The world of yowhatsshakin

 
 

Oh the irony! Wasn’t the whole reason to introduce the Superstrat the hard-rock/metal/shredding craze of the first half of the 1980s? And just when companies like Charvel, Jackson, and even Ibanez had put all their eggs in that basket, grunge came along and (almost) did all these companies in. Due to its wider variety, G&L was less affected but this particular model interestingly enough straddles both sides of the story. Introduced in January 1985, the Rampage is the simplest shredding machine possible, very much like Eddie Van Halen’s Frankenstrat. It has a comfortable, contoured soft maple body, hot Schaller humbucker with no more than a single volume control, rock solid hard-rock maple pre-BBE #3 neck with 12” radiused ebony fingerboard, 1¾” nut width, and the popular “Black Krome” Kahler™ 2320 flat mount fine-tuner floating vibrato. And this model, in this incarnation, happens to become the go-to axe for a stalwart of the Grunge movement, Alice In Chain’s Jerry Cantrell. Sure, over time he swapped out the Schaller with a Seymour Duncan JB Trembucker (TB-4) or even a Motor City humbucker. Because how hard can it be to swap a pup on a guitar like this? As indicated on the Superstrats page, Greg Gagliano features no Rampage on his website. But there is plenty of information on the modern day Rampage, accessible by visiting the following link:

http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/guitars/rampage/index.asp.

 

G&L Rampage

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1985

Serial number:    G017010

Neck date:         JAN 18 1985

Body date:         JAN 2 1985

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

I had always hoped to find one in a nice color like Hot Pink, Rampage Red, or New Yellow. Main preference was Rampage Red since that would match the stitched Rampage on a G&L jacket in my collection. There was a one available in Breda, the Netherlands, but alas. Although it could be picked up on my next family visit, it is a bit much work. But in May 2017 one became available on eBay. As offered, it came equipped with a Roland GK-2 guitar synth pickup, which I don’t need. Fortunately it was easy to remove. The only remnant is a screw I used to “cover” the hole of the screw that held down the control contraption. I can live with the 2 holes where the pickup bar once was. And it turned out to be one of the earliest Rampages, about the 3rd month of production. The only control in the cavity is a CTS A 250k R13784439 volume pot with the usual 200pF ceramic cap. The shielding plate is exactly the same as what can be found in either the contemporary Invader and/or Superhawk. With such simple lay-out, what can go wrong sonically? Have pup, have volume, start rocking!