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Tony F



Long Island, NY

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Jan 16th, 2018 02:26 PM        

Anyone familiar with this model. Mahogany T body with two in house P90's<br /> I'm looking for an affordable guitar with P90's and much prefer a Fender type guitar over a Gibson type.<br /> I asked a friend who's a guitar tech and he said he loves G&L guitars but not the pups.



Mick Reid

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Australia

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Jan 16th, 2018 03:13 PM        

Tony, I've not played that particular model, but can attest to the quality and value of the G&L Tribute series instruments.<br /> <br /> They are MI Indonesia and nicely built.<br /> I don't have a problem with the G&L pickups, I think they sound great. I believe the Tribute pickups are made to the exact same specs as the US G&L, but overseas (not sure of the COO) instead of USA.<br /> <br /> I think the pickups some people dislike are the MFD single coils. They are ceramic magnets and are def different than alnico. Again, IMO, just different not bad. They're quite hot.<br /> <br /> Those P-90's in the ASAT Junior II are alnico but can't comment on their tone or performance.<br /> <br /> Hope this helps at least a little bit.



Tony F



Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Jan 16th, 2018 05:27 PM        

thanks Mick.<br />



L. Nedmundo



Philadelphia

Jan 16th, 2018 06:03 PM        

I have a few USA G&Ls and have played a bunch of Tributes, but unfortunately not that model. The quality of Tributes is generally very high, in some cases truly rivaling US-built instruments. I once tried a semi-hollow ASAT Bluesboy Tribute that was just phenomenal. If it had been a regular ASAT with the neck single coil, I would have bought it.<br /> <br /> Some of the Tributes are heavy though, so watch for that. I've encountered heavy Fallouts in particular. Some Legacies have basswood bodies, and aren't so bad, and maybe these mahogany Juniors are OK too. I just don't know.<br /> <br /> Mick is right that the MFD pickups are polarizing, but you don't have to worry about that with the Junior. (I love MFD bass pickups, but I understand why some aren't crazy about the guitar MFDs.)<br /> <br /> In short, I agree with your friend. If you had asked me about a reasonably-priced Fender-style guitar with P-90s, I would have made the same recommendation.



Mick Reid

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Australia

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Jan 16th, 2018 06:37 PM        

"I've encountered heavy Fallouts in particular."<br /> <br /> Interesting. My Fallout is light as a feather. Mahogany body. That said, I had the S-500 (also Mahogany) that was pretty beefy but not extreme.<br /> <br /> The S-500 is one guitar from which I have seller's remorse. Don't know what I was thinking :^(<br /> <br /> edit to add: both were Tribute models



Tony F



Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Jan 17th, 2018 08:12 AM        

I'm confident it's a nice guitar. My concern is that P90's will sound like P90's that's the reason for buying this guitar. I got a crazy deal on a 2015 Gibson junior and the P90 on it was horrific. Didn't sound anything like a P90 the tone was very thin.After some research I learned Gibson modded that pup to be much brighter or in there words sparkle. Seems in 2015 Gibson entered the Twilight Zone. Oh and lets not forgot that auto tuning abomination and brass o fret. Point is I just want it to sound close to a vintage P90.



L. Nedmundo



Philadelphia

Jan 17th, 2018 08:22 AM        

Check out this description of G&L's P-90 in the neck position of an ASAT Bluesboy 90:<br /> <br /> http://www.upfrontguitars.com/G-and-L-ASAT-Classic-Bluesboy.html<br /> <br /> IMO, this dealer provides especially good descriptions of G&L instruments.



Tony F



Long Island, NY

When you come to fork in road take it
Jan 17th, 2018 02:04 PM        

Thanks L.<br /> This is exactly what I'm afraid of. Many P90's today are tweaked versions, why this is I certainly don't understand.<br /> I don't want a P90 with more sparkle and less mid and tighter bass I want a P90 that sounds like a P90 ie 1957 LP Junior. Fender P90's don't sound like P90's the present Gibson P90's don't sound like P90's and according to the link you posted these aren't either.



Mick Reid

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Australia

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Jan 17th, 2018 03:09 PM        

At the end of the day, a pickup swap is an easy, inexpensive (typically) mod to get a sound you're chasing.<br /> <br /> If you don't like the stock pickups, get some you know you will.<br /> The guitar itself is a good quality instrument and I think you'd happy with that part of the equation.<br /> <br /> Also, at the price point of the Tributes, a new set of pickups isn't going to be a significant investment and completely reversible.<br />



L. Nedmundo



Philadelphia

Jan 21st, 2018 09:10 AM        

I was just perusing Fender's site, and encountered the semi-hollow Jim Adkins JA-90 Telecaster Thinline. It looks amazingly cool, and perhaps it would do the trick. Too bad most dealers don't carry less traditional models like this:<br /> <br /> https://shop.fender.com/en-US/electric-guitars/telecaster/jim-adkins-ja-90-telecaster-thinline/0262350521.html#start=1



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