The world of yowhatsshakin


How does a company decide on new models? Do they have a “skunk works” project? In the case of G&L, many of their current models were inspired/requested by the people that use the instruments: the players. The birth of the Broadcaster is a great example. In November, 1998, Tim Page of Buffalo Brothers fame, and great admirer of G&L’s, decides to have several special models commissioned to be sold exclusively out of his shop. The Blues Boy (two words) was his first design with an order placed in May 1999. Shipment started the following June to early adopters. Inspired by a popular modification made by players like Keith Richards (see e.g. his famous ‘Micawber’), his design for a new ASAT model calls for a humbucker in the neck position, and a traditional sized, Tele-style MFD bridge pickup. The controls are no different than any other ASAT. At first, he wanted to use a Seymour Duncan ’59 humbucker, but at the advice of Seymour himself, he settles for a (potted) ‘Seth Lover’ (SH-55N), which gives a better balance and a smoother sound in that famous middle position. Of the 32 Limited Editions built, 20 have a solid alder body (with a quilted maple top for #1) and 12 a semi-hollow swamp ash body, all in Three-tone Sunburst. All have top binding, hard-rock maple necks with gun-oil tinted finish, and various choices for the 7½” radiused fingerboard with vintage Dunlop 6230 frets: 5 maples, 14 rosewoods, and 1 ebony for the solids; 6 maples and 6 rosewoods for the semi-hollows. Like the ASAT ’50, this instruments has a TKL faux-tweed vinyl hardshell case, “G&L Special Edition” engraved neck plate, and special Certificate of Authenticity. This SE does not have a special web page on the G&L site since the Bluesboy (now one word) has become a production model. I have been lucky enough to be able to use Time Page himself for much of the information on this model but it is also discussed among the Rarebirds on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) site:


G&L ASAT BB (blues boy) ‘CONTOUR’

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  1999

Serial number:    CLF12095 (#9 of 20)

Neck date:         28(?) APR 1999

Body date:         date stamp illegible, marked ‘Rosewood neck’, ‘Tim’s Contour back’

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

One of the guitars that started a new product line that turned out to be a bestseller! Who would have thought? This is #9 (Tim’s favorite number!) in the series of 20 solids and has some unique traits. It is the only one of the complete lot of 32 that came with a rear body contour (introduced on the 1996-1997 ASAT Classic Custom) and an “Original Blues Boy” decal, specially designed by Tim and coining the name, although he wishes all of them would have had one. But alas! It is very clear why people like Keith would like this kind of modification. Almost any tone can be gotten with this beast. And again, due to the alder body, the sound is slightly different than my other Bluesboys emphasizing different harmonics and frequencies. With its versatility, it is no wonder the Blues Boy/Bluesboy has become a commercial success!