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The G&L Korina Collection of course started out by buying a stash of Limba. With the wood in the factory, several prototypes were built (see e.g. my ASAT Classic Korina or ASAT Deluxe Korina prototypes) by the Custom Creations Department (CCD). After its initial inception by Tim Page (see my Blues Boy Contour), the Bluesboy has become one of the bestselling models released by G&L. But hardly ever has it been part of a limited run. In 2005, the CCD tried their hand with a Special Build mahogany body Bluesboy, with only 28 produced in the end. In 2008, another Special Build run: the ASAT Class Bluesboy w/spalted top. But still no true Limited Edition ASAT Classic Bluesboy. That has finally been rectified with the inclusion of the Bluesboy in the Korina Collection. Beyond the 2-piece Korina body and quarter-sawn hard-rock Eastern maple Light Tint gloss finished 12” (#1) neck with Pau Ferro fingerboard, it has all the characteristics of the Bluesboy: traditional sized, Tele-style MFD in the bridge position, Seymour Duncan ‘Seth Lover’ (SH-55N) humbucker in the neck, traditional volume and tone controls, 3-way selector, 1-ply black pickguard, Dunlop Medium Jumbo 6100 fret wire and 1⅝” nut width. More info can be found on this G&L webpage:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/customcreations/Korina-Collection/korina-asat-bluesboy.asp.

 

G&L Korina Collection ASAT Classic bluesboy

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2011

Serial number:    CLF60577 (one of 100)

Neck date:         07/29/11

Body date:         AUG 22 2011

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

At the end of 2011, I owned or had on order 2 out of the 3 official ASAT models in the Korina Collection plus an ASAT Classic prototype. Can’t really leave out the final one then, can you? And although this model had only been recently released, in early-2012 I found a Korina Bluesboy on eBay for a terrific price! This one falls in one of the of the earlier production runs. Even though built at the end of August 2011, 6 months after the transition to an S/N plate, it still has a water slide S/N decal and Special Build style Silver COA (with model and collection handwritten in) but comes with 2 spec sheets and form fit deluxe Tolex hardshell case. The body has beautiful streaks of Black Limba running over the upper half on the back. As with all Korinas, compared to the “ordinary” version of the model the sound is a tad more mellow with more mids. As James Nash, contributor to Guitar Player, states in his video review, this is a guitar that can switch between the Fender- and Gibson-worlds with 2 distinct sounds. But in my opinion also with a delectable middle position.