02-19-2013 10:47 PM
This is a one off custom made G&L ASAT (Classic/Special), an absolute gem and example of what the folks at G&L are capable of. The tone is full, spanky and rich, almost a merging in tones of the original Broadcaster and the James Burton era Telecasters. Clearly, Leo and George were onto something here but this model was built by the modern day G&L custom shop.
The body is dual chambered semi-hollow high grade ash, beautiful birdseye maple neck, locking tuners, 2 MFD (Magnetic Field Design) pickups and a Bigsby vibrato.
Sound wise, the chiming MFD's would suit the blues, country and rockabilly player. The feel of the neck is smooth and very playable. No problem bending strings and speed playing. I like the concept of the Bigsby but it's not really useable. The arm hits the Volume/Tone and pickup selector switch right in its sweet spot. The designers could have moved the Vol/Tone pots to the right corner of the body (like a traditional Fender Thinline Tele) and the pickup selector to another position.
The owner of the guitar is reversing the control plate, replacing the knobs with miniature dome knobs and increasing the size of the spring from 3/4" to 1". This workaround should do the job nicely, although it will alter the appearance somewhat.
We played the guitar through a Fender Supersonic and Roland Cube and it performed as you would expect from this top of the shelf guitar.
02-20-2013 01:39 AM - edited 02-20-2013 01:40 AM
Nice guitar And i don't usually go for Tele-types.
02-20-2013 12:59 PM
Wowzerz! Pretty freakin' sweet!
02-20-2013 07:59 PM
I love G&L's and that's an especially sexy model. I'd definitely swap the control plate, though.
02-21-2013 03:42 AM
That is one beautiful guitar !!
02-21-2013 04:04 AM
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