My guitar collection - G&L

 
 

What the heck is this? Well, just another ASAT Classic with a good story worthy of being written about even though I do not own this guitar. The technical details are pretty mundane. A modified ASAT Classic with a soft maple body, finished with just sanding sealer as was common the case for prototypes, white enamel aluminum pickguard, ASAT Classic Magnetic Field Design (MFD) bridge pickup in the ASAT Classic 6-saddle bridge, Schaller humbucker in the neck position, chromed control panel with the 3-position pickup selector, volume control, and tone control, hard-rock maple (pre-BBE) #4 neck with 25” radius rosewood fingerboard, 1¾” nut width, and Sperzel closed tuning machines. This prototype has no webpage but is prominently displayed in this post by its current owner on he Guitars by Leo (GbL) website. But stick around for that good story told below.

 

ASAT Classic ‘Keef’ prototype

The story behind this guitar

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Believe it not, this prototype was built by G&L for the one and only Keith Richards. Mr. Richards is of course famous for wielding 5-string Telecasters with illustrious names like ‘Micawber‘ and ‘Malcolm’, each of them with the neck single-coil pickup swapped out for a humbucker. After Pete Townsend so memorably inducted The Rolling Stones into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame in 1989, Keith made headlines by thanking Leo Fender first in his acceptance speech since without Leo there would be no tools for a rocking guitar player. What most do not know is that Leo had a guitar waiting for him which Keith was supposed to collect around the time of the ceremony. But for reasons unknown this never happened. So this guitar, aptly nicknamed ‘Keef’, became part of the G&L fire sale which took place just after Leo had passed away. Not as part of the initial inventory, but fezz parka, the handle used by a member of the Telecaster Discussion Page Reissue forum, asked soon to be retiring Director of Sales Dale Hyatt whether any one-offs or prototypes were available. Dale showed him this guitar in a back room and it promptly changed owners. At that occasion the buyer also heard the story Leo rather would have used an F-100 or G-200 MFD humbucker in the neck position instead of the Schaller. But alas! Still, the neck humbucker technically makes this an ASAT Classic Bluesboy about a decade before that model was introduced by Tim Page! Jason Hieb (aka Katefan on GbL) is its second owner and provided me with all the info, in part using his original correspondence with fezz parka. It should be noted that while staying with Jason, ‘Keef’ spends a lot of time with another rather famous pre-BBE ASAT nicknamed ‘Char’, which has her own fascinating story. Hope to see ‘Keef’ soon for a physical ...

The story behind this guitar

1990

G026677 (not in collection)

FEB 21 1990

JAN 03 1990

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