In 1979, after selling the company that bore his name in 1965, Leo Fender partnered with George Fullerton to form a new company that would go on to innovate the design and production of electric guitars.
The first child of the marriage of the minds of G&L was the G&L F-100. Debuting in the mid eighties the G&L F-100, the F-100 was an evolution of an early design that Leo Fender had created while working for Music Man Guitars. The smaller production runs of G&L allowed for their customers to have many options when selecting their guitars and this philosophy began at G&L with their very first guitar. The G&L F-100 came in a variety of options, including the fingerboard radius, the fingerboard wood, tailpiece and electronics. Fender also added Mahogany to the body wood along with the standard Ash. The F-100 was also the very first guitar to showcase Fender’s Magnetic Field Design pickups. The F-100 has become a defining guitar for the birth of a new company and set a bar that continues to be raised to this day by G&L. It has become a favorite of both players and collectors and as we move further away from the original production year and collectors snap them up the market is showing that an original is becoming harder to acquire. It may be too late to snap one up if you have not all ready.
Well maybe not too late.
In 2007, the walls of Fender Avenue where once again rocking with the tone and technology of the F-100. G&L had not forgotten their first and did a limited run of the F-100 called the G&L F-100 Return Edition.
Two years later after the success of the original and the Return edition, G&L has introduced the G&L F-100 into their regular production line once more. Guitar Adoptions is pleased to announce the reintroduction of the F-100 to their regular production line up once again.
G&L F-100 Specifications:
- BODY WOOD: Mahogany
- BODY FINISH: Natural Gloss
- NECK WOOD: Hard Rock Maple with Rosewood fingerboard
- NECK WIDTH / RADIUS: 1 5/8” Width at Nut; 12” Radius (G&L #1B spec)
- FRETWIRE: Medium Jumbo 6100
- TUNERS: G&L/Schaller Non-locking
- NECK FINISH: Satin finish
- PICKUPS: Two custom wound Magnetic Field Design humbuckers
- CONTROLS: 3-Way pickup selector Volume Tone with Push/Pull coil split for both pickups (outer coils activated)
- BRIDGE: G&L Dual Fulcrum
- CASE: Black G&G Deluxe Tolex with black plush lining
They say you never forget your first. It may be because of the newness of the experience, the emotion of discovery , the raw power of tackling the unknown and achieving greatness if only in your mind. No matter how far removed you may find yourself in life from your first, I would bet that from time to time you reflect upon it. As guitar players we are lucky that G&L has taken steps to help us keep our memories alive in the F-100.