My guitar collection - G&L


Another Superstrat from a year later than the previous Superhawk w/Kahler. And with a nifty change in the form of a (1st generation) Leo Fender Vibrato (LFV) costing $65 less than either the “Black Krome” or “Krome” Kahler units. Leo developed this LFV because he never wanted to rely on outside designs for essential components in his instruments. Otherwise, the contoured soft maple body with Black finish has 2 Schaller humbuckers, Superhawk wiring harness with rear-mounted 3-position mini-toggle pickup selector, master volume, and separate tone controls for each pickup. The hard-rock maple neck with matching painted headstock has a (pre-BBE) #3 profile with a 12” ebony fingerboard, 1¾” nut, Leo Fender string lock mechanism, and G&L branded Schaller closed tuning machines. While being the non-Kahler choice on the January 1, 1987 price list, as of the January 15, 1989 price list, the LFV became the only option for Superstrat models. However, it was discontinued again by January 1, 1988. At the same time, the ebony was replaced by rosewood as an option. Lucky this Superhawk was built in that short period in between! Check the list of G&L instruments in the References/Links section for links to the different versions of the Superhawk through time.


Superhawk w/Leo Fender Vibrato

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At the same time I finally purchased ‘Leo’s last project’, which has a Skyhawk model decal on the headstock, this Superhawk was available on eBay for a good price. Black always looks classy on a guitar. The combination of an LFV with Guitar Tech lock works great. And yes, I do like Schaller humbuckers. They sound rich, warm, and powerful.

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SEP 10 1987, second stamp AUG 13 1987

(?) 17 1987 (month is absent)

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