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Buckeye Country, USA

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

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



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

Peegoo rates them somewhat near P-90 territory. <br /> 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. <br /> So, if you've played a Jazzmaster with P-90's, then you'll have a good idea of how they sound. <br /> At least that's my take on them.


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Roisin, I wanna

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

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        

I only have experience with the strat versions of the MFD and those sound great IMO.<br /> <br /> Quite hot compared to other single coils of similar specs (5k ohm) but sound every bit stratty to my ears.<br /> <br /> 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.<br />


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Vero Beach FL

Tbird Greg
Nov 28th, 2017 05:52 AM        

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        

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.<br /> <br /> 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        

Cuz we said you need it. <br /> <br /> You’re welcome in advance.


Buckeye Country, USA

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

I'm sure that'll work. :o)<br />

L. Nedmundo


Nov 28th, 2017 03:43 PM        

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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> I think you need it!

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