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This is the perfect time for the G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar to make a comeback. It's been more than 20 years since G&L made the SC-2, though its popularity is getting stronger each year. G&L... Click To Read More About This Product

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This is the perfect time for the G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar to make a comeback. It's been more than 20 years since G&L made the SC-2, though its popularity is getting stronger each year. G&L is proud to announce that the SC-2 is back and better than ever!

Introduced in 1982, the G&L SC-2 guitar's distinctive shape and tone resonated with the New Wave movement. Pioneers like Devo's Bob Mothersbaugh immediately embraced creator Leo Fender's SC-2. The SC-2 was pure Leo genius-fresh, forward-looking, and fun.

Though the '80s New Wave movement gave way to glam rock, which gave way to the grunge movement in the '90s, what comes around goes around. Today's indie-pop musicians are increasingly embracing the aesthetic of early '80s New Wave scene; evolving it with the edginess that today's indie scene grew up with. The SC-2 was perfect for its time as well as today's direction, and consequently vintage SC-2s have been growing in value as gigging musicians and collectors alike are discovering-or rediscovering-one of Leo's coolest guitars.

Leo demanded that G&L designs continue to improve, and we think he'd be pleased with the latest axe to emerge from Fender Avenue. This is no reissue, as the new SC-2 has evolved to meet the needs and tastes of today's musician. The distinctive body profile is faithful to the original, but now features G&L's generously sculpted arm and back contours for added comfort as well as repositioned controls for ease of use. The result is a light, compact body that just feels great, whether hanging on a strap or strumming in a chair.

Things have evolved up top, too, with a neck featuring our easy-playing contemporary #1 profile, capped with the stylish mid-80's G&L headstock shape incorporating G&L's trademark "hook" design. What's more, this neck blends a vintage vibe with modern playability with its Gun Oil Tint finished with satin on the back and gloss on the headstock face.

The new SC-2 electric guitaris powered by a pair of G&L large MFD single-coil pickups, yielding a broad range of tonalities for even the most diversified of players. The neck pickup is a traditional-spec large MFD, which has a warm, spongy response with just the right amount of top-end articulation. The bridge position features an over-wound "fat" MFD pickup for a powerful, smooth vocal presence that's great for clean or overdriven textures. The SC-2's sonic territory covers punchy indie-pop riffs, straight-ahead blues rock, smooth jazz, even jangly country licks. For players who demand a versatile guitar capable of handling any situation, the SC-2 gets it done with comfort and style.

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  • Pickups: 2 large rectangular G&L Magnetic Field Design high-output single-coil pickups. Bridge pickup is hotter version of ASAT Special bridge pickup.
  • Controls: 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone
  • Body wood: alder
  • Neck: bolt-on rock maple with "C" shape
  • Fingerboard: rosewood
  • Hardware: chrome
  • Tuning keys: 12:1 ratio, sealed lubrication, adjustable knob tension
  • Bridge: G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato
  • Scale length: 25.5" (647.7mm)
    Fretboard radius: 12" (304.8mm)
    Number of frets: 22
    Nut width: 1-5/8" (41.3mm)
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G&LSC-2 Electric Guitar

(based on 9 reviews)

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  • Good pick up (3)
  • Good tone (3)


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Good tone, different feel

By Andrew M

from Eugene, OR

About Me Experienced


  • Fun To Play
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics


  • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

Best Uses

  • Jamming
  • Practicing
  • Recording
  • School Bands

Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

Hangs from the neck like an SG, sits unlike a strat. It's an odd guitar with good pickups and a solid switching module and pots, knobs. Mine suffered neck instability and fret issues, and the backplate was poorly fitted into a misfitting pocket.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent Guitar


from Rhode Island

Site Member

Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

Here are thoughts about this guitar in no particular order: Like all G&L guitars, the SC-2 is unbelievably well crafted. High quality material and craftsmanship. This guitar is built to last I've been playing MIM Fenders for years before switching. The neck is far more comfortable. Don't fear the slightly beefier neck change. The pickups are very unique. They are higher output than a single coil guitar, but cooler than humbuckers. That makes this guitar very versatile. Perfect for all kinds of music (not exaggerating), with the exception of perhaps heavy metal. The pick ups have a great twang and midrange. They will take getting used to, but they are awesome. It is a light guitar. Great for gigging. Has great string action and a smooth fretboard. Yes, the price tag has gone up recently. However, the new price (around $1600) more accurately reflects the value of this guitar. I hope to convince just one person to give these guitars a try over an SG or a Fender. It was well worth the risk for me.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Average, very average



About Me Professional Musician


  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone


    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

    Ok. So you think I'm being a little picky but I've owned over 300 guitars, probably more than some small music stores. The neck is very thick, thick, thick. If you plan on using the tremolo, you're in trouble. It will go out of tune every time. On the positive side, which is why everyone loves this guitar, the pickups sound great. They are cross between an SG and Maybe a Strat. The only other thing I like is the weight. You can play all night on this when in concert. Plan on tuning it after every song though. Good luck. I like my G & L fallout with locking tuners much better. Peace!

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


    SC-2 Under the radar, Top of the Mix

    By JagInTheBag

    from Grayslake, IL

    About Me Experienced


    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics


      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

      I own one of these. The SC-2 has become my favorite shape, as long as a Strat but a tad thinner in the waist, upper horn makes for a perfect balance when worn with a strap. Simple and dynamic MFD Soapbar pickups and controls make this guitar Leo Fender had always strived to design- Rock solid, simple to use, and ultimately versatile.

      The G&L neck is just plain comfy, satin finish- slinky and fast. The 12 inch radius is perfect for playing chord fragments while getting your licks in between changes. If you like to sweep pick and shred scales- it does that too.

      The neck pickup has a piano like quality on a clean channel, percussive and clear. The Bridge pickup gives me all the quack I could want, perfect for leads when overdriven- high output of a humbucker without the loss of tone. Together, they have another tone entirely- best described as the "Woman Tone" MFDs are quieter than Alnico single coils and allow me to adjust the individual pole pieces string to string so I can dial in my own sound. The clarity of this guitars tone always cuts through the mix, also allowing me to use FX pedals without losing the tone of the instrument. That is the genius of Leo Fender's MFD's.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      unexpectedly great!

      By drew

      from Okemos MI

      About Me Experienced

      Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

      This guitar is not on many players radar screens but should be. It took me a few sessions to love this guitar. Its not a fender or Gibson that we are all so used to so be open-minded and you will be rewarded. This guitar will last a lifetime and sounds great. Pups are a little brighter than p90s but excel with a little dirt. I got mine as a used guitar with a blemish but it arrived mint condition my lucky day!

      (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


      g&l guitars sc-2


      from logansport indiana

      Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

      overall quality:4 stars, but the backside of the neck had a small knot in the wood which should not have passed quality control for an instrument produced at the fullerton ca. factory.this is the expectation of many people,buying the american made non-tribute models,because of their higher price.that small defect was the only critique i had.i am satisfied with the g&l sc-2 and there were no playability issues.

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


      Great guitar

      By 5stringer

      from Midwest

      Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

      If you are looking for a guitar that will give you a ton of tonal possibilities without being overwhelming, this is the one. I feels like a stripped down version of my Jazzmaster, but with a punchier sound.
      Very high quality hardware and pickups, Great choice of woods; alder and maple ( no crappy basswood). Just a great simple and straight forward tone machine. It would be better with a fixed bridge in my opinion, but that's just me.
      I have only had it two weeks, but after a very slight set up and a little tone tweaking I took it out and used it for a set. The guitar performed excellently and I received a lot of comments on the tone and look.
      There are a lot of imports w/ far inferior materials and workmanship that sell for what I paid for this little gem. Value wise, I don't think you can do better.

      (8 of 10 customers found this review helpful)


      A little Monster!

      By Mr. Fabio

      from Rome , Italy

      Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

      I own a vintage white one with rosewood fingerboard and alder body.The guitar is light, confortable, ergonomic and easy to use: the neck is a trditional G.& L. #1 , 12' radius, very good playability.Simple controls, fantastic pick - ups, excellent dual fulcrum bridge, excellent sperzel tuning machines.Everything is working perfectly on this gutiar and all the tones are rich and full.The neck pick up sounds like the neck Strat pick up but is a little bit fatter, the bridge pick up reminds me a P 90 and is very powerfull: togheter they work very well, expecially for clean rythm work. The controls are very effective and they enable the player to find a lot of nice tones.I have several guitars and in particular other six G.& L., three Asats ( Classic, Classic Custom and a Special, an S 500, a Legacy Special and a Comanche ) and I think that the MF Soapbar is the best neck pick up produced by G.& L.: the best bridge pick up I believed that was the traditional Asat Classic pick up, but I must say that the SC 2 overwound MF Soapbar is amazing!Finally I can say that the SC 2 is an excellent guitar, with a little body that can remind the Legacy-Strat body, the Legacy neck and hardware, the Asat Special electronic and pick-ups, with a very special bridge pick up: it is like if we have the addiction of the best features of the G.& L. production, all togheter in a single model!

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)


      A Tone Gem

      By DK Anderson

      from Portland, Oregon

      Comments about G&L SC-2 Electric Guitar:

      I've had my G&L SC-2 for a couple months now, and it may have already become my all-time favorite solid-body electric (out of several dozen over the years). It has simply amazing tone. Heavy, dense woods in the body and neck give lots of natural resonance - it's not Les Paul heavy, but it's substantial for a Mustang-sized axe. The resonance plus fantastic pickups combine for a sharp, articulate tonal palette. The pickups are like a high-output cross between a P90 and a Strat pickup: shearing and chimey, but with enough growl lower down to give them authority. The guitar is lots more versatile than I expected from such simple controls, mostly because small adjustments of the volume and tone knobs produce readily-heard changes in tone. The neck pickup is voiced very much like a classic Strat neck p'up, and the bridge is like a very hot, slightly treble-shifted P90. Playing it through either a "Rivera era" Fender Concert or an Egnater Tweaker.The guitar played well and intonated correctly out of the box. I set it up slightly lower (personal preference), but only by a very small amount. Frets were just fine out of the box, too. The neck is pretty chunky...again, that's my personal preference, but if you're looking for a Parker or Ibanez Wizard sort of feel, this is not your guitar. Workmanship is astonishingly good for this price point, and all of the hardware, components, etc. are quality choices. Under eleven hundred for this kind of US-made quality is a;dr version: a well-built tone one!

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