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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 G&L website, its all-Black twin (S/N CLF062947) is and the quote below is from the blurb associated with that guitar. 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 Telecaster Jeff Beck has, as well as twin [G&L] exposed coil humbuckers.” On this guitar however, the coverless pickups are a Seymour Duncan Jazz (SH-2N) humbucker in the neck, instead of the usual ’59 (SH-1), combined with a Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker (TB-4) in the bridge. 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-way pickup selector, volume, and tone. 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 chromed closed G&L tuners.

 

G&L ASAT Deluxe 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 body 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 the 1/06/2012 date on the spec sheet is indeed the completion date for this guitar. And it is not signed by Steve Grom either although the neck scribble says to see him. Note that 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 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 (see picture below). And all this was properly disclosed by the folks at Specialty Traders in Parkersburg, WV of course. The guitar sounds powerful and full. The combination of the pickups is at least decent with interesting funk overtones, but not the bests among all my Deluxes.