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“The Rembrandt” is G&L’s first Leo Fender Signature model. And the only true one at that. But as stated, although Leo was refusing to sign any more in person, the idea was not shelved. Instead, Dale Hyatt had decals made of Leo’s autograph. Starting in 1989, a few models in the line-up could be ordered as a Signature model: the ASAT, and later ASAT Classic, Comanche, S-500, Skyhawk, and L-2000. This notwithstanding the Signature models were first added to the January 1, 1991 price list! And some patterns can be observed. The Natural Gloss and Blonde finishes had a black decal as can be seen on this Comanche IV Signature.  When the instrument received a Black finish, as has this ASAT Signature w/DFV, the decal is gold colored. Otherwise, Cherryburst seems to be the most popular finish and has a white decal, as seen on my Skyhawk and ASAT Classic Signatures. With its gold hardware, the S-500 Signature seems to be the “exception” with its gold decal. This ASAT has a swamp ash body with 2 wide-bobbin Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups with black covers. But it is also an early example of an guitar with chrome hardware complemented by a white powder-coated aluminum pickguard. The 7½” radius (#2) hard-rock maple neck has matching maple fingerboard. More information on the current ASAT Special model is found at:

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

 

G&L ASAT Signature

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1990

Serial number:    G026119

Neck date:         FEB 26 1990

Body date:         SEP 22 1989

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

Found this beautiful Cherryburst specimen at Carson Jewelry in Carson, CA. Not the most obvious place but it worked. An almost pristine example where you even wonder if it ever was played. My wife’s reaction? ”You have that one already!” True in that I have another ash Cherryburst Signature. But that is one of these rare October 1991 ASAT Classic Signatures. Easy to mistake the one for the other if you do not pay attention to pups and bridge. It is worth noting this ASAT Signature still has the “traditional” wiring as found of the Broadcaster with CTS 250k Audio Taper potentiometers, 200pF disk capacitor on the volume, and 6.8kΩ resistor with .100μF cap on the tone. At some time, the consensus is around October 1990, G&L started using a different wiring harness, identical to the ASAT Classic, where the resistor was removed. It has to be later than April 1990 given a number of other ASAT Signatures I am familiar with, all built around the same time as this one, and with resistor in place. One is an iconic ASAT Signature with S/N G025988, lovingly known by the name “Char” after it survived a fire and was restored by Mike Lull, and owned by Jason Hieb (aka Katefan on GbL). The date stamps on that beauty are MAR 20 1990 for the neck and DEC 4 1989 for the body. The other instrument is another Cherryburst ASAT Signature with S/N G026690, previously owned by Trevor Midgley (aka Beau) which he bought at the October 1990 Arlington Guitar show in Texas. The neck date is FEB 26 1990, body date SEP 25 1989, both (almost) identical to mine, but came with an original hang tag dated 4-10-1990, or April 10, 1990 in American date format. Back to this instrument, note the chrome bridge and white guard while still using black pickup covers. Compare that with my ASAT Special with white covers. Sound report? Rock solid!