note from Dave McLaren:
ASAT "Junior" is a guitar that we had been dreaming of
for years. The Custom Creations Department team really liked the
sound of the ASAT pickups in a Chambered Mahogany body, but we thought
we would take the concept further. It really started because many
players new to the ASAT Special mistake its large, rectangular Magnetic
Field Design pickups for P-90 type pickups. We have often heard
these people say, "Oh yeah, that's the one with P-90 pickups".
Naturally, we have to explain that the ASAT Special pickups are
in fact not P-90s and different in design.
with our knowledge that the ASAT Special pickups sounded great in
a Chambered Mahogany body, we thought we would have some fun with
the idea that ASAT Special pickups do have a similar appearance
to P-90s. The styling influences for the ASAT "Junior"
are quite obvious, however the tone is quite unlike anything that
came from Kalamazoo. After all, the heart of the ASAT "Junior"
are real ASAT Special Magnetic Field Design pickups.
ASAT "Junior" made its debut at the Summer '98 NAMM show
in Nashville (July 10-12), and the crowd was knocked out! Word of
this guitar got around the show rapidly, and many of the Nashville
gunslingers (many of which are already big fans of the ASAT Special)
came over to see what this axe was all about. Sure, they drooled
over the cool look of the guitar, but when they plugged it in, they
couldn't believe the tones. "The clean tones are the best!"
we heard. "No way, dirty that thing up and its even better!"
commented another Nashville cat. One thing we did figure out real
quick: this guitar gets it done and everyone knew it.
line on this one? If you're an ASAT collector, you owe it to yourself
if you ever come across one. I've got mine, and there's no way I'm
gonna part with it.