My guitar collection - G&L


Instead of releasing a single Anniversary model, as done previously, G&L’s 30th Anniversary is the first to be commemorated with a collection having several guitars and basses in the lineup. The traditional gift for a 30th wedding anniversary are pearls hence G&L use of a Pearl Frost finish with matching headstock. The 30th Anniversary ASAT Classic is part of the original lineup before it was extended. It has an alder body, ASAT Classic 6-saddle bridge, 3-ply White Pearl pickguard, 2 Magnetic Field Design (MFD) ASAT Classic pickups, 3-position pickup selector, volume control, and tone control. Unlike the previous Anniversary models, it has a standard neck plate. The #1 hard-rock maple neck has a 12” radius ebony fingerboard, Medium Jumbo 6100 frets, 1⅝” wide nut, and closed tuning machines with White Pearl buttons. Given the production was not limited to any number, there is no other indicator of it being part of the 30th Anniversary collection than the special water slide logo on the back of the headstock.


30th Anniversary Collection ASAT Classic

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For years, neither the 30th Anniversary Collection nor the 35th Anniversary Collection were of interest to me merely because they were just not exclusive enough. That notion remains to be completely justified for the 35th Anniversary Collection; the Emerald Green Metallic is available on any instrument leaving the extra logo on the back of the headstock as the only distinguishing factor. Things are only slightly better for the 30th Anniversary Collection. Yes, Pearl White is a standard finish. But Frost topcoats are rare and far in between. When I had ordered the Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Espada at the start of 2020 and started writing the chapter on Anniversary models and collections, I felt a slight urge to do a little more. And as explained above, only an instrument in the 30th Anniversary Collection would be considered. I found plenty of L-2000 basses on the many auction sites but they do not have my main interest. An ASAT Special was also available but being located in France provided its challenges. However, this ASAT Classic was listed on Reverb right around that time. Only then I realized the additional “benefit” of covering a range of MFD guitar pickups across the Anniversary guitars with the Jumbo MFDs on the 20th Anniversary model, F-100 MFDs on the 25th Anniversary model, Espada MFDs on the Custom Shop 40th Anniversary Espada, and ASAT Classic MFDs here. I got into contact with its now previous owner, Paul Mathis, and over the course of several weeks we worked out a deal. And how does it sound? Well, this being the last ASAT model added to the collection, lets keep it short: definitely a Classic!

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AUG 17 2010

D’Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound Regular Light (10-46)