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In early-1984, G&L changed the shapes of all available ‘entry level’ models, including the SC-2, to a more Strat-type shape. Beyond of course the Jumbo Magnetic Field Design (MFD) single-coil pickups, what remained were the 2-piece, slab soft maple body body and hard-rock maple neck with 7½” radiused maple fingerboard (although with smaller dots than previously used), 3-way pickup selector, and single volume and tone controls. Most SC-2s of both body styles were equipped with a Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV) but this one has the Locktight (Saddle-Lock) bridge. The pre-BBE SC-2 only lasted for another year and a half at which time the Broadcaster was introduced. Information on the (Mustang-shaped) BBE-era SC-2, reintroduced in 2008, you can find at: http://www.glguitars.com/instruments/USA/guitars/SC-2/index.asp.

 

G&L SC-2 (2nd style)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1984

Serial number:    G017240

Neck date:         NOV 7 1984

Body date:         JAN 12 1984

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

After purchasing my hardtail SC-1 in early May 2012, the newly added web page had the following phrase: “..., the true inspiration to the Broadcaster/ASAT is the SC-2 with its 2 pickup configuration. And I certainly hope the collection will be augmented with a (black) specimen of that guitar”. Little did I know that would take less than a month. Jon Chaikin, another G&L aficionado with whom I’ve had several transactions now, advertised his black 2nd style SC-2 in the Guitars by Leo (GbL) Marketplace the last day of May 2012. The only initial reservation I had was whether I wanted the Mustang-style for the SC-2 too. But as is, this guitar serves several purposes. First, it is Black! Second, it has the stop tail. Not that I dislike the DFV, but I rather have it on other type of guitars. Thirdly, it allows me to show the evolution of the body shape from ‘Mustang’ to ‘Strat’ (this guitar), to ‘Tele’ for the Broadcaster. So I couldn’t pass up on it. In comparing this SC-2 to the maple Broadcaster, I have to conclude that the SC-2 is hotter with more retention of highs. This is a bit surprising since the DC-resistance for each pup of the SC-2 is about 0.25kΩ higher than for the same pup on that Broadcaster. So the hotter is understandable but I have always been under the impression that more windings would also imply more mids. The bridge pickup on both the SC-1 and SC-2 sound about the same. Just like the SC-1, the SC-2 is a wonderful, enormously fun to play “punk” guitar but with comparatively more tonal variety. And it has a beautiful neck and is nicely relic-ed in the only way permissible.