1981 G&L F100 Series II Mahogany Ebony All Original Pro Setup Original Hard Case

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A really cool 1981, G&L F100 Series II with the original Hard Shell Case. This was a Professional Guitar players guitar and has seen lots of shows around Iowa. It has player wear but was well cared for. We dated it from the neck date.. Jan 8 1981…See pic 8…

These cool guitars were of the first that Leo Fender had made when he formed G&L Guitar… This one has the really hot G&L AP4285B in the and the AP42105B in Bridge Positions…They sound fantastic. Great 25 ½ inch scale neck with an EBONY board that feel so good. I love the Red Wine color that allows the grain of the Mahogany show through. It weighs just under 8 lbs …It has a 1 5/8 inch nut and the neck has a 7.5 inch radius… No active electronics on this one…great! No batteries to deal with…No whammy, it’s a hard tail and it ROCKS! This guitar has it all!

Heres some information I found on the web regarding these cool guitars!

Even after Fender sold Fender Musical Instruments to CBS during the corporate feeding frenzy of 1965, Leo Fender couldn’t walk away from the love of his life. Leo immediately founded CLF Research and was hired as a consultant to Fender until 1970. Once that relationship ended, he promptly set about laying plans with some of his old Fender buddies for throwing his hat back into the musical instrument ring. In 1971, Leo and Forrest White formed Tri-Sonics to resume manufacturing. They incorporated in ’72 and in ’73 changed the name to Musitek, which proved difficult to pronounce, so Leo came up with Music Man. Fender did not actively promote his involvement with Music Man, but it was never really a secret. The instruments mainly reflected improvements on designs created in Leo’s previous incarnation. While they got good reviews, Leo’s Music Man guitars never quite caught on, though his basses were more well-received. Leo’s interests eventually diverged from his partners.

Looking for a fresh start, Music Man was sold to Ernie Ball, the renowned Hawaiian guitarist and, later, string maven. Ernie Ball’s Music Man guitars continue to be built to this day. After the sale, Leo partnered with another longtime associate, George Fullerton, to found G&L Music Sales, Inc., named for George and Leo. G&L’s first instruments were the F-100 guitar and L-1000 bass introduced in 1980. Again, Leo never strayed far from his original creations… but the differences lie in the details.

There were quite a few variations on the F-100. The F-100-I and F-100-II (sometimes called the “first series” and “second series”) had different fingerboard radii (71/2″ or 12″), an option Leo developed at Music Man. All necks were figured maple with either an ebony or maple fingerboard. The scale was 251/2″. Yes, Martha, they only had three bolts! This actually made things easier because the necks had a neck-tilt adjustment to select the action. Natural-finished models featured ash bodies. Sunburst models had mahogany bodies. If you ordered a custom color, it came on a poplar body. All models came with either a fixed bridge or a newly patented adjustable vibrato.

The biggest distinction, however, was in the electronics, which could be passive or active. All featured new Magnetic Field Design humbucking pickups with two rows of adjustable hexagon-shaped polepieces and ceramic magnets. The passive versions gave a standard three-way select plus a phase switch that threw the pickups into a combination out-of-phase middle position. The active versions added a second “splitter” function, which was a coil tap. When selected, both pickups became single-coils. To compensate for the loss in bass response, these guitars kicked in some extra bass compensation with the active circuitry.

This is clearly a professional-grade guitar, extremely well made with a lot of thinking put into the design.

The guitar is not without some blems…player wear on the top between the pickups…looks like a thumb resting issue…it has some buckle rash on the back and some of the top wood was loose around the neck pocket…see pic 5… we stabilized that. Very nice finish and like we said, it’s a players guitar and it shows…


This cool guitar ships in the shown Original G&L Hard Shell Case. A really great case for this cool guitar!


Sold as-is no returns as it used, however, I have been hand picking my customers guitars for over 20 years now and they have all loved the instruments I find. This cool G&L certainly won’t be and exception.


Thanks for checking out our cool guitars.


Lawman Mike at Lawman Guitars


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