My guitar collection - G&L


In late-1987, G&L had the Skyhawk undergo a set of design changes. It got a more Stratocaster looking swamp ash body, Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV), single-piece plastic pickguard with the 3 narrow-bobbin Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pups, 5-position pickup selector, volume control, and PTB circuit mounted on it. The hard-rock maple neck on this one has a rosewood fingerboard with 7½” radius. But being very much a child of its time, it has a flashy (matching) sickle headstock as the one non-traditional feature. Although even that changed on the later Signature version of the Skyhawk. Since the model was discontinued when BBE Sound, Inc. started to take over G&L in November 1991, there is not too much information out there. Check out the Guitars by Leo user forum or Greg Gagliano’s website where you can find a Skyhawk with sickle headstock from 1989. The Skyhawk is now part of G&L’s CLF Research line of instruments with more information here:



The story behind this guitar


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This Clear Red Skyhawk became available through Acme Guitars, St. Louis, MO, source of many of my instruments, especially those in the Dale Hyatt Collection. These are some fantastic guitars and I have become a big fan of them. Even my ASATs are jealous at times now. To add one with sickle headstock and a rosewood fingerboard were additional plusses. And an incredible sounding Skyhawk it it! Blues in spades, versatile tone controls, with an incredible setup.

The story behind this guitar



OCT 20 1988, other stamps MAY 11 1988, JUN 9 1988

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