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On his ggjaguar.com website, G&L expert Greg Gagliano calls this kind of ASAT a ”transitional example”. Although still sharing many features with the Broadcaster, several changes start to make the two distinguishable. Of course the 2 Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) single-coil pickups with a tone stack of single volume and tone controls and 3-way pickup selector switch are still there. No different for the black wrinkle powder-coated Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge, hard-rock maple neck with choice of 7½” maple or ebony fingerboard, U-shaped string retainer bracket, and black chromed tuning machines. But for instance, instead of a plastic guard, the  ASAT got a black crinkle powder-coated aluminum pickguard, with white becoming available later. Nor is the body always soft maple, a wood preferred by Dale due to its ease when applying coats in the finishing process. Gabe Dellevigne informed me that because soft maple is a closed pore species, one needs little sanding sealer and can hence speed up manufacturing and operate more economically. But this guitar has a swamp ash body in Natural Gloss finish to expose the grain and figure which requires more attention to do it right. And more changes lay ahead for the ASAT to morph into the ASAT Special. The modern day ASAT Special is referenced here:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/guitars/asat-special/index.asp.

 

G&L ASAT

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1987

Serial number:   G020565

Neck date:         APR 09 1987

Body date:         APR 14 1987

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

Second instrument I bought from Greg Seyka, 2 years after I did my ASAT Custom. Two things are striking. First, the guitar looks surprisingly good for its age; the Natural Gloss finish has this golden hue over it. Second, the guitar feels surprisingly comfortable, lightweight even. Haven’t really put her on the scale, so no hard data to support it. Just first impressions. But it makes that you like her right away. And much less surprising, sonically she does not disappoint. Wonderful, wonderful guitar and a great addition.