My guitar collection - G&L


Already in the 1980s, John Jorgenson, later of The Hellecasters fame, was not only a G&L ASAT endorser but also provider of some exciting new ideas. One was to add a dummy coil underneath a Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) single-coil pickup for hum cancellation, intended to be the defining feature of the John Jorgenson Signature model. But it was not to be, much to the chagrin of Mr Jorgenson. Instead, one got an ASAT with swamp ash body, John favorite Silver Flake finish done by Marty Bell in Texas, Saddle-Lock bridge, 2 standard Jumbo MFD pickups, and usual ASAT wiring harness (3-position pickup selector, volume, tone). This particular guitar has the early transparent pickguard which was soon replaced by a laminate sparkle pickguard on later Signatures. Otherwise this model has a gloss finished hard-rock maple Bi-Cut neck with the more common rosewood fingerboard having a 7½” radius. And although one finds John’s signature on the headstock, the endorsement deal was terminated with about 190 Signatures having been built. Hence this model is a Rarebird in the Guitars by Leo Registry.

For more info, consult Greg Gagliano’s website for an exemplar with a rosewood fingerboard as well as one with a (rare) maple fingerboard, both with a laminate pickguard. Note that the indicated finish in the Registry, on Greg’s site, as well as here is marked as Silver Flake in which large flakes are used. Nowadays, that finish goes by the name Silver Metal Flake.


John Jorgenson Signature Model (lefty, clear pickguard)

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It is so much easier to find a laminate pickguard JJ Signature. Sigh! After an 8 year wait, with searching high and low for this rarity, I finally found one even though it is a lefty with transparent, ⅛” thick guard (and hence no channel in the body as on the laminate guard JJ Sig). But it being a lefty is actually OK since it clearly demonstrates how G&L has always been looking out for the southpaws too. The potentiometers on the control panel are left-handed, as should be expected. The headstock is non-inverted with nicely applied Signature decal. A wonderful looking and sounding instrument. Just a little harder to play. And it has a nickname it came with as scribbled on the thermoplastic G&L hardshell case: ‘Sparky’. I like it! Although there are not too many available, a chromed neck plate intended for all John Jorgenson Signatures is shown in the pictures below. Craig Dewey has another one, and beyond this JJ0076, I have seen JJ0023 and JJ0035 on eBay.

The story behind this guitar



OCT 17 1995, marked ‘J.J.’, ‘Shiny’, ‘E’

AUG 12 1995

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