The world of yowhatsshakin

 
 

This Limited Edition is inspired by a beautiful piece of wood gotten from a friendly supplier and finds its roots in G&L’s Savannah Collection produced by the Custom Creations Department (CCD). The piece of wood is a slab of flamed Port Orford cedar (Chamaecyparis lawsonia), also known as Lawson cypress, a species native to Oregon and parts of California. According to Spencer Brown, the shop was able to get 10 1-piece tops out of it and decided to use them for a “Special Run [of] ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-Hollow[s]”. The Savannah Collection is reflected in the use of a chambered, semi-hollow Okoumé body in Whiskey finish. Combined with the cedar top finished in  Natural Satin Frost, it gives each instrument a stunning look. The bridge pickup is the usual Tele-style Magnetic Field Design (MFD) bridge pickup but combined with an uncommon neck pickup. Instead of the usual Seymour Duncan ‘Seth Lover’, or even an ’59, one finds a Jazz (SH-2N) humbucker with the coil-split option in use. The 5-way pick-up selector allows one to cycle through the following combinations: 1- neck, 2- neck split, 3- neck hum + bridge, 4- neck split + bridge, 5- bridge. Otherwise it is the standard single volume and tone on a chromed control plate, no pickguard (of course), hard-rock maple neck with a 9½” rosewood fingerboard, 1¹⅟₁₆” nut width, and closed G&L stamped machines. When these Limited Editions were built in February/March 2017, neck production methods had just been changed leading to the disappearance of the headstock ‘birthmark’. G&L also stopped using the brushed aluminum S/N plate in late-2016, for a short time using water slide decals again, before they started to laser-etch the S/N into the back of the headstock using walnut stain to make the “CLFYYMMnnn” format with “Fullerton, California” underneath stand out. Hopefully this will help to thwart the attempt to pass off Tribute-series instruments as American made. Lets wait and see! Each of the Limited Editions has an additional “n of 10” etched in the headstock but no CCD logo. No other information is available on this model.

 

G&L ASAT Classic bluesboy Semi-Hollow Okoumé w/Port Orford cedar

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2017

Serial number:    CLF1703059 (#2 of 10)

Neck date:         none

Body date:         none, marked ‘A’, ‘WB’

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

The series was announced on April 12, 2017 on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website and Facebook (FB). Each of the 10 guitars went to a different dealer. But it just so happened that the #2, featured in the aforementioned announcements, was going to a familiar dealer: Martin Music Guitars in Memphis, TN making the decision which one to go for real easy, even though it wasn’t #1. During the week, all others showed up on either GbL, FB, eBay, dealer website, and/or Reverb. From the different pictures, and judging from the slant of the flames, it looks like some tops are bookmatched with tops on other guitars. The weight of this guitar comes in at a mere 5lb 8oz. Wow! The acoustic sound is already very resonant. And when amplified, the variation in tone achievable with the 5-way selector is mind boggling. From sharp country twang to creamy notes and a lot in between. This model is a worthy addition and I’m happy I have one of the few. But I do not like some of the specs, especially where it concerns the neck. This beauty is not my “youngest” G&L only because the Doheny w/DFV, with similar 9½” neck radius specs, has a new kind of MFD pickup.