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Beyond the 2-pickup Interceptor II, this is the other configuration in which the entirely unique and quirky 1st X-body Interceptor was available: one with 3 narrow-bobbin Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups identical to the ones found on the Nighthawk and SC-3. The soft maple body on this guitar has a Red-over-Black finish, as it is referred to in the relevant price lists, with a fair amount of flame. Where it has chipped away, you can clearly see the Black has been applied over the Red finish, so Black-over-Red might be more accurate. It has the Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV) and black wrinkle powder-coated control panel with 3-way pickup selector, volume and 2 tone pots. The hard-rock maple neck has a 7½” radius fingerboard. Although most of the X-body Interceptors appearing in ads have a maple fingerboard, the majority actually have an ebony board. Even though the color matched “sickle headstock” with the G&L teat has chromed hardware, including the G&L stamped closed tuners with tab, the model decal and logo are still in gold lettering. Beyond the “Interceptors” page on this site, one is referred to the Interceptor Rarebird page on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) Registry. The large picture at the top of that page is a gorgeous flame Interceptor III in Natural Gloss built for one of the NAMM exhibitions.

 

G&L Interceptor III (1st X-body)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1983

Serial number:    G012264

Neck date:         SEP 15 1983

Body date:         AUG 11 1983

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

That beautiful NAMM Natural Gloss Interceptor III will make your mouth water ... The current owner is not willing to part with it. And why would he? It was only by complete happenstance I found this one while looking for something different on Heritage Auctions’ website.  As sold, it was missing the black plastic knob at the end of the tremolo arm as well as the cover plate for the spring cavity. This got fixed by ordering the replacement parts on the Electric Stringed Instruments (ESI) website operated by Greg Dellevigne. And no, it is not a copy-paste error. The date stamps in the pocket and on the heel are exactly the same as for Leo’s Interceptor II. No wonder the necks look so similar. Gabe also told me the completion date for this guitar is 10/6/1983 when it was entered in the sales log. This is just one day later than when Leo Crabtree finalized work on that Interceptor II for Leo. And sure, the Interceptor III is just a maple body Nighthawk in disguise. But this very ergonomic guitar sounds as gorgeous as it looks, especially with all pots dialed back a bit. The coolest quack for the in-between settings, while well defined when separate pups are selected.