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The Cavalier was introduced in May 1983 and was unlike any other guitar Leo Fender had designed to that point. With it’s small humbucker pickups set in a slant configuration and vibrato tailpiece, it bears some resemblence to the Mustang, but the Cavalier was an all-new design. Using the S-500 body and neck as a platform, Leo installed his latest humbucking pickups into the Cavalier. The pickups are brighter sounding than most traditional humbuckers which give the Cavalier a unique sound. Sadly, it also spelled disaster in the marketplace since buyers were either looking for traditional and vintage guitars or the superstrats of the heavy metal craze. However, it remained in the G&L catalog for 4 years and, according to Paul Bechtoldt, around 700 units were produced. The '80s rock group "Quarterflash" was a G&L endorser and the lead guitarist was often seen using a Cavalier. The Cavalier shown here is from the first year of production and is finished in Clear Red which was first offered as a standard G&L finish in 1983.

G&L CAVALIER (October 1983)

Body: Solid; 2-piece ash

Finish: Clear Red, polyester

Neck: 2-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Ebony; pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets: 22

Pickguard: Black-white-black plastic laminate with black crinkle powder coated aluminum control plate

Bridge: G&L Dual Fulcrum Vibrato, chrome

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: G&L/Schaller, sealed, chrome

Pickups: Two, G&L Magnetic Field Design Offset Humbucking with adjustable pole pieces

Controls: Master volume, treble, and bass, 3-way pickup selector

Scale Length: 25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 12 7/8 inches

Body Depth: 1 5/8 inches

Weight: 8.7 lb.

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