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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 these 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 G&L website, its all-Black twin (S/N CLF062947) is and the quote below is from there. What makes these Deluxes stand out is their configuration: effectively a 2 humbucker ASAT Classic, with a “... shortened ASAT Classic bridge with rounded corners, reminiscent of a Telecaster Jeff Beck has, as well as twin [G&L] exposed coil humbuckers.” On this guitar however, the coverless pickups are the usual Seymour Duncan ’59 (SH-1N) humbucker in the neck and a Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker (TB-4) in the bridge. With the shortened bridge, a ASAT Classic Bluesboy single-ply pickguard can be used. The traditional ASAT Classic control panel has the 3-way pickup selector, volume, and push-pull tone control to split the pups. The (quartersawn) hard-rock Eastern maple Modern Classic neck has a Light Tint Gloss finish, a rosewood fingerboard with a more Fender like 9½” radius, Dunlop Medium Jumbo 6100 fret wire, 1¹⅟₁₆” nut width and 1⅝” string spacing, and closed G&L chrome machines.

 

G&L ASAT Deluxe prototype

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2012

Serial number:    CLF59705

Neck date:         ??? ?? 2011

Body date:         ??? ?? 2011

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

The Custom Build Specification shown below has a lot of omissions and other errors. The body has no body binding of any kind, the knurled knobs are flat rather than domed, is has a pickguard obviously, the neck finish seems more like Light-Tint Gloss, and the bobbins are zebra colored not black. It is not signed by Steve Grom either. This is not uncommon for prototypes because 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 and I opted to go for this more esthetically pleasing one, even though it does have a blemish in the form of some particles logged into the end of the rosewood fingerboard. And all this was properly disclosed by the folks at Specialty Traders in Parkersburg, WV of course. Currently in transit. Stay tuned.