My guitar collection - G&L


This guitar is certainly not factory original and as such a bit of an exception in this collection. The Black finished, late-1980’s Skyhawk maple body has the sharper upper horn and has been rerouted to make room for the 2 Magnetic Field Design Z-coil pickups mounted on a custom shaped black plastic pickguard with the appearance of being powder-coated. That pickguard also has an reissue SC-2 like wiring harness consisting of a volume control with a 200pF treble bleed capacitor and a tone control with just a 22,000pf (.022µF) capacitor from the wiper to ground and missing the 1,000pF (.001µF) bypass capacitor. The output jack is separate, mounted directly to the body. The bridge is a Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV). Notwithstanding the Rampage model decal on its headstock, the figured hard-rock maple neck has #2 specs with an unstained 7½” ebony fingerboard, Dunlop (Medium) Jumbo 6100 frets, as per the marking on the neck heel, 1⅝” wide nut, and a set of unbranded black Sperzel Locking tuning machines. This neck never had a string lock mechanism behind the nut as evidenced by the presence of the string tree and absence of any holes.


“Z-2 partscaster”

The story behind this guitar


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From the picture below one can see the month in the neck date stamp is obscured by the plate which is part of the angle adjustment mechanism. Only the top of an ‘N’ seem to be visible. This would provide 2 candidates for the month: January (JAN) or June (JUN). Luck will have it January 7, 1990 was a Sunday whereas June 7 was a Thursday. Riddle solved! From the measured DC-R values which hover around 8kΩ, it seems both pickups are the same as the one found in the bridge position of the Will Ray Signature model. The guitar is very bright with the tone control at full throttle; overly so I would say. But dialing it back a bit results in a very usable tone with oodles of warmth and clarity. Not bad. Not bad at all.

The story behind this guitar



[JUN] 07 1990, marked ‘Lloyd’, ‘6100’


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