The world of yowhatsshakin


In early-1984, when G&L gave the SC-2 a slight make-over, the SC-3 also received some horns. And while looking a tad more like a Strat, it still had a slab soft maple body and the same Nighthawk/Skyhawk Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pups, simple electronics consisting of single volume and tone controls with 5-way pickup selector on a blank wrinkle powder-coated control panel, hard-rock maple neck with 7½” radiused maple fingerboard, headstock without the G&L teat, and closed tuners as for the 1st body-style SC-3. This version of the SC-3 was discontinued when production of all entry level instruments was (temporarily) halted at the start of 1985 as told on the “Entry level models” page. Even so, enough of them were built that, unlike the “Mustang”-body version that came before, is did not attain Rarebird status.


G&L SC-3 (2nd style)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  1984

Serial number:    G017241

Neck date:          JUN 18 1984

Body date:          FEB 21 1984

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

This guitar was offered in the Guitars by Leo (GbL) Marketplace by member Brandon Vestal but I completely ignored it. When he offered it on eBay however, I could just not resist it. Certainly not after I figured out its S/N is only one different from my 2nd style SC-2 (S/N G017240). Not that that necessarily means a lot in G&L land with their out of order usage of serial numbers as evidenced by the difference in date stamps on both body and neck of these “consecutive” guitars. Additionally, this particular guitar has a Saddle-Lock (Locktight) bridge and a rather rare Bahama Blue finish. To have both a hard-tail and vibrato version of this entry level model is definitely nice too. The slab body and simple but very responsive electronics is what make these instruments extraordinary. The sound of this very basic guitar is unbelievable. The pups go from jazzy in the neck, to well balanced in the middle, to bark and growl in the bridge with quack in between. And they can always be tamed and softened by simply rolling off the volume. Again, amazing!