The world of yowhatsshakin


After having discussed the HG-2 prototype at length, this is the “ordinary” production version of this G&L entry level instrument. It has a 2-piece soft maple body, 2 GHB (HG-2) humbuckers, single tone and volume controls, a 3-way pickup selector, and hard-rock maple neck with 7½” radiused maple finger board with the proper model decal on the headstock. Most HG-2s have a Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato but this one has the Saddle-Lock (then known as Locktight) bridge. And a Black finish of course to stay with the theme established by the vast majority of my entry level models. There is some confusion about the year this model was introduced and hence possible body shapes. The aforementioned prototype has a 2nd style body as has this one. Checking the Guitars by Leo (GbL) Registry, all instruments for which the body shape info is provided are 2nd style Strat bodies too. One also notices that none have 1983 as a year when neck and/or heel dates are given. But Paul Bechtholdt claims that the first HG-model rolled of the line 8/31/82 (S/N G010604), the same day as the first instrument in the SC-series. This undoubtedly would have been a Mustang body HG-2 if true. Greg Gagliano uses 83/84 as the years the HG models appeared in the price list. In all likelihood no more than 100 HG-2s were built and at most a handful of HG-1s, if any. The HG-2 is considered to be a Rarebird with its own page.


G&L HG-2

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1984

Serial number:    G013818

Neck date:         JUN 13 1984

Body date:         MAR 1 1984

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

In the summer of 2012, Jon Chaikin sent me a list of instruments he wanted to sell. At the time, I didn’t take him up on any. Later that year, he consigned a fair number of his G&Ls to Buffalo Brothers in Carlsbad, CA. But when the Page brothers decided to sell their store, the guitars moved to Murrieta, CA, where they appeared in Guitars West’s web store. I had the HG-2 on my radar for all of that time. Finally I decided to put in a fair offer which got accepted. This guitar nicely completes my ‘student’ collection. Originally, I was told the S/N was “G018818” but checking the HG-2s already entered that seemed somewhat out of kilter. When inspecting the guitar upon arrival it was clear the first “8” was actually a “3” and final evidence was obtained by taking a trace included in the picture below. And that’s the S/N I used to add it to the GbL Registry. The finish on the neck has been removed by an owner before Jon and replaced by some kind of oil (I think) and feels great. The guitar was already set-up for 10s and sounds great too. The pickups are pretty bright for a humbucker but still have a lot of bite to them. Again a pretty fun rocking machine, as are all the student models. The nut needed some TLC since it needed to be glued in again. But my folks at The Guitar Store in Seattle took care of that in no time. Actually, it was about 10 minutes, but who’s counting. And no superglue! “Nice guitar!” was the verdict when it was handed back to me. I can attest to that ...