G&L Tribute Series ASAT Junior II review

The (p)-90s were the best...

  • £410
  • €509
  • $672
There's more than a touch of the Les Paul Junior about the ASAT Junior II

MusicRadar Verdict

Built for rocking out, the Junior II is really the quintessence of G&L's ASAT design.


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    Warm, punchy tones. Ideal for rock rhythm players.


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    Poor upper-fret access. Neck stain.

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With its off-red Irish Ale finish and body shape, G&L's ASAT Junior II looks identical to the recently-reviewed Tribute ASAT Deluxe II from a distance.

But superstitious readers fearing the ill fortune a doppelgänger brings can relax; with two P-90 soapbar pickups, the Junior is a different beast entirely.

Anyone who's had some fun on a Les Paul Junior will see the logic at play here in introducing a P-90-equipped variant of a classic.

"The Junior has a warm and punchy tone, gutsy and raw through an overdriven amp"

Of course, there's no coil-tap, so comparatively, the Junior II loses a few points for tonal versatility, but it is more than game for handling high-output rock with plenty of character of its own.

The Junior has a warm and punchy tone, gutsy and raw through an overdriven amp, with precise, bright and sharp cleans. G&L is good for its promise that bridge and neck pickups are output-balanced; there's no dropout when switching between them mid-song.

We're not so keen on the ASAT's hard-rock maple neck, which is glossed and stained a mucky yellow colour that's somewhere between mustard and nicotine.

A brutish heel where the neck is bolted on inhibits access to frets 18 to 22, but only just - and really, who cares?

This guitar is most comfortable serving up the fives and sevens in pursuit of pentatonic pleasures; it seems built for rocking out without giving too much thought to what you're up to.

Jonathan Horsley

Jonathan Horsley has been writing about guitars and guitar culture since 2005, playing them since 1990, and regularly contributes to MusicRadar, Total Guitar and Guitar World. He uses Jazz III nylon picks, 10s during the week, 9s at the weekend, and shamefully still struggles with rhythm figure one of Van Halen’s Panama.