G&L Introduces the ASAT Classic Alnico
July 19, 2012
While the G&L ASAT Classic is Leo’s final word on the traditional single-cutaway bolt-on axe with its Magnetic Field Design single-coil pickups, the new ASAT Classic Alnico has arrived to blend latter-day-Leo with uncompromising Alnico sonic flavor. The single-coil Alnico V bridge pickup created by Leo Fender and specced by G&L’s Paul Gagon belts out meaty twang that that’ll stop you in your tracks. Flip to the Alnico V neck pickup and you’ll discover Gagon’s spec offers a fuller tone that leaves those anemic old pickups in the dust. What’s more, the two pickups pair beautifully for an exceptionally sweet, jangly tone bursting with harmonics.
Made in the historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the ASAT Classic Alnico is available with a wide range of custom options including body and neck woods, body and neck finishes, neck profiles and pickguard materials. MSRP for the ASAT Classic Alnico starts at $1,500.
To commemorate the initial production of these Alnico pickups, G&L has commissioned a special 100 instrument production of ASAT Classic Alnico Launch Edition guitars. The Launch Edition features a Sugar Pine body and coated in a gorgeous new Autumn Burst finish. The combination of a Sugar Pine body and Alnico magnet pickups harkens back to early prototype instruments created by Leo Fender: this is a thoughtful remix that blends the best of old-school Leo with 21st century G&L quality and playability including Plek fret processing.
MSRP for the ASAT Classic Launch Edition is $1,800.