CLF Research guitars are inspired by Leo’s legacy of continuous innovation.
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Elegantly Eighties: CLF™ Research Skyhawk™ brings back the best of '80s CLF styling. Like the original G&L Skyhawk of 1984, it starts with George Fullerton's evolved double-cutaway with a hint of offset, a slim waist and generous curves. This very comfortable body is complemented by his arched pickguard shape, his most most pleasing iteration of the form. The elegant pickguard meets a beautifully reproduced CLF control plate in original style black wrinkle powdercoat, a perfect backdrop for the exquisitely machined and chrome plated CLF knobs for volume, treble and bass. The Dual Fulcrum Vibrato features a CLF 3/16" machined stainless steel vibrato arm for a period look while benefiting from today's forged brass saddles and block. And there are those three Leo Fender-designed MFD single coil pickups that defined the Skyhawk back in '84 and the SC-3 in 1983. These meaty-yet-sparkly MFD pickups are best known as the power behind the current generation of S-500 guitars from 1989 on. In a bit of backdating, the CLF Research Skyhawk adds a mini-toggle expander switch from the S-500 so this Skyhawk leaves no tones behind. The CLF Research Skyhawk is available in the following thin urethane finishes:
- Clear Blue over swamp ash, maple fingerboard
- Natural Ash, maple fingerboard
- Old School Tobacco Sunburst over okoume, Caribbean rosewood fingerboard
- Pharaoh Gold Firemist over alder, Caribbean rosewood fingerboard