My guitar collection - G&L


Dale always knew G&L would not be able to keep using the name Broadcaster, irrespective whether it was trademarked or not. Indeed, both Gretsch as well as Fender Musical Instrument Corporation (FMIC) had filed a complaint about its usage. Production of the Broadcaster halted after only 868. In April 1986 G&L changed the name of the Broadcaster to ASAT, short for short for Anti-SATellite, a name suggested by author Richard R. Smith. But not much else changed. The early ASAT still has a soft maple body, initially only offered in a Black finish, 2 Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) single-coil pickups, plastic pickguard, black powder-coated Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge and control panel, the latter housing the Broadcaster wiring harness, hard-rock maple neck, and 7½” maple or ebony fingerboard, and an unpainted headstock with a U-shaped bracket for a string retainer, black chrome tuning machines, and the new serif “ASAT by Leo Fender” model logo. Of course, the Leo Fender signed inspection sticker is absent in the neck pocket and no Certificate of Authenticity was provided. For most collectors however, this version is better known as the ”Poor man’s Broadcaster” given its similarity.


ASAT “Poor man’s Broadcaster w/ebony fingerboard

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In mid-2016, I found this perfect “Poor man’s Broadcaster” companion to my first Broadcaster in the form of an all Black specimen with ebony board in very good (or better) condition offered on Reverb by Chicago Music Exchange. They provided a nice certificate with their complete checklist. And boy! Is it set up nicely! And then that sound, that gorgeous sound of an old (Black) maple body. It moved right up into the top 5 of best sounding guitars. Gorgeous!

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FEB 18 1987

none, marked ‘4’

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