My guitar collection - G&L


Although the body is from a week later, this G&L Nighthawk was completed a little before the one on the previous page. What sets it apart is the absence of a pickguard, which would save you $30 in the MSRP in those days, as well as the rarer swamp ash body. It still has 3 S-500/Skyhawk Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pups with slightly different DC-R values as on the previous page, somewhat in between the values quoted for my other Nighthawk and the hog S-500: N:4.61kΩ, M:4.56kΩ, B:4.52kΩ. The guitar further has the Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV), 5-position pickup selector, volume control, and PTB circuit. The hard-rock maple neck with the optional 12” radius ebony fingerboard has an unpainted headstock, likely the reason this guitar was completed first, with G&L branded Schaller closed tuning machines w/tab. Visiting the Nighthawk page in the Rarebird section of the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website, one finds that 23 out of a total of 269 were finished in Natural Gloss. A total of 15 are currently registered on GbL: 6 marked as having an ash body, 5 with a mahogany body, 1 with a maple body, and 3 as unknown, making it a reasonable assumption about half of the 23 are ash. Still very rare!


Nighthawk (no guard)

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This guitar originally appeared in a post of a GbL member. Somewhat later, it appeared on one of the auction sites and was added to the collection. It plays like butter and is a bit brighter than my other Nighthawk. Easy to overdrive the preamp when the volume is cranked up but cleans up extremely well. Great stuff.

The story behind this guitar



7 21 83

JUL 18 1983

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