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At the 2013 Winter NAMM, G&L announced several new models: the Jerry Cantrell Signature Superhawk, ASAT Classic ‘S’ Alnico, ASAT Classic Solamente, ASAT Classic Solamente Alnico, and finally the ASAT Classic Bluesboy 90. This model replaced the ASAT Classic Custom and uses a G&L AP4290B P-90 neck pickup engineered by Paul Gagon. The P-90, some with “ears” some not, originated with Gibson and has been available since 1946 and evolved from the Charlie Christian pickup as shown on the ASAT Classic Charlie Christian Ltd. G&L introduced their version of this famous pup on the Korina Collection ASAT Junior II and this is the first regular production model to incorporate one. However, before I could even find one, the Custom Creations Department (CCD) announced the Savannah Collection, in which the Bluesboy 90 is the lone addition compared to the Korina Collection. This beautiful guitar has a semi-hollow Okoumé body with Korina top in beautiful Old School Tobacco Sunburst finish. The bridge pickup still is the trusty Tele-style Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickup mounted in a modern chrome plated box-type bridge with 6 individual saddles. The PLEK’ed quarter-sawn hard-rock Eastern maple neck with Pau Ferro fingerboard has a Light Tint finish. The Silver Certificate of Authenticity is signed by Spencer Brown, Director of Custom Creations. This model is described on the G&L website at:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/customcreations/Savannah-Collection/savannah-asat-bluesboy-90.asp.

 

G&L Savannah Collection ASAT Classic Bluesboy 90

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  2013

Serial number:    CLF068108 (one of 250 of all Savannah Collection instruments)

Neck date:         7/16/2013 (written), 06/07/13 (on UPC sticker)

Body date:         none

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

Whereas I jumped on the opportunity to order 2 Korina’s only days after their release was announced, I couldn’t do the same thing for the Savannah Collection. This had 2 reasons. First, all 3 guitars in the Korina Collection are reprised in the Savannah Collection which would have made the Bluesboy 90 the only model of (immediate) interest. Second, in June 2013 I had just bought my Lacewood Commemorative #26, quite the investment and hence had to lay low by necessity during the summer while withstanding all the teasers. Knowing only about 50 were produced (if the total of 250 instruments in the Savannah Collection are evenly divided over the 5 released models), there was still a certain urgency of course. But Savannah Bluesboy 90s still showed up on a regular basis on eBay giving me a good indication of how hot they were selling. Finally in May 2014, it was offered at such a low price by Music Store Live (also the seller of my ASAT Classic ‘S’ Alnico), I couldn’t resist anymore. The completion date for this instrument is 8/1/2013, which is also the date on the Silver COA. Acoustically, the guitar sounds very resonant. When plugged in, the neck pickup has warmth and bark at the same time; the neck pickup has the well-know characteristics of any ASAT Classic neck pup and together they sound great. But I do notice a slight difference in volume between the 2 that you have to work around a little. Just like for the Korina Collection ASAT Junior II, the tone-stack on the amp needs to change just a bit for optimal results.