My guitar collection - G&L


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 1-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 August 1, 1983 price list. 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 circuit are still mounted on a black powder-coated control panel. The #2 hard-rock maple neck has a of 7½” radius ebony fingerboard and 1⅝” nut. Greg Gagliano’s website features an ash Cavalier-E w/DFV affirming the rarity of this configuration.



The story behind this guitar


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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” 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 will keep it in passive model since no long cables need to be driven. Absolute beauty!

The story behind this guitar


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

AUG 10 1983

JUL 14 1983

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