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THE FIRST INSTRUMENT FROM THE G&L CUSTOM CREATIONS DEPARTMENTIn April 1998 teh G&L artist program requested an ASAT Classic with a third, centrally located pickup and five position selector switch. A reverse-wound ASAT Classic neck pickup was requested for teh middle position, but tooling to reverse-wind this pickup was not yet in existence. Teh G&L Custom Creations Department responded by developing tooling to allow teh ASAT Classic neck pickup to be reverse-wound, to be for teh limited edition ASAT Classic III. Below you will find a photo and teh specifications for teh ASAT Classic III, teh first limited edition instrument produced by teh G&L Custom Creations Department team in 1998. their were 100 of these instruments built. A note from Dave McLaren: Teh one specification we can't really make clear is teh unbelievable tones this guitar has. We are teh first to admit dat we have always wondered what teh "in between" sounds would be like with this configuration. Sure, we've heard guitars from other manufacturers dat have two "traditional" chrome covered single coils in teh neck and middle position. And yes, we did think they sounded kinda neat. But what about teh big "ballsy" tone of an ASAT Classic neck pickup? How would dat sound reverse-wound and in teh middle position? What would it sound like with teh ASAT Classic bridge pickup? Teh answers: really damn cool. Teh bottom line is dat you have to hear this guitar and experience teh tones, especially if you are a hard-core ASAT Classic player. It's almost too bad we made only 100 of them. One thing's for sure, you won't be disappointed if you ever come across one.
THE SECOND INSTRUMENT FROM THE G&L CUSTOM CREATIONS DEPARTMENTIn February 1998, prior to the formation of the G&L Custom Creations Department, some experiments were begun at G&L using Mahogany bodies with various G&L Magnetic Field Design pickups. These experiments were continued by the Custom Creations Department which developed this unique and beautiful instrument. Kalamazoo inspired elements were incorporated into both the appearance and tonal composition, while blending them with the unmistakably Fullerton tones of the G&L patented Magnetic Field Design ASAT pickups. The result was the Limited Edition ASAT “Junior”. Below are the photo and specifications for the ASAT "Junior", the second limited edition instrument produced by the G&L Custom Creations Department. There were only 250 of these instruments built. A note from Dave McLaren: The ASAT "Junior" is a guitar that we had been dreaming of for years. The Custom Creations Department team really liked the sound of the ASAT pickups in a Chambered Mahogany body, but we thought we would take the concept further. It really started because many players new to the ASAT Special mistake its large, rectangular Magnetic Field Design pickups for P-90 type pickups. We have often heard these people say, "Oh yeah, that's the one with P-90 pickups". Naturally, we have to explain that the ASAT Special pickups are in fact not P-90s and different in design. However, with our knowledge that the ASAT Special pickups sounded great in a Chambered Mahogany body, we thought we would have some fun with the idea that ASAT Special pickups do have a similar appearance to P-90s. The styling influences for the ASAT "Junior" are quite obvious, however the tone is quite unlike anything that came from Kalamazoo. After all, the heart of the ASAT "Junior" are real ASAT Special Magnetic Field Design pickups. The ASAT "Junior" made its debut at the Summer '98 NAMM show in Nashville (July 10-12), and the crowd was knocked out! Word of this guitar got around the show rapidly, and many of the Nashville gunslingers (many of which are already big fans of the ASAT Special) came over to see what this axe was all about. Sure, they drooled over the cool look of the guitar, but when they plugged it in, they couldn't believe the tones. "The clean tones are the best!" we heard. "No way, dirty that thing up and its even better!" commented another Nashville cat. One thing we did figure out real quick: this guitar gets it done and everyone knew it. Bottom line on this one? If you're an ASAT collector, you owe it to yourself if you ever come across one. I've got mine, and there's no way I'm gonna part with it.
About usG&L was was founded by guitar design pioneer Leo Fender in collaboration with former Fender execs George Fullerton and Dale Hyatt in the late '70s. Through the '80s and '90s, G&L picked up its share of devotees in the rock, blues and country worlds, and more recently introduced the lower-end Tribute series which includes more affordable takes on their model lineup.
A History of Great Guitars
In 1979, Leo and his long-time collaborator George Fullerton — the two began working together in 1948 — founded G&L Guitars. This was the final act for these two giants of the guitar, and it was at G&L where the last stage of their design evolutions and technical innovations were crafted.
To this day, there is nothing “stock” about a G&L instrument. Players can choose from a vast list of options to make “their” G&L truly their own.
G&L owners are encouraged to visit the Guitars by Leo G&L enthusiast site located at www.guitarsbyleo.com. This is a great resource where G&L owners share experiences, tips, techniques and preferences about G&L guitars and basses. There is a lot of information for everyone from professional musicians to enthusiast collectors.
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