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What is this thing? Well, first the facts. Only little is known about the mahogany version of the Bluesboy proper. First the name: I merely duplicate as it appears in the “Special Editions and Non-Production ASAT style guitars” table on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website; hence the space in the name as also used for the Buffalo Brother Special Edition (see my ’Contour’). But in the remainder and elsewhere, I’ll refer to it as the “hog Bluesboy” as it has become known among G&L aficionados. Second, the limited production run in May-June 2005 of 28 of these hog Bluesboys was used to work out the kinks with the new CDC machines purchased by G&L around that time. The body outline, the pickup, control cavity, and neck pocket routing were all done by CDC. Not everything though. The arm contour was (and still is) done by hand, as is a lot of finishing and set-up work. The 12” radius mahogany neck has a rosewood fingerboard. This Clear Red finished guitar is a true ASAT Classic, with a boxed-steel 6-saddle bridge and the usual traditional sized, Tele-style MFD in the bridge. But instead of a Seymour Duncan ‘Seth Lover’, you’ll find a ‘59 (SH-1N) humbucker in the neck; an interesting choice given the background of why the ‘Seth Lover’ was chosen for the original Blues Boy Special Edition. But then again, Seymour Duncan itself is claiming that the ’59 “[w]orks especially well with mahogany bodies and rosewood fingerboards”. And guess what we have here! The link provided above claims this model should be equipped with a (hand-wound) G&L AS4250B (like on my ASAT Deluxe). It is possible that those are out there, but the 2 examples of the hog Bluesboy that I know best both have an ’59. Unlike the HB (or other hog models built around the same time), this model came with the standard thermoplastic hardshell case. Beyond the link above, no other information is available.

 

G&L ASAT Classic ‘blues boy’ Mahogany

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2005

Serial number:    CLF36555

Neck date:         none, marked ‘Extra’, ‘ASAT’, ‘clear’, ‘RD’

Body date:         MAY 11 2005

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

I had this particular guitar on my radar for a long time. While looking though the above mentioned list of non-production ASAT style guitars, I tried to locate one online and kept the bookmarks. For the hog Bluesboy, I found a hit on the MyGuitarsOnline.com website. For the next 2 years the guitar didn’t move. The price went up over time by $500 though and I felt bumped. Then in January 2011 another one was for sale in Minnesota: a guitar previously owned my fellow GbL’er Darwin Ohman. But that deal fell though because the new owner required pickup. Still, the one on MyGuitarsOnline.com hadn’t moved and now after Easter 2012 the price came down: first by $100, then another $100, then another $200. And that was enough for me. And the wait was worth it: a beautiful guitar. A very nice touch is the use of a vintage-style top hat switch tip on the pickup selector. The big surprise are the pups. The ’59 is a great pup in this body by itself: warm tones, nicely overdriven when so desired. The vintage Tele-style MFD is OK but not as nice as in an ash body. There is still spank but the increase mids temper all of that a bit. But it is clear that Tim and Seymour picked the right combination for the original Blues Boy. The pups are not very well balanced and the mid position is my least favorite setting. But at least now I know ...