G&L USA Guitars
Shown in in Tobacco Sunburst with black headstock
Hard Rock Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard
Introduced in 1980, the F-100 was G&L's first guitar model, brimming with new thinking and the optimism of Leo Fender. The F-100 featured two humbuckeing pickups, the very first guitar pickups employing Leo's new proprietary Magnetic Field Design technology. It also featured a complex active/passive electronics system, in step with the late 1970s and early '80s trend of pushing the limits of tonal versatility. While many enthusiasts of vintage G&Ls are fond of the original F-100s as the were, many others felt that the electronics held back the guitar's potential. That may well have been the case, because the F-100 was only produced in considerable quantites through 1983.
G&L Custom Creations recreated the tooling for F-100 pickup components in 2005. After lengthy experimentation with specification and positioning on the body, the MFD guitar humbuckers returned in the G&L 25th Anniversary Model. Even then, it was certain that these modern day MFD humbuckers would not have been done justice if they were only to make such a brief appearance: the F-100 had to make a comeback. Just as in the 25th Anniversary Model, the plan called for these MFD humbuckers to be free to sing with a minimum of electronics, save for the addition of push/pull coil split enabling the outer coils to be used for truly honest single coil MFD tones.
And so the F-100 re-emerged from the hallowed halls of Fender Avenue once again. The body shape and dimensions are faithful to the original, while the headstock adds G&L's trademark hook design introduced in the mid '80s. In the spirit of Leo Fender, the modern F-100 is respectful of the successes of the past yet unbound by them. This is not a reissue, though it does capture the essence of the original. As Leo might expect, we kept what worked and let go what didn't. And as Leo would have demanded, today's F-100 is built even better.
Founded by Leo Fender in 1980, G&L USA instruments continue to be made in the historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the Birthplace of Bolt-on™.
The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive "hook" headstock design, Saddle Lock, Magnetic Field Design and MFD are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.
† The personal name, likeness and signature of Mr. Clarence Leo Fender are property of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. and may not be used in any commercial capacity without prior approval. For enquiries regarding the use of the "Leo Fender" name, likeness or signature, please contact us. G&L is not associated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.
- CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
- SCALE: 25 1/2"
- PICKUPS: Leo Fender†-designed G&L MFD™ humbuckers made in Fullerton, California
- BODY WOOD: Swamp Ash on Premier Finishes, Alder on Standard Finishes
- NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Maple or Rosewood fingerboard
- NECK PROFILE: G&L Classic C with 12" radius
- NUT: 100% natural bone
- FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, Jescar 57110 18% nickel silver
- TUNING KEYS: 12:1 ratio, sealed-back
- BRIDGE: Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock™ with chrome-plated brass saddles
- CONTROLS: 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone with push/pull split (outer coils on)
- CASE: deluxe Tolex hardshell