G&L Headstock

Discussion in 'G&L Bass Forum' started by Kiteman23, Jun 30, 2008.

  1. Kiteman23


    Jun 30, 2008
    San Mateo, CA
    Does anyone know what year G&L went from their "lawsuit" headstock to the pointed headstock?
  2. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    late 82, IIRC...
  3. GGJaguar


    Jun 15, 2005
    The "lawsuit" headstock was used into early 1983.

  4. lmfreeman9


    Sep 1, 2007
    Then why can you find SB-1's from the mid 80's with the old headstock?
  5. jimmy rocket

    jimmy rocket

    Jan 24, 2008
    Ayden, NC
    Probably using up existing stock. Technically they wouldn't have been producing the "lawsuit" design, just getting rid of what they already had.
  6. GGJaguar


    Jun 15, 2005
    SB-series are the exception as they were economy models. The pro level L-1000 and L-2000 switched in early '83. The F-100 guitar switched over a little later in the year. Also, there was no CBS-Fender law suit regarding the early headstocks though there may have been the threat of one. IIRC, George Fullerton designed the new headstock (with the little point) to be less "generic" as well as less "Fendery" while giving G&Ls a unique look and avoiding any potential for a law suit. The SB-series basses and SC-series guitars probably flew under CBS-Fender, and later FMIC's, radar screen as sales were miniscule compared to Fender sales.