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A gorgeous ASAT Signature built by G&L when it was run by Dale Hyatt after Leo had passed away. The gold Leo Fender on the Black finish on 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 surrounded by chrome hardware including the Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV) and connected to a 7½” radius (#2) hard-rock maple neck. The CTS 250k Audio Taper volume control still has the 200pF disk capacitor as on earlier ASATs. However, the 6.8kΩ resistor has been removed from the CTS 250k Audio Taper tone control and instead of a .100μF cap one finds .022μF; the same as on the pre-BBE ASAT Classic. More on that resistor and when it got removed below. 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-1000F w/ebony board, 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 SH TV Jones prototypes, and the ASAT Deluxe II in the Black Ice Collection (available between October 2012 and May 2015), 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:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/guitars/asat-special/index.asp.

 

G&L ASAT Signature w/Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1991

Serial number:    G029377

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

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

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

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, it is missing the 6.8kΩ resistor, indicating the transition in wiring of the ASAT happened well before BBE took over. And using the same wiring harnesses for both the ASAT and the ASAT Classic (see e.g. the ASAT Classic w/gold Leo Fender Vibrato) simplifies production of course.