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Anyone else have a maple-bodied ASAT Classic Tele???

Discussion in 'Guitars in General' started by Jonster, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. Jonster

    Jonster Member

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    I have an early - mid 90's, (not sure of the production date), 3-bolt neck, swamp-ash-capped, translucent red, ASAT Classic Tele. Rosewood board.

    I KNOW the body is maple for sure. The guitar weighs in at exactly 7.14 lbs, and is a tone monster. Despite the usual concensus re: maple bodies, this guitar resonates beautifully, is light, and just sounds great. It has a unique tone too, unlike any other tele I've owned. (owned about 30 over the years)

    I have not been able to find too much info. on the guitar over on the G&L page. Very little in fact. I was just wondering if anone else had this guit, and what they thought of it. Is it rare? Why did they stop making them? Just curious. I feel it's a very special guitar with tons of mojo.
     
  2. HHB

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    thats really light for a maple body guitar, got any pics?
     
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    I am a G&L fan, and I own several, and looking to buy more.

    The G&L translucent finishes are shot on instruments made of ash.

    How is it that you are convinced this body is maple?

    If you are really curious, call G&L. They'll talk to you.
     
  4. Jonster

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    Well, first off, I know wood. Been playing 33 years, and have owned a plethora of Tele's. Northern ash, swamp, alder, basswood......all easily identifiable to me.

    The top is swamp all the way, easily visible.

    The body is without a doubt MAPLE. trust me.
    The grain, color, density,.....all maple. Not only is the grain clearly visible under the finish, but when I bought the guitar (used) unfortunately it had a pretty good gash on the inner edge, bottom. I was able to confirm my assesment with a more forensic, if you will, examination. ;) Again, good ol' maple. I know there are others like it, certainly not a one-off.

    I have also had friends/store owners in the know examine it. They confer %100.
     
  5. Bluewail

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    A few years back I had an ASAT 3 bolt that was 3 color sunburst on 1 pc. solid flamed maple, not a cap but solid flamed maple. It was an early one as it used the black crinkle haedware like the early G&L Broadcasters. It was one back-breakin's twang machine. Bright enough to cut diamonds at 100 yards. Only one I've ever seen like it.
     
  6. Jonster

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    Blue, that's the weird thing. This guitar is NOT overly bright at all. Very refined tone. Also very light.

    I guess it is a rare bird. I will try and contact G&L and get a better idea of how rare it is. Everywhere I bring it, or perform with it, players are always grabbing it or asking about it. It sounds killer, and plays like a dream.

    Thanks for the responses!
     
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    Soft or hard maple?
    I don't know the density specs or even how to ID them in guitars, but they are different from one another.
     
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    I had a '85 SB-1 that I'm 99% sure was a maple body from the grain. Definitely neither ash nor alder. I was not able to get any info from the factory. It was pretty heavy.

    I still have a few pics:

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    The tone was pretty unique for a G&L, deep and aggressive but not a lot of presence. The pickup was a prototype and fairly low output, especially compared to a MFD.
     

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