My guitar collection - G&L


Just when you think you are done collecting all ASAT pickup configurations as released by the G&L factory, they throw in a new model with a heretofore unused configuration. This is the case here. However, it is not just the pickup configuration that makes this particular guitar special. This one is built by David (Dave) Brown in the G&L Custom Shop, which started in 2018 as the continuation of the Custom Creations Department. Its 2 pickups, a G&L AW4368C humbucker in the bridge position and a G&L AP4285CR P-90 in the neck, are set in a beautiful Cherryburst swamp ash body sans pickguard with wood binding for the top and body contours on both the front and rear. They are controlled by a wiring harness consisting of a 3-position pickup selector, volume control, and push-pull tone control to allow the coil-split of the bridge humbucker. It should be noted the ‘C’ in the bridge pickup designation denotes its chrome cover, not the Cream mounting ring to match the neck pickup cover. It has a Saddle-Lock bridge, not the boxed-steel bridge with 6 saddles listed on the original Custom Shop spec sheet. The “Chrome Pickguard Screws” mentioned for trim parts on the same spec sheet does not make much sense either. The hard-rock Eastern maple neck has a Satin Clear finish, rosewood fingerboard with 9½” radius, pearl dots for position markers, Jescar Medium Jumbo 57110-S stainless steel frets, 1¹¹⁄₁₆” bone nut, and G&L branded closed tuning machines. And while there is no model decal on the front of headstock, this omission is more than compensated by the presence of a Custom Shop logo on the back. Since this is effectively a one-off, no other information is available nor do I know of any plans to make it a production model.


Custom Shop ASAT Classic Bluesboy 90 HB

The story behind this guitar


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When this guitar was featured on eBay, Facebook, and Reverb after its completion on 5/24/2019, it was clear this was an ASAT pickup configuration not yet covered in this collection. Hence, on the Wishlist it went. And given these circumstances, isn’t it nice when dealers come to you with an offer for a change? That is what happened in early-2020. The folks at UpFront Guitars in Franklin, MA dropped me a message on Reverb with an offer that was impossible to refuse. They are even trying to have the sloppy spec sheet corrected by contacting G&L. This model followed the purchase of the Fallout of the following page which has a very similar pickup configuration. Beyond that, it being the first Custom Shop model, it also contributes to the “Serial Number” section with its special format. More to come soon.

The story behind this guitar





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