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You can read the “official” story of how the Korina ASAT Deluxe II came about on the next page. However, at least for me, this guitar casts some doubt on that story. Just like the Korina ASAT Classic prototype, it was finished on January 24, 2011, months before any of the other Deluxe prototypes as can be read on the CCD Korina Collection page. Maybe the story just relates to the use of the Tune-o-matic bridge on the Deluxe II. Who knows? Fact is, this product by G&L’s Custom Creations Department is a wonderful instrument. The 2-piece Korina body is finished in Honey, giving it a warmer/darker hue that the Aged Natural finish used for the Korina Collection. Like the ASAT Deluxe II, is has a Seymour Duncan ’59 (SH-1N) humbucker in the neck and Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker (TB-4) in the bridge, but this time both uncovered baring the black bobbins. The lay-out of the rear-mounted controls is a little different though, more similar to that on my production ASAT Deluxe, but the black chrome volume and tone controls, 3-way Strat-style pickup switch, and the coil-splitting mini-toggle in the middle look real classy. Unfortunately, the Saddle-Lock bridge is just chromed; it would have been nice to have all black hardware. The neck looks to be a quartersawn hard-rock Eastern maple (#1B) with satin finish and beautiful 12” rosewood fingerboard, Dunlop Medium Jumbo 6100 fret wire, 1⅝” nut width, and closed G&L chrome machines. Since the neck date is substantially older, the S/N is still a water slide decal and the guitar did not come with a spec sheet, unlike the ASAT Classic Korina prototype. There is no other information available online for this particular guitar.

 

G&L ASAT Deluxe Korina prototype

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2011

Serial number:    CLF59703 (prototype)

Neck date:         11/08/10 (written), marked ‘ASAT’, ‘#1B’, ‘HNY’, KORINA BODY’,

                         ‘see Steve’

Body date:          JAN 24 2011

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

This is one special guitar and comes with a bit of a story. As stated elsewhere, I ordered the Korina ASAT Classic prototype from ProGuitarsShop at the end of 2011, while waiting for the other Korinas to come in. Not being familiar with the fact that there were two Korinas in the store, the person in the shipping department sent me the wrong guitar. Through this strange mishap, this Deluxe was a “visitor” over at my place for a day before I returned it and got the correct guitar. I had bookmarked their web page on this beauty though and also saw it appear frequently on eBay. Move the clock forward 14 months and it seemed ProGuitarShop was doing some spring cleaning putting instruments up on eBay marked as pre-owned and at greatly reduced prices. And what do you know? I bought what felt like an old friend. Given the identical body date, it is clear it was produced using the same early batch of White Limba as used for the Classic and is definitely one of the first Korinas produced at G&L. Both of these guitars have the “see Steve” mark on their neck heel, likely referring to Steve Grom, Director of Manufacturing and Custom Creations at the time, stressing their importance. Tone wise, I still have to do a direct comparison between the 2 Korina Deluxes to see if there is a perceivable difference in tone just due to the bridge, but otherwise it is a rock-monster just like the others. Cleans up very nicely, and again, the tone control is wonderful with a very useful coil split giving you myriad tonal options.