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Except for the body shape and its much earlier introduction in 1984, the pre-BBE G&L Invader is identical to the 3rd style Interceptor. The Schaller bridge humbuckers is augmented by 2 Nighthawk/Skyhawk Magnetic Field Design (MFD), each pickup separately controlled by an on/off mini-toggle switch and combined master volume control and tone control. One could opt for the standard “Krome” Kahler™ 2320 flat mount fine-tuner floating vibrato or the “Black Krome” option for an additional $60. However, starting late-1987 one could also opt for a Leo Fender Vibrato (LFV), only adding $35 to the MSRP and this Invader has the 1st generation “Pat. Pend.” version. A hard-rock maple pre-BBE #3 neck with 12” radius ebony fingerboard and 1¾” nut width, Leo Fender string-lock mechanism, and closed G&L tuners on the matched headstock complete this guitar. One can read about its evolution throughout time on the “Superstrat” page. For the modern Invader, which looks quite different in appearance and pickups used, follow this link:


G&L Invader w/Leo Fender Vibrato

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1987

Serial number:    G020694

Neck date:         MAY 7 1987

Body date:         APR 29 1987

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

With the 3rd style Interceptor HSS with (2nd generation) Leo Fender Vibrato already in the collection, this model initially had a very low priority. But this specimen, which has previously been owned by (old) Guitars by Leo member West Side Duck, unexpectedly popped up on Reverb in early-2017 offered through Rockin’ Robin Guitars in Houston, TX. The fact it has a 1st generation Leo Fender Vibrato was a major attraction, especially when comparing its price to other similar Invaders with the same vibrato listed at the same time. In the day, the Schaller humbucker was frequently swapped out for a different, more powerful humbucker. The mounting ring on this one, with its single screw for height adjustment on either side, seemed to be an indicator of such a swap. But no, it is the stock pickup with a “10/85 -2-” date sticker. The guitar is well-played and shows the appropriate scars. The vibrato feels much stiffer though, I think because the springs are non-original (Fender) springs. As can be expected from such a rock monster, the sound is powerful, with a remarkable good balance between the humbucker and single coils. No matter what pickup(s) you turn on, you have your hands on a versatile tone machine.