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Discussion in 'Telecaster/Esquire Forum' started by Hillsy, Dec 4, 2019.

  1. Seamus OReally

    Seamus OReally Senior Stratmaster Silver Member

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    My amazing "Tele" has 3 hum buckers and a five way switch.... but it started life as a Squire Vintage Modified, made in India, and I would play hell finding an expensive Tele I liked better.
     
  2. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

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    I did all of my country gigs with this guitar in the 90s:

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    ASAT Classic prototype bought at G&L.

    Here's the things that are different from a Fender Tele:

    The bridge. Six piece instead of three.
    The pickups. The MFD pickups are ceramic and very hot. Mine had a Schaller humbucker in the neck. Dale told me Leo was po'd after it was built. He only wanted to use his designs.
    The neck. Very flat radius, 22 frets.

    Dale also told me that Leo was equally pissed about having to build guitars that were reminiscent of the Strat and Tele. He didn't like going backwards, and he thought the original ASAT design was the natural progression of his earlier work. Those early ASAT's are great guitars.
     
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  3. Antstrat

    Antstrat Senior Stratmaster

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    Bit of history right there, hope you still have it.
     
  4. fezz parka

    fezz parka Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Nope sold it. It was built for Keith Richards. After Keith thanked Leo in his RRHOF acceptance speech in 89...G&L wanted him to try one of the new ones. Mine was one of 4 they built.
     
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  5. heltershelton

    heltershelton BANNED Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Build one....exactly how you want it.
     
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  6. Hillsy

    Hillsy Strat-Talk Member

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    Thanks everyone, will be doing some testing of all models mentioned when i get a chance.
     
  7. scooteraz

    scooteraz Strat-Talker

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    Two generic answers.
    1). Mexican (value for price point)
    2) Build your own (parts from any number of sources).
     
  8. FenderBender99

    FenderBender99 Strat-Talk Member

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    Classic Player Baja. Hands down.
     
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