#1
I want to get a strat or a tele, cheap. I am debating between Fender or G&L. Mexican Fender or G&L tribute (where are these made?).

Anybody got any opinions? (let the debate begin...)
#2
I have a G&L. Its not a tribute but a Legacy Special. This is definitely the best guitar i have ever played, but of course Fender makes great guitars too. You should try both and then decide but i think you cant go wrong really...
#3
They are kinda different in feel and G&L Legacy guitars are supposed to be better than Mexican Fenders, though that's debatable IMO.

You'll have to decide yourself anyway.
#4
G&Ls are great guitars. They sell them in the shop I used to work at, and I always found myself picking them up when it wasn't busy. I really liked the Tribute Strats. Can't recall where the Tributes are made, but they're definitely quality guitars.

On the other hand, MIM Fenders are excellent guitars too. There's not much that separates the MIM from the MIA guitars, other than being constructed south of the border. Similar parts, similar QC, but much lower price.

Either way you're going to get a good guitar. As PapaSchumpf said, try them both out and see which you prefer.
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#5
the tributes are made in the far east somewhere... indonesia maybe? seem to recall that vaguely...
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#6
G&L's have a different feel than a Fender. You can't really go wrong with either one of them though, they both are quality guitars for the price.

I personally prefer Fender to G&L but you could be the total opposite. Try them both out and see how they feel to you, that's all that matters really.
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the tributes are made in the far east somewhere... indonesia maybe? seem to recall that vaguely...


they are indeed made in indonesia.
#8
I'd say get the one that you like the most.

There is not an appreciable difference for us forum guys to make the call. They're too similar in quality, and it'll come down to whichever individual guitar you enjoy the most.

That being said, I personally like Fenders because I love the classic styling, as opposed to the more modern G&L look, but I wouldn't turn down a G&L Commanche though.
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they are indeed made in indonesia.


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#10
^Yep, it's Indonesia. A couple of the newer models are made in China. The older Tributes were originally made in Korea.

I have a G&L Tribute Legacy HB (HSS Strat, not the newer HHH version). IMHO, it blows the MIM Strats out of the water. 2-point floating bridge, better looks, USA electronics/Alnico V pups, smoother feel, yadda yadda yadda.


(Not mine, but same model^)

Some of the other Tributes (ASAT, Comanche, S-500) have G&L's Magnetic Field Design pickups, which I believe are ceramic single-coils. I've played the ASAT Special and Comanche, which have a distinctly "glassy" sound. They're undoubtedly nice guitars, but go for the Legacy or MIM if you prefer a more vintage sound.
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I heard G&L have better quality control and are better value.

I'm generally not interested in the really big brands, like Fender and Gibson, you pay for the name, its all over-priced.

I've never felt like they are that much overpriced or that you simply pay for the name.
Furthermore I find it hard to find guitars that can compete with Gibson's and Fender's low, mid and high mid range series for the money tone-wise.
Features and comstetic-wise it's a different story: Far East made guitars dominate the EMG, Floyd, coil tapz, fancy quilt tops/inlays equipped guitar market IMO.