My guitar collection - G&L


George Fullerton, worked with/for Leo Fender ever since the 1950s at Fender and together they founded G&L Musical Products Inc. in 1980. Introduced during the 1995 Winter NAMM, as stated in the May 1995 issue of the “G&L Craftsman”, the George Fullerton Signature model is supposedly what George & Leo (or G&L) imagined what a vintage Stratocaster should look and sound like today. They even reacquired much of the original tooling and machines CBS had scrapped to built their “new” instruments! As George writes in his book “Guitars from George & Leo: How Leo Fender and I Built G&L Guitars” (p. 136), his eponymous model “ ... is the closest thing to a 1959 Stratocaster ever made by G&L”. Indeed, the guitar George holds in the ad below has pretty much the same look and feel as such a vintage Stratocaster from the latter half of 1959: a Three-tone Sunburst finish on an alder body, a control layout consisting of a master volume control and separate (treble cut) tone controls for neck and middle pickups, respectively, hard-rock maple neck with a rosewood fingerboard, and Dunlop vintage Medium 6230 frets. Fender introduced the maple neck with (slab) rosewood fingerboard in mid-1959 to replace the 1-piece maple neck used until then, in conjunction with switching to a 3-ply white/black/white pickguard with 11 mounting holes instead of the single-ply white pickguard with 8 mounting holes. But during July 1959, at the start of that transition, there were still some rosewood fingerboard Stratocasters built with an 8-hole single-ply guard, causing this guitar to be modeled after a Stratocaster of that particular month. It is not all vintage-inspired stuff however. First, the 3 CLF-100 Alnico Vintage single-coil pickups, as also found on the Legacy, are void of staggered pole pieces akin to post-1974 Stratocaster pickups. Second, instead of the vintage 3-position pickup selector, here one finds the 5-position version with the quacky in-between sounds readily available. In addition, this model also has the G&L patented Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV). And George’s patented Bi-Cut neck with 3-bolt neck attachment differs from the genuine article, of course. Lastly, instead of the vintage 7” radius used then, here the fingerboard is 12”, a spec Fender only introduced in 1983. Unfortunately, this model was discontinued in 2008 and hence is no longer listed among the offered instruments. And with the passing of George on July 4th, 2009 (see e.g. Willie G. Moseley’s “George Fullerton (1923-2009) - Guitar Icon”), it is highly unlikely to be reintroduced. It certainly would not bear his signature on both the upper bass horn and the headstock. The webpage for this model on the G&L website was taken down in December 2013, although still accessible via this archived snapshot from 2008.


George Fullerton Signature model (3-bolt)

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