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This G&L Cavalier-E is particularly rare for a number of reasons. Not only is it one of the first Cavaliers ever built, it also has a mahogany one-piece body in Natural finish, a Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge, and is void of a pickguard; no screw holes are visible saving you $30 according to the price list shown below. And to top it off, this is a Cavalier-E, implying it has a preamp which allows one to switch between high-impedance and low-impedance without coloring the sound, i.e. no changes in volume and/or tonal spectrum occur. The volume control and PTB tone stack are still mounted on a black powder-coated control panel. The #2 hard-rock maple neck has a of 7½” radiused ebony fingerboard. Greg Gagliano features an ash Cavalier-E w/DFV on his website affirming the rarity of this configuration.


G&L Cavalier-E

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1983

Serial number:   G013931 (gifted by Leo Fender to author Richard R. Smith)

Neck date:         AUG 10 1983

Body date:         JUL 14 1983

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

Above it has already been mentioned that this particular instrument is a quadruple rare specimen. There is a good reason for that since it was a gift from Leo Fender to Richard R. Smith, author of “Fender: The Sound Heard ‘round The World” (Hal Leonard, 2003) and G&L tester on the side. He visited the shop frequently to look at and play vintage Fender guitars which were sent to G&L for repair. Some people clearly only trusted Leo to handle their prized possessions. No wonder this guitar looks and sounds so great. And it came complete with documents to prove the above. Richard sold the guitar to Tim Page, previously of Buffalo Brothers fame, who in turn sold it to Jon Chaikin before it ended up with Gary Hernandez of Guitar West in Murietta, CA. It got put up in several market places a number of years ago and I started eying this guitar before finally deciding to get it around my birthday in 2015. These pups are cranking and loud with a lot of definition and highs. The preamp, which is switched on by flicking the switch towards the neck, only slightly colors the sound. I’ll keep it in passive model since no long cables need to be driven. Absolute beauty!