G&L ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico

The G&L team from Fullerton introduces the ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico, featuring three Alnico single-coil pickups.

G&L ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico
G&L ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico Butterscotch Blonde

It offers a twangy variation to G&L's popular ASAT Classic series, and comes in various custom body and neck options.

The G&L ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico guitar features single-coil Alnico V pickups that are said to be created by Leo Fender himself, the evolution of what the Telecaster should have been equipped with. To give it an interesting twist, the pickups are spec'ed by by G&L's Paul Gagon to belt out a meaty twang that gives out a modern fuller tone when compared to vintage Tele type single coils.

In between the Alnico V neck and bridge pickup is a the G&L CLF-100 Alnico V pickup, the same reverse-wound and reverse-polarity pickup used on the G&L Legacy model. This pickup is said to produce sweet and evocative quacky tone, which together with a push/pull tone pot lets you combine the neck/bridge as well as all three pickups to create a wide variety of tones and sonic depth.

Here is the rest of the press release:

These Alnico wonders aren’t just another flavor-of-the-week, having been carefully refined by Gagon for personal guitars since the late 1970s. About 30 years ago, Gagon was an R&D engineer at another company when he was tasked with finding out what was so special about the early bolt-on guitars many players raved about. Gagon tirelessly analyzed many examples of what were considered "holy grail" guitars, spending time out on the shop floor talking to builders still working in the pickup department since the ‘50s, all on a quest to discover where the real mojo was – and wasn’t. What he learned from the builders matched his own engineering analysis. You see, back in the day, the actual spec of pickups coming that down that old production line varied considerably. Moreover, that nagging imbalance between bridge and neck pickup was something he longed to improve on, and today, Gagon’s preferred pairing of Alnico V pickups has arrived to delight the ears of the discerning guitarists.

Like the G&L Legacy, the new ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico combines best-of Alnico tone with modern Leo touches for a brilliant blend of vintage and contemporary. If Alnico is your flavor, you owe it to yourself to experience what three decades of passionate development have achieved.

G&L ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico

G&L ASAT Classic 'S' Alnico 3-Tone Sunburst

To commemorate the introduction of the new 'S', G&L has commissioned a special 50-instrument production of ASAT Classic ‘S’ Alnico Launch Edition guitars. The Launch Edition features a Sugar Pine body coated in a gorgeous new Autumn Burst finish. The combination of Sugar Pine and Alnico magnet pickups harks back to early prototype instruments created by Leo Fender. This Launch Edition ‘S’ is a thoughtful blending of the best of old-school Leo with 21st century G&L quality and playability, including Plek fret processing.

For the complete specifications and for more information, you can visit G&L Guitars.

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