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Introducing the Ascari and Fiorano
You expect tone in a great new guitar. Looks don’t hurt, either. But when you get history in the bargain, something special is going on. Introducing the two newest guitars in G&L’s Tribute Series, the Ascari and the Fiorano. They deliver everything: stellar tone, distinctive looks, and history that includes towering figures in rock-guitar design.
First, the History.
Simply put, these are the first set-neck, three-tuners-to-a-side guitars G&L has ever made. That’s history right there. The inspiration was G&L founder Leo Fender† – specifically a prototype drawing discovered in Leo’s laboratory two years ago. It was dated January 18th, 1980. It was Leo’s idea for the G-100, a 24¾” scale, three-tuners-to-a-side axe, rendered on paper by his partner, G&L co-founder George Fullerton.
“The G-100 drawing literally fell out in front of me,” says Steve Grom, G&L’s director of manufacturing. “I’m not ready to say it was a sign from Leo, but it was certainly startling and revealing.” Leo’s G-100 concept was a bolt-on: 30 years ago, G&L didn’t have the means to produce set-necks. But times have changed, and the creative juices at G&L started flowing.
G&L’s vice president of engineering, Paul Gagon – who logged time at Fender Musical Instruments and Jackson Guitars early in his career – brought in his longtime friend Grover Jackson, founder of Jackson Guitars, to collaborate on design. Together they channeled the heavy-rock vibe of the ’80s, when Leo and George stretched their imaginations on aggressive models like the Interceptor, Superhawk and Rampage, and when Jackson created his own iconic guitars – axes that would inspire Gagon’s designs for the G&L Climax and second-generation Invader in the ‘90s.
So for Gagon and Jackson this time around, history was in the air – with the crucial twist that the new Ascari and Fiorano would tap into the power and tradition of set-neck, three-tuners-to-a-side guitars – a first for G&L.
† 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.