The world of yowhatsshakin

 
 

With its Black finish, this G&L ASAT from the first half a year of production qualifies again as a “Poor man’s Broadcaster”. The guitar has a soft maple body, black wrinkle powder-coated Locktight (Saddle Lock) bridge, 2 wide-bobbin Magnetic Field Design (MFD) single-coil pickups, black wrinkle powder-coated control panel with pickup selector and volume and tone controls, hard-rock maple neck, and 7½” maple fingerboard. Beyond the absence of a Leo Fender signed inspection sticker, the serif “ASAT by Leo Fender” decal and U-shaped string retainer on the natural headstock are about the only differences from the Broadcaster w/maple fingerboard.

 

G&L ASAT “Poor man’s Broadcaster” w/maple fingerboard

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1986

Serial number:    G019020

Neck date:         OCT 24 1986, second stamp OCT 1986 (no day visible)

Body date:         none, marked ‘25’

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

There has been many a “Poor man’s Broadcaster” for sale in different marketplaces at one time or another. During 2015, a specimen as perfect as you’d ever wish showed up on the local craigslist.org: an almost exact copy of my maple board Broadcaster except for the aforementioned differences. After contacting the seller the deal fell through for a myriad of reasons. But here is another example: a well worn and played ASAT I got from old time Guitars by Leo (GbL) member and co-founder Jeff Sutton, who runs a shop on Reverb called Funky Tele Home o’ Tone. And another great sounding guitar. But what would you expect?