The world of yowhatsshakin


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, also mounted on the contoured soft maple body, is a 3-position mini-toggle switch. The Superhawk had a couple of 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, the Superhawk was offered with a Leo Fender Vibrato (LFV) for $65 less than either Kahler. However, the LFV was discontinued again on the next list dated 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:


G&L Superhawk w/Leo Fender Vibrato

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 1987

Serial number:    G021470

Neck date:         SEP 10 1987, second stamp AUG 13 1987

Body date:         (?) 17 1987 (month is absent)

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

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. As can be seen, the wiring harness is super simple: 3 CTS 250kΩ Audio Taper potentiometers, all stamped R1378650, with a 200pF ceramic treble bleed capacitor on the volume pot and a 22,000pF (.022µF) cap on each of the tone pots. And yes, I do like Schaller humbuckers. They sound rich, warm, and powerful.