My guitar collection - G&L


A gorgeous ASAT Signature built by G&L when it was run by Dale Hyatt after Leo had passed away. The gold Leo Fender signature decal on the Black finish of the (rare for the period) soft maple body looks as good as on my ASAT III Signature HSS and ASAT Classic w/gold Leo Fender Vibrato. But now it is surrounded by chrome hardware, including a Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV), and connected to a 7½” radius hard-rock maple #2 neck. The controls and associated ASAT wiring harness are already identical to the pre-BBE ASAT Classic. There is something interesting about the decals on the headstock of all the 1991 ASAT Signatures in my collection: this guitar, the ASAT III Signature HSS, and the ASAT Signature ‘500’ employee guitar. They all have the “ASAT by Leo Fender” script model logo combined with a gold G&L block logo with “MADE IN USA PAT PEND” and “FULLERTON CA” printed in black ink on a separate line underneath (see picture below). Other Signature models of the same year and before have a white G&L block logo without these extra lines. With the notable exception of my Interceptor II, the “MADE IN USA PAT PEND FULLERTON CA” phrase also appears on each and every pre-1985 instrument. Sometimes it appears underneath the G&L logo (both Cavaliers, the Nighthawk, and early Interceptor Bass), most of the time underneath the model decal (F-100s, G-200s, S-500, all ‘entry level’ models, L-1000s, and L-2000E). The kicker is that the same gold G&L logo with added statement underneath makes a mysterious return some 20(!) years later on the Korina ASAT Deluxe II, Korina Junior II, my ASAT Deluxe Korina and ASAT Deluxe Semi-Hollow TV Jones prototypes, and the Black Ice Collection ASAT Deluxe II which all use the old ASAT script logo but without the “by Leo Fender” part! More information on the current ASAT Special model can be found at:


ASAT Signature w/Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato

The story behind this guitar


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Another guitar I bought from Jim Patnoude. And what a beautiful example it is. We made a gentleman’s agreement on the deal in March 2016, and the guitar showed up at the end of April. A wonderful sounding instrument with one important trait. It was assembled in the period between Leo’s passing in March and the day in November when Dale retired. As expected for its production date, the 6.8kΩ resistor is no longer present.

The story behind this guitar



JUL 18 1991, marked ‘BLK’, ‘S/S’, ‘RH’, ‘421’, ‘#’, ‘P’

3-29-91 (written in pen), marked ‘B-K’, ‘421’

D’Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound Super Light (9-42)