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The quintessential G&L guitar with an f-hole and P-90-style pickups.
The G&L ASAT Special just might be the quintessential G&L guitar, viewed by many as Leo’s ultimate single-cutaway. Back in 1985, Leo Fender launched this model under the G&L Broadcaster name, which prompted a response from Fred Gretsch of Gretsch Guitars over the name just as it had 35 years earlier. History buffs will recall that the Broadkaster® name is owned by Gretsch, and once again, a Broadcaster from Leo was required to have its name changed. This time around, the name became "ASAT" which is US military shorthand for an "Anti-Satellite" missile.
The ASAT Special, as the model became known, features jumbo single-coil Magnetic Field Design™ pickups, each with a narrow bobbin aperture for a coil which is shallow yet wide. In this regard, an MFD™ jumbo single coil is similar to a P-90 or Jazzmaster® pickup, yet the MFD principle provides a punchier bottom end and brighter top end sparkling with harmonics. Leo further departed with the past with the addition of his innovative Saddle-Lock™ bridge which transfers string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredibly resonant instrument. The result is one of the most versatile guitars ever, serving up ballsy twang to searing blues to smooth jazz tones. The semi-hollow Swamp Ash body on this version brings a certain hi-fi quality to the tone, softening the attack and slightly scooping the mids for accentuated highs and lows.
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Comments about G&L ASAT Special Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar:
I only have one beef, and that is with MF which I will get to later.
The instrument is very good; great thick neck, rock-solid build, great components, very good sound - mid scooped due to the nature of the semi-hollow platform....but still has the typical "twang" of a Telecaster.
The bridge is the star of the show for me - I don't like the common "ashtray" styled bridges found on so many Telecaster platforms, and Leo's design is far, far better.
When the guitar arrived, and upon inspection, I was disturbed to find what looked like a thin haze on top of the entire instrument. At first thinking it was over-spray from the finishing process, I initially thought I would need to send the instrument back, but it turned out to be a layer of dust...why the instrument was not inspected prior to shipping confounds me as this was a highly visible flaw that should have been corrected by MF prior to shipping. At least to me this is what I would term a "high profile" purchase; an instrument that retails for more than $2000.00 should be inspected before shipped.