THE SECOND INSTRUMENT FROM THE G&L CUSTOM CREATIONS DEPARTMENT

In 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.

Specifications

BODY WOOD:
Chambered Mahogany
BODY FINISH:
Translucent Cherry
NECK WOOD:
Mahogany; Ebony fingerboard
NECK FINISH:
Translucent Cherry
NECK WIDTH:
1 5/8” Width at Nut
NECK RADIUS:
12”
FRETWIRE:
Medium Jumbo 6100
TUNERS:
Chrome Schaller
NECK PICKUP:
Custom ASAT Special with Black covers
PICKGUARD:
3-ply black LP style
BRIDGE PICKUP:
Custom ASAT Special with Black covers
CASE:
Tolex hardshell
BRIDGE:
Stop Bar Tailpiece
CONTROLS:
Rear mounted; 3-way LP style selector, volume, tone; Black LP style knobs