G&L SC-3: talk to me

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by Dok » Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:20 pm

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I've had this for 33 years. It survived my 20's and is still my number one. Riffs and songs fall out of it and it always feels right. Also, the MFDs have a lot of sonic business going on. G&Ls are kind of like secret weapons.
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Is that a saddle-lock bridge (non-trem)? Was that an option on SC-3s back in the day? I've said many times that's the best non-trem bridge there is and is a huge reason for me wanting to get another G&L some day.
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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by Larry Mal » Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:34 pm

Dok wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:20 pm
vistavision wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:43 am
I've had this for 33 years. It survived my 20's and is still my number one. Riffs and songs fall out of it and it always feels right. Also, the MFDs have a lot of sonic business going on. G&Ls are kind of like secret weapons.
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Is that a saddle-lock bridge (non-trem)? Was that an option on SC-3s back in the day? I've said many times that's the best non-trem bridge there is and is a huge reason for me wanting to get another G&L some day.
Sure looks like it, and I know they put those on ASATs sometimes.

That bridge is the reason I have a G&L Jazz bass and not a Fender.
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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by vistavision » Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:25 pm

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Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:09 am
I've been watching this one, as I have a thing for Band of Susans: https://reverb.com/item/41934536-g-l-sc-1-1982-white
There were only ~250 of those made. Grab it!
I'm sure some Fender dealer in '64 looked at the new Duo-Sonic II and thought, "That's not a Duo-Sonic. That's a Mustang".

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by noisepunk » Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:38 pm

find one of the early ones that uses the same body shape as the SC-2 and SC-1, then you've got a strat and mustang killer in the same guitar ;)

i've never been able to play a vintage G&L–an original SC2 or SC1 is one of the only guitars i still lust after, but they've basically doubled in price over the past decade and i'm perpetually broke...and also you never see them anywhere– i've played a few newer ASAT specials (tele with the larger MFD pickups) and am firmly in the "fender but better" camp.

get it!

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by vistavision » Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:44 pm

Larry Mal wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 1:34 pm
Dok wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 12:20 pm

Is that a saddle-lock bridge (non-trem)? Was that an option on SC-3s back in the day? I've said many times that's the best non-trem bridge there is and is a huge reason for me wanting to get another G&L some day.
Sure looks like it, and I know they put those on ASATs sometimes.

That bridge is the reason I have a G&L Jazz bass and not a Fender.
Apparently saddle-lock bridges are really rare on these SC-3s. Sunburst was rare, too. It has that odd black krinkle finish on the bridge, neck plate, and control plate.
Weirdly I owned a second one of these (it was black) in the early 90's. What were the chances?
I'm sure some Fender dealer in '64 looked at the new Duo-Sonic II and thought, "That's not a Duo-Sonic. That's a Mustang".

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by JamesSGBrown » Wed Jul 28, 2021 9:30 pm

Well guys, I think I'm gonna spring for it. It can fill the strat-shaped hole in my collection... stay tuned!

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by andy_tchp » Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:29 am

I had one for a time I bought off tribi9. '86 or '87 IIRC.
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How does it compare to a JM, sound-wise?
I would say it doesn't, aside from being a single coil guitar with a 25.5" scale. It didn't even really sound 'like a Strat', they're definitely their own thing. A very, very good thing.
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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by JamesSGBrown » Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:35 am

Pulled the trigger. Now, we wait!

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Post by RIORIO » Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:23 am

Not to derail but I have an impossibly rare early G&L landing today too :?

Love these guitars...

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by Larry Mal » Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:37 am

You guys are gonna love them!
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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by mbene085 » Thu Jul 29, 2021 11:02 am

vistavision wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 2:44 pm
Apparently saddle-lock bridges are really rare on these SC-3s. Sunburst was rare, too. It has that odd black krinkle finish on the bridge, neck plate, and control plate.
Weirdly I owned a second one of these (it was black) in the early 90's. What were the chances?
This is all true. When I saw the sunburst and the saddle-lock, I thought, "that's the only SC-3 I've ever seen like that." Really cool.
JamesSGBrown wrote:
Thu Jul 29, 2021 5:35 am
Pulled the trigger. Now, we wait!
Congrats. It'll be great.
RIORIO wrote:
Thu Jul 29, 2021 10:23 am
Not to derail but I have an impossibly rare early G&L landing today too :?

Love these guitars...
I'm sitting on shpilkes over here.

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by Dok » Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:26 pm

Professor Bill wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:09 am
I've been watching this one, as I have a thing for Band of Susans: https://reverb.com/item/41934536-g-l-sc-1-1982-white
By sheer coincidence I was at the local guitar shop dropping off my P-bass for repair and they have one of these for sale, DEAD mint, in pink no less. Only asking $3k but they encouraged me to make an offer. :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:
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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by Professor Bill » Thu Jul 29, 2021 2:50 pm

That sounds like it might be worth the drive up the coast!


Dok wrote:
Thu Jul 29, 2021 1:26 pm
Professor Bill wrote:
Wed Jul 28, 2021 6:09 am
I've been watching this one, as I have a thing for Band of Susans: https://reverb.com/item/41934536-g-l-sc-1-1982-white
By sheer coincidence I was at the local guitar shop dropping off my P-bass for repair and they have one of these for sale, DEAD mint, in pink no less. Only asking $3k but they encouraged me to make an offer. :w00t: :w00t: :w00t:

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by RIORIO » Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:22 am

While we're showing off (and talking up) our cool/rare early G&L's :ph34r:

I present an impossibly rare '83/84 Cavalier in the most insane Trans Blue finish and ultra-rare hardtail configuration:

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I've never seen a finish change so much in different lights! Moral of the story is- you can't go wrong with early G&L's- they just feel special

Ok- derail over. Hope you love your SC3!

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Re: G&L SC-3: talk to me

Post by vistavision » Fri Jul 30, 2021 10:05 am

RIORIO wrote:
Fri Jul 30, 2021 9:22 am
I present an impossibly rare '83/84 Cavalier in the most insane Trans Blue finish and ultra-rare hardtail configuration:
I've never seen a finish change so much in different lights! Moral of the story is- you can't go wrong with early G&L's- they just feel special
Sure enough, no Swamp Ash, Trans Blue w/saddle-lock Cavaliers are listed over at the G&L registry. Crazy rare. That thing is beautiful!
I'm sure some Fender dealer in '64 looked at the new Duo-Sonic II and thought, "That's not a Duo-Sonic. That's a Mustang".

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