Up for sale, a 1994 G&L ASAT Special in exceptional, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. As the third instrument company founded by Leo Fender, G&L's instruments benefit from Fender's decades of experience at Music Man and (of course) Fender. Produced at the same Fullerton, CA factory as the early Music Man guitars, this ASAT is the culmination of years of electric guitar innovation and design.
The direct descendant of the Telecaster, the ASAT boasts the familiar trappings associated with that instrument, but with an updated feature set. ASAT is a military abbreviation for "anti-satellite," and the name was suggested by author Richard Smith after he read an article about the Air Force's ASAT missile. Both Leo Fender and G&L co-founder Dale Hyatt reportedly liked the image of a guitar shooting down things in space, and hence the name "stuck".
Weighing 7lbs 15oz, this guitar has a spanky treble response and smooth low end that translates well through the pickups. Sporting the Leo Fender-designed MFD "Magnetic Field Design" ceramic magnet pickups, this ASAT delivers a wider frequency response when plugged into an amplifier compared to a traditional Tele-style pickup, with a grunt in the lower midrange that can only be described as "tough" sounding, in a very good way. Tonewoods include an alder body and two-piece maple neck. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, this guitar plays very well with low action and solid intonation.
The maple neck has a slender C-shaped profile carve with lightly rolled fretboard edges and a hair more shoulder and overall heft as you travel up the fretboard, measuring .790" deep at the 1st fret and .880" at the 12th. The original 22 jumbo Jescar nickel-silver frets show only light wear beneath the plain strings on frets 1-6, and the guitar plays easily up the straight neck with a responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width, and the scale length is a full 25 1/2". On the headstock, the G&L ASAT logo is intact, and the original black Schaller tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well. The three-bolt neck heel and pocket have matching stamps from February of 1994.
Electronically, everything functions as it should, with the MFD pickups wired to a three-way pickup selector and Master Volume and Tone knobs. The solder joints are untouched, and G&L was using Japanese-made pots in their ASATs from this era. The chrome-plated hardware is positively gleaming, including G&L's proprietary Saddle Lock bridge which transfers string energy right into the body end-grain resulting in a notably acoustically resonant instrument. Plastics include the translucent switch tip and multi-ply white pickguard which shows a bit of light pick scuffing and a faint sticker outline on the treble side.
Cosmetic wear on the gloss Black finish is limited to some light finish scratches and minor marks on the body as a whole, largely relegated to the back. The satin finish on the neck is flawless.
A padded Fender gigbag is included.