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ASAT Special, ASAT Classic, ASAT Blues Boy -Tribute G & L

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The ASAT body style was invented by Leo Fender way back in the 1940s and called the Broadcaster. Most of us know the rest of that story.

The ASAT Classic uses a set of traditional pickups eveoled and refined by Leo. The patentedMagnetic Field Design® pickups use a ceramic bar magnet installed underneath each coil, with soft iron adjustable pole pieces to transfer the magnetic field to the surface of the pickup. The Magnetic Field Design has this adjustment, but further offers individual adjustment of each pole piece, letting the player effectively adjust the output of each string on each pickup. Magnetic Field Design yield about twice the output per wind, making the pickup quieter while allowing a greater overall output. The sound of Magnetic Field Design pickups is slightly warmer with a broader frequency response.

The ASAT Special takes that Magnetic Field Design® and fattens it up even more for rich bell like tones that cannot be heard with any other pickup.
The patented G&L Saddle-Lock® bridge, is used on the ASAT Special, as well as the full range of G&Lbasses. This design was revolutionary for a number of reasons. The most significant feature is a small Allen screw on the side of the bridge, which presses all the saddles together so they resonate as though they were one single mass. This eliminates the loss of string vibration energy caused by side-to-side saddle movement inherent in other designs. Further, the strings no longer needed to be routed though the rear of the body for optimum sustain as well as allowing the strings to enter directly through the rear of the bridge.

The ASAT Blues Boy uses the ASAT Classic pickup in the bridge position along with a Seymour Duncan Seth Lover humbucker in neck position. Life is good.

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