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G&L Tribute S500 Electric Guitar Vintage White Rosewood Fretboard

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The G&L S-500 debuted in 1982 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 ... Click To Read More About This Product

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Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
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Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in mint condition. If you're looking for a virtually new instrument in possibly less-than-perfect packaging, this is a great value.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
Gear returned in great condition, with only minor signs of use, such as slight scuffs or pick marks. It looks and plays like new and may be considered an equivalent to display units found in retail stores.
  • Includes 45-Day, No-Hassle Returns
  • Includes full manufacturer's warranty
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Overview

The G&L S-500 debuted in 1982 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 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. Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, you'll never look back.

Case sold separately.

Features
  • Construction: Bolt-on
  • Scale: 25-1/2"
  • Pickups: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single coils 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
  • Case sold separately
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Limited 10 year warranty on all guitars.


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G&LTribute S500 Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 3 reviews)

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Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fanastic guitar! A step up from my Fenders.

By Jonny G.

from Medford, OR

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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 S500 Electric Guitar:

    I had never heard of these guitars previously until one day at Guitar Center in Medford I played a G&L Legacy solid body. That's all it took for me to get busy and do my research. When I found out the G&L was George Fullerton and Leo Fender himself, I made the investment in teh S-500. Although mine is Indonesia-made, the reports on YouTube on the G&L500 are that these guitars come ready to play right out of the box. And know what? Absolutely correct. Took it to my guitar tech, and he did not even touch that neck.....it was ready to go.
    The 12.5" radius on the neck and fretboard has a tremendous feel from my Fender Classic Vibe and my older Epiphone Wildkat which are also great guitars I use as well.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Leo Fender's last and best creation!

    By C. J. Camp

    from Seattle, WA

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about G&L Tribute S500 Electric Guitar:

      According to Leo Fender himself, the G & L guitars are NOT meant to be like Fender guitars. They are meant to be the NEXT STEP in the evolution of what Leo called "the working man's bolt-on guitar." As others have noted, the S-500 is capable of a MUCH WIDER RANGE of sounds than the Fender Stratocaster. This is part of what Leo intended. I think it's noteworthy that, in the last several years, Fender has tried to copy the S-500s with a dual-fulcrum vibrato, different types of bridges, and various switching choices not seen prior to the 1990s. Late in his life Leo stated, unequivocally, that the G & L guitars were, "The best guitars that I ever made."

      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I could not find really better for thrice the price

      By Wenta

      from Thailand

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • PLEKed
      • Stay in tune

      Cons

      • Noisy on high gain inputs

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about G&L Tribute S500 Electric Guitar:

      Need to ask a luthier to setup intonation and fret 0 according to the strings you are using and your playing style (do you prefer low or high intonation ?) so that open chords at the bottom of the neck does not sound out of tune... They use a PLEK machine so it's near perfect for the other frets and the board. I consider changing electronics and mics for a di marzio or a rio grande set, since they are a little bit noisy and the pots feels a little bit cheap - but it sounds pretty good already - I will first try to isolate with adhesive copper foil.

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