Price paid: $ 495
Purchased from: Ebay
Sound — 9
Great all around guitar if you love rock n roll, blues, jazz, country, if you have a decent head or pedal you can metal it up, but its not a shredder, that's why they made the foriano model. Using a Orange Dark Terror, with a Blues Driver, Metal Zone, Vox wah, Boss delay rarely, Electro-Harmonix reverb with clean tone through custom Frankenstein cab w two Celestion speakers. Pickups are great for stock, has a good bluesy, rock n roll squealer. With the humbuckers ability to split to single coil, you get a SG to Strat sound. Nice tone diversity, but range is a bit average. Pickups not to noisy, mite replace em, but they def do the job. If you like a wide variety of music, from blues to hard rock, alil country this ones killa. Pretty full sound for such a light guitar 7.lbs.
Overall Impression — 10
Perfect match. Been playin since 1988. Have had a few, but now I have a Jackson Dinky Japan model, Orange head and custom cab 2x12. Reverb, wah, distortion main effects. Color of the neck. Buy it again if someone jacked it. I love the way the neck fits my medium hands with short fingers. Love the looks, binding and trapizoid inlays, headstock is short and sweet. Chrome hardware looks great. Split coils, fav feature. Neck looks like Angus Young ordered it. Compared it to all manner of guitars, comp to PRS SE, but this guitar fits great standing up or sitting. Just needs a ebony neck. For the money you can beat it, the Epiphone/Gibson Tak Matsumoto electric guitar, the gold top is comparable, but the Epiphone comes with burst buckers. But the GNL is easier on the back, and a smoother player. But it was between these and a SE PRS. Best guitar for the buck ever that I've seen.
Reliability & Durability — 8
This guitar is light, so it needs to be handled gently for the most part. If you take it on the road get a hardshell case, but it seems like it would last a long time if you took care of it and kept it indoors. I personally think this guitar is brilliant, should increase in value, but the USA GNL purists probable will stick their nose up, but play one of these through a quality amp, and if you don't have long fingers and love to change tones while playing without changing guitars this is the one. Bring a back up if you go on the road, don't make people wait while you change a string.
Action, Fit & Finish — 8
Beautiful. Neck binding a lil sloppy but only if you break out tha magnifyn glass., good action from the factory, but a lil buz at the first frett. Needs a lil adj. Pickups above average. Nice chrome hardware, Les Paul style tone pros. Flaw on the binding by the plug in. Really sharp, everyone in the bar said it was a beauty. Neck should have been darker, to go with the black headstock and the black body. Medium frets set average but I give em an 11 on the frets themselves, really polished and smooth.
Features — 10
G&L Tribute Ascari GT trans red, beautiful guitar. Tone Pros locking tune-o-matic and stop tails, crome humbucker pickups, you can split em. With the chrome tone knob. Volume nob, bridge-neck toggle switch. Set neck, rosewood with trapezoid inlays.(looks like a SG\Yamaha neck with and 3-on-a-side tuners basic but quality and the middle ones are offset). Arched figured maple top, mahogany body and neck. 24.75" scale and 22 frets. White binding, red top black bottom. Seems like a quality nut.