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If you have a single pup and twin pup ASAT Classic Alnico, you of course need a triple pup version. But these pups on this model! These pup are the supreme, delightful melange of all things George Fullerton and Leo Fender: Fender-era Fender and G&L-era Fender. The neck and bridge pickups are the traditional Alnico Telecaster pups as found on Tele’s since the early-1950s, although with some tweaks by VP of Engineering Paul Gagon as discussed for the ASAT Classic Alnico prototype. And in the middle you’ll find a Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity CLF-100 pup, as used on the Legacy and George Fullerton Signature models adding great quack for the neck+middle and bridge+middle positions. These pups are mounted in a alder Three-tone Sunburst body with the top binding, standard ‘S’ hardware and electronics, i.e. including the push-pull volume control to add the bridge+neck and bridge+middle+neck combinations, and 3-ply mint-black-mint pickguard. This instrument has a #1a hard-rock maple neck with 12” East Indian rosewood fingerboard, and gun-oil (TGN, now called Vintage Tint) finish. Although with a twist (see below), this is basically a production model and you can find more info on the G&L website at:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/guitars/asat-classic-s-alnico/index.asp.

 

G&L ASAT Classic ‘S’ Alnico

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2013

Serial number:    CLF066490 (2013 Winter NAMM guitar)

Neck date:          none

Body date:          12/19/12 (in pickup rout)

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

The first time I laid eyes on this guitar, I knew what companion to get for my ASAT Classic Alnico prototype. She showed up in pictures appearing in this entry posted January 27, 2013 on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website. The topic? The G&L booth for the Winter NAMM held between 24-27 January, 2013. I wrote G&L VP John McLaren right away about my interest for this instrument but never got an answer back. Then in mid-March, two Alnico S prototype models became available. Since the Alnico is a prototype too that would also have been some sort of a fit. But I still held out in hope for a positive answer and passed on those. Checking eBay late April, an Alnico S was offered by Music Store Live, in Burlington VT, and when I saw the pic I just knew. Comparing the wood figuring in the close-up picture in the GbL post with those in the pictures in their auction confirmed my suspicion. As shown below, the neck heel and neck pocket give little to no info. For that one has to peek in the pickup rout, a bath tub, where it states the body was finished on 12/19/2013. The spec sheet, with notable absence of PLEK number, indicates the guitar was completed 1/16/2013, just a week before the opening of NAMM. And what a great sounding guitar this is. Around the time of purchase, it was discussed on the GbL site whether an ASAT could sound like a Strat. In this case the answer again is no, but the pickups sound great by themselves and the in-between and combined sounds are delicious, with some quack but in an unmistakable ASAT way.