Select Category G & L Instruments currently produced in Fullerton, CA since 1980. Distributed by BBE Sound of Huntington Beach, CA. In the late 1970s, the controlling interest at (pre-Ernie Ball) Music Man was making offers to purchase Leo Fender's CLF guitar production facility. Fender and George Fullerton turned down repeated offers, and Music Man began cutting production orders. The controversy settled as CLF Research stopped manufacturing instruments for Music Man in late 1979.
In April of 1980, Fender and Fullerton started a new company, G&L Music Products (G&L for George & Leo), to continue producing Leo Fender's ongoing design ideas and models. As Fender once again handled R&D in his office/workshop, George Fullerton maintained production management and Dale Hyatt, Leo Fender's partner and Vice President of G&L Music Sales was in charge of administrative management and sales. Between 1980 and 1991, Leo Fender continued to refine his vision of his Fender guitar. Where other people saw individual models, Fender saw an ongoing project that kept refining his ideas about the electric guitar. Fender passed away on March 21st 1991. As researcher/collector Paul Bechtoldt has noted, 'during the eleven years that Fender owned G&L, less than 27,000 guitars were produced.
G&L electric guitars are world class creation of two extraordinary musicians: Leo Fender and George Fullerton. Find select G&L guitars at Eddie's Guitars. ABOUT THIS SECTION. The information in the table and text below the horizontal bar was compiled by Paul Bechtoldt, columnist for Vintage Guitar Magazine, and is included in his book G&L: Leo's Legacy. While the serial number information below refers only to instruments produced through 1992, a significant change in.
That is less than most companies make in half a year! With monthly production totals less than 800, Leo was making more guitars at his old company in the 1950s than at G&L!' The G&L company was purchased on December 5, 1991, by John McLaren of BBE Sound, and continues to produce high quality solid body guitars and basses based on Leo Fender's designs. Leo's wife, Phyllis, remains as Honorary Chairman of G&L, and George Fullerton remained as a permanent consultant up until the time of his passing on July 4th 2009.
In 1998, G&L opened their Custom Creations Department, a custom shop area for the company. In 2003, G & L introduced their Tribute Series of guitars, which are imported from Korea and/or China and are affordable versions of their standard designs (refer to the section Tribute Series by G&L). In 2010, G&L introduced their 'Rustic' Series of guitars and basses that have aged finishes and hardware to purposely make them look vintage. Some G&L instruments produced prior to 1992 have commanded exorbitant prices and should be evaluated on an individual basis as to what the current market will bear. Sources: Paul Bechtoldt, G&L: Leo's Legacy and H.L. Garrett, researcher/historian.
From Blue Book Publications.
What year was my G&L produced? G&L instruments produced since mid-2010 are shipped with a Custom Build Specifications sheet which includes the date the instrument was completed. There are also dates labled on the neck heel and inside of the body. These will give you an approximate idea of when the instrument was completed, typically within one to two weeks of the latter of the two dates shown.
From the early 1980s to early 1997, serial numbers were typically stamped into a neck plate. The serial numbers for guitars began with 'G0' (G zero) and basses began with 'B0' (B zero). However, in rare instances there are guitars which began with 'B0' and basses which began with 'G0' on neck plates as the factory may have run out of the appropriate plates. Some early guitars and basses had serial numbers stamped into the bridge plates.
These are usually from 1980 to about 1982. From early 1997 to about mid-1998, serial numbers for guitars and basses began with 'CL' and were applied as a decal to the back of the headstock. From mid-1998 on, the serial numbers for guitars and basses began with 'CLF'. If you believe your G&L was made between 1980 and 1992, you may also reference the page.
There is some information about later chronology on this page as well. Where can I find a dealer for G&L instruments?
See our listings of and. What options are available on G&L instruments? Your G&L dealer will be able to show you the current options and retail pricing that are available for the instruments. You may also reference the and pages. I need a part for my G&L. Where can I get it? Bs 7121 Part 3 Free Download. In the US, please visit our or contact your local.
Outside the US, please contact your national. I lost the the User's Manual which came with my G&L made in the 1980s to early 1990s.
Where can I get a copy? Original printed versions are no longer availble, but you can a PDF version. Please note that models since the late 1980s, particularly 4-bolt guitars and 6-bolt basses, do not come with owner's manuals.
The manual for earlier models covers how to adjust the micro-tilt neck feature no longer used on 4-bolt and 6-bolt models. Other aspects of the manual, such as pickup height adjustment, generally apply to newer models.
Where can I find technical schematics and wiring diagrams for G&L instruments? Please visit our page.
Where can I discuss G&L instruments with other G&L instrument owners? For a guitar focused forum, please visit the Guitars by Leo enthusiast site. For G&L bass fans, please visit the at www.bassesbyleo.com.