The world of yowhatsshakin


At the behest of Dale Hyatt, the last 20 or so G-200s have rear-mounted Splitter Switch, volume, and tone controls. The exact number is somewhat uncertain. Greg Gagliano only gives a dozen on The Registry of the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website currently lists 20 G-200s with rear-mounted controls while Paul Bechtoldt gives the same number as the upper-limit in “G&L: Leo’s Lecacy”. G&L ceased production before the year 1982 was over and is not listed in the June 1983 price list. As mentioned on the previous page, this model has a Gibson like 24¾” scale. But the similarity originally even extended to the 3-on-a-side headstock if one is to believe some blueprints dated January 18, 1980 which were uncovered some years ago. (That headstock was used on the  G&L Tribute Series Ascari and Fiorano models around 2011.) The Three-tone Sunburst finish on the mahogany body of this version has more luster, with the 3-way pickup selection switch still on the upper horn. The hard-rock maple neck has a skunk-stripe on the back and 12” ebony fingerboard. In total, only 209 Rarebird G-200s exist, warranting a separate page in the GbL Registry.


G&L G-200 (Rear-mounted controls)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  1982

Serial number:    G009375

Neck date:          2 17 1982

Body date:          5-13-(1982), marked ‘5-13-’, ‘NATURAL’, ‘C’

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

A complete opportunity purchase: available on eBay through Top Dollar Pawn LLC in Colorado Springs, CO, with ridiculously low bids given its condition. I was more than happy to make it mine at a price commensurate with my other 2 G-200s. According to the original entry in the GbL Registry for this serial number, it has been verified to appear in Dale Hyatt’s sales log. Upon arrival, this guitar turned out to be in excellent shape. This is a great sounding, super versatile guitar with a beautiful mahogany body with an excellent finish, nice unstained ebony board on the neck, and powerful Magnetic Field Design humbuckers. Really unfortunate not more people are in the know about this model.