Left Handed G&L Tribute ASAT & Legacy Guitars
Well as part of my renewed focus on all things left handed (well left handed guitars at least!) I checked my catalogue for the left handed ASAT and Legacy guitars, only to find…. no sign! I can only apologise - This however is now remedied of course. As you may know I am putting together a list of my personally recommended left handed guitars here.
The G&L Tribute Legacy is the benchmark guitar for anyone wanting the strat tone on a budget of around £500.
The nearest thing Fender produce at this price point is the Fender Mexican Standard Stratocaster – which PALES into insignificance if you do an A/B test. The Mexican made standard is purile / sterile both tonally, visually and in terms of feel. The G&L however gives you an ash body, hand wound custom pickups – the EXACT same pickups you get on their £1500 American produced guitars and stunning quality bridge/tremolo designed by Leo Fender.
Unlike Fender who stick on sterile, unbranded pickups – they do this so that potential Fender buyers can see the point in upgrading – they don’t want the £400 to be “too good” or why upgrade?
With the G&L Tribute series Legacy and ASAT models you are getting the very best money can buy at the price – it NEEDS to be because it doesn’t have Fender written on the headstock which Fender know will sell their guitar 100-1 regardless of whether it is the best or not. I however am appealing to the 1 out of the 100 that wants the best guitar for the money – and not the badge.
Lets not forget who created the the Fender & G&L. Leo Fender. Leo Fender died producing G&L guitars, long after he sold the Fender brand on to CBS who then dragged the name through the mud when profit took over from quality.
To this day I see Fender guitars as totally fine instruments in their own right, built to a price, but if you gave me a choice of a Fender or a G&L as an instrument – I would chose G&L every time. American Standard Stratocaster at over £1000 or G&L Tribute for half the price? I know which I would take.