My guitar collection - G&L


The year 2020 marked G&L 40th (Ruby) Anniversary. To celebrate the occasion, the company introduced several exclusive models at the Winter NAMM show in January of that year. Two models were not limited in production: a Fullerton Deluxe S-500 guitar and Fullerton Deluxe SB-1 bass. But there were also 2 models limited to only 40 pieces each: the 40th Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000 bass and the 40th Anniversary Custom Shop CLF Research Espada. What they have in common is an Okoumé body with a 3A Quilted maple top, all finished in an exclusive Clear Ruby Red Thin Urethane, and a highly figured, roasted hard-rock maple neck with matching fingerboard. What they do not share is the same naming convention. Although the L-2000 has all the looks of the CLF Research version, that does not appear in its model designation. I guess because as far as the Espada is concerned, there is no other version available beyond the CLF Research Espada? At least not yet. Beyond the stunning exterior, it is the same CLF Research Espada under the covers as the one on the previous page: 2 Espada Magnetic Field Design split-coil pickups controlled by a 3-position pickup selector, PTB circuit, series/parallel switch for the 2 half-coils in the pickup, and a 3-position switch to select the preamp mode, all mounted on a saber shaped control panel. The radius of the fingerboard is 9½” and it otherwise has Jescar Medium Jumbo 57110 frets, 1¹¹⁄₁₆” wide bone nut, and Kluson tuning machines. For the workings of all the different switches, please consult the previous page and/or the following link to the current production CLF Research Espada model:


40th Anniversary Custom Shop CLF Research Espada

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In the context of this guitar I have to make an announcement: it is not expected any younger, post-2020 G&L instruments will be added to this collection. With getting close to a total of 200, one needs to know ones limits. And most, if not all, of the story of Leo Fender’s last endeavor can be told with what can be found on these pages. But what a gorgeous model to use for the final chapter. After the 2020 Winter NAMM, I was eagerly awaiting any further announcements on this model but, unlike the 40th Anniversary Custom Shop L-2000, none appeared on the G&L company website, at least not before March 2020. So one had to make do with the announcement of the 40th Anniversary Custom Shop CLF Research Espada on the Guitars by Leo website. Somewhat as expected, even though it is a Custom Shop model, the specs cannot be modified. So no option for e.g. a 12” fingerboard and/or Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato. No complaint here since that is true for previous Limited Edition Anniversary models too. Looking around in February where I could place an order, the only store providing an opportunity to pre-order one of the 40 guitars was UpFront Guitars in Franklin, MA, the same store which helped me so much with fixing all the small nits with the Custom Shop ASAT RMC P-90/HB, in no small part due to the hard work of Gordon Swanson. He’ll take care of this order and I am eagerly awaiting what the result will look like.

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D’Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound Regular Light (10-46)