The world of yowhatsshakin


To celebrate the introduction of the “Leo Fender-designed and Paul-Gagon specced” Alnico single-coils, G&L released a 100-instrument run of the ASAT Classic Alnico Launch Edition and 50-instrument run of the ASAT Classic ‘S’ Alnico Launch Edition. These guitars do not have any markings associated with the Custom Creations Department (CCD) and, notwithstanding their limited availability, are neither a CCD Limited Edition nor CCD Special Build. A Western Sugar Pine body with rear-contour has a custom Autumn Burst finish designed by long-time G&L employee and master painter Malcolm McLamore. The #1 hard-rock maple neck has a 12” East Indian rosewood fingerboard and 1⅝” nut width. This particular guitar, which was completed on 10/12/2012, underwent 2 modifications after it had left the factory. First, the stock Alnico pickups have been replaced by a set of  Lindy Fralin ‘Stock Tele’ pickups. Second, the standard closed G&L branded tuning machines have been changed to Schaller Locking tuning machines. For more information on the unmodified version, consult this archived page:


G&L ASAT Classic Alnico Launch Edition (Fralins)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2012

Serial number:    CLF065775 (one of 100)

Neck date:          none, marked ‘ASAT Cl’, ‘Alnico L’, ‘30628F’

Body date:          none

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

As the sole exception in my collection, this guitar does not have the original pickups. Since the original pups were part of the deal, as well as the original tuning machines, it can always be reversed to stock. However, these upgrades are worth quiet a bit. Given what I paid D-Town Guitars in Doylestown, PA, it comes to about ¼ of the price of the guitar. And it has to be admitted that some of the special features on this guitar can be found in other instruments in my collection too: ‘Port & Chocolate’ is a prototype with a Pine body and the GbL LE-2 is the only other model which got the Autumn Burst finish. A beautiful looking instrument nevertheless. When measuring the DC-R values of these Fralin pups, the values are not too dissimilar to those of the stock G&L Alnico pups on the Alnico prototype. The neck has a higher value (7.17kΩ vs. 6.97kΩ) whereas the bridge pickup is lower by about as much (6.59kΩ vs. 6.80kΩ). They do sound balanced though and achieve the same goal: more definition with slightly less ice-pick. No need to revert (yet).