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Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar Satin Black

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The Laguna LE50 Electric Guitar is the "little brother" of the Laguna LE200, and is perfect for smaller hands. Put simply: the LE50 ROCKS so for your first guitar, you can't go wrong with it! The Slim... Click To Read More About This Product

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The Laguna LE50 Electric Guitar is the "little brother" of the Laguna LE200, and is perfect for smaller hands. Put simply: the LE50 ROCKS so for your first guitar, you can't go wrong with it! The Slim-taper neck and shallow "C" shape provide a comfortable feel, and the hard rock maple neck will stay straight and true. The Basswood body and high-output ceramic pickups offer up clean, biting tone, and the Black Satin finish and black hardware make the Laguna LE50 guitar look as mean as it sounds.

Features
  • Neck Material: Bolt-on Maple
  • Neck Shape: Slim taper with a shallow "C" Profile
  • Nut Width: 1.62"
  • Body: Basswood Body
  • Scale Length:22.75"
  • Frets: 24 Jumbo Frets
  • Fingerboard: Bound Rosewood
  • Inlay: Pearl Dots
  • Bridge: Fixed Bridge
  • Pickup: High-output humbucking
  • Hardware:Black
  • Tuners: Die-cast
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LagunaLE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar
 
3.7

(based on 39 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (5)

74%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (12)
  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (6)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (12)
  • Jamming (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (9), Professional musician (5), Novice (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

great 1st guitar for kids

First guitars are a tough call - but this one fits the bill!! My 9-yr-old nephew is learning to play guitar. While he has applied himself to a 3/4 acoustic -...Read complete review

First guitars are a tough call - but this one fits the bill!! My 9-yr-old nephew is learning to play guitar. While he has applied himself to a 3/4 acoustic - HE WANTS TO ROCK!! After a couple of hours watching his face contort and smile while playing vintage SG with maximum OD, I knew I had to get him an electric - quick trip to GC, GREAT HELP from Mike in Glen Burnie (thanks) and a little time plugged in at the store and I was sold - this is a great 1st axe - slick n' easy action, simple controls, good sound, right size, decent workmanship, tough finish, and a price that is appropriate for something you know is going to get knocked around. Great job Laguna - you nailed it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Comparison with Ibanez Mikro

I'm giving an average rating because I'm really just using this slot to detail the differences between the Mikro and the LE50.

NECK:
Same materials

Mikro has better...Read complete review

I'm giving an average rating because I'm really just using this slot to detail the differences between the Mikro and the LE50.

NECK:
Same materials

Mikro has better fretwork (see above)

Both had good fret and neck dot work - look different though - aesthetics

Mikro uses one piece of wood, LE50 uses two (see below)

Both seem to have the same curvature and shape - both are very fast, thin 'speed metal' necks


HEADSTOCK:
Mikro has a scalloped head, like a strat
LE50 has an angled head (which is why they used two pieces of wood for the neck), like a Les Paul

Mikro has 6 on one side tuning machines with string trees,
LE50 has a 3 on each side configuration so a bit shorter headstock

Mikro's nut is a thin one in a groove
LE50 has a more typical 'glue a nut' to the top of the fretboard.

Both were already setup pretty well in regard to the grooves in the nut - both had pretty nice low action over the 1st fret


PICKUPS:
I like the Mikro pups better. Just a bit warmer and more well rounded. This is a subjective stance.


HARDWARE:
Mikro has a cool 'one piece' string ferrule all six ball ends go through, and looks much nicer than the six individuals on the LE50

Mikro uses plastic knobs, the LE50's are metal

Mikros vol and tone pots roll more smoothly than the LE50

Both did a good job lining up the bridge and putting in the string-thru-body channels to the ferrules. I doubt either will cause string breakage due to sting rubbing on edges of the bridge.

Both did a nice job of setting the saddle heights to match the contour of the neck curvature

Both had typical tuning machines that worked fine. If you're having trouble with your machines 'slipping', it may be due to the thin strings on the short scale. Increasing string gauge will cause more tension when you tune it up, and thus should help tuning machines stay put.

BODY:
Here's the main diff between the Mikro and LE50, although if you lay one on top of the other they are nearly identical in outline. They are pretty much the same body shape in silloette.

Mikro has the cavity under a pickguard with no back-access, like a strat
LE50 has no pickgaurd and access to the cavity is via the back, like a Les Paul
Thus the LE50 is a bit easier to work on for electronics needs.

Both have scalloped waists and feel good riding the hip

The Mikro has a scalloped forearm rest, like a strat. The LE50 does not. I prefer the Mikro in this regard because it IS nicer to play with your forearm on a flat surface than on an edge

The LE50 has scalloped the rear of the body where the neck bolts are, which does allow a bit more hand access to very high frets. Mikro doesn't (and may be a tad more stable for it - I don't believe the scalloping here really helps much)

Mikro has a flat top, LE50 has more of an 'arched top' shape to it. Aesthetic difference really.
Mikros have sharper horns. Again aesthetic - Mikros look a tad more 'evil' due to the sharper points, I think.

Both had good paint jobs and top coat jobs - even, good color tone
Two pups, 3-way switch, vol and tone. Standard.

Same on both this and the Mikro.

If scale length is a feature, the LE50 is about 1/4" longer in scale than the Mikro. Insignificant difference.

Both came with string perhaps a bit too thin for the scale length - when you shorten the scale you typically have to use thicker strings. If you want to you slinky strings, you pretty much have to stick with guitars over 24" in scale. Strings that are too thin make chords a bit out of tune you use juuuuuust the right finger pressue on each string.

This is a physics thang, and hard to describe. If you're having trouble getting short scales to intone, a thicker gauge string might really help. Either that or tune the guitar up a step or two.
In case folks do not know, nearly all aspects of gtr making is done by hand. They might use jigs to shape the neck and body and do cavity routing, but assembly is by hand. You just can't make machines that'll do this sort of work.

THEREFORE, if I'm to rate quality, I'd best do it by examining mutliple gtrs of the same model as they all might be assembled by different people. In this regard, low quality is likely a result of low quality CONTROL. That said, there wasn't much wrong with my LE50 when it came. Here's what was:

1) One of the frets was a bit high and needs to be filed a bit.
2) The frets ends could've been filed smoother - they don't cut, but you can feel them catching a bit.

3) Minor bits of glue in certain places - around the string ferrules and neck botls. All scraped off easily with my finger nail w/o hurting the finish.

4) minor dent in the fretboard - not a problem for playing at all, just a l'il blemish

5) string ferrules were not all hammered in completely - doesn't affect anything and only noticable by close inspection

6) neck was a tad rough, but admittedly it was left more natural than the Mikros which have more 'stick' to them due to more laquer (or whatever they use to top coat). Even rough, the LE50 palyed faster due to less 'stickiness' of top coat. NOTE: to get this speed from the Mikro, just rub the neck with something slightly abrasive - i.e. remove the sticky via abrasion

In comparison to the Mikro: I have three Mikros and none had any of these issues (well, except for stickier necks)
Still a great value, especially at the price point. Just like the Mikro.

It's a working guitar, and nice and portable like you'd want from a short scale.

I do NOT often buy expensive guitars. I see no need to pay extra for looks when it's sound I'm after.

Still, I got this guy because I thought it looked a bit more like "me" for gigging than the Mikros, so looks do count I suppose, even to frugal dudes like moi.

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5.0

Good first guitar. Perfect for young person.

By Alex

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

I'm happy that I purchased this guitar. I bought this for my 10 year old daughter because of the shorter scale, but it also fits me nicely. Really good guitar for the money. Good sounding pickups with no excess noise.

Had some issues with guitar center though. At first they sent me a guitar that was clearly damaged prior to shipping. The shipping box was fine, but the guitar box was damaged. The guitar pickup was smashed in and broke. Still waiting for a refund for the first guitar. Apparently when you order online sometimes the products are shipped from a store and the store in Colorado was completely rude about returning the guitar even though the person I spoke with at the online number said the store should do an advance return, the store refused.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

2nd order and still issues.

By Swoop

from Victorville,CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Fret Buzz
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

      Thinking on switching to the fender for kids, both Laguna's that I purchased for daughter are junk, I think she will need to stay with the full scale Les Paul Junior I 1st purchased for her if the fender has as many issues..very unhappy.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Major Fret Problems

      By jah

      from Fayetteville, AR.

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing

      Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

      Nice design. Love the scale of the neck! Good price point. Major fret buzz! 3rd fret so high it acted as a nut on several strings and could not be tuned. Took it back and exchanged for the worn display model that obviously had been adjusted with different strings. Now I need to figure out how to fix the scratched matte finish. If you buy a new one in box check it out first.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Not for beginner guitarist

      By @SeanNickRocks

      from Danbury, CT

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

        Cons

        • Unstable tuning

        Best Uses

          Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

          Bought this Laguna short scale guitar a couple years ago as an impulse buy. My kids were with me and thought it would be fun. While and experienced guitarist could probably use it for having in the back-of-a-car, young players will have a tough time. It looks nice and seems very reasonably built given the price, it just doesn't stay in tune. At all. Not even for a moment. Not even sure if it's worth changing strings on it. My kids also complained that the edges of the frets were rough. I tend not to notice things like that and expect they'll wear down over time.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          OK beginner

          By jon

          from undisclosed

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

          OK beginner

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          great for a young beginner

          By Psiasylon

          from Boulder, Colorado

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

          Got it for my son. All I can say is a $100 guitar 20 years absolutely CAN NOT hold a candle to this. Cheap parts now are exceptional compared to back in Flintstone days.

          Very good beginner guitar.

          (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Would never buy this again!

          By Rob

          from Philadelphia

          About Me Child

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Flat Sound
            • Fret Buzz
            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

              Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

              This product should be discontinued

              (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great for short hands

              By Scott

              from Chesapeake, VA

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Great For Short Hands

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

                Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

                My sister has small hands & has had difficulty learning guitar because of that.

                She loved that she could wrap her hand all the way around the neck & touch her thumb to her middle finger. The frets are also closer together (up & down the neck) so she won't have to stretch as far to make chords n stuff.

                I've been playing a little over 30 years & so I picked out this guitar for her as a birthday gift. I went into my local Guitar Center & played 3 different guitars that were designed for short fingers. This one was the best.

                I loved the feel: The strings were a comfortable distance from the fretboard without buzzing.

                I loved the sound: The clean sounded great on all pickup toggles, & I was super impressed with the heavy sound that the pickups delivered.

                I love the look & feel of this guitar! I feel like I hit the Jackpot for my sisters birthday gift.

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good practice guitar

                By mac david

                from Va.

                About Me Experienced

                Pros

                • Fun To Play
                • Right Size

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Fun
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

                  I bought this to use for practice at work. I work in an office and this fits in my overhead file cabinet, about the same size as an overhead compartment on a plane. I am trying to imitate an acoustic guitar, with the short scale I had to put really big strings on it. It is taking some tweaking to get it set up, but my use is sort of "off label". It is quiet unplugged, very important so I don't disturb my co-workers, but I can put a headphone jack adapter on and play amplified through my computer speakers. This guitar was inexpensive and works for my needs, would also work for people with small hands.

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Good entry level...at the price

                  By RKK

                  from Columbus, Oh

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

                  • Good Pick Up
                  • Good Tone
                  • Solid Electronics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Practicing

                    Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

                    I bought the guitar as a practice guitar to build up those skills that I always wanted to build but didn't have the finger span to do so. The small scale guitar is useful towards that purpose. It's also at a good price point for those who want to have an extended go at a small scale guitar or want a guitar with a full 24 fret neck.

                    To comment on some of the reviews I've read on this site for this guitar...

                    * Yes, the strings that come with the guitar are pretty cheap and thin. I replaced them with D'addario 10.5's and they worked okay. The only fault with even those is that the guitar nut could have used a bit of slot filing for the slightly bigger strings.

                    * The guitar did come to me pretty well set up with the original strings. When I did go to the slightly bigger strings, I didn't have a lot of slack on the neck truss rod to adjust with. Not a big deal right now...but it could be a problem later. The intonation was set close enough to be correct. It was nice that a truss rod wrench was included.

                    * The Pickups and dials on the the guitar were of good quality and the guitar sounded fine on my Line 6 amp.

                    * The tuners were okay...but I'm not expecting much for the price of this guitar. If this guitar was more expensive, I would expect better.

                    * The guitar seems to hold tune well as the strings I added get stretched out properly.

                    Bottom line...this is a good beginner guitar for the parent who would want to give a youngster a guitar...but worries about whether or not they will like it or not. Eventually, they would want a better guitar as they get older. But for the price point of this guitar, it's a good starter guitar to learn on.

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