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As stated on the “Entry level models” page, I do not have exact knowledge when the SC-3 got a pickguard. On his ggjaguar.com website, Greg Gagliano features a Viking Blue SC-3 as well as a Red SC-3 dating to mid-1988, both having a guard already even though the June 15, 1988 price list doesn’t make any mention of it. But what can be stated authoritatively is that this final version of the SC3 is listed as such in the G&L January 15, 1990 price list. One can argue whether it should be the 4th version, or maybe even 5th, but in this way parity is kept with the “Blue Book of Guitar Values”. It has the same contoured soft maple body as the transitional version but has either a white or black pickguard with the output jack, 5-way pickup selector switch, single volume and tone controls, and the 3 Skyhawk Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pups mounted on it. The hard-rock maple neck, with matching finish as the body, has a 7½” radiused rosewood fingerboard as the later transitional SC-3 had. The headstock is still without G&L teat. In appearance, this model is very close to the Skyhawk: take away the off-guard output jack, put it in the spot of the bass tone control, and voilà. Although this model was discontinued at the end of 1991 when BBE started running the place, there were still some built even in 1992 as demonstrated by this very, very late example on Greg’s website which does have the G&L teat.

 

G&L SC-3 (3rd style)

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  1988

Serial number:    G024122

Neck date:          JUL 29 1988

Body date:          AUG 03 1988

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

Chicago Guitar Exchange for the longest time had a Yellow SC-3 with white pickguard on their site. The chrome on the plastic knobs was clearly flaking, but otherwise it was a great looking 3td style SC-3 with its matching neck and headstock. Unfortunately, since other Leo-era instruments had higher priority, it sold before I could lay my hands on it. Fortunately a nice Red one, also with white pickguard but also Sperzel locking tuners and (replacement) Graph-Tech nut, turned up shortly thereafter. Although it came in a gig bag, was missing the arm as well as the spring cavity cover, a good price point was reached. And the missing parts were gotten from my stash of spare parts and from Electric Stringed Instrument (ESI), an operation run by Gabe Dellevigne making period-correct parts for Leo-era G&L guitars. The spring cavity has the mixed set of springs and the “price tag” sticker with date of “08161988”. I had purchased a G&L branded soft case to replace the gig bag. But these SC-3s are about 1” longer than a modern day ASAT or Legacy. Turned out she fit best in the case that came with my ASAT Classic Signature, which in turn was placed in the case of my ASAT Deluxe which now is in that soft case. Sonically, she sounds wonderful. But that should not surprise anybody. Nice quack in the in-between settings and cleans up great.