In 1979 Leo Fender and George Fullerton joined forces to perfect Leo's trademark instruments and innovations, the result became the fine instruments made by the good people at G&L Guitars. Come check out Colorado's only music store with a full-line of brand-new GL Legacy and ASAT Tribute Guitars (USA Models Made to Order). Don't see the one you want? Come in and order it, we welcome the discerning musician looking to find his personal ax. Why buy any old Fender guitar when you can buy the guitar Leo Fender himself always meant for you to have?
The G&L ASAT® Special just might be the quintessential G&L guitar, viewed by many as Leos 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 thirty-five 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. Whats more, this ASAT Special is offered in either a traditionally G&L Swamp Ash body for maximum attack, or a mahogany body for that righteous 80s G&L blend of jumbo MFD power mellowed by the high porosity of mahogany. Two great ASAT flavors, yours for the picking. The Tribute® Series ASAT Special brings the magic of Leos own reinterpretation of the single-cutaway bolt-on guitar, all at a price attainable for every working musician. Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, youll never look back.
- CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
- SCALE: 25 1/2"
- PICKUPS: Leo Fender-designed jumbo G&L MFD single coils made in Fullerton, California
- BODY WOOD: Basswood
- NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Maple fingerboard
- NECK WIDTH AT NUT: 1 5/8"
- NECK RADIUS: 9"
- NECK PROFILE: medium C
- FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, nickel
- TUNING KEYS: 18:1 ratio, sealed-back
- BRIDGE: Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock
- CONTROLS: 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone