1992 G&L (USA) SC-3 Electric Guitar

In the G&L line, the Legacy is the "Strat-copy" while the SC-3 is an almost-Strat in terms of electronics and whammy. In the '80s the body had a bit more of a Mustang flavor to it, but in the '90s it changed to this format which is more on-the-notes. It's certainly Strat-shaped but a little askew with hints of Mustang and Bass VI flavors to its lines.

This SC-3 is curious, too, in that it has inlaid ebony "skunk stripes" on the face of the fretboard. What's going on? It looks stylish but I can't help but think that with the way they're oriented to either side of the truss rod that maybe the idea was to stiffen the neck via lamination as well. The neck doesn't look like it was refretted or refinished so they're definitely an install from the factory, but I haven't seen it on any others out there on the net.

The pickups are the usual S-500 MFD types but mounted Strat-style in a pickguard. They're, as you might expect, full and chimey-sounding at the same time, with a good growl when given some drive. The whammy arm is missing but I've set it up to free-float a bit and it's the usual, solidly-built, G&L unit.

This version of the bridge has two-pin mounting (a plus) and it also has fine-tuning adjuster thumbwheel screws that can load into the top of it. I've removed them and stowed them in the case, though, as they're a bit redundant when the headstock has normal, non-locking tuners and they were a little cumbersome for palm-muting and the like.

After a quick setup, it was ready to roll, and it's playing fast and easy. It's also quite clean.

Repairs included: fret level dress, setup, etc.

Body wood: ash

Bridge: G&L 2-point Strat-style w/optional tuning screws

Fretboard: maple with (ebony?) stripes

Neck wood: maple

Pickups: 3x G&L S-500 MFD single coils

Action height at 12th fret: 1/16" overall (fast)
String gauges: feels like 11s or slighty heavier 10s

Neck shape: amedium C

Board radius: ~12"

Truss rod: adjustable

Neck relief: straight

Fret style: jumbos

Scale length: 25 1/2"

Nut width: 1 5/8"

Body width: 12 3/4"

Body depth: 1 5/8"

Weight: 9 lbs 1 oz

Condition notes: it's a closet classic with only the most minor of pickwear and usewear evidenced on the pickguard and here and there on the body. The frets are in good shape and didn't even need a level/dress job, they've been so lightly-played.

It comes with: a good hard case and the bridge-mounted tuner adjuster screws.