The world of yowhatsshakin


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 tone stack 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 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:


G&L Skyhawk

The story behind this guitar

Year:                  1988

Serial number:    G023972

Neck date:         OCT 20 1988, other stamps MAY 11 1988, JUN 9 1988

Body date:         none, marked ‘8’

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

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, incredible set-up.