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Since this site intends to tell the G&L ASAT story, there are a couple of guitars where one might claim the collector has gone overboard. This may very well be one of them. You bought a guitar because of the string tree position? In the remainder I will try to convince you at least an exceptional specimen was added. Because it is likely an employee guitar, it has many transitional features; some of the old and some of the new. First of all, use of soft maple for the body on standard models practically ceased during 1987 with only a few leaving the factory until 1991. To have a 2-piece flamed maple body on an ASAT built in 1989 is even more exceptional. A very similar 1990 specimen can be found on Greg Gagliano’s ggjaguar.com website. Second, yes, that string tree moved down close to the low-E tuner somewhere between March and September 1988. And whereas most ASATs with lower string tree are missing the (large) “by Leo Fender” script decal, this one still has it. But on the other side, instead of a truss rod with a bullet nut this guitar already has the more countersunk version with a Allen hex-nut G&L transitioned to over 1989. Otherwise this is an absolute beauty. The all black hardware, including Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge, black wrinkle powder-coated pickguard and black chromed Sperzel locking tuners, looks stunning on this finish. The hard-rock maple #2 neck has a beautiful 7½” radius rosewood fingerboard. Of course, all of its sonic power is still derived from the 2 Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups found on all ASATs. The wiring is the same as for the Broadcaster, with CTS 250k Audio Taper potentiometers, 200pF disk capacitor on the volume, and 6.8kΩ resistor with .100μF cap on the tone. More information on the current ASAT Special can be found at:

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

 

G&L ASAT (low string tree position)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1989

Serial number:    G026002

Neck date:         MAY 19 1989

Body date:         APR 26 1989

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

Like the 2nd style Bahama Blue SC-3, this guitar was previously owned by Brandon Vestal. After some negotiations we reached a deal to the satisfaction of all. This guitar is beautiful, heavy, and loud! Amazing sound from the MFDs on this one especially when dialing the volume down. My wife has stated this is her favorite in the collection. Everything an ASAT should be.