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Please help me identify a G&L Asat

Discussion in 'Other T-Types and Partscasters' started by Chip, Dec 6, 2018.

  1. Chip

    Chip Tele-Afflicted

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    A local Mom & Pop store has a used Asat for sale but they have no clue anything about it. They’re guessing it’s from the early 90’s. From what I’ve gathered from the internet the tremolo bridge was a custom order. So, anyone have a guess what year, model & value?

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  2. darren7

    darren7 Tele-Meister

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    Have you sent some pics directly to G&L to see what they say?
     
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  3. Shuster

    Shuster Tele-Meister Silver Supporter

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    Don't hold me to it, but my guess is an 03 model because of the first 3 numbers.
     
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  4. Squiertony

    Squiertony TDPRI Member

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    Not sure but you better not twist.....
     
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  5. Les Paul lover

    Les Paul lover Tele-Meister

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    Looks like a classic with the g&l strat trem.

    Probably worth about the same as a classic, perhaps a touch less because people wanting an telecaster/ASAT don't usually want a trem (or then a bigsby for looks).

    Bit then again ... for the right person, that trem might increase its value to them.

    Looks great. How does it play, and what's it worth to you?
     
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  6. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Afflicted

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  7. rpjones

    rpjones TDPRI Member

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    My Asat Classic is number 38890, and it was built in June/July of 1994. So you can at least know that it was built before that.
     
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  8. suave eddie

    suave eddie Tele-Afflicted

    Feb 28, 2009
    Great White North
    The serial numbers are not necessarily sequential.
     
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  9. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011
    U.S.A.
    I would say circa '94 based on surrounding serial numbers with dates in the G&L registry. As you can see, necks and bodies were made at different times, and then stored, sometimes for months, before assembly happened. And as you can see, the serial 1 before yours has the latest component date (the body) as Dec. 29, 1993, while the number only 8 after yours has the latest component date (the neck) as Dec. 21, 1994. They certainly didn't only make 8 guitars in that year, so there is definitely some screwiness as to the order in which the neck plates were installed. By the way, you are welcome to enter the for sale guitar's serial in to this database (though you won't have neck and body dates without having the shop pull the neck off).

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  10. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011
    U.S.A.
    P.S. As for value, probably $600 to $800. $800 is probably quite generous, because the condition is not great, but someone might pay it.

    Yes, obviously a non-standard bridge, but you have no way of knowing whether it was a customer-spec'd guitar (i.e. what I would call a "true custom order"), or a dealer-spec'd guitar with non-standard features. There are lots of G&Ls with non-standard options, because with G&L, a retailer didn't always just order "12 ASATs – 2 white, 2 black, 2 blue, 2 red, 2 burst, 2 clear," like with Fender. With G&L, there was a build/spec sheet prepared for each guitar ordered. Retailer didn't usually custom spec each and every instrument, but always having the options available does lend itself to dealers trying out non-standard features.

    Point being, unless you have the provenance, you never know whether it was a customer spec'd or a dealer spec'd guitar. In any case, the only reason why you'd want to know would be out of curiosity; it doesn't really affect the value.
     
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  11. maceo357

    maceo357 TDPRI Member

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    I bet that sounds super cool. Tele twang with the metal pickup plate and strat quack with from term springs.
     
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  12. Chip

    Chip Tele-Afflicted

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    Thanks for all the help guys!

    I actually don’t have any interest in buying this guitar, I’m just trying to help the store owner figure out what he was selling. I told him about the TDPRI and how you all could help pinpoint the guitar and of course you didn’t disappoint. I’ll definitely pass on all the information, thanks again.

    He’s also selling an old natural body Tribute that I’m in LOVE with. I sure wish I could come up with the money because it’s absolutely killer!
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  13. EsquireOK

    EsquireOK Tele-Afflicted

    Aug 30, 2011
    U.S.A.
    That Tribute is likely a fine guitar, but the market dictates it should sell for no more than $300. MAYBE $350 if it is truly as new, AND has the original G&L embroidered gig bag.

    If it is a very early Japanese-made Tribute, that's another story. They bring just as much as U.S.A. models ($600 to $1,000).
     
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