Upgrade Or Move On? (tele-ish)

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  1. Gagoosh

    Gagoosh Well-Known Member

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    I recently acquired a G&L ASAT Deluxe Tribute. It is beautiful, has a carved top, it's lightweight, has coil split humbuckers... what's not to love?

    Quite a bit, actually.

    First and foremost, the pickups are lackluster. They sound fine at home but really have issues cutting through a live mix.
    Secondly, the controls and switch feel cheap.
    Third, even though it keeps tune fairly well, I would like to install locking tuners.

    So my question is... should I keep and upgrade or move on to a better quality tele?

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    I had one but sold it for some reason and miss it. I like the pickups. Put one of the bridge pickups in another guitar I own. But I only play at home. Pickup sounds like a cross between and Les Paul and Tele. More like a hot Tele in the Strat style guitar I put it in. Don’t remember if it was the volume or tone that did the splitting, but it did feel cheap. If it just feels right playing it, mod it. If not, move it along. And if you are looking for a typical Tele tone, that guitar is not it.

    Mine was a red one. Owned a few G&l’s at the time. Miss that one and the blue one. 026FAF1E-0DD2-4411-8230-9D8B0C8BCF82.jpeg
     
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    Gagoosh Well-Known Member

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    Not really looking for a typical tele tone, my goal is to have humbucker power and a somewhat single coil option with splitting. The major factor here is weight... I'm starting to play out more and the 12lb Les Paul is killing my back!
     

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    The necks on those are nice and those pickups do split well. Never liked any other hum-bucker split before. They are passable. I played one night in a Cajun band with those pickups split and they worked fine. I know what you mean by weight and if I remember right, that guitar is light. I picked up a Peavey Strat style guitar a while back that is extremely light and is in heavy rotation now.

    Get one of the winders here to make you a set of pickups or look at Guitar Madness pickups for something less expensive. You could probably sell the stock pickups for more than what you would pay for the GM pickups.
     
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    Keep it & mod it!
     
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    DonM Well-Known Member Supporting Member+

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    I vote to keep and mod also.
     
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    Like my lawyer said, "it's cheaper to keep her."
     
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    I'd personally go for the upgrade.
     
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    Upgrade! If the body and neck suit you and they seem too why not turn it into the guitar it deserves to be?
     
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    I would probably get the new tuners and pickups and replace the electronics while I was at it. I had one of those and traded it a while back. It was a good guitar, but I had the same impression of it that you do. If I didn't have so many other guitars around, I would have definitely made it work for me. I would love to try some TV Jones Starwood Humbuckers in a Tele like that.


     
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    Keep and mod, that's what I'd do.
     
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    I tend to keep anything tele-ish and mod
     
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    Upgrade. That is a nice guitar


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    I usually go by the neck and looks of the body. It is a beauty for sure, if the neck feels good to you, then I would just mod it out to your taste.
     
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    Why bother keeping a guitar that isn't AT LEAST

    A, one of the greatest necks you've ever played?

    And secondarily B, one of the greatest sounds you've ever heard?

    Life's too short to spend time with any guitars that aren't beyond excellent. Sell em all, keep only those which are magic.
     
  16. Frankenfretter

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    I love my ASAT Jr. II
    I bought it without pickups, and immediately installed the Harpmaster P90s I had on hand. Fantastic guitar, and outstanding pickups. There is nothing I don't love about that guitar.
    I would upgrade.
     

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