Either one of these points is plain rubbish. And being from Austria how many G&L's have you seen ? Own any?
I have 2 of each here, and they are the same. What nicer woods do you get on a G&L ??
Yes I live in Austria and we do have something called Music Stores ... I am not living on Mars. That aside almost 100% of my guitars come from the US as the dollar is so weak compared to the Euro that importing guitars is much much better. The older guitars: most of them I bought in Germany, mostly one of the big dealers and setup by a luthier in vienna (some even rebuild).
Now from my past guitars (only Strats):
- Blade Texas Special (had 2 of those, great guitars)
- American Standard Strat (Vintage white with Maple Neck)
- American Standard Strat (Black with Rosewood Neck)
- Clapton Signature
- Lukather Signature
- 2 G&L Legacy (one Dark Cherryburst one a Special Edition Tocacco Burst)
Now I give you that I did not play a G&L the last 2 years, as I sold both to finance my JEM. But as far as Strats go these 2 were absolutely stunning.
As far as woods go, they sounded much better than the Fender, which is of course a mix of wood and pickups. By better woods I also did not mean the type of wood but the quality grade wood that is involved and that remark came from my luthier who did the setups, fretjobs and rebuilds.
Those guitars are only the tip of the iceberg by the way. I am an old fart who had LOTS of guitars over time, Strats, LPs, V's, Jacksons, ESPs, Blades, PRS, Eggles, EBMMs and some more unknown stuff (hell you could count G&L into that category, as most kids still think that Fender is owned by Leo and the poor fellow is dead now...).