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A pristine G&L F-100 Series-II, i.e. with a #2 neck, mahogany body in Three-tone Sunburst finish, Magnetic Field Design (MFD) humbuckers, Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV), and the fancy electronics typical for this model. First of all it has a master volume and separate Treble and Bass tone controls. Second, it has a set of switches that allow the player to select about any pickup combination imaginable. The large black switch is the pickup selector, in the ordinary sense. The small red switch is the so-called splitter-switch. The little black switch allows one to select the pups in-phase or out-of-phase. All in all, one has access to a mind boggling number of permutations with some special behavior as explained in the Instruction Sheet pictured below. The more commonly found DFV bridge has the serial number stamped on it. This F-100 is also from an early enough date, it only has 2 chrome plated steel strings to provide the restoring force. Given that guitars were set-up using a set of 9-42 strings at the factory, this was by designed. From the picture below one can see there is still plenty of travel to adjust the claw. But not so much if players switched to heavier string gauges. On top of that, the DFV would be less stable too. As discussed on the SC-2 (1st style) page, Leo solved this problem by adding a third string by the end of 1980. Since this is a Series-II, the gorgeous flamed hard-rock maple neck has a 7½” (maple) fingerboard. Also notice the skunk stripe hiding the truss rod rout as well as the old-style Schaller machines on the back of the headstock. Greg Gagliano’s has a couple of beautiful F-100 Series IIs on his website. Information on the current day F-100 can be found on its page on the G&L site.


G&L F-100 Series II

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  1980

Serial number:     G000591

Neck date:          OCT 02 1980

Body date:          SEP 30 1980

Strings:               D’Addario EXL120 Nickel Wound Super Light (9-42)

As a collector, how many times do you run into something that deserves the term “time capsule”? My answer would be not too many times. My Broadcaster w/maple board most definitely earns that moniker. And this would be the second one. One evening Guitars by Leo website member BorisBalkan showed the guitar he allegedly had gotten from an estate on the forum, asking what he should do with it. The next day he had it listed on eBay for a very reasonable price. It is an absolutely stunning beauty with nary a scratch. Whoever owned it before must hardly have played it. It came with the original hardshell case (with keys!), instruction sheet, price list, warranty card, arm, and Allen wrench set. Usually at least one of these items, if not all, are missing in action. The electronics and/or the bridge pickup need some work though. In certain switch settings the pup is basically dead, but not in others. So I suspect the switches. The settings that do work though show this guitar to be a tone monster with a unique character. Yes, you get bucking but not Les Paul style. Yes, you get single coil, but not Strat and/or Tele style. The pickup are extremely balanced with a sound that one might call high-fidelity. That Leo Fender was one masterful pup designer!