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The G&L ASAT, an acronym taken from the military’s anti-satellite missile, was the offspring of the Broadcaster. The earliest ASATs (1986 to mid-1987) retained many Broadcaster features such as the black chrome tuners, 1-ply black plastic pickguard, large metal string retainer, and serif style logo. However, the maple body was used infrequently after 1987. Three fingerboard options were offered on the early ASATs:  rosewood, maple, and ebony; with three curvature options: 7.5-inch, 12-inch, and 25-inch. In addition, from 1986 through 1988, the ASAT was available with a Leo Fender Fine Tuner Vibrato or a Kahler Vibrato. Artists who endorsed ASATs include John Jorgensen and Will Ray of The Hellecasters.   The guitar shown here is a very example from the first full month of production after the name changed from Broadcaster to ASAT.

G&L ASAT (April 1986)

Solid; 2-piece maple

Finish: Sunburst, polyurethane

Neck: 2-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Ebony; pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets: 22

Pickguard: Single ply black plastic

Bridge: G&L Locktight, black crinkle powder coat

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: G&L/Schaller sealed, black chrome

Pickups: Two, G&L Magnetic Field Design single coil with adjustable pole pieces

Controls: Master volume, master tone, 3-way pickup selector switch

Scale Length: 25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 12 5/8 inches

Body Depth: 1 5/8 inches

Weight: 8.8 lb.

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