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G&L USA ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar Belair Green 3-Ply White Pickguard

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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 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.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Single cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Alder
  • Body finish: Relic
  • Orientation: Right handed
Neck
  • Neck shape: G&L Modern Classic
  • Neck wood: Hard-rock Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5 in.
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22 Plek dressed
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.687 in. (42.8 mm) Natural bone nut
Pickups
  • Configuration: SS
  • Neck: MFD single-coil
  • Middle: Not applicable
  • Bridge: MFD single-coil
  • Brand: G&L
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Not applicable
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
Controls
  • Control layout: Master volume, tone
  • Pickup switch: 3-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
Hardware
  • Bridge type: Fixed
  • Bridge design: 6-saddle Saddle-Lock with chrome-plated brass saddles
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Nickel
Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Electronics
  • Case: Hardshell case
  • Accessories: Info not available
  • Country of origin: United States

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G&LASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 12 reviews)

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Pleasantly surprised!

By Brad

from Decatur AL

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Pros

  • Great pickup
  • Quality constuction

Cons

  • None!

Best Uses

  • Any event
  • Venues

Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

I picked up this guitar on the stupid deal of the day. I'm generally a Strat HSS or Les Paul lover. I purchased this not knowing if I would like the guitar. Since it arrived I have not been able to put it down. This guitar is better than any Telecaster that I've ever played and the build quality is up there with custom shop guitars. The pickups are hot and versital with great rock and blues tones. Buy this guitar you won't be sorry!

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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Tele style with hot pickups

By Mac

from Texas

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Pros

  • Performance, Practice, Jamming

Cons

  • None

Best Uses

    Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    Bought this on STDOTD and been loving it ever since. Have six tele style guitars in my collection including a Fender and this one blows them all away. This guitar feels great, the intonation was spot on and my other tele's are collecting dust since I bought it. The feel of this guitar compares to much more expensive guitars. I wasn't a fan of the color when I bought it... but I am now. It's a beautiful guitar.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Great USA made guitar for a great price.

    By Tomas

    from Arkansas

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    Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    Tried this STDOD because of the price. Was pleasantly surprised how well made this guitar was. The neck is great, and the pickups offer a much heavier growl than most single coils. Overall, it's just a beautiful guitar. Comes with a nice case, too.

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    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I love it. No! I mean I really love it!

    By Art

    from Stuart, FL

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    Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

    This is a great guitar. The neck is great. The pick ups must be fairly well wound because they really snap; think of Mark Knopfler's sound because that's what I hear. They are so sensitive they relate very subtle picks, bends, etc. Solid guitar overall. Mine is candy apple red with a white pick guard which is sweet. I have a MIM Telecaster HHS which is really good and I really like and it has that truly classic Telecaster look (except for the reversed switch plate) but it just doesn't quite get me there. Pick ups sound a bit thin, I think. That is hardly the case with the ASAT. The overall feel, balance, weight, the neck and the high output pick ups gets me there. I'd say if you want a telecaster, get this instead. It is after all a Leo Fender guitar. Oh, and the bridge is superb.

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Perfection out of the case

    By Mark

    from Bay Area

    Pros

    • Great setup
    • Neck pickup is amazing
    • Not too heavy

    Cons

    • ASAT logo looks CHEAP

    Best Uses

      Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Took a chance on the SDOTD. I'm in love. I haven't fully bonded with a Telecaster/T-style guitar over the years and this guitar changes all of that. The pickups have a very full, modern sound. The neck feels great and the action and intonation are spot on. Absolutely worth it if you're fan of T-style guitar's and don't have any vintage hang ups.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      My new "go to" guitar....absolutely love it!

      By Rockin Ray

      from Maine

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      Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Picked this up on the SDOTD and I don't regret it whatsoever. Love the look, love the weight, love the feel of the neck and especially love the sound. I guess the best way to describe it is a tele on steroids. I've been playing over 35 years and currently own over 25 guitars (strats, tele's, LP's, PRS, etc.) and this is my new "go to" guitar....and I'm pretty sure it will stay that way for awhile.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Call me Stupid, I don't care.

      By D.L.

      from Cleveland, Oh.

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      Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      If I'm stupid for jumping on this sale, well. Exceptional fret work, well balanced, excellent clarity and a perfect bridge. I used to own one years ago but I always missed it. This one is free of the noise that my old one had. Yes there is some but it's very usable.

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      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Made of Alder!

      By John

      from Dumfries, VA

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      Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      The MF website describes guitar in this color as having a body made of ash when in fact the certificate of authenticity states the body is made of alder. Still an excellent sounding wood.

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Love this guitar

      By T-Roy

      from Dalhart,Texas

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      Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

      Jamming, practicing and everything else.

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      5.0

      Just buy it !

      By Flow

      from Florida

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        Better than my Fender Tele's !

         
        5.0

        The first guitar I own!

        By David

        from Wichita, Ks

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        Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        I play mostly Gibsons. I bought an ASAT tribute model a while back, and with a few upgrades, it's a terrific guitar. When I saw that this ASAT Special was a Stupid Deal of the Day, I jumped on it. This is the best guitar in my lineup now. It is flawless and plays like a dream. It's the best of both worlds to me. The body is nice and glossy, while the neck is satin. I had read that the MFD pickups were like nothing else, and they were right. They got it right with this one. This guitar has taken first chair. If you are debating, stop! Just buy it!

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        (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Love this and would love to have another one!

        By T-Roy

        from Dalhart,Texas

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        Comments about G&L ASAT Special Rosewood Fingerboard Electric Guitar:

        Practice and everything else, this thing can handle it all!

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