My guitar collection - G&L

 
 

Tim and Bob Page are the founders and previous owners of Buffalo Brothers in Carlsbad, CA. Both feature prominently in this story. As a hobby, Tim loves to design guitars. After the Blues Boy, ASAT ’50, and ASAT Z-2 in 1999, this project led to his 4th creation for G&L. It started in 2003 and got closer to fruition in mid-2006 after G&L indicated it was willing to produce another Special Edition. Tim’s aim was to produce a lightweight ASAT S-3, with the flexibility of 3 pickups, but harkening back to the Broadcaster or SC-3 w/ebony fingerboard, one of his favorite models. Gabe Dellevigne, involved in Electric Stringed Instrument (ESI), helped out in finalizing the choice of a soft maple body and provided the specs for the Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups as used on the Broadcaster two decades earlier. Writer/columnist Greg Gagliano, all things Fender expert, suggested the natural wood binding as found on all but this specimen. G&L employee John Salcido then provided the idea to make the wood binding appear a little darker by tinting it. Most importantly, John also resolved the difficulties of naming this Special Edition by coming up with ‘Trinity’. As Tim writes: “Whether you say Trinity is for Leo Fender, George Fullerton and Dale Hyatt ∼ or for the three pickups ∼ it sure was a cool name!” To reduce the weight, the body is semi-hollow without an f-hole and in general, as per G&L’s stipulation, has a surplus ASAT S-3 pickguard. The 3 Jumbo MFD pickups, with a Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity version prototyped by G&L employee Efrain Meraz in the middle, are controlled by a 5-position selector combined with a push-pull volume control, providing the otherwise missing pickup combinations, and a single tone control. Other hardware includes a Saddle-Lock bridge and Sperzel closed tuning machines. One had a choice of a maple or ebony fingerboard on a gun-oil tinted hard-rock maple neck with either a #1 (12” radius/1⅝” nut), #2 (7½” radius/1⅝” nut), #3 (12” radius/1¾” nut), or #4 (12” radius/1¹¹⁄₁₆” nut) profile as defined between 1996 and 2008. Incidentally, these are the first instruments at G&L getting the PLEK treatment and were built during the transition to the non-compression truss rod with about half of the Trinities still having the Bi-Cut neck. In total 25 are in existence: 21 in Vintage White, this particular guitar specially built for Bob Page in Clear Red, 2 in Sunburst for Tim and Gabe, and 1 in Tobacco Sunburst for Greg, who lost his in a natural disaster but G&L built him another! There is one more guitar known to be in existence with S/N CLF45576, in all likelihood a Trinity with replacement neck. When George Fullerton was shown a finished Trinity, he suggested that they would not be complete without a special logo. He took it upon himself to design one and produced 3 proposals. Worries whether a decal could be applied on top of the finish were quickly allayed by George, claiming it had been done at Fender many times without averse effects! More information on Greg’s (3!?) ASAT Trinity Special Edition can be found on his ggjaguar.com website. Tim provides an extensive writeup on the Guitars by Leo website at:

http://www.guitarsbyleo.com/AUTOREG/TRINITY.php3.

 

ASAT TRINITY SPECIAL EDITION

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This guitar originally belonged to Bob Page. He decided to make his extra special and equip it with all black hardware, including a retro-styled aluminum black powder-coated pickguard and bridge, black Sperzel locking tuning machines, and control knobs with a US nickel with buffalo depiction in bas-relief (all to be found on Tim’s Sunburst too). The black powder-coated neck plate is adorned with Bob’s initials, “RDP”. And according to information and pictures provided by Tim, this is actually the very guitar shown to George inspiring him to design a logo. And George was kind enough to sign the back of the headstock on that occasion. As an additional historical side note, the ASAT Trinity Special Edition COA for #24 shown below is also the very last certificate of any kind George signed for anything associated with G&L. For a guitar which so much history, I feel extremely fortunate to have been offered the opportunity to purchase it from Bob. But why would he sell it you ask? Bob says he is more into acoustic guitars and a bluegrass picker. Something you might expect if you know he ran the acoustic department at Buffalo Brothers (Tim did the electric side of the house). If he had his choice of an electric, he rather would like to have an ASAT ’50. One problem there: only 10 are in existence! How does “the red one” sound? Fantastic! There is some “quack” in the in-between settings but with an ASAT twist to it. And the push-pull volume control allows you to combine neck and bridge pickups. Wow!

The story behind this guitar

2006

CLF43525 (#24 of 25)

none, marked ‘S3’, ‘EB’, ‘VF’, ‘#2’, ‘TG’

SEP 11 2006

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