G&L Unveils the ASAT Classic Alnico -
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 flavour.
Framed in a classic boxed-steel bridge, the single-coil Alnico V
bridge pickup created by Leo Fender† and specked by Paul Gagon
belts out meaty twang that that'll stop you in your tracks, while
individual brass saddles Leo upgraded for the ASAT Classic offer
modern levels of intonation refinement. Flip to the Alnico V neck
pickup and you'll discover Gagon's spec offers a fuller tone that
leaves those anaemic old pickups in the dust. What's more, the two
pickups pair beautifully for an exceptionally sweet, jangly tone
bursting with harmonics.
These Alnico wonders aren't just another flavour-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
Like the G&L Legacy, the new ASAT Classic 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.
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 developed by veteran G&L painter, Malcolm
McLamore. The combination of a Sugar Pine body and Alnico magnet
pickups harkens back to early prototype instruments created by Leo
Fender, yet the Launch Edition isn't a time-warp instrument: this
is a thoughtful remix that blends the best of old-school Leo with
21st century G&L quality and playability including Plek fret