lot. Lots of Tele twang, less noise, to my ears.


Buckeye Country, USA

Motorcycles, Guitars, and Golf
Nov 28th, 2017 10:08 AM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks, all! If I didn't like the pups, I could always swap them with the Lollars in my Mex before I were to sell it. I love those pups.

Now I just need to convince the wife why I 'need' this guitar. :oO

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Life makes a man tired.
Nov 28th, 2017 10:49 AM   Edit   Profile  

Cuz we said you need it.

You’re welcome in advance.


Buckeye Country, USA

Motorcycles, Guitars, and Golf
Nov 28th, 2017 03:24 PM   Edit   Profile  

I'm sure that'll work. :o)

L. Nedmundo


Nov 28th, 2017 03:43 PM   Edit   Profile  

I have two G&L basses with MFD pickups, and a Comanche guitar. As a general rule, MFD pickups will sound thicker and have more output than their conventional Fender equivalents. That's true for my SB-2 bass relative to a Precision, and my Comanche (and the S-500) relative to a regular Strat. Some think they can sound harsh, but I think it's just their output and wide frequency response, which IMO open up different opportunities. That's certainly true with the Comanche, on which you might use positions 2 and 4 when you wouldn't with a regular Strat.

I haven't spent much time with the ASAT Classic, but my impression is that it's a bit thicker sounding than a regular Tele, so it doesn't have quite as much twang. It's awesome though. The ASAT Deluxe with the larger pickups doesn't sound much like a Tele to me, so if you want something in the Tele neighborhood definitely stick with the Classic.

I think you need it!

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