My guitar collection - G&L


Another G&L Superstrat and the 2 Schaller humbucker version of the Rampage at that, now with separate tone controls for each pickup to boot. The pickup selector of the wiring harness, rear mounted on the contoured soft maple body, is a 3-position mini-toggle switch. The Superhawk had a couple of other options not available on the Rampage, like a Kahler™ 2320 flat mount fine-tuner floating vibrato with “Krome” finish, instead of “Black Krome” (which cost $60 more), and a choice of maple, beyond ebony, for the 12” radius fingerboard on the hard-rock maple (pre-BBE) #3 neck with 1¾” nut width. A “Krome” Superhawk is shown on Greg Gagliano’s website. On the September 1, 1987 price list, a Superhawk with a Leo Fender Vibrato (LFV) cost $65 less than either Kahler. However, the LFV was discontinued again by January 1, 1988, as well as the ebony fingerboard which was replaced by a rosewood option. This instrument with a Black finish is from that late 1987-era, still with ebony fingerboard and 1st generation LFV. Production of the Superhawk stopped in late-1991 with BBE taking over operations at G&L. However, like the Rampage, but much much later, the Superhawk also became associated with Jerry Cantrell and was reintroduced in 2011 as a Signature model. For info on that modern version, visit:


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)