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FACTOIDS & TRIVIA

By 1988, the ASAT began to show features that would carry forward to the present day including the block G&L and ASAT logos and the plastic t-style string tree.  The position of the string tree was located high on the headstock (near the D string tuner) early in the year just as on the 1986-87 ASATs.  Later in the year, the string tree was located lower on the headstock between the E and A tuners.  Maple body ASATs, like the one shown here, were most commonly made during the 1986-87 period, but examples occassionally left the factory from 1988 (especially early in the year) through 1991.  The maple body ASATs are highly prized by some players and collectors for their tonal similarity to the G&L Broadcaster.

G&L ASAT (March 1988)

 
Body: Solid; 2-piece maple

Finish: Black, polyurethane

Neck: 2-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Maple; black pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets: 22

Pickguard: Black crinkle powder coated aluminum

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: 8.6 lb.


















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