G&L Tribute Series ASAT Deluxe II review

  • £410
  • €494
  • $672

Tonal individual in a familiar form

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Our Verdict

Those who might have been considering an SG, LP or similar owe it to themselves to try this first.

For

  • Plays very nicely. Lush, thick tone. Coil-taps expand tonal options.

Against

  • Pickup selector is a little clunky.
Buying options

The G&L ASAT body shape is over 30 years old and is one of G&L's most-loved, most-recognisable silhouettes.

Its almost boxy profile recalls a Telecaster, but the sculpted bump on the headstock is unmistakably G&L; the ASAT Deluxe II is very much a guitar that's keen to do its own thing, encouraging its owner to do likewise.

"Few guitars at this price can compete tone-wise with the ASAT Deluxe II"

Though the finish is a little austere, with no binding or other aesthetic fripperies, and the three-way pickup selector slightly clunky, the ASAT Deluxe II's build construction is solid.

Parts can be replaced or upgraded on a whim; but you really need a guitar with some backbone, and with a slim C-shaped maple neck, bolted onto a handy slab of mahogany, a hard-as-nails TonePros locking C-TPFP bridge and CT1 tailpiece, the ASAT is one tough cookie.

With two tappable, vintage-voiced Alnico humbuckers in bridge and neck, there's a lot of tone to be had, too.

The ASAT Deluxe II plays quick and sounds lush and thick; its natural voice might best be articulated playing overdriven hard rock, but engaging the coil-tap opens up its throat for subtle blues and jazz tones that are bright but never lacking authority, from a guitar that's truly a stripped-down sophisticate.

It's also something of an individualist, too; few guitars at this price can compete tone-wise with the ASAT Deluxe II.

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Tech Specs

Circuitry Type1x volume, 1x tone w/ push/pull coil-tap, 3-way pickup selector
Fingerboard MaterialRosewood
Scale Length (mm)648
No. of Frets22
HardwareTone-Pros locking C-TPFP bridge and CT1 tailpiece - chrome
Available FinishIrish Ale only
Scale Length (Inches)25.5
Guitar Body MaterialMahogany
Pickup Type1x G&L AW4370C humbucker (bridge), 1x G&L AS4250C humbucker (neck)
Neck MaterialMaple