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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. This is his 4th creation for G&L after the Blues Boy, ASAT ’50, and ASAT Z-2 in 1999. The project for this guitar started in 2003 and got closer to fruition in mid-2006 after G&L indicated it was willing to produce another Special Edition. With some help from Gabe Dellevigne, involved in Electric Stringed Instrument (ESI), and Greg Gagliano, all things Fender expert, writer/columnist, and owner of the ggjaguar.com website, the final specs were hashed out. It is clearly based on the ASAT S-3 (G&L stipulated surplus S-3 pickguards had to be used on the Trinity) but with some important differences. These instruments have a maple body, just as on early G&L’s like the Broadcaster and SC-3 (one of Tim’s favorite models), but semi-hollow this time. It sports 3 Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups of which the middle is Reverse Wound/Reverse Polarity and a 5-way pickup selector, and push-pull volume control to get additional pickup combinations. Other hardware includes a Saddle-Lock bridge and Sperzel non-locking tuners. The hard-rock maple neck, with choice of either an 7½” maple or  ebony fingerboard, is finished with gun-oil and has a 1⅝” nut. Several choices for the neck profile were available. Incidentally, these are the first instruments at G&L that got the PLEK treatment and were built at the time of 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, one in Clear Red built for Bob Page, two in Sunburst for Tim and Gabe, and one 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, which in all likelihood is a Trinity with replacement neck). All Trinities but Bob’s have natural wood binding. When George Fullerton was shown one of the finished Trinities, he suggested that they wouldn’t be complete without a special logo. George himself took it upon him 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 that Fender had done that many times without averse effects! There isn’t, and never has been, an official G&L Trinity web page but there is more information on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website:

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

 

G&L ASAT TRINITY SPECIAL EDITION

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2006

Serial number:    CLF43525 (#24 of 25)

Neck date:         none, marked ‘S3’, ‘EB’, ‘VF’, ‘#2’, ‘TG’

Body date:         SEP 11 2006

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

This guitar originally belonged to Bob Page. He decided to make his guitar extra special and had it equipped with all black hardware, including a retro-styled aluminum black wrinkle powder-coated pickguard and bridge, black Sperzel locking 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 wrinkle 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 he was kind enough to sign the back of the headstock on that occasion. As an additional historical side note, the Trinity 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!