This ASAT Special from G&L features an Alder body finished in Cherryburst with the legendary G&L MFD Jumbo single coil pickups.
The G&L ASAT® Special just might be the quintessential G&L guitar, viewed by many as Leo’s ultimate single-cutaway. Back in 1985, Leo Fender† launched this model under the G&L Broadcaster name, which prompted a response from Fred Gretsch of Gretsch Guitars over the name just as it had thirty-five years earlier. History buffs will recall that the Broadkaster® name is owned by Gretsch, and once again, a Broadcaster from Leo was required to have its name changed. This time around, the name became “ASAT” which is US military shorthand for an “Anti-Satellite” missile.
The ASAT Special, as the model became known, features jumbo single-coil Magnetic Field Design™ pickups, each with a narrow bobbin aperture for a coil which is shallow yet wide. In this regard, an MFD™ jumbo single coil is similar to a P-90 or Jazzmaster® pickup, yet the MFD principle provides a punchier bottom end and brighter top end sparkling with harmonics. Leo further departed with the past with the addition of his innovative Saddle-Lock™ bridge which transfers string energy right into the body end-grain for an incredibly resonant instrument. The result is one of the most versatile guitars ever, serving up ballsy twang to searing blues to smooth jazz tones.
- Construction - Bolt-On, Solid Body
- Body Wood - Alder
- Pickguard - 3-ply White Pearl
- Finish - Cherryburst
- Frets - 22 Medium Jumbo
- Scale length - 25.5"
- Neck Wood - Hard Rock Maple
- Neck Shape - Modern Classic
- Nut Width - 1 11/16"
- Fretboard Wood - Rosewood
- Inlays - Dots
- Tuners - G&L Locking Tuners
- Nut - Bone
- Bridge - G&L Saddle-Lock Bridge
- Knobs - Knurled Dome-Top
- Hardware Type - Chrome
- Neck Pickup - G&L MFD Jumbo Single-Coil
- Bridge Pickup - G&L MFD Jumbo Single Coil
- 3 position blade selector