My guitar collection - G&L


Although ‘Port & Chocolate’ has an Alnico pickup in the bridge position, it is a DiMarzio, not an ASAT Classic Alnico as one would find on other G&L Alnico models. I know of only 2 guitars that have such a bridge pickup combined with a Seymour Duncan (SD) Seth Lover (SH-55N) humbucker in the neck: this guitar and one featured in a July 15, 2015 post on Facebook (FB) by G&L Musical Instruments with S/N CLF072272. With the exception of a different pickguard pattern and S/N, these 2 guitars have identical specs, both with chambered swamp ash body, that is semi-hollow without f-holes. This implies they also share the Sunset Coral finish which had initially appeared on an ASAT Z-3 from 2011 (S/N CLF062396) featured on the prototype page of the old G&L website. The previous 3 are listed with Sunset Coral being a test color. But this rare finish became generally available in April 2021 starting with a Doheny (S/N CLF2104155), an ASAT Classic Bluesboy (S/N CLF2104170), and an ASAT Special (S/N CLF2104201), upping the total. But why test such a color? In some places coral is the traditional gem for a 35th a wedding anniversary. But in the end, G&L’s 35th Anniversary Collection released in 2015 was offered in Emerald Green Metallic, a reference to the more traditional gemstone for such an occasion. The guitar has a nicely contrasting tortoise pickguard, chrome plated control panel with volume control, tone control, and 3-position pickup selector. The hard-rock maple #1c neck has a 12” rosewood fingerboard with Jescar Vintage 43080 frets, 1⅝” nut width, and Sperzel closed tuning machines. For the non-Alnico version of a Semi-Hollow ASAT Classic Bluesboy, please visit:


ASAT Classic bluesboy Alnico Semi-Hollow

The story behind this guitar


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The first time I learned about this guitar was in this post on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website by member rogerh. During the summer of 2017, I tried to contact him through the forum to see if he wanted to part with the guitar since it was a missing factory provided pickup combination. Guess my surprise when in early-2018 this guitar appeared on eBay offered by Roger Hausmann. Perfect! What is interesting is that this guitar precedes the FB guitar by 5 in serial number. Roger claims he bought his guitar at Dave’s Guitars in 2014, well before the summer of 2015. And indeed, as indicated by the spec sheet below, the guitar was completed 12/4/2014. An interesting side note is that before I received this guitar, both the color and model name were not available in their respective dropdown lists in the GbL Registry. Thanks go out to webmaster Craig Dewey to make that happen. He even added “Special Build” to the model name to accentuate the uniqueness of this guitar and its twin. For the sound? Two words: rock solid. And given that the SD Seth Lover is a fairly low output pickup with only 2 conductors, using a split-coil push-pull tone knob for the bucker would likely be a waisted experiment.

The story behind this guitar



none, marked ‘AC Blu S-H #1C’, ‘Sunset Coral’, ‘Tort VF’, ‘321515-16’

NOV 20 2014

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