ASAT® Special

ASAT Special in Tobacco Sunburst

Shown in Tobacco Sunburst

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 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. What’s 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 Leo’s 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, you’ll never look back.

Available in:

  • • Tobacco Sunburst over mahogany body, 3-ply black pickguard, tinted gloss neck finish, rosewood fingerboard
  • • Blueburst over swamp ash body, pearl pickguard, clear satin neck finish, rosewood fingerboard

Broadkaster is a registered trademark of Fred W. Gretsch Enterprises, Ltd. Jazzmaster is a registered trademark of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive "hook" headstock design, Tribute, ASAT, Bluesboy, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.

† The personal name, likeness and signature of Mr. Clarence Leo Fender are property of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. and may not be used in any commercial capacity without prior approval. For enquiries regarding the use of the "Leo Fender" name, likeness or signature, please contact us. G&L is not associated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

Specifications

  • CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
  • SCALE: 25 1/2"
  • PICKUPS: Leo Fender†-designed jumbo G&L MFD™ single coils made in Fullerton, California
  • BODY WOOD: Swamp Ash or Mahogany
  • NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Rosewood 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

ASAT Special in Blueburst
ASAT Special in Blueburst over Swamp Ash

ASAT Special in Tobacco Sunburst
ASAT Special in Tobacco Sunburst over Mahogany

Nick Jaffe demo and discussion of the ASAT Special with a BBE Windowpane fuzz and BBE Two Timer analog delay

 

Nick Jaffe demos the BBE Two Timer using the ASAT Special