2022 G&L USA - ASAT Classic Thinline Limited - 3 Tone Burst
No. 9239, One of just 50 made for the US Market. Weight = 6 pounds 8 ounces, includes well padded G&L Gig Bag.
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The original Fender Telecaster® Thinline was a great concept that never developed the following of its legendary solid body predecessor. G&L has kept this great style of guitar alive with the ASAT Classic Semi-Hollow Limited and are now introducing a true G&L Thinline! Featuring the classic layout and pickup configuration of Leo Fender's groundbreaking Telecaster®, the ASAT Classic Thinline is being made in limited numbers of just "50" instruments, and this stunning guitar features a semi-hollow lightweight, toneful Alder body.
This special Limited Edition ASAT Classic Thinline features the following:
Semi Hollow Alder Body w/ F-hole - 6 pounds 8 ounces
3-Tone Sunburst finish
G&L 'Modern Classic' neck, 9.5" radius, 1-11/16" nut width
Light tint satin thick slab rosewood fingerboard
Medium jumbo frets
G&L split and drilled tuners
G&L MFD neck pickup
G&L ASAT Classic "Ashtray" bridge pickup
3-way pickup selector
3 ply Tortoise style pickguard
Made in USA
Why go Semi-Hollow? Besides light weight, the semi-hollow design has some very nice benefits. The semi-hollow construction adds a touch of roundness to the high end and makes the guitar less "peaky". The attack is bit softer than a solid ASAT, but there is greater depth sense and "air" to the notes. Plus the MFD pickups are very touch responsive and there is more than enough bite available just by varying picking style. Overall it's a great blend of warmth and cluck, with a smooth midrange and good clarity.
If you like the "idea" of a Tele® neck pickup but never truly warm up to them, you'll really dig the ASAT Classic MFD neck pickup. Full up, it's clean, bold, with a very even response across the spectrum. Low notes are big and round with a generous percussive feel, and the high end is clean but smooth. Roll off the volume just a tad and the classic round, slightly hollow Tele neck tone appears, but with better clarity, less compression and a more satisfying attack. This is a pickup that does not necessarily reveal its most interesting tones full up, and players will be rewarded handsomely for using their volume and tone controls.
The ASAT Classic bridge is a Tale of Two Pickups. Played clean it is sparkly with plenty of twang on tap, and there is a slight "give" to the attack that lends the notes a nice springy feel. Hit it with some gain and this pickup becomes an awesome classic rock machine with gobs of overtones, harmonic complexity, and great sustain aided by the string-through body and brass saddles. It's truly great lead pickup; more articulate than a humbucker, and enough midrange content and bottom end to avoid being overly sharp or crackly.
This guitar comes with G&L's newest neck profile, the Modern Classic. Slimmer like the old "Slim C" this Modern Classic has a 9.5" radius and a 1-11/16" nut width. The string spacing is the same as their 1-5/8" Classic C necks, and the extra width is there to help prevent string fall off. Players who like an American Fender® neck will take to the Modern Classic.
The ASAT Classic Thinline is being built in small numbers by the dedicated crew at G&L in the historic Fender Avenue shop in Fullerton, California. We don't know if it will become a permanent fixture in the line up, so grab yours now! Just 50 made!