G&L ASAT Classic Cherry Burst Left Handed Rosewood

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For our left handed friends, here's a lefty ASAT with a refreshing look. The G&L ASAT Classic features the timeless layout and pickup configuration of Leo Fender's groundbreaking Telecaster®, and important updates including individual brass bridge saddles and specially designed Magnetic Field Design pickups. The result is plenty of classic cluck, twang and sparkle but with more modern output, clarity, and flexibility.

This custom-ordered G&L ASAT Classic features:

  • Cherry Burst finish on Alder, 7.8 pounds
  • Scraped Wood Binding
  • Rear body contour, Original Leo Spec. 1.62" body depth
  • Modern Classic neck, 9.5" radius, 1-11/16 nut width
  • Clear satin finish hard rock maple neck
  • Indian Rosewood fretboard
  • Medium jumbo frets
  • Sperzel standard tuners
  • Pickguard delete
  • G&L MFD ASAT “ashtray” bridge pickup assembly
  • G&L MFD neck pickup
  • Volume and tone controls
  • Deluxe tolex G&G hardshell case
  • Made in Fullerton, CA

The original Tele® neck pickup was actually designed to mimic a bass guitar, and it's muddy dark sound was a feature, not a defect. Fender progressively made the neck pickup more usable, but to this day many players have a mixed feelings about it. Leo Fender finally fixed it with his ASAT Classic MFD pickup. It's got the classic round, slightly hollow Tele neck tone, but with better clarity, less compression and a stronger attack across the spectrum. Chalk it up to MFD design, which uses a low resistance coil and fairly strong ceramic magnet. It will punch through the mix much better than a traditional Tele pickup, but roll it off a little and the softer, more bell-like Tele tone emerges. It's vintage in nature, but much more usable in the context of a band setting.

Using mild amounts of distortion yields a very musical, slightly crunchy sound with great note definition: The kind of tone you can use practically on any song, and the notes don't get smeared or muddy. Adding more gain creates a creamy/crunch with a lot of texture that is well suited to expressive lead work. It sings very much like a good PAF.

G&L's ASAT MFD bridge pickup was Leo Fender's take on improving his classic bridge pickup (which was originally lifted from his pedal steel guitars). It's got all those twangy, chewy vintage flavors packed in there but with more body, output, and fewer sharp edges. Add some gain and this pickup becomes an awesome classic rock machine with surprising rock capabilities. It's truly a great lead pickup; harmonic, crunchy, with great touch sensitivity and rock-ability. The MFD pickups stretch the limits of what you can expect with this type of guitar, without heavily compromising traditional tones.

The neck on profile on this guitar is their Modern Classic complete with optional Indian Rosewood fretboard. The Modern Classic profile blends a slightly wider nut width with G&L's Slim C profile, and a 9.5" radius fretboard. The wider nut reduces the chance of string falloff, and the slimmer profile and 9.5" radius keeps the extra width from feeling cumbersome. The Modern Classic profile has been a hit with just about everyone, and while G&L offers several profiles the "MCNK" is the solid favorite.

This is a deceptively versatile guitar, and its ability to flow from country twang to jazz, blues, funk and killer rock crunch makes it hard to put down. Who would have guessed that two pickups and a slab of wood could be so much fun? The ASAT Classic combines classic looks, flawless finish, and outstanding flexibility.

We are an authorized G&L Premier dealer located in Bellingham, Massachusetts, and this is a new guitar with all tags, tools, paperwork and certificates. We have over 25 G&L’s in stock at all times, and please feel free to browse our other listings, or contact us for information on a custom order. You can contact us at 508-686-6697.

Product Specs

ConditionBrand New (New)
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