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The full story of the Broadcaster/ASAT cannot be told without discussing the SC-2 (and SC-1) first. They were not the first with Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pups: the F-100 preceded them with MFD humbuckers in mid-1980. Nor are they the first with single-coil MFDs; that honor goes to the S-500 introduced in March 1982. But those Jumbo MFD single-coil pickups, frequently mistaken for P-90s by those not into G&L, were introduced in September 1982 on the SC-2, an ‘entry level’ model. As such, it is the true forefather and inspiration for the model making up the vast majority of my collection. The first incarnation of the SC-2 had a 2-piece, Mustang shaped, slab soft maple body and hard-rock maple neck with 7½” radiused maple fingerboard with large position markers, pickup selector, and single tone and volume controls. Most SC-2s were equipped with a Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV), but this one has a Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge. For pre-BBE SC-2s, the Guitars by Leo (GbL) website does not provide information on how many of each subtype were produced, i.e. first vs second body style, hard tail vs vibrato. The numbers must have been high enough not to warrant the Rarebird label in the Registry for any of them. For the BBE-era SC-2, you find info at:


G&L SC-2 (1st style)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1982

Serial number:    G014402

Neck date:         11 5 82

Body date:         OCT [2]5 1982 (first digit of day illegible)

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

This is the third SC-2 added to the collection, sourced by Big Apple Music in New Hartford, NY. Why another one? My other 2 SC-2s are Black and what better color to complement them than this beautifully aged White finish. The presence of a rarer hard tail was certainly attractive too. Only after inspecting the date stamps did I realize this was an early guitar from the 2nd month of production, as also indicated by the presence of G&L stamped Schaller open tuners. The SC-2 is an ultimate tone monster: super simple tone stack, superb pickups, and a range of tones from smooth silky jazz to hard edgy punk. No wonder Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh played them in Devo. This site tries to prove one cannot have enough ASATs, but the same seems to hold for early SC-2s.