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The G&L CLF Research Espada is based on the abandoned 1960's Fender design for a bold, next-generation two-pickup guitar. The styling was beautiful, featuring a unique body shape and pickguard design, and wss visually dominated by a sword-like control plate. With Leo’s original blueprints and R&D artifacts in hand, the CLF Research Espada was completed in the spirit of his original pioneering vision, leveraging his later technological developments for performance and versatility. Today’s Espada applies the Magnetic Field Design to his long-pole split-coil prototype pickups of 1967-1968, now made even more versatile with a series/parallel switch for thicker, rounder sounds or thinner, sparkly sounds. Saddle Lock bridge technology, completed ten years after the project was abandoned, also solved a major technological design goal for the original Espada project: an efficient means of transferring more string energy directly into the grain of the body.

While the original ’60s Espada concept included a full-time onboard buffer preamp powered by six AA batteries, today’s Espada features a modern G&L Micro Preamp powered by a single 9v battery and controlled by a mini-toggle switch with positions for off (passive output), on (buffered lo-Z output), and on with high frequency boost. This is equally useful for cutting through thick fuzz as it's showcasing the shimmering harmonics the pickups are capable of producing. The Espada also features G&L Passive Treble and Bass (PTB) controls, always on and ready to work.

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  • Swamp ash or alder body
  • Bolt-on maple neck with Modern Classic profile
  • Rosewood or maple fingerboard
  • Dual Espada MFD split-coil humbuckers

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  • Body Type: Solid body
  • Body wood: Swamp ash or alder
  • Neck shape: G&L Modern Classic
  • Neck wood: Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Material: Rosewood or maple
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium-jumbo
  • Number of frets: 21
  • Inlays: Block
  • Nut material: Bone
  • Configuration: HH
  • Neck: Proprietary Humbucker
  • Bridge: Proprietary Humbucker
  • Control layout: Volume, treble, bass
  • Pickup switch: 3-Way
  • Bridge type: Fixed Bridge
  • Tailpiece: String thru body
  • Tuning machines: Kluson
  • Number of strings: 6 String
  • Case: Hardshell Case
  • Orientation: Right-handed
  • Country of Origin: United States

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Limited 10 year warranty on all guitars.

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