The G&L ASAT Classic Fullerton Standard is the company’s latest version of its Fullerton Standard model and notches up a tenth year for this instrument. With some decent specs at a fair price, this might be one to watch for all fans of T-style guitars…
Plenty of twang
What you are getting here is a modern, updated version of the Telecaster with a few distinct tweaks, albeit still with plenty of traditional Tele-style twang in the mix. The Classic Fullerton Standard comes in two finishes: Vintage White and Spanish Copper Metallic. Both models feature hard rock maple necks.
The hardware is all nice high quality stuff and includes brass saddles on the bridges and 12:1 ratio sealed tuners on the headstocks. Those 9.5″ radius maple necks are fitted out with 22 medium jumbo, Jescar 57110 18% nickel silver fretwire and so I would expect them to play smoothly enough, especially as they use a Plek machine at the G&L factory to finish them off.
Pickups-wise, they are fitted out with a set of ‘Leo Fender designed’ G&L MFD single coils. These have a bit more output than, say, a vintage-style single coil, but should still give you the classic twang you would expect from this style of guitar.
Coming in at around the $1000 mark, I think you will get a lot for your money, especially considering they are built in the USA. Each guitar comes in a G&L gigbag, which keeps costs down. To be fair, I use gig bags more than hard cases these days anyway, as they are just more convenient for getting around.
For the money these are a great alternative to the big ‘F’. This is a guitar you should go check out when they start hitting dealers. These are going to be short runs and so these two finishes won’t be around forever, hopefully enough of them will make it over the Atlantic for European players.
RRP: approx $1000
G&L Classic Fullerton Standard page