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  • Swamp Ash body
  • Figured maple top
  • Bird's-eye maple neck
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Handcrafted perfection.

The Comanche Electric Guitar has a swamp ash body (alder on opaque finishes) with a gorgeous figured maple top. One-piece bird's-eye maple neck is incredibly well-finished; a tinted gloss gives it a vintage vibe and a glasslike smoothness. Jumbo frets make it amazingly easy to play. Deluxe guitar hardware includes a dual-fulcrum bridge and Schaller locking tuners. 3 MFD (Magnetic Field Design) Z-coil pickups deliver excellent, clear, cutting tones.

The patented Magnetic Field Design® pickups use a ceramic bar magnet installed underneath each coil, with soft iron adjustable pole pieces to transfer the magnetic field to the surface of the pickup. By contrast, traditional Alnico type pickups, such as used in the Legacy and George Fullerton models, use nonadjustable Alnico pole pieces leaving the only adjustment being pickup height. The Magnetic Field Design has this adjustment, but further offers individual adjustment of each pole piece, letting the player effectively adjust the output of each string on each pickup. Magnetic Field Design (MFD) yield about twice the output per wind, making the pickup quieter while allowing a greater overall output. The sound of Magnetic Field pickups is slightly warmer with a broader frequency response.

One major Nashville session guitarist remarked that G&L Magnetic Field single-coil pickups sounded as balanced and sweet as his favorite old vintage Alnico equipped axe. The difference is that the MFD pickups sound that good right into his amp without all the EQ tweaking of his mixing console that made his other guitar sound so good. When he ran his G&L though his studio rig, he was truly amazed at the rich and warm, yet clear and sparkly sound.

Features
  • Swamp Ash body
  • Figured maple top
  • Bird's-eye maple neck
  • Schaller locking tuners
  • MFD (Magnetic Field Design) Z-coil pickups
  • Mini-Toggle enables additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all 3 pickups together
  • Patented G&L Dual Fulcrum Vibrato which pivots on two hardened posts for perfect return to pitch and maximum sustain

Order this G & L Guitar today. Play it for the rest of your life.

 

Comanche Electric Guitar Specifications:

  • 12" neck radius
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • 1-5/8" nut width
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G&LComanche Electric Guitar
 
4.8

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming (4)
    • Practicing (4)
    • Recording (4)
    • Rock concerts (4)
    • Small venues (3)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    All I've Ever Looked For in A Guitar

    Let me begin by saying that the headline of my review is obviously subjective. Also I should also note that I'm a young aspiring professional musician. However I have thankfully had the privilege to...Read complete review

    Let me begin by saying that the headline of my review is obviously subjective. Also I should also note that I'm a young aspiring professional musician. However I have thankfully had the privilege to own and play a lot of guitars in my life so far. I've owned Les Pauls, Stratocasters and a G&L ASAT Classic, and they were all American-made. This guitar is no exception.

    I've always loved the feel and volume/tone control of a Fender/G&L but I never was able to get the tone of a Gibson when I wanted it. With this guitar you get that and whatever the hell else you want. Period. I cannot gush more about the versatility of this guitar. I came close once with a Gibson L6-s guitar, but this guitar takes the cake. The MFD-Z coil pickups and a super switch help you bring the heat whenever you want the sound of Tom Scholz, Billy Gibbons or any other serious Gibson player. When you're not too busy having fun with those, you still have a 6 switch selector like that of a Stratocaster to choose any Fender you feel like. Also equipped are the locking tuners which are really helpful to keep this beast in-tune when you're not too busy having fun with the Dual Fulcrum Vibrato. One of Leo Fender's last great designs was the Dual Fulcrum Vibrato, and it adds Santana-like sustain to this instrument. I discovered that I could play "Samba Pa Ti," one moment and play "Messin' with the Kid" the next moment. Hell, I even played " Smokin' " and then switched over to "Pride and Joy" mid-song.

    The Bottom Line is that this guitar is one intelligently designed, versatile, and durable "beast" of a guitar and it is officially the last electric guitar I will ever pursue. I've owned a Gibson L6-s(which was stolen from me sadly!), Fender American Standard Stratocaster, G&L ASAT Classic, Gibson Les Paul Studio, and a Gibson 1960 RI Les Paul Standard. I still own the Standard, but after the Comanche I decided to get rid of the rest. The Comanche is my "blackie" and I've named it "Cyndi."

    P.S. This guitar is heavy! I've played heavier but be cautioned, I'm 6,4' and guitar heaviness doesn't bug me but my guitarist friends love to jump around onstage. So if guitar weight is an issue, this may not be the best guitar for you.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Nice workmanship, horrible sound

    I believe the company makes a quality instrument as far as design, neck, most of the hardware, etc. But it's the Z-Coil pickups that for me - have the absolute worst sounding tone...Read complete review

    I believe the company makes a quality instrument as far as design, neck, most of the hardware, etc. But it's the Z-Coil pickups that for me - have the absolute worst sounding tone I've ever played on through an amp! There is no subtlety, no nuance, no depth to the tone. Every pickup is dominated by a screeching hot "round" tone with no character and no flavor, almost as if the sound is being produced by a computer. The timbre of a good electric guitar has "holes" or dropouts (missing harmonics) in it which is why a strat sounds like a strat, a 335 like a 335, etc. These change based on the type of pickup, and position under the strings. The comanche seems to bring all the overtones and harmonics equally in a way that is kind of biting and offensive, somewhat like having every color of the rainbow thrown into a portrait when all you needed was skin tones. Even rolling off either vol or tone pots did little to improve the tone. Again, there were no "holes" in the sound. Everything just kind of tapers off evenly. The overall effect of the Z-coils seems to be to homogenize the overtones to the point that it sounds flat and lifeless, almost like a tuning fork or a midi sine wave.

    If you are looking for strat tones, forget about it. I couldn't find a single one in there. The Z-coils are particularly bad for blues or any type of playing requiring nuance since the overall effect is that of "compression". You can pick hard or soft, and it only changes the volume. Sure you can get chimes etc. by changing the attack or muting, but it all seems to sound lifeless - but loud mind you! If you're into metal or high gain sounds, it can certainly deliver, but even then there is a "too perfect to be real" kind of tonality. You can get tonal differences of course, by changing pickups and the comanche attempts to deliver by offering every pickup combination possible. But for me every pickup or combination had the same lifeless quality. The only sounds I enjoyed out of it was playing stuff like Skynrd, some Zep or Mississippi Queen or anything else really just LOUD. Couldn't handle something like Wind Cries Mary, anything Clapton or even mildly bluesy (can go in the direction of Stevie Ray, but not enough dynamics to even pull that off). I could go on, but let me finish by saying these pups are BRUTAL and cannot touch anything remotely soft or delicate, even when rolled off. If you like - no LOVE - loud, non-dynamic, dry, brash, flat but biting tone, then buy this guitar, but if you have any sensibility or sensitivity in either your ears or your playing style you may find yourself hating this guitar as much as I did.

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    5.0

    G&L COMANCHE

    By biggo

    from salisbury,m.d.

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Best Clean Sounding
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • School Bands
      • Small Venues

      Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

      Ive been playing for 35 plus years,played and owend many named brand guitars. By far the best sounding playing and built ive ever had in my hands. By the way realize this is all the years of leos passion to build the best. try to compare one of his early works of art to the comanche.Its every thing that of his early work with his latest technology. comanche blows anything away fenders ever done. Keep that 58 strat in your closet where it belongs. And treat yourself to the best guitar money can buy bar none.

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      (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      Nice workmanship, horrible sound

      By axe2grind

      from Hawaii

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

            I believe the company makes a quality instrument as far as design, neck, most of the hardware, etc. But it's the Z-Coil pickups that for me - have the absolute worst sounding tone I've ever played on through an amp! There is no subtlety, no nuance, no depth to the tone. Every pickup is dominated by a screeching hot "round" tone with no character and no flavor, almost as if the sound is being produced by a computer. The timbre of a good electric guitar has "holes" or dropouts (missing harmonics) in it which is why a strat sounds like a strat, a 335 like a 335, etc. These change based on the type of pickup, and position under the strings. The comanche seems to bring all the overtones and harmonics equally in a way that is kind of biting and offensive, somewhat like having every color of the rainbow thrown into a portrait when all you needed was skin tones. Even rolling off either vol or tone pots did little to improve the tone. Again, there were no "holes" in the sound. Everything just kind of tapers off evenly. The overall effect of the Z-coils seems to be to homogenize the overtones to the point that it sounds flat and lifeless, almost like a tuning fork or a midi sine wave.

            If you are looking for strat tones, forget about it. I couldn't find a single one in there. The Z-coils are particularly bad for blues or any type of playing requiring nuance since the overall effect is that of "compression". You can pick hard or soft, and it only changes the volume. Sure you can get chimes etc. by changing the attack or muting, but it all seems to sound lifeless - but loud mind you! If you're into metal or high gain sounds, it can certainly deliver, but even then there is a "too perfect to be real" kind of tonality. You can get tonal differences of course, by changing pickups and the comanche attempts to deliver by offering every pickup combination possible. But for me every pickup or combination had the same lifeless quality. The only sounds I enjoyed out of it was playing stuff like Skynrd, some Zep or Mississippi Queen or anything else really just LOUD. Couldn't handle something like Wind Cries Mary, anything Clapton or even mildly bluesy (can go in the direction of Stevie Ray, but not enough dynamics to even pull that off). I could go on, but let me finish by saying these pups are BRUTAL and cannot touch anything remotely soft or delicate, even when rolled off. If you like - no LOVE - loud, non-dynamic, dry, brash, flat but biting tone, then buy this guitar, but if you have any sensibility or sensitivity in either your ears or your playing style you may find yourself hating this guitar as much as I did.

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            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            AMONG THE BETTER GUITARS

            By drbill51

            from Taylor, MI

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

              FOR THOSE WHO HAVE USED THE S-1 FENDER AMERICAN DELUXE TELECASTER OR STRATOCASTER. YOU WILL FIND THE SAME STYLE OF PICKUP SPLITING, BUT SET UP IN A DIFFERENT MANNER. THERE IS A WONDERFUL CHIME EFFECT WHEN USING ONE OF THE PICKUP SWITCHES. IT HAS THE ABILITY TO GO FROM CLEAN TO DIRTY WITH A FLICK OF A SWITCH. I USE THE NECK PICKUP, SINCE IT FITS MY STYLE OF PLAYING. HAVING SAID THAT, THE BRIDGE PICKUP WILL ALSO BRING A GREAT DEAL OF SATISFACTION TO YOUR PLAYING STYLE. I'VE BEEN PLAYING FOR MORE THAN 45 YEARS, INCLUDING LIVE AND STUDIO WORK. THIS STATEMENT IS NOT MEANT TO PUT DOWN THE PRS, BUT I LIKE THE G&L COMANCHE MUCH BETTER THAN I DO THE OTHER AMERICAN MADE PRS THAT I HAVE. SINCE I HAVE A SMALL RECORDING STUDIO, I TRY TO HAVE BOTH AMPS AND GUITARS NEEEDED FOR DIFFERENT SOUNDS. THE G&L COMANCHEE AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED PLAYS WELL WITH MY ALL TUBE MARSHALL JVM410H HALF STACK, VOX, FENDERS, AND MY OTHER CUSTOM MADE AMPS. THE ATTENTION TO DETAIL USED WHEN MAKING THIS GUITAR, IS SECOND TO NONE.THIS IS THE FIRST GUITAR I'VE PLAYED THAT REALLY MAKES A DIFFERENCE WHEN USING YOUR EXTRA PICKUP SWITCHINGF. OH YES. I FORGOT THAT MY PRS MCCARTY HAS A PUSH PULL KNOB FOR SPLITING YOUR PICKUPS.

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              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              G&L Comanche

              By The Engine Room 2

              from Southport UK

              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 Comanche Electric Guitar:

                Just bought a G&L Comanche after many months of scouring the market for a guitar to complement my arsenal of a Strat, a tele and Gibson Les Paul. From the moment I played it the others haven't got a look in.
                The tonal variety is staggering. Apart from the distinctive top end of the tele the Comanche does everything the Strat and Gibo do and has quickly become my guitar of choice to the point where I am now selling the Les Paul.
                The build quality is quite frankly the best I have ever seen. It is robust and real head turner! I cant understand why there are so few outlets for this amazing guitar in the UK.

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                (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                All I've Ever Looked For in A Guitar

                By ToneSeeker89

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Maintain
                • Fun To Play
                • Good Feel
                • Good Tone
                • Intelligent Design
                • Solid Electronics
                • Versatile

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Rock Concerts

                  Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

                  Let me begin by saying that the headline of my review is obviously subjective. Also I should also note that I'm a young aspiring professional musician. However I have thankfully had the privilege to own and play a lot of guitars in my life so far. I've owned Les Pauls, Stratocasters and a G&L ASAT Classic, and they were all American-made. This guitar is no exception.

                  I've always loved the feel and volume/tone control of a Fender/G&L but I never was able to get the tone of a Gibson when I wanted it. With this guitar you get that and whatever the hell else you want. Period. I cannot gush more about the versatility of this guitar. I came close once with a Gibson L6-s guitar, but this guitar takes the cake. The MFD-Z coil pickups and a super switch help you bring the heat whenever you want the sound of Tom Scholz, Billy Gibbons or any other serious Gibson player. When you're not too busy having fun with those, you still have a 6 switch selector like that of a Stratocaster to choose any Fender you feel like. Also equipped are the locking tuners which are really helpful to keep this beast in-tune when you're not too busy having fun with the Dual Fulcrum Vibrato. One of Leo Fender's last great designs was the Dual Fulcrum Vibrato, and it adds Santana-like sustain to this instrument. I discovered that I could play "Samba Pa Ti," one moment and play "Messin' with the Kid" the next moment. Hell, I even played " Smokin' " and then switched over to "Pride and Joy" mid-song.

                  The Bottom Line is that this guitar is one intelligently designed, versatile, and durable "beast" of a guitar and it is officially the last electric guitar I will ever pursue. I've owned a Gibson L6-s(which was stolen from me sadly!), Fender American Standard Stratocaster, G&L ASAT Classic, Gibson Les Paul Studio, and a Gibson 1960 RI Les Paul Standard. I still own the Standard, but after the Comanche I decided to get rid of the rest. The Comanche is my "blackie" and I've named it "Cyndi."

                  P.S. This guitar is heavy! I've played heavier but be cautioned, I'm 6,4' and guitar heaviness doesn't bug me but my guitarist friends love to jump around onstage. So if guitar weight is an issue, this may not be the best guitar for you.

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Absolutely my favorite guitar ever!

                  By Kim Beecroft

                  from Seattle

                  Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:


                  Ok, WHOA! I am blown away. Ive owned vintage Gibson Les Pauls. Jouniors, SGs, new SGs, Fender Telecasters, Mustangs, Gretsch jets, Epiphone, Washburn, Ibanez, Hanson's, Parkers, PRS, Schecter, Ive had them all, and now I can toss them all becasue this guitar is THE ONE. I cannot stop playing it. My fingers are raw. I cant even figure out what setting on this Comanche I like best because they all have extrme differences and intricate nuances that I love. There is something magical about this guitar. I have never owned a strat because I didnt like the looks of it (shallow, I know), but the minute I saw this guitar I knew it was special. Everything about it is museum worthy. I have it in my living room and after 2 years I still cannot stop looking at it. It makes me want to play it everytime I see it. Can you say that about any guitar you have owned for more than a year? My guess is no. If you want amazing versitility, perfect playabilty, looks to die for, then buy this guitar. It will inspire you. I have written uncountable songs just becasue I cant stop playing it. My advice is to buy the NON - Tribute version, becasue to know you have the best helps you love it for eternity.

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                  (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Comanche

                  By Toni Castoro

                  from Undisclosed

                  Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

                  Without question, the Comanche is one of the greatest guitars on the market. The tones that come out of this guitar are amazing, definitely greater than that of a strat. If you have the money, don't even question whether you should get this git. Easily my favorite guitar tonally, easy to play, lightweight, worth every penny. Best of all, the Comanche has inspired me to practice harder and become a better guitar player.

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                  (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  musician

                  By spencer nance

                  from indianapolis,indiana

                  Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

                  worth every cent and more
                  excellent guitar i am working on buying one
                  the quality is beyond belief,i love strats but the tone on these guitars are better than a stratocaster.this is one of the best soundinig guitars i have heard and i love the feel
                  worth more than it cost in my opinion

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                  (6 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Comanche with Dimarzios

                  By Stratman Strothers

                  from Aurora, Colorado

                  Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

                  Great axe but many guitarists like the option of tweaking pickups and such, you can't on this machine unless you do what I did. Just save the original stuff in a box and go for it! The tortoise pickgaurd and matching backplate gave my intrument a new and sexy look and the dimarzios gave it a classic-plus sound more pleasing to me than the modern z-coils. It's a matter of preference, players who like the clean sound may like the z-coils just fine. I found them flat.
                  A magnificent looking and playing guitar, but after the honeymoon wore off I became aware the sound of the pickups was unsatisfying--they don't have the classic strat sound. The z-coil pickups are shaped different so you can't just switch them out, strat pickups don't fit, and neither will a fender pickgaurd--the screw patterns different and shape also--but there is a solution! The G&L 'Legacy' guitar pickgaurd fits this guitar and fits strat-style pickups.The G/L website has a link to the pickgaurd supplier, I got an 'area' prewired pickgaurd from Musicians Friend and swapped the parts into the tortoise-colored Legacy gaurd and dropped it all into the Comanche. SCREAMS! The dimarzios are quiet, noiseless designs with that incredible screaming sound when driven and the bell-like tones also on the clean channel. These pickups do it all.
                  8 years and counting, the guitar remains perfect. This is a well made instrument.
                  Pricey but you get what you pay for, well worth it in my view. This is a premium stratocaster.

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                  (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  You better make sure you're ready

                  By YadaYadaYada

                  from in the K Y

                  Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

                  The best advice I can give about a G&L Comanche is that you better make sure you're ready, because this guitar will take control of your entire life.Have you ever played a guitar that no matter how much you play it you just don't want to set it down? This guitar is definitely not for a married musician because your spouse will become jealous of it. Here's the facts.....in my years of playing I have played just about every flavor, color, size, weight and shape guitar on the market. This is by far the most versatile I have found. And the Z-coils.....TONE HEAVEN!!! I cannot say enough good things about these pickups, or the entire guitar for that matter. I've had my Comanche for about 3 years now and even after that long I still never want stop playing it. Fit and finish are spectacular, the looks are gorgeous, blah blah blah. Nobody really cares about any of that stuff though, right? The only important things are playability and the sound. The Comanche delivers on both counts! Here's my guitar rig now, you're not gonna believe how simple this is....G&L Comanche/Crybaby wah/TC Electronic Nova System/Mesa Boogie F-50. That's it! Extremely simple setup and amazing versatility, but it all has to start with the right guitar, and the Comanche is it.

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