The world of yowhatsshakin

 
 

At the bottom of a picture I have of the first page of the copy of the sales log for Commemoratives which Dale Hyatt took with him shortly after his retirement there is an entry for #29. It was entered “11-18-91”, invoice “#4890”, #2 neck with rosewood board, with at least #28 also being part of that invoice. For both there is a cryptic “Y + P” in the purchase order column. Clearly not the guitar you see here since this #29 has the more common maple fingerboard. I was in for an even bigger surprise when I took the neck off. Turns out this one was assembled May 1993, the last week of official production for this model. Reminds me of the lower S/N’s for the Broadcasters, which were used just before production ceased either for instruments built for specific people within G&L and/or artists. Is that the case here? Not likely. In talking with G&L researcher Gabe Dellevigne I learned that it was not uncommon for G&L to repurpose a neck plate if an instrument was e.g. rejected by a dealer and returned, which is likely the case here. The dealer was sent a different instrument and the old neck plate went back into the bin. In this case, only to pop out way at the end of the production run. It definitely is an original neck plate, not one of the “# of 350” plates that BBE had in its possession at that time already. Otherwise this instrument is identical in look as my ASAT Classic Commemorative Edition w/rosewood fingerboard but with a couple of small differences. The #29 has a particularly beautiful piece of swamp ash for the body and the #2 neck is more curly flame than Bird’s Eye maple, and has gold G&L stamped Schaller machines.


Greg Gagliano features his maple fingerboard Commemorative on his ggjaguar.com website. For more, one is referred the ASAT Classic Commemorative Edition Registry on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website for additional information on this Rarebird.

 

G&L ASAT Classic Commemorative Edition w/Maple Fingerboard

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1993

Serial number:    29 (#29 of 1000, but likely 250 or less produced)

Neck date:         MAY 26 1993

Body date:         MAR 30 1993

Strings:              Optima/Maxima Gold Strings Electric Guitar Roundwound 2028 EL (9-42)

My second Commemorative, 29th ASAT shaped guitar (quelle apropos!), and 4th instrument I acquired out of the collection of Gary Maki who in March 2012 once more provided me with a New Old Stock (NOS) instrument. Like my other Commemoratives, this one is not really played a lot.  Once in a while I take it out of its case to enjoy the resonance and great sound of this guitar. It is one of those crazy idiosyncrasies of collecting. Sometimes you are not using an item for what it is intended just so it maintains its value. Oh well ...