The world of yowhatsshakin


The G-200 was introduced by G&L in January of 1982, but production commenced late-1981, about a year after production of the F-100 had started. It is G&L’s short lived attempt to release a guitar with a Gibson like 24¾” scale. The Magnetic Field Design humbuckers are not exactly the same as in the early F-100s and, according to Greg Gagliano on his website, actually sound better. The G-200 has a mahogany body, 3-way pickup selection switch in the upper horn, and separate volume and tone controls for each pup. It also features a red-tipped “Splitter Switch” to select between “-a humbucking mode (Switch toward bridge), -a single coil mode with bass boost (Switch in center position), -and single coil only (Switch toward the nut position)”, as stated in the spec sheet below (which actually came with this G-200). Initially, these controls were mounted on a “cloud” control panel screwed on to the front of the body. In total 209 G-200 were built, with the last approximately 20 or so having rear-mounted controls. The satin Natural finish on these “cloud” G-200s has matte luster to it. The hard-rock maple neck has a skunk-stripe on the back and 12” ebony fingerboard. Strangely enough, although great sounding, this model wasn’t very popular. It never hit the “LP Killer mark” as Greg writes in his January 2000 article in 20th Century Guitar Magazine. On top of that, Leo didn’t really like it either because of the Gibson-esque appointments and scale length. Hence this model ended up as a Rarebird, with about a third of the production total registered on its page on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website.


G&L G-200 (cloud control panel)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  1981

Serial number:    G009639

Neck date:          NOV 10 1981, marked ‘3’

Body date:          ?? NOV 1981, marked ‘2’ in circle stamp.

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

This G-200 I obtained from Wayne Richman, aka Thumbs, in February 2015. Some years earlier, I had bought a unused John Jorgenson Signature neck plate from Wayne so we were familiar with each other. But it still took more than a month to get all ducks in a row, dot all i’s, and cross all t’s. The date in the neck pocket is not very legible; I can make barely out “OV” and “981”. But the completion date for this guitar is 11/20/1981, which Jim DePitts, another previous owner, likely got straight from the sales logs. Paired with Jim’s rear-mounted G-200, it appears on the left in a picture in the GbL Gallery reachable by following the “Jim DePitts’ 1981 and 1982 G-200” link on the Rarebird page referenced above. In addition, while in Wayne’s possession, this guitar acted as the engineering template for a G-200 re-issue G&L intended to release. Legend has it this guitar lay around Leo’s room for about 18 months, soaking up all the mojo of the place, before it was retrieved by Dean Coy, of Z-12 fame, who handed it back to Wayne. And now I am the keeper of this treasure. Oh and let me tell you, mojo it has! It is one wonderful awe-inspiring rocking machine. The separate controls give you a lot of sonic space to play around in and the Splitter Switch is extremely useful on this model, adding even more versatility.