The G&L S-500 debuted in 1983 as Leo's own evolution of the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe, delivering innovations including the Dual-Fulcrum vibrato and Magnetic Field Design single-coil ... Read More
The G&L S-500 debuted in 1983 as Leo's own evolution of the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe, delivering innovations including the Dual-Fulcrum vibrato and Magnetic Field Design single-coil pickups, each designed by Leo Fender himself. These MFD pickups deliver a bright and sparkly top end and robust bottom end, all without losing midrange focus.
You'll find plenty of punch in the MFD pickups, but what's surprising is how glassy and detailed they become as you roll back the volume and bass controls, the latter a part of the S-500's PTB (Passive Treble and Bass) system which functions on all three pickups. What's more, the G&L Tribute Series S-500 includes a push-pull expander switch on the treble pot to allow neck+bridge or all three pickups together. In a pinch, the neck+bridge combo does a convincing faux ASAT Special.
The new G&L Tribute Series S-500 features one of Leo's favorite pairings: the power of MFD pickups mellowed by the high porosity of a mahogany body. Making the most of this delicious combo is Leo's Dual-Fulcrum vibrato, a work of engineering art which allows bending up or down with unsurpassed stability, while offering a silky feel through its beefy aluminum vibrato arm.
Leo's forward-looking spirit is clearly reflected in the S-500, a guitar he designed for players who share that spirit. And now, it's available at a price within reach of every working musician.
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Comparable in price to a MIM Strat, but comparable in quality to a MIA Strat. The materials are great quality. Mine is swamp ash. A lovely slab of solid wood. Back of the neck has a silky satin finish. Fretboard and frets are all perfect. Electronics and controls are top notch. People talk a lot about where a guitar is built. This one was built in Indonesia. I don't think the location of the factory is relevant as long as the factory is employing staff that take pride in their work, and they use good manufacturing techniques,good materials, and have high quality control. This guitar seems to check all those boxes. The nationality of the staff doesn't make a difference to the outcome of the product. Guitar snobs who didn't know where this was made would not be able to tell, if the word Indonesia was not on the headstock. This is as good as American Strats I've owned. This is a solid, quality musical instrument, at a remarkably competitive price.
I was researching Strats, when I came across info on G&L guitars. For times sake, or my times sake, I recommend you google G&L to get the whole story for your selves. I was considering the Comanche, however I all ready own a guitar with Hum-buckers, and wanted that solid "pop" of single coil pick ups to achieve that deep Blues/Funk/Rock sound I was looking for (The Black Keys, The Deadweather, etc...). The reviews I had read online stated that the guilty was unbelievable for the price, and I agree. The action was a bit high for my and the intonation was a bit off, but after I set it up I was "like a pig in poop"! If you are not familiar with setting up your own guitar, be sure to have your GC's Luthier or tech do the set up, which they had done at no cost for me with the previous guitar I had purchased trough them. Don't take my word for it though, head over to GC and play one of these beauties for yourself.
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