My guitar collection - G&L


The ASAT Custom model, intended for the European market, is quite rare. This second specimen was added to the collection for three reasons: its all chrome hardware, rosewood fingerboard, and the correct model decal on its headstock. Otherwise it is similar to the ASAT Custom w/maple fingerboard: a mahogany body with a top-bound flame maple top here in Honeyburst finish, Saddle-Lock bridge, 2 Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups with white covers, modified wiring harness (see below), hard-rock maple Bi-Cut neck with the 7½” rosewood board, and G&L branded Schaller closed tuning machines. More info on this Rarebird is available at:


ASAT Custom w/rosewood Fingerboard

The story behind this guitar


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In the text for the ASAT Custom on the previous page I stated it is one of the hardest G&L models to find. And that one is slightly incorrect with the wrong model decal displayed on its headstock. Try finding a “correct” ASAT Custom? It took another 5 years before one was added in September 2020. It arrived practically overnight from Portland, OR where Mike Austin had one available though with a few nicks, which give it some character. The ASAT Custom is not just the precursor to the ASAT Deluxe, also released in 1996, but even more the ASAT Special Deluxe. Michael had it initially listed as such in the Registry of the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website. However, a quick inquiry on GbL confirmed its true identity. Still, is not fully original. Mike had one of the most popular mods for this model installed, a 4-way switch providing the following choices: 1- bridge pickup only, 2- bridge and neck pickups in parallel and in-phase (the normal combined setting), 3- neck pickup only, and 4- bridge and neck pickups in series and in-phase (pseudo-humbucker). Otherwise, the wiring harness is the same as for any other contemporaneous ASAT (Special). Great feeling and sounding guitar.

The story behind this guitar



MAR 12 1996, marked ‘Asat’, ‘#2’


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