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Another version of the Junior II, now as part of G&L’s Custom Creations Department (CCD) Savannah Collection. A semi-hollow Okoumé body with Korina top finished in Old School Tobacco Sunburst finish, Tune-O-Matic bridge, 2 G&L P-90 pickups perfected by Paul Gagon and introduced on the Korina Collection ASAT Junior II, 3-way pickup selector switch, single volume and tone controls, and quartersawn #1 hard-rock Eastern maple neck with 12” radius Pau Ferro fingerboard has a Light Tint finish. The original web page featuring pictures of this very guitar can be found at:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/customcreations/Savannah-Collection/savannah-asat-junior-2.asp.

 

G&L Savannah Collection ASAT Junior II

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2013

Serial number:    CLF067514 (prototype, used for pictures on website)

Neck date:         none, marked ‘pau ferro’, ‘ASAT DLX II’, ‘LTGN’

Body date:          none

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

This specific guitar, completed May 13, 2013, happens to be the very first one built as a full featured Savannah Collection Junior II. It is featured on the G&L website and marketing material, although I have never seen an ad for the Savannah Collection. It also appears on the guitar prototype page, where the blurb states all the claims made above: Purpose: This Savannah Collection ASAT Junior II is the prototype for the Collection and was used for official photos for the press release and glguitars.com. Dave McLaren recalls, "While this Junior II was being made, I was still thinking about what to name the collection. We'd already decided to go ahead, so the instrument was built using the old part number for the Korina Collection ASAT Junior II, the closest model in our computer system. Someday an owner will look under the pickup, find the production tag, and wonder why it refers to a Korina Collection ASAT Junior II. This is the reason." I will not lift the pups and leave that as a surprise. But the neck is marked as being for an ASAT Deluxe II and the (replacement) spec sheet prints wrong body wood, wrong color, and wrong machines. Since it is labeled as a prototype and stayed in the factory for quiet a while, I do not know whether it or any of the other photo shoot instruments counted towards the 250 limit for the summed total of all Savannah Collection instruments. More Gibson-esque elements to this beauty: the neck is very chunky, much more so than the neck on my Savannah Collection ASAT Classic Bluesboy 90, and the body seems to be a tad thicker. But the P-90 pickups are growling and screaming in that delectable way. Sonic heaven.