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G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar Black Rosewood Fretboard

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The G&L Comanche is Leo's final word on the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe. Fact is, the first thing you'll notice about the Comanche is the distinctive shape of the Magnetic Field Design ... Click To Read More About This Product

Available 01-26-2017 You will not be charged until order ships. Email me when this is in stock.

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Overview

The G&L Comanche is Leo's final word on the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe. Fact is, the first thing you'll notice about the Comanche is the distinctive shape of the Magnetic Field Design Z-Coil pickups designed by Leo Fender himself. These pickups deliver a bright and sparkly top end while offering a robust bottom end, all without any 60-cycle hum.

You'll find plenty of power in the Z-coil 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 Comanche's PTB (Passive Treble and Bass) system. What's more, the Tribute Series Comanche includes an 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 Comanche 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.

The Comanche was the very last double-cutaway bolt-on guitar designed by Leo Fender, the culmination of everything he had learned during his amazing lifetime. And now, it's available at a price within reach of every working musician.

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Features
  • Mahogany body
  • Hard-Rock Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard
  • Leo FenderĀ -designed G&L MFD Z-Coil hum-cancelling made in Fullerton, California
  • 5-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB system)
  • Push/pull expander on treble pot enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups together
  • 18:1 ratio, sealed-back tuners
  • Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato bridge
  • Case sold separately
Specifications
  • CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
    SCALE: 25-1/2"
    PICKUPS: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD Z-Coil hum-cancelling made in Fullerton, California
    BODY WOOD: Mahogany
    NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Rosewood fingerboard
    NECK WIDTH AT NUT: 1-5/8"
    NECK RADIUS: 12"
    NECK PROFILE: medium C
    FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, nickel
    TUNING KEYS: 18:1 ratio, sealed-back
    BRIDGE: Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato
    CONTROLS: 5-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB system), push/pull expander on treble pot enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups together.
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Limited 10 year warranty on all guitars.


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G&LTribute Comanche Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 7 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (4)
  • Good pick up (4)
  • Solid electronics (4)
  • Good feel (3)
  • Good tone (3)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (4)
  • Practicing (4)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
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5.0

great guitar!!

By Rick

from Monterey California

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

    I recently, purchased a used G and L Comanche. Wow what a guitar!! Nice fat sound for the Z pick ups.
    One of my complaint about single coil pickups is the thin sound from the middle and neck pick ups. No problem here. I was surprised how powerful and expressive the z coil pickups are. Definitely, a super strat. I definitely will buy another one just in a different color. I hope G and L comes out with a tribute Comanche with a maple neck.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    What a wild and crazy guitar

    By Mike

    from Rhode Island

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

      Ah the Comanche. Anyone who researches G and Ls will inevitably land on this one and wonder what it's all about. Well I bought one and decided to find out for myself. Right off the bat, this guitar needed a proper set up. Not to mince words, but the setup it came with was terrible. Another reviewer mentioned his wouldn't stay in tune, and I'm willing to bet that's because it needs to be set up the way G&L recommends. So I hopped over to their website and followed their instructions. Once complete, tuning wasn't an issue and I could finally dive into the guitar's tonal properties. What struck me right away was the power of the z-coil MFDs. They easily over drived my amp in a similar way a P90 pickup would, but with a clearer high end. The 7 different pickup configurations are all different from one another, and with the PTB system, you can really dial in familiar tones or create new ones. Roll back the bass and get that scooped mids, glassy single coil. Or leave them on and get a punchy sound. The neck pick up is my favorite so far. Great for rhythm. I'm on the fence about the bridge pickup. It sounds nice and full sometimes, and sort of thin others. I'm tempted to order the Will Ray bridge pickup from G&L and try that instead, but other times I'm caught off guard by how much I like it. Middle pickup is great, too. I'm used to guitars with just the 2 pickups and forgot how much I like the tone from a true middle position pup. Overall, the build quality is fine. For the price, you really can't argue. I really like the black-on-black look, though it would be nice to have a few more options. Bottom line is I would highly recommend this guitar. It more than likely will require a set up. G&L's dual fulcrum bridge does make it a little trickier than on other guitars, but if you or a guitar tech can get it set up correctly, it's well worth it.

       
      5.0

      Great Instrument

      By Matt

      from St. Louis

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Great pickups
      • Great Tone

      Cons

      • Bulky...but that has its own appeal
      • Will replace locking tuners with Sperzels

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

      I mainly play Ken Parker era Parker guitars. Absolutely wonderful instruments built around the philosophy that guitars can be engineered better. However, I missed the nostalgic feel, sound, and look of a strat. After a bit of research I felt this product was the best bang for the buck to deliver not only that nostalgic feel and sound, but also adhere to the philoophy of improvement. Quite simply, the Comanche is a better designed strat than Leo's flagship. It feels like a giant block of wood compared to a Parker, but delivers some serious tones I can't tweak out of my go to instruments. A great addition to my sound repertoire and it definitely fulfilled my nostalgia. I remain a very happy guitarist.

       
      4.0

      Good value for the price

      By YK

      from Fullerton

      About Me Experienced

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

        This guitar is a Strat on steroids. It is built like a tank: bigger, thicker and heavier body (because of the ebony body I think). It has a nice deep contour which I feel is not very prominent on the MX Strats. The pickups give a unique sound and are noise cancelling. This especially sounds nice on a modeling amp which otherwise creates a lot of noise. My only complaint is that the edges of the frets were very sharp, as if they had not been filed down to make them smooth: easy to cut yourself if you run your hand along the neck. Otherwise I would've given this guitar five stars. I did not see this flaw in the MX Strats that I own. Overall this is a great value for money. I am curious to see how the US Comanche would feel.

        (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Strat Lover's Guitar

        By Harry Sappington

        from Blue Mountain, MS

        Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

        Being an old school guy,and having owned many different guitars, I've always found myself coming back to the strat body style. I took a total shot in the dark with this guitar,being intriuged by the z-coil pickups. I had never played a comanche or even a G&L for that matter. this guitar is the most versatile i've ever played, no small thing from a guy that's been playing for 30 years and owned a 79 stat for most of that time. The only thing I don't like is the black on black color, but i can live with it.I love the neck, body and the sounds i get when I play it through my Marshall amp. It is one of my main guitars now and I think the next one i'll buy will probably be a G&L of some sort. By the way I've had this guitar for over a year now, waiting to see how it held up before writing this. it definitely passed the test.

        (19 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Leo evolves guitar yet again

        By Duke-DvtpP

        from boston

        About Me Experienced

        Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

        The hype is that Leo Fender developed the "next generation" of guitar at G&L. Guess what: believe it! I play humbucker guitars often w/coil splitting but dis-liked the thin split sound. What about starting with a supercharged "single coil" to get close to a humbucker sound, but with the clarity of singles? For me thats why Im playing this. For you Strat fans, all the Strat tones are there plus a lot more. Note: you are starting out with P90 type tones: stronger in output than a single coil. You are adding the full-range power of Leo's MFD ceramic pickups. The down side? They they are full range, this is not your plug and play Fender vintage tone. The up-side? These are full-range: you can get vintage tone, just need to adjust the tone on your amp (reduce the mids) and the guitar. Did I mention the added bonus: the technology of the P-bass pickup is applied here: no 60 cycle hum in any pickup position (!).
        But wait there's more: the secret weapon: the two tone controls, for rolling off both the highs AND the lows, independent of each other. This is a revolution in tone controls (and it's passive, no battery required!). It's key for at least three things. 1)roll the treble almost to nothing to get your classic Fender tones 2)roll the bass down when you use effects to cut thru the mix w/o low end mud 3)set your amp to that the wide open tone controls sound as big as humbuckers... then back off tone and volume so your default is a single coil sound, but can go-to-eleven when you want it...all while retaining single coil clarity! Yes there's more: a toggle (or push pull on later models) to add two more positions to the standard 5-way Strat selector. As for quality, after handling several Tribute imports, including 2012 and 2013 Indonesian factory builds, I must conclude that the quality level is high: better than Fender mexican, possibly on par with Fender USA. Don't let the price point fool you, these feel-top notch: no need to consider upgrading components (except my preference for metal knobs rather than the Strat-like plastic ones). As for the vibrato bridge, I dont use this, but i am told it kicks butt compared to most. Investors: if you are buying a guitar with re-sale in mind, best avoid G&L, as most people dont value their flexibility because people want plug and play tone. However you may wish to consider, if you find a G&L that you like, the new Tributes seem to come with a 10 year warranty these days, not too shabby). Enjoy!

        (7 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Tucknfoldman

        from West Palm Beach, Florida

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Looks great
        • Original Design
        • Solid Electronics
        • Well Designed

        Cons

        • Comes With No Gig Bag Or

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • Rock Concerts
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

        This guitar looks great. You will not see every Tom, Dick, or Harry with this Baby.
        This guitar sound fantastic. I do not need a MIA or LP or prs. I have a G & L
        Paint, Pickup's, hardware, design, tuners, fit and neck is top notch and the price is affordable. Schector and Fender watch out. Ohh I forgot Fender owns these guys.

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