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When craftsmen at G&L’s Custom Creations Department had finished the prototype for the Korina Collection ASAT Junior II, it was quickly realized by R&D technician Duane Boulanger that this particular Gibson-like model would be a natural for the double humbucker treatment. And voilà, the ASAT Deluxe II was born. Unlike the ASAT Deluxe, there is no doubt what kind of pickups are installed on this one: a Seymour Duncan ’59 (SH-1N) humbucker in the neck and Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker (TB-4) in the bridge, both covered. Cosmetically, the ASAT Deluxe II is otherwise identical to the ASAT Junior II: 2-piece Korina body, single ply Gibson-like pickguard, rear-mounted 3-way pickup selector and Gibson style volume and tone control, TonePros T3BT Tune-O-Matic bridge and T1Z tail piece, quarter-sawn hard-rock Eastern maple 12” (#1) PLEK’ed light tint gloss neck with Pau Ferro fingerboard, Dunlop Medium Jumbo 6100 fret wire and 1⅝” nut width. Instead of a toggle switch, on this model the tone pot is push-pull to enable coil-splitting. My guitar has the late production S/N plate and small CCD logo on the back of the headstock and comes with a spec sheet and correct Silver Certificate of Authenticity signed by then Director of Manufacturing and Custom Creations Steve Grom. See the Korina Collection ASAT Deluxe II webpage for more information on this model:

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

 

G&L Korina Collection ASAT DeLuxe II

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2012

Serial number:    CLF063742 (one of 100)

Neck date:          07/19/2011

Body date:          JAN 12 2012

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

Look at the date on the neck heel: Tuesday, July 19, 2011, the very same day G&L made the announcement of the release of the Korina Collection. An order for both this guitar and a Junior II was put in with Buffalo Brothers the following Friday, and I was already told at the time they were extremely popular. No surprise! In any case, although ordered first, by mid-January it had become the missing part with all other guitars and the Korina ASAT Classic prototype already in. Given the neck date, it seems most necks for the collection were ready to go in July 2012, so the wait must have been due to the availability of Korina wood. Finally, just after Winter NAMM 2012 the guitar arrived at the store. Boy, the long wait was worth it: again beautiful wood and esthetics. Surprisingly, when I took off the neck it apparently was intended for a Junior II. The sound of this guitar is plain out glorious. The Junior II may be the interesting new kid on the block, but this model is a rocking machine and absolute tone monster. Not only do you have fat bucker tones at your fingertips that will easily overdrive your tube amp, but the coil-split tones are wonderful too: more strat like than tele but with depth and far from tinny.