The date stamped on the back of the neck is November 12, 1982 making this a first year production SC-2 (not the first year of G&L mind you, just first year this model was manufactured). So a little history lesson is in order. Leo Fender, after selling his Fender company in 1965 was held in a non-compete clause until 1975. As soon as he could he started another company, which turned later turned into Music Man (pretty sweet amps and of course maker of the Stingray bass). Relationships soured at Music Man and Leo left and shortly thereafter founded G&L with his old time buddy George Fullerton; that puts us at about 1979. The whole idea was that G&L would pick up in research and development where Fender left off in 1965 (fun exercise: consider the music scene in 1979-1980 and where that puts you in terms of popular music). Anyway, there’s a lot of info to be found on the World Wide Web regarding G&L.
The SC-2 has two MFD pick-ups, now common on the ASAT but first used on the SC models (there were one and two pick-up models, a three pick-up model added later had pick-ups that more closely resembled strat pick-ups). Ours has a vibrato system, and we all agree that G&L’s vibrato system is the best out there. It’s similar to the fender offset–waist vibrato in terms of pitch bending both up or down, and it has a similar pitch bending range (i.e. drive bomb friendly) of a Floyd Rose type system but its not nearly as cumbersome. Toneally the SC-2 is in the same realm as the Telecaster, however it’s about 20% louder and is altogether livelier, something like a cross between a P-90 equipped guitar and a tele.
G&L “reissued” the SC-2 about three years ago, however there are VERY notable differences. The vintage SC-2 has a 7.5-inch fret board radius while the modern version has a 12-inch radius (common among modern G&L guitars). The vintage controls are front mounted like on a Telecaster with the selector switch closest to the pick-ups (see photo) while the modern has rear mounted controls (ala Gibson) and a pick-up selector switch between the volume and tone controls. Another big difference is the neck. G&L used to use a bifurcated neck that is super stable. Our SC-2 has a maple fret board, and I’m 99% sure all vintage SC-2 guitars have maple fret boards, new SC-2 models however have rosewood fret boards.
We got our stickers!!! next time you see us grab a bunch. Also posted some video from Slim's. Thanks again to Shy Seasons and Inkblot for playing with us.
Cadet is writing new songs and starting to book shows... also we ordered stickers!