G&L - a Legacy of Engineering and Design
The Ascari and Fiorano
Which brings up the Looks.
Starting from Leo’s G-100 concept, Gagon and Jackson gave themselves the freedom to create an instrument that would appeal to a broad range of serious guitarists. They worked nonstop on the computer-aided design to form the subtle, appealing arcs and contours of the Ascari’s balanced body shape and slinky D-profile neck.
Whenever G&L creates a new guitar, it asks itself, “Would Leo have wanted it this way?”
As for the headstock, when it’s your inaugural “three-by-three,” you don’t want to mess it up, and G&L didn’t. The beautiful headstock shape is closely modeled on Leo’s original design, and the art-deco headstock motif required more than 20 revisions before the design team was happy.
The Ascari’s offset double cutaways will be familiar to fans of double-cut dual-humbucker guitars in general, and G&L fans will note the influence of Leo’s classic F-100 and G-200 dual-humbucker models, too. But when you combine all the elements, including a flamed maple veneer top and knurled knobs, you get a guitar that stakes out its own territory. Same with the Fiorano. The family resemblance to the Ascari is there, but the Fiorano’s body shouts aggressiveness in a way matched only by three generations of Leo’s Interceptor rock machine, particularly the later models. And it’s got a slimmer, 24-fret neck with a longer 25½” scale – ideal for brutal riffing and detuned/drop-tuned heaviness.
Which brings up Tone.
Pickups are the heart of a guitar, and for the Ascari and Fiorano, G&L did what the company’s been doing for three decades: design and spec them from scratch. Electronics is one of Gagon’s specialties at G&L, and he spent weeks on these alnicos, winding and evaluating the tones of different wire gauges, turns per bobbin, magnet strengths and pickup placement.
The results are a bridge pickup that’s fat and aggressive and a neck pickup that recalls the best traditional PAF. The Ascari’s pickups have chrome covers to suit its sonic and visual vibe, and they’re so well potted that you can nestle up to a Marshall 50-watt with a 20db boost pedal dimed and not hear a squeal. The Fiorano’s pickups are uncovered for punch.
Care has been taken everywhere else, as well. The Tone-Pros locking stopbar tailpiece is solid and full of sustain. On each guitar, both pickups are tappable via the push-pull tone knob. The Ascari’s neck joint will be familiar to 24¾” dual-humbucker guitar fans, and the Fiorano’s has a sculpted heel for even more agility up the neck.
The result: two versatile, high-performance guitars that do everything their pedigree and appearance promise, and more.
Don’t ignore the Names.
Leo Fender loved naming his creations. So G&L took pains to find the right names for these ambitious guitars. The Ascari is named after a racetrack “where sophisticated, ultra-high-performance machines created by intensely passionate people are pushed to their limits,” explains Dave McLaren, G&L’s executive vice president. Fiorano is the name of the curvaceous test track of Italy’s most renowned supercar maker.
The names befit the guitars they grace: the Ascari and the Fiorano tap into G&L’s deep history of passion, innovation and full-throttle rock, exemplified in Leo Fender’s† own G&L designs, in the Rampage played and endorsed by Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains – and now in the newest G&L guitars, the Ascari and the Fiorano.
Whenever G&L creates a new guitar, it asks itself, “Would Leo have wanted it this way?” In the Ascari and the Fiorano, the G&L team is certain the answer is yes. See and hear for yourself at your authorized dealer.
† The personal name, likeness and signature of Mr. Clarence Leo Fender are property of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. and may not be used in any commercial capacity without prior approval. For commercial enquiries regarding the use of the "Leo Fender" name, likeness or signature, please contact us. G&L is not associated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.