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2008 G&L Tribute Series ASAT Classic Electric Guitar Sunburst, Japan


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Up for sale, a 2008 G&L Tribute ASAT Classic electric guitar in excellent condition and in perfect working order. Made in Japan exclusively for the Japanese domestic market, this quality iteration of the Tribute Series is rarely seen outside its country of origin, not to be confused with the myriad Tribute models produced elsewhere. 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. 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."

The direct descendant of the Telecaster, the ASAT Classic boasts the familiar trappings associated with that instrument, but with an updated feature set. The classic tonewood combination of an ash body, maple neck, and gloss-finished maple fretboard results in an instrument that has a big, round acoustic voice with the distinctive complex midrange push of a solid ash body. 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. This ASAT weighs 8lbs 5oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike’s Guitar Bar with 10-46 strings, low action, and solid intonation.

The maple neck has a slender, fast-feeling C profile carve with rolled fretboard edges and just a hair more substance as you travel up the neck, measuring .800" deep at the 1st fret and .865" at the 12th. The maple fretboard sports a 7 1/4“ radius, dot inlay, and stock medium jumbo fretwire. The frets have good meat and height, showing light uniform wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, faintly extending beneath the plain strings to fret 11, with virtually no wear further up the fretboard. The scale length is 25 1/2“, and the nut measures 1 5/8“ in width. On the headstock, the original Gotoh tuning machines turn smoothly and hold pitch well.

Electronically, everything functions as it should, with the MFD pickup pair wired to a three-way pickup selector and Master Volume and Tone controls with knurled knobs. The three-tone Sunburst gloss finish is rich and vibrant, and cosmetic wear is limited to some requisite pick scuffing across the three-ply white pickguard, with a few small, isolated finish chips, scuffs and minor marks, mostly relegated to the back and body parameter. The neck profile sports a smooth satin finish.

A gigbag is included.