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The G&L ASAT Classic Bluesboy is a true study in contrasts: At home with jazz, blues, country, and she can really rock out too. This pre-2010 Bluesboy with semi-hollow construction and Indian Rosewood fretboard has an extra added dimension of depth, sustain, and resonance. Finished in Redburst -- one of G&L's sweetest colors -- it's also a knockout.
This guitar is in very good condition with some typical pick scuffing on the pickguard and a little bit of handling haze on the back of the body. But no nicks, dings or deep scratches. Fret wear is negligible.
This ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi Hollow features the following:
For us, there are hardly any downsides to G&L's semi-hollow guitars. The semi-hollow construction lets the sound "breathe" a little more, adding a feeling of more space around the notes. The equalizing effect of the chambered body also makes the response is a little smoother and less peaky at certain frequencies. Granted there is some loss in low end response, but unless you are a hard rocker it's a reasonable trade off.
While the Bluesboy of this era came with a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover, this guitar was switched out to a Duncan Alnico II Pro. Truth be told, the Seth Lover was always a little too mushy for us and lacked the definition to match up to the G&L MFD bridge. The Alnico Pro brings a little more definition and clarity to the party, and is likely to appeal more to typical single coil players. Cleaner and more defined, it's pairs up better with the raucous ASAT bridge pickup.
Switching to the bridge pickup takes you from Memphis over to Nashville. The ASAT Classic bridge pickup is well known for it's strong output, excellent clarity, and fuller midrange than a traditional Alnico pickup. You can coax a lot of twang out of this guitar, making it a picker's delight. The beauty of this pickup though is it's alter-ego ability to be a great rock and roll machine. Crank it up and there is plenty of harmonically complex and tight crunch that is perfect for classic or roots rock. This is one of our favorite go-to pickups, and it's more articulate than a humbucker, but not as brittle as a typical Tele®. When Leo Fender developed the MFD pickups, his goal was to improve the breed, not just perpetuate some vintage shtick. And he succeeded with the ASAT.
This guitar also features the original "standard" Classic C neck profile. It's is a little thicker than the typical American Fender neck, but the additional fullness feels good and will work for all but those with very small hands. The modern 12" radius fingerboard with medium jumbo frets are a well suited for modern playing styles, and more amenable to bends and soloing than a vintage-correct tighter radius board with narrow frets.
The G&L Bluesboy is really like two guitars in one, possibly three. It can easily jump the divide between jazz, country and blues with the flick of a pickup switch. And with your favorite stomp box it's not adverse to dishing out some great rock crunch. You can be at the Jazz Club on Thursday, knock out some Wallflowers or Tom Petty on Friday, and play a Square Dance Saturday night.