The world of yowhatsshakin


In early-2008, a total of 60 ASAT Classic Bluesboys w/spalted maple top were built by G&L’s Custom Creations Department in the context of the Special Build program. This guitar was such an (esthetic) success that in May 2008 another batch of spalted maple was purchased and used to create 100 Legacies and L-2500s. And the spalted maple top ASAT Classics were augmented to a total of 100 guitars too. But the addition 40 instruments would be a mixture of Bluesboys and Classics proper. It might still be a total of 100 ASAT Classics were produced, but the data in the GbL Registry shows 3 ASAT Classic w/spalted maple top guitars with sequence numbers #91, #93 (this guitar), and #96, so it might even be there are at most 10 of them in existence. A swamp ash body with a back contour is used as the substrate for the spalted maple cap, all finished in Clear Natural. It comes equipped with 2 traditional sized tele-style MFD single-coil pickups, and 3-position pickup selector, volume control, and tone control, all rear-loaded. As a nice bonus, the neck is Bird’s Eye maple (in clear finish this time) with a 12” East Indian rosewood fingerboard, Dunlop Medium Jumbo 6100 frets, and non-locking Sperzel tuning machines. Whereas the spalted Bluesboy came in a molded hardshell case, the Classics came in a tolex hardshell case. In addition, they were issued with a Factory Tour DVD and (Limited Edition!) Silver Certificate of Authenticity signed by Efrain Meraz, the G&L Custom Creations Director at the time. Although there is no specific listing for this Special Build model, still check the archived Custom Creations page:


G&L ASAT Classic w/SPALTED Maple top

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2008

Serial number:    CLF52929 (#93 of first 100)

Neck date:         none, marked ‘AC RW’

Body date:         OCT 5 2008

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

I only became aware of the ASAT Classic version of the spalted maple series of guitars when one appeared on eBay midsummer of 2010. Being interested in Special Build ASAT models in general, you can imagine this piqued my interest. I cannot recall what happened to that eBay guitar. Suffice it to say, I didn’t get it then. But around Thanksgiving of the same year, this one appeared on the Buffalo Brother website. What really drove it home was the Bird’s Eye maple neck; something I dearly love. So now the Bluesboy is joined with its kin. In all aspects it is a Classic. Beautiful tone: snarky when called upon, mellow when you switch to the neck and/or cut the trebles. Yummies!