My guitar collection - G&L

 
 

Only one (1) T-400 prototype is registered (so far) in the Guitars by Leo (GbL) Registry: S/N G009267. Looking at these pictures, this guitar seems to be some weird mix of what later became the S-500 and Broadcaster/ASAT models. It has the 3 square corner pickups of the former but the control panel of the latter with just master volume and tone controls. The blueprint found in the GbL Gallery has a date of 10-8-1981, clearly preceding the March 1982 release date of the S-500, but 2 months later than the date on the blueprints for either the F-150 or S-300 prototypes. The F-150 and S-400 are featured in “Out-Stratting the Strat” by Gabe Dellevigne and Greg Gagliano. Note that the blueprint also mentions a T-300 model. Any difference between the T-300 and T-400 are unknown since I have not seen nor am aware of the existence of a T-300 Beyond the quoted article and referenced pictures in the GbL Gallery, no other information on this model is readily available.

 

T-400 prototype

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Not in the collection. And likely will never be. Although ... In early-2019, Carter Vintage Guitars in Nashville, TN, sent out a notification they had a 1987 G&L T-400 Series II nicknamed ‘Blondie’ for sale. It came from the estate of Leon Rhodes, a fast-picking studio cat who sadly had passed away in December 2017, and for whom this guitar had been his main axe for decades. But one can see that although it has a T-400 neck, with the headstock signed by Leon, at its core it is a seriously modded ASAT III. I trust it is a fine sounding instrument but a T-400 it is not. And of course, this ‘Blondie’ should not be confused with the other G&L ‘Blondie’ model which looks quite different.

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D’Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound Regular Light (10-46)