G&L VS Fender

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  1. needlespauls

    needlespauls V.I.P. Member

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    Ohhhh man. Tough one for me. I'm drawn to Fender certainly by its original design and the mojo that goes with them. BUT, G & L in the end just seems a bit more solid, I love that they are way less dime a dozen and more hand made. The most impressive guitar that I've had in my hands from either company (not many) was probably the EJ Fender Strat, but my overall favorite in looks, feel, and sound was the G&L ASAT Classic in Butterscotch. Just an absolute rocker/blueser!!! Built like a tank.
     
  2. notoperational

    notoperational MLP Sponsor

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    I had a USA Fender Tele and when I played a G&L I had to trade it in that day it was so much better. Not even made in the same country.
     
  3. alpinestudio

    alpinestudio Senior Member

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    I hear G&L are going out of business. Is that true? It'll be a darn shame if it was!
     
  4. Blues Power

    Blues Power V.I.P. Member

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    bought this baby a few weeks ago. IMO you cant go wrong with any of the G&L's
    only thing is they used to be less then Fender now theyre about the same if not more in some cases.

    this baby rips and weeps out thick fat blues. build quality is superb

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  5. coldsteal2

    coldsteal2 V.I.P. Member

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    G&L Basses are great, i have one on loan when my
    maple Rickenbacker 4001 was stolen

    The pickups are really good on them
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  6. Bluesman53

    Bluesman53 Junior Member

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    I just registered having just seen your question so that I could hopefully help (unless you already bought). I own both Fenders & G&L's. I love all of them for their unique sound, feel and quality. G&L I feel has better QC unless you are talking Fender Custom Shop and even then I have seen two of those not meet up to the price they ask for the Fender customs. That said, I own Fender Clapton and Johnson strats, Amer Deluxe and Thinline Tele's, G&L S-500, Legacy, Asat Special and Bluesboy Custom guitars, along with a Gibson SG/335, Epi Sheraton and Casino, and 3 Martins and 3 Taylors (yes I play out a lot). Each is a great and unique guitar to me. I have to play and feel each before I buy. I do't do EBAY as I need to feel a connection and know that I will be able to bond with the guitar. It is going to speak and be an extension of my emotion, feeling when I play it. Bottom line, try each out. To me, the G&L's have hotter/stronger pickups (MFD's), but both were created by the same man, Leo Fender as we know. I hate to see the battle between the owners of either, because they are really brothers from the same creator. Good luck.
     
  7. Bluesman53

    Bluesman53 Junior Member

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    I own a similar color setup in my Legacy HB and have always received great compliments even though I only play it and didn't make it. G&L has made a big hit with this model / color combo.
     
  8. MissoulaGriz

    MissoulaGriz Senior Member

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    I have an 87 American Standard Strat and a G&L ASAT Custom Classic. All I can say is that the American made G&L's rival any custom shop guitar I have ever laid my hands on. The fit and finish, choice of hardware and electronics are simply impeccable. In all honesty, the only reason why I keep my Fender is for pure sentimental reasons. If I didn't have so much history with that guitar I'd sell it in a heartbeat and buy another USA G&L.
    On the other hand, I recently acquired a 62 AVRI Jazzmaster that I would not sell for any amount of money. Its fit, finish and playability is right there with my G&L ASAT.
     
  9. Leumas

    Leumas Senior Member

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    ...but it does have his first name on it. :thumb:
     
  10. sohamorrohit

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    That's silly cause it has Leo's FIRST name on it. :p
     
  11. The Refugee

    The Refugee Senior Member

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    My old teacher has a G&L. They seem like a pretty quality guitar, even without the Fender name.
     
  12. Morkolo

    Morkolo Senior Member

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    I like G&L's but have lucked into a couple of really good Fenders that I would have bought regardless of the name on the headstock.
     
  13. pedersenkirk

    pedersenkirk Senior Member

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    I'd love to get a nice ASAT Special but quite literally no dealers in Vancouver sell G&L guitars. I'd rather not deal with the internet to buy something sight unseen. Kind of a bummer because they'd have an instant customer in me.
     
  14. mudfinger

    mudfinger Thanks for the memories! V.I.P. Member

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    I prefer Fenders, with the original synchronized tremolo and safety post tuners.

    Not a damn thing wrong with G&L, either. :thumb:
     
  15. AngryHatter

    AngryHatter Senior Member

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    Same guitars.
     
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  16. gtimach1

    gtimach1 Senior Member

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    I have both and find them to be pretty comparable. I ended up getting a G&L Legacy, because they didn't have vintage blonde in a Fender for lefties.
    I also have an American Standard Strat.

    Then I ordered basically a custom G&L ASAT "Bluesboy" with all the features I could never find in a lefty Fender Tele.

    I also have an American Standard Tele that is a wonderful playing and sounding instrument. I give the G&L an edge on visual impact and features, but both guitars are a dream to play.
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    Fender on the left/ G&L on the right

    Here's a picture of the G&L showing the binding.
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    Here's the G&L Legacy. Stock, except for the blackshell pickguard.
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  17. tele-bastard

    tele-bastard Senior Member

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    Try a bunch... including MIM (made in mexico).. I used to buy only MIA's but I like the value.. bang for buck of the mim... as well as the quality control. They have been building there for 25 years and the workers are the same unlike the california plant.
     
  18. tele-bastard

    tele-bastard Senior Member

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    Thats a vote for Fender.
     
  19. kfowler8

    kfowler8 Senior Member

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    I had a chance to get into a lefty G&L for a great price in the late 90s. I regret I never did. My old roommate had one. Great guitar. Never owned one but I've always had a very positive view of them.
     
  20. Eric Smith

    Eric Smith Senior Member

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    No one has put up a holy necro post yet?

    So we are comparing both of Leo's companies.....hmmmmm.

    I will say this, I have loved every G&L I have ever played, but I can't necessarily say that for every Fender.
     

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