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Rumor has it that ASAT stands for “After Strat After Tele”. However, George Fullerton (the “G” in G&L) claims that, in line with other military related model names used, it is just a reference to Anti-Satellite”. This name was adopted for the model with the large sized Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups after the Broadcaster name was dropped. Leo spent quite a large amount of time trying to improve on the single coil pickups he has always been associated with before he was able to come up with MFD’s. These pickups are warmer than the traditional Telecaster single coils as well as the P-90 for which they are frequently mistaken. To create a little more twang for the ASAT Classic, Leo developed the traditional sized, Tele-style MFDs, hand-wound with the same machine used at Fender Electric Instruments. The body of this guitar is a beautiful slab of swamp ash with Butterscotch Blonde finish, and has a 1-ply bakelite pickguard for a vintage look. The controls are as usual for a Telecaster: volume, tone and 3-way pickup selector, the “hat” version that is. The chrome plated boxed-steel 6-saddle bridge provides optimal control for intonation. The Bi-Cut neck is made from Bird’s Eye maple with a 12” radiused fingerboard and finished with a gun-oil stain for that antique look. For more information on this model, visit:


G&L ASAT Classic

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  1999

Serial number:    CLF12244

Neck date:         none, marked ‘Neckwork’, ’99’, ‘TINT SHINY’, ‘BE’, ‘CC’

Body date:         23 APR 1999

Strings:              D’Addario EXL115 Nickel Wound Blues/Jazz Rock (11-49)

One of my favorite guitars. It has that well known bark and snap. Tuning it in open-G was one of the watershed moments in my continuing journey to learn to play the guitar. All of a sudden a whole slew of Keef Riffhard stuff fell into place. ‘Honky Tonk Woman’, ‘Brown Sugar’, and about all of ‘Exile on Main Street’ sounded like it should. When deciding to get a Telecaster model, I could have easily gone with Fender. But this small store in downtown Seattle, The Zobrist, that I dropped by once in a while, only carried G&L. I still remember one of the first times I went down there. They had an orange ASAT Classic that sounded fantastic. In those days, being a “lowly” paid post-doc, I just didn’t have the means to buy one yet. But when it became possible, I custom ordered this guitar and tried to make it as much 1952 as I could. Yes, that included the after-market ashtray I’m not ashamed to admit. And although I should have ordered it with a tweed case right away, I did find one in excellent condition. Every time I pick up this guitar, switch my TriAxis to the Rhythm Clean channel, it makes me ‘Happy’. Which is usually the first tune I’ll play ...