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Eric Martin runs Martin Music Guitar in Memphis, TN. He sold me ‘The Wrangler’, one of Johnny Garcia’s pieces of art. And clearly being appreciative of the quality G&L offers, he had his store commission some Special Edition runs to be retailed out of his store. In mid-2014 an announcement appeared on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website of a run of ASAT Classic with a Jason Lollar Charlie Christian pickup in the neck. Wow! That is quite an interesting combination. This kind of pickup first appeared on the Gibson ES-150, made famous by the great guitar player of yore, and in effect is one of the first pickups commercially available. And something must have been right with this pickup for it still to be sought out now almost a century later. The guitar I selected sounds great and looks the most like an old-time jazz box. The swamp ash body has both top and back binding, Tobacco Sunburst finish, and b/w/b pickguard that esthetically looks fabulous with the Charlie Christian. The traditional boxed-steel bridge houses the Magnetic Field Design (MFD) bridge pup. The pickups are hooked up to a 3-way pickup selector, single volume control, and a single tone control with a special .047μF Orange Drop capacitor for an expanded tone control sweep. The Vintage Tint Gloss C-profile #1 hard-rock maple neck has a 12” rosewood fingerboard. The only relevant webpage I could find is the one on the Martin Music Guitar website, which will stay active as long as instruments are in stock.

 

G&L ASAT Classic Charlie Christian ltd

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2014

Serial number:    CLF070054

Neck date:         none, marked 'AC Blues 90’, 'Tob Sunbrst', 'BWB', 'BB', 'VTGN’,

                         '* see spencer for info’, '315620-10'

Body date:         none, completion date on spec sheet 4/4/14

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

The reason for picking this one is given above already. When the announcement was made in August 2014, it was the only (double-)bound Charlie Christian Ltd available. The guitar looks great, but how does the Lollar sound. Lots of definition, creamy, some of the most beautiful lows I have ever heard. I played some Bill Frisell stuff on that pup and with some slapback echo the thing just sounds gorgeous. It also blends very well with the Tele-style MFD the ASAT Classic is famous for. Funnily enough, I received the December 2014 issue for Vintage Guitar Magazine the same day with Bill featured. Guess what? He has a Rick Kelly Tele-style guitar with Lollar Charlie Christian pups. Who knew? Wonderful guitar especially at lower volumes.