G&L USA Custom ASAT Special, Butterscotch Blond, Maple Neck
This is the most recent heart-throb for the boys at Backstage. Butterscotch blond ASAT Special, single-ply black pickguard, maple neck... This a cool ride.
When this arrived, the body was so well matched we thought it might be a one-piece body, so we called G&L to see. Turns out it is a two-piece, but the grain matches so well it's very hard to see it.
The pickguard has a clear plastic film over it to avoid scratches, so if the pickguard looks a little dull in the photos, that's why. The owner gets to peel off the clear film.
Here is what G&L has to say about USA ASAT Specials:
The G&L ASAT® Special just might be the quintessential G&L guitar, viewed by many as Leo’s ultimate single-cutaway. Back in 1985, Leo Fender† launched this model under the G&L Broadcaster name, which prompted a response from Fred Gretsch of Gretsch Guitars over the name just as it had thirty-five years earlier. History buffs will recall that the Broadkaster® name is owned by Gretsch, and once again, a Broadcaster from Leo was required to have its name changed. This time around, the name became "ASAT" which is US military shorthand for an "Anti-Satellite" missile.
The ASAT Special, as the model became known, features jumbo single-coil Magnetic Field Design™ pickups, each with a narrow bobbin aperture for a coil which is shallow yet wide. In this regard, an MFD™ jumbo single-coil is similar to a P-90 or Jazzmaster® pickup, yet the MFD principle provides a punchier bottom end and brighter top end sparkling with harmonics. Leo further departed with the past with the addition of his innovative Saddle-Lock™ bridge which transfers string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredibly resonant instrument. The result is one of the most versatile guitars ever, serving up ballsy twang to searing blues to smooth jazz tones.
Founded by Leo Fender in 1980, G&L USA instruments continue to be made in the historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the Birthplace of Bolt-on™.
- CONSTRUCTION: Bolt-on
- SCALE: 25 1/2"
- PICKUPS: Leo Fender†-designed jumbo G&L MFD™ single coils made in Fullerton, California
- BODY WOOD: Swamp Ash
- NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Maple Fingerboard
- NECK PROFILE: G&L Modern Classic with 9 1/2" radius
- NUT: 100% natural bone
- FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, Jescar 57110 18% nickel silver
- TUNING KEYS: 12:1 ratio, sealed-back
- BRIDGE: Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock™ with chrome-plated brass saddles
- CONTROLS: 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone
- NECK FINISH: Vintage Tint Satin Neck Finish
- CASE: G&L Branded Deluxe Tolex Hardshell (Black with White Trim)
- Weight of this specific ASAT is 8.65 pounds.
- Nut width is 1 11/16".
As with all instruments at Backstage Music, it's okay to call us and ask for an in-hand description. We'll be glad to do that for you, and we'll also shoot some video if you'd like to see that before you buy.
Broadkaster is a registered trademark of Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises, Ltd. Jazzmaster is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive "hook" headstock design, Saddle Lock, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.
† The personal name, likeness and signature of Mr. Clarence Leo Fender are property of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. and may not be used in any commercial capacity without prior approval. For enquiries regarding the use of the "Leo Fender" name, likeness or signature, please contact us. G&L is not associated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.