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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 in...Click To Read More About This Product

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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 12:1 Ratio sealed-back tuners. Three 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 non-adjustable 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
  • Construction: bolt-on
  • Scale: 25-1/2"
  • Pickups: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD Z-Coil hum-cancelling
  • Body Wood: Swamp ash on Premier finishes, alder on Standard finishes
  • Neck Wood: Hard rock maple with maple or rosewood fingerboard
  • Neck Profile: G&L #1 with 12" radius and 1 5/8" nut width
  • Nut: 100% natural bone
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo, nickel, Plek dressed
  • Tuning Keys: 12:1 ratio, sealed-back
  • Bridge: Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato with forged brass saddles
  • Controls: 5-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB system), mini-toggle expander switch enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups together
  • Case: Deluxe Tolex

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Comanche Electric Guitar

  • 12" neck radius
    25-1/2" scale
    1-5/8" nut width
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G&LComanche Electric Guitar
 
4.9

(based on 41 reviews)

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    (40)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

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

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

 

A guitar that can't decide it's personality

I have been playing professionally for 35 years and I own the legacy and the bluesboy in addition to this one. The fact is that g&l make great guitars and this guitar is...Read complete review

I have been playing professionally for 35 years and I own the legacy and the bluesboy in addition to this one. The fact is that g&l make great guitars and this guitar is very good but it just does not have a classic sound. It really feels like they overworked this one too much and I think that the tone suffers. I get a better classic sound out of a $500 fender tele than this IMHO. Short story I returned it and got another guitar.

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(17 of 17 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

You better make sure you're ready

By YadaYadaYada

from in the K Y

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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.

(14 of 14 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.

(13 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Leo Fender saves the best for last

By Travis-it7.B

from College Station, TX

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Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

the G&L Comanche and Z-coils were Leo Fender's best guitar ever I bought a blue burst flame top and bird eye maple neck. Looks are just amazing but the Z-coils are where this strat stands out from all the rest no hum and as hot as Texas Specials or they can cry like Clapton's Blackie the tone is almost limitless. The action and neck on this guitar can not be beat so the playability is great too. Leo Fender was a master at guitar building and in my opinion saved his best guitar for last just said his no longer making guitars. The Quality of this guitar and all G&L's beat any other guitars out today. I have a limited Ed. P.R.S. and this is still my #1 guitar. Oh the only reason I gave value a 4.5 is because the G&L Tribute series their over sea's models use the American pick ups and are build just as well as the USA guitars so if you don't have the money for this Comanche get the Tribute one the only difference is looks even they look great. I would recommend any G&L US made and Tribute over a USA Fender. If your kid wants a Strat go with G&L Tribute and if you want an American built guitar G&L is the best out there with the Comanche leading the pack (Also comes in a Tele Body (ASTL Z-coil) for single cut fans). It really is Leo's best to good for words go play one or just buy it cause you won't want to send it back

(12 of 12 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.

    (12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Comanche

    By Toni Castoro

    from Undisclosed

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    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.

    (11 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

     
    2.0

    A guitar that can't decide it's personality

    By DaveG5547

    from California

    Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

    I have been playing professionally for 35 years and I own the legacy and the bluesboy in addition to this one. The fact is that g&l make great guitars and this guitar is very good but it just does not have a classic sound. It really feels like they overworked this one too much and I think that the tone suffers. I get a better classic sound out of a $500 fender tele than this IMHO. Short story I returned it and got another guitar.

    (8 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Amazing!

    By WildChildgnr

    from Newport, North Carolina

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    Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

    G&L Comanches are some of the best guitars I've ever had the privilege of trying. It can handle a wide range of sounds and feels perfect for any bluesboy, rock star, metalhead, or hippie. Also, its rather easy on the eyes! All in all, its a little pricey, but if you can afford it, this guitar is the best option you have.

    (7 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    musician

    By spencer nance

    from indianapolis,indiana

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    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

    (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Leo was a god!

    By anon.-bOJzI

    from Texas

    See all my reviews

    Comments about G&L Comanche Electric Guitar:

    He gave you the strat, he gave you the tele. He gave you Music Man. HE GAVE YOU THIS! It's a beautiful instrument and can cop rude paint-peeling type stuff as well as beautiful chime. Excellent instrument.

    (6 of 6 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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