My guitar collection - G&L


Akin to this F-100 Series I, this is a No Vibrato (NV) F-100 Series II. Beyond the fingerboard radius, 12” for the Series I, 7½” here, this guitar has a maple board with large black position markers as an integral part of the hard-rock maple neck. The neck still has a skunk stripe covering the truss rod rout and “diagonal” Schaller open tuning machines. The swamp ash body in Natural Gloss finish has a pair of Magnetic Field Design (MFD) guitar humbuckers, no longer with slot head pole pieces but rather Allen socket head cap screws. Another notable difference is that the covers have “PAT 4220069” printed on them. It further has an early string through body Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge and passive F-100 wiring harness. Greg Gagliano’s features a Sunburst mahogany F-100 Series II (NV) on his website. There is no page on the G&L website, certainly not on any pre-BBE F-100, nor is it a Rarebird. Between 2009 and 2017, a very different F-100 reissue was available. Info for that guitar can be found in this 2017 archived snapshot or the write-up for Greg’s F-100 “reissue”.


F-100 Series II

The story behind this guitar


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Heritage Auctions auctioned off the Borst Guitar Collection on March 15, 2019. It contained several vintage G&Ls, among them a Broadcaster w/maple fingerboard, White Cavalier with Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato but without pickguard, White Superhawk with 2nd generation Leo Fender Vibrato, and this F-100 Series II. Yes, I did bid on all 4 without necessarily expecting to win any of them. But this guitar happened to be the one that stuck. Although the neck is dated September 1981, the body is from much later: July 1982. If the ‘3182’ stamp in the neck pocket is any indication, she would have been assembled in the week of August 2-8, 1982. An early F-100 has the tendency to sound great. This beauty is no exception. The single-coil tones are crisp, the humbucker tones deep. Their relative simplicity compared to the active F-100 and innate versatility make them ideal gigging guitars.

The story behind this guitar



SEP 30 1981

JUL 13 1982, marked ‘3182’

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