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G&L ASAT Special Semi-Hollow Electric Guitar
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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...Click To Read More About This Product
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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.
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
G&G deluxe Tolex case
Experience the genius of Leo's contribution to the guitar-playing world. Order today.
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- Fun To Play
- Good Feel
- Good Pick Up
- Good Tone
- Solid Electronics
- 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.