In celebration of what would have been our founder Leo Fender’s 100th birthday, the people of G&L Musical Instruments, in collaboration with Phyllis Fender, have created a guitar and bass to honor Leo by incorporating certain elements of Leo Fender’s early G&L designs with a modern, heartfelt approach.
The C.L.F. Centennial ASAT begins with a comfortable quarter-sawn slim Heritage “C” shape neck profile with 7.5 inch radius, a favorite among enthusiasts of vintage G&L guitars for its fast, easy playability. Authentic vintage ASAT tone comes courtesy of G&L MFD (Magnetic Field Design) large single-coil pickups, each carefully hand-wound using NOS 42 gauge plain enamel wire.
Complementing the vintage ASAT tone and feel is an authentic black wrinkle powder-coated 6061/T6 cold-rolled aluminum pickguard and matching control plate; these parts offered more than a sleek appearance, they helped control RF (radio-frequency) interferences received by the electronics and single-coil pickups. These thoughtful details are brought together with contemporary G&L features, such as the non-compression truss rod and the unparalleled playability of PLEK fret dressing, demonstrating the measure of G&L’s progress and standing as testament to the enduring appeal of Leo’s final designs and his company on Fender Avenue that continues to produce them today.
There will be a 50 piece run that will be available starting in June 2009.