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G&L ASAT Special Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar 2-Tone Sunburst 

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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 l...Read More

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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.

FEATURES
  • Bolt-on construction
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single coils
  • Semi-Hollow Swamp Ash
  • Hard-Rock Maple neck with Vintage Tint Gloss
  • G&L C-shaped neck with 12" radius and 1 5/8" nut-width
  • 100% natural bone nut
  • 22 medium jumbo frets, nickel, Plek dressed
  • 12:1 ratio, sealed-back tuners
  • Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock with chrome-plated brass saddles
  • 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone

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G&LASAT Special Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
 
4.0

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4.0

Both Good And Bad

By BigMIke

from New York, NY

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • School Bands
    • Small Venues

    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.

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