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In 2011, G&L built several instruments using Western Sugar Pine for the body and this ASAT Deluxe is one of these. Some of them got the serial number on a brushed aluminum plate, as seen on ‘Port & Chocolate’. Others, like this one, still have a waterslide decal. Although itself not listed among the guitar prototypes on the old G&L website, its all-Black twin (S/N CLF062947) is and the quote below is taken from its entry on that page. What makes these 2 ASAT Deluxe guitars stand out is their configuration: effectively a 2 humbucker ASAT Classic, with a “... shortened ASAT Classic bridge with rounded corners, reminiscent of a modded Telecaster Jeff Beck has, as well as twin [G&L] exposed coil humbuckers.” The Telecaster alluded to is of course the famous ‘TeleGib’ guitar built by Seymour Duncan for Jeff in 1974. Note this first ‘TeleGib’ differs in the bridge spec from the second ‘TeleGib’ Seymour built for himself, reprised as the Seymour Duncan 35 Limited Edition guitar built by Larrivee in 2011. The latter has a Tune-o-matic bridge line the ASAT Deluxe II. Unlike S/N CLF062947, the pickups on this ASAT Deluxe prototype are similarly inspired by these original ‘TeleGib’ guitars with a Seymour Duncan Jazz (SH-2N) humbucker in the neck, instead of the usual ’59 (SH-1N), combined with a Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker (TB-4) in the bridge. In appearance, they mimic the second ‘TeleGib’ by using zebra bobbins and omission of pickup covers. With the shortened bridge, an ASAT Classic Bluesboy pickguard could be used. Still, the screws of the mounting ring go through the single-ply black plastic pickguard. Not sure what that is all about! The traditional ASAT Classic control panel has the 3-position pickup selector, volume control, and tone control. The quartersawn hard-rock Eastern maple #1B Heritage “C” neck (now called Heritage ’86) has a Light Tint Gloss finish, a gorgeous rosewood fingerboard with a 12” radius, Dunlop Medium Jumbo 6100 fret wire, 1⅝” nut width, and G&L branded Schaller closed tuning machines.


G&L ASAT Deluxe ‘TeleGib prototype

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2012

Serial number:    CLF59705 (prototype)

Neck date:         11/08/10 (written), marked ‘ASAT’, ‘#1B’, ‘see Steve’

Body date:         SEP 26 201[1] (final digit of year not clearly legible)

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

The Custom Build Specification shown below is not worth reading; too many omissions and errors. The body has no binding of any kind, the knurled knobs are flat rather than domed, it obviously has a pickguard, the neck is a #1B instead of the listed Modern Classic, the neck finish seems more like Light Tint Gloss, the neck pickup is an SD SH-2N, the tone knob is not push-pull, and the bobbins are zebra colored not black. Given the TB-4 is from 2011 and September 26, 2010 would have been a Sunday, the guitar cannot be dated earlier than 2011, so lets assume 1/06/2012 is indeed the completion date for this guitar. And the sheet is not signed by Steve Grom either although the neck scribble says to see him. Note that the neck heel, date and all, looks very similar to the one shown for the Korina ASAT Deluxe prototype. It is not uncommon for prototypes to be unlike their included spec sheet. After all, these instruments are testbeds and their configuration can change in flight. But the guitar looks beautiful and was on the market the same time as the sister guitar. Not knowing anything about the history of ‘TeleGib’ at the time, I opted to go for this esthetically pleasing one, even though it does have a blemish in the form of some particles logged into the end of the rosewood fingerboard (see picture below), all properly disclosed by the folks at Specialty Traders in Parkersburg, WV. Another fortunate example of ignorance being bliss. You might even wonder whether G&L competed with Larrivee to build the Seymour Duncan 35 Limited Edition and that is why the 2 G&L ‘TeleGib’ guitars exist. She sounds powerful and full although a little less overdriven given the Jazz neck pickup. The combination of the pickups sounds great with interesting funk overtones, but in my opinion is not the bests among all my ASAT Deluxe guitars.