This piece came from a customer who was looking build another Deluxe in a different finish. This guitar was primarily used in the studio and besides a bit of haze on the black parts of the finish, it is in excellent condition. This guitar is circa 2012.
This G&L ASAT Deluxe is uniquely appointed with the following features:
- Mahogany body with premium flame maple top, 8.8 pounds
- G&L 'Classic C' neck, 12" radius, 1-5/8" nut
- Satin finish rock maple neck
- Matching headstock
- Medium jumbo frets
- G&L split and drilled tuners
- Seymour Duncan '59 neck pickup
- Seymour Duncan JB bridge pickup
- G&L Saddle Lock Bridge
- Volume and Tone Control, 3-way switch
- mini-toggle for coil split
- Plek® Laser Guided fret finishing
- Original G&L tolex hardshell
- Made in USA
Sonically, one would expect a guitar with these type of pickups and body woods to be in the realm of a Les Paul. After all, it's a fairly thick (1-7/8") mahogany body with maple top. However, the neck construction, scale length and bridge type contribute greatly to the overall sound of the guitar. The neck pickup has the punch, solid attack and strong midrange you'd except from a Duncan '59, but the tone is cleaner and more airy than usual. It's certainly not a single coil sound, but rather that elusive combination of thickness and openness that many players crave from their PAF pickups. The tone is firm but pleasantly snappy without having to crank the treble or presence controls. Even when kicking in a distortion pedal, the Duncan kept it's clarity and definition and did not become mushy. One does not normally equate a neck humbucker with lead work, but with the ASAT Deluxe you definitely have that option for a thicker, fuller lead tone that still cuts.
The Duncan JB is a go-to bridge pickup for a lot of players, blending a nice combination of output, bite, and harmonics. In the ASAT Deluxe you get what you'd expect with this pickup, but with a leaner midrange and a little more sparkle in the upper end. It does not sound like a "hot" pickup but still has plenty of power, and matches the neck pickup well. The ASAT Deluxe can also tap the pickups for leaner single coil sounds by flipping the mini toggle. It's not crucial on the ASAT Deluxe to access cleaner tones. But when you want it, you'll be treated to chimey rhythm sounds that are almost acoustic in nature.
This guitar is equipped with G&L's Classic C neck profile. The G&L standard for many years, it measures .835" at the first fret and .960" at the 12th fret. Still a favorite of ours, it combines good palm support up the neck, and the 12" radius makes big bends and fast runs a snap. And the G&L saddle lock bridge provides a solid foundation and plenty of sustain. What many don't realize is that there is a small set screw on the side of the bridge, which is the "saddle lock" feature. Tightening this screw locks the saddles together for better coupling, sustain, and fewer sympathetic vibrations.
The G&L ASAT Deluxe is a great example of how much guitar construction influences sound, and is not just something you nail a pickup onto. The diverse Gibson/Fender elements of the ASAT come together to create a guitar that is powerful, but clean and articulate in a way that is difficult to achieve with a shorter scale set neck guitar. Plus it looks like a million bucks.