The world of yowhatsshakin

 
 

Introduced in 1998, the ASAT Deluxe is G&L’s hard rockin’ machine. A solid mahogany body, capped with a highly figured maple top. The natural wood binding around the transparently finished top provides a nice framework to show off the color and grain. The pickups on this Deluxe are somewhat of a mystery and will be discussed below. The extraordinary Bird’s Eye maple, extra wide, BBE-era #4 neck (equivalent to the pre-BBE #3) has a 12” rosewood fingerboard, Dunlop Medium Jumbo 6100 frets, and 1¾” nut. Only about a 100 were produced with a 3-point neck attachment; this one is a more common 4-bolt. It is further equipped with a Saddle-Lock bridge, rear-mounted 3-way pickup selector with knurled chrome volume and tone controls, mini-toggle switch to split the humbuckers, and closed G&L chrome tuners. For more information on this production model, see this webpage:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/guitars/asat-deluxe/index.asp.

 

G&L ASAT Deluxe

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2002

Serial number:    CLF25570

Neck date:         none, marked ‘CHU. HD.’, ’Fretwork 2005’, ‘#4’, ‘NECKWORK 2002’,

                         ‘ASAT Dlx’

Body date:         APR 11 2002

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

Notwithstanding the omission of a Deluxe in Greg Gagliano outstanding collection, I am of the opinion it is an integral part of the ASAT family. Certainly did not have my highest priority, but I intended to bite if one came along that complied with 4 conditions: reasonable priced, solid body, beautiful color and top, and old enough to have a Bi-Cut neck. That last factor, the age, is very relevant to me. An older Deluxe tends to have a Bird’s Eye maple neck. But since the transition to the Non-Compression truss rod, these necks are not as frequently used as before. And as can be judged from their abundance among my G&L’s, I like these necks! All that was needed was some patience to find the right specimen. And here she is, my first purchase of 2011 and just what the doctor ordered. With the rarer quilted top, instead of the more common flame, a beautiful Cherryburst finish and matching headstock, she is certainly a beauty!


By default, this model comes equipped with a Seymour Duncan ’59 (SH-1N) humbucker in the neck and a Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker (TB-4) in the bridge. But as shown in the pictures below, the pickups on this guitar lack both the “Seymour Duncan” logo on the top as well as the code sticker on the bottom. Instead, the stamp on the back seems to indicate the pups were produced in October, 2005, and maybe swapped in at the same time as the “fretwork” on the neck. My current guess: in the bridge a G&L AW4370B (like the ASAT HB), i.e. an Alnico (A) magnet with wide (W) pole spacing, 7000 (70) windings using 43-gauge (43) wire, and black (B) bobbins, and in the neck a G&L AS4250B, i.e. an Alnico (A) magnet with standard (S) pole spacing, 5000 (50) windings using 42-gauge (42) wire, and black (B) bobbins. But whatever the origin of the pups, she sounds pretty good! Even though humbuckers are supposed to add more warmth, this puppy has still plenty of top-end snarl. Starting out from my favorite amp settings for the single coil ASATs, some EQ changes are needed to make it sound perfect. And the single tone control on the guitar will do the rest. The split function does wonders too, adding more chime to the tone. Surprisingly, the pickups are not overpowering but rather wonderfully balanced.