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G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck  Blonde 

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This beauty features an alder body, 3 G&L vintage-style Alnico V single coil pickups, a tinted hard rock maple neck with maple fingerboard, 18:1 ...Read More

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This beauty features an alder body, 3 G&L vintage-style Alnico V single coil pickups, a tinted hard rock maple neck with maple fingerboard, 18:1 sealed-back tuners, G&L-designed Dual-Fulcrum vibrato, 5-way selector switch, volume, versatile passive treble/bass system.

Designed by Leo Fender.

FEATURES
  • Solid Swamp Ash body with a premium Blonde finish
  • 3 G&L vintage-style Alnico V single coil pickups
  • Hard rock tinted maple neck
  • 12" (304.8mm) neck radius
  • 1-5/8" (41.3mm) width at nut
  • Schaller non-locking tuners
  • G&L Dual Fulcrum vibrato
  • 5-position pickup selector, PTB system
  • Chrome hardware
  • 3-ply white pickguard

It's time you got serious about guitar. Order your Legacy today.

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G&LLegacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck
 
4.9

(based on 34 reviews)

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  • 4 Stars

     

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88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)
  • Good tone (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (5)
  • Practicing (5)
  • Recording (4)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • Small venues (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Holy Grail? Yes.

The G&L Legacy Blonde is IT, friends.
I've owned one other USA Legacy and played at least a dozen more, but this one is the dream date: Toneful, easy...Read complete review

The G&L Legacy Blonde is IT, friends.
I've owned one other USA Legacy and played at least a dozen more, but this one is the dream date: Toneful, easy to play, a real looker. The see through finish is delicious and, trust me, you want the gun oil tinted neck. It makes the others look pale & sickly.
The PTB system allows for maximum verstility.
Dual fulcrum vibrato is solid and guitar stays in tune
My *only* complaint is that the jumbo frets are a bit tall, but even this is easily overlooked in light of the guitar's other significant attributes. Mine is a 2008 and weighs 7 lbs, 15 oz.
In short: If you are considering one, buy it. It may be the holy grail you've been looking for in a Strat-style guitar.

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It didn't do it for me

I had high expectations for this guitar and maybe they were just too high but I returned it. The guitar was built well, had a good feel, good pickups but all things considered,...Read complete review

I had high expectations for this guitar and maybe they were just too high but I returned it. The guitar was built well, had a good feel, good pickups but all things considered, I think it's overrated for the price. It played and sounded comparable to my American Deluxe Strat but the Fender won in overall looks, feel and features.

The Breakdown:

G&L Neck is nice but I didn't like the lacquer on the fretboard. Shape is similar to the C shape of the Strat.

The white color of the G&L was ugly to my eyes. It was a thin finish to allow the ash grain to show through and this made the guitar look white-washed. I tried to like it by placing it next to my strat and it just wasn't happening. Knowing that the two guitars cost about the same, when sitting next to the Deluxe, it looled like a cheap knock-off.

One other thing about the guitar was the weight. The ash makes it a heavy guitar and although I appreciate the heavier Les Paul, I realized I don't like heavy in a Strat syle axe.

Overall, I can't fault the guitar for sound or playability. If I didn't already own a Strat, maybe I would have seen things slightly different but the whole package just didn't work for me... just made me appreciate my Fender that much more.

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4.0

Product good, but don't trust the courier

By John

from CA

About Me Novice

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

    The guitar is lovely, very good craftsmanship.

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    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better Than Leo's Finest

    By Jaystrings

    from Upstate, SC

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    Pros

    • Excellent neck
    • Excellent workmanship
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Balance
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

      I have collected & played G&L's for the past 12 years. Have owned models built every year since Leo started the company in 1980 & toured the factory 3 times. There are many fine guitars in there from Leo and post-Leo era, but they have all been good players with good tone. The Legacys & ASATs are still my favorites. And the ones built since around 2000 have been the best built of them all, thanks to CNC, pleked fretwork, the finest materials, and strong adherence to Leo's high standards. Guitars, like cars or any personal item, will always produce owners who truly believe theirs is the best made. That's fine, but you just won't find a G&L player who has regrets. There are many great guitars out there, and this brand is top tier at all price points.

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      5.0

      Legacy is the ultimate Strat!!!

      By larryp58

      from Rockingham, NC

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

        Extremely well built. Screams quality. Nice setup right out of the box. Neck not as "yellow" as the pic advertised here looks. All the classic vintage tones can be had from this guitar. The selling point for me was the pick-ups. As close to a vintage '57 or '58 Strat as you can get! Sounds heavenly played through my '65 Deluxe Reverb amp. You'd have to pay 4-5K for a Fender Custom Shop model to get this quality and tone. This is an unbelievable deal being offered by MF!!! My best advice is if you're considering a vintage Strat, don't pass this up! I can't say enough about this guitar. I've been playing guitar for almost 50 years now. Owned an played them all. For vintage Strat tones, this is the one. Make no mistake about, Leo's last version of his classic Stratocaster! And his BEST!

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Very nice guitar

        By Joe Shmoe

        from Virginia Beach VA

        About Me Experienced

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

          After many years of playing a Gibson Les Paul Standard, and an old parker Nightfly, I started to fall in love with the music from groups like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jimi Hendrix, Steve Ray Vaughn, and Sublime etc. I was missing the Stratocaster sound. I started to research which guitars are the best deal because I typically am a very picky person when it comes to instruments. I went to 2 local music shops and played every Fender American Standard that I could get my hands on. I would have been pretty satisified with most of the ones that I played but then I played a Used G & L Legacy at Guitar Center. The G & L felt like the guitar for me. The neck is so nice, I actually prefer it over my Parker Nightfly which are known for their awesome playability. I don't think that there is a better neck out there right now truely. The action is fast but the neck has a bit of thickness to it which feels great. Something about the frets makes pulloffs and hammer ons more prounounced and effortless. I find myself playing difficult runs easier on this neck than my other guitars. The Fit and finish is flawless (Mines Tobacco Sunburst)and the guitar screams quality. The price on these guitars are truely a bargain for what you are getting so if you are on the fence and you want Strat like tone with a bit more flexibility and a better playing neck, pull the trigger and i'm willing to bet you will be happy. Guitars that I payed about twice as much for are being neglected now. As a matter of fact I am thinking of selling some of my other stuff and buying a humbucker equipped G & L. The dual Fulcrum Tremelo seems very quality and I have had no tuning issues yet. The pickups can sound vintage Strat like but are more flexible with the tone controls. You can get thin to fat tone by tweaking the tones controls and I usually use the guitar treble tone at about 8 with the bass at about 6. The tone controls seem more useful than a strat which I usually just set on 10 and forget.

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          5.0

          Really happy with this guitar!

          By Tschuba

          from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

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          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

              I just received this G & L Legacy (blonde). I am impressed with everything from the aesthetics to sound to playability. If my initial impressions do not bear out over time, I'll let you know! So far... SWEET!

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Holy Grail? Yes.

              By Arch

              from SF Bay Area

              About Me Experienced

              Pros

              • Beautfiul Tone
              • Luscious Finish
              • Ptb System
              • Tinted neck

              Cons

              • Frets A Tad Too Tall

              Best Uses

                Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

                The G&L Legacy Blonde is IT, friends.
                I've owned one other USA Legacy and played at least a dozen more, but this one is the dream date: Toneful, easy to play, a real looker. The see through finish is delicious and, trust me, you want the gun oil tinted neck. It makes the others look pale & sickly.
                The PTB system allows for maximum verstility.
                Dual fulcrum vibrato is solid and guitar stays in tune
                My *only* complaint is that the jumbo frets are a bit tall, but even this is easily overlooked in light of the guitar's other significant attributes. Mine is a 2008 and weighs 7 lbs, 15 oz.
                In short: If you are considering one, buy it. It may be the holy grail you've been looking for in a Strat-style guitar.

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                (3 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                3.0

                It didn't do it for me

                By LPstandard

                from USA - South Mississippi

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                Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

                I had high expectations for this guitar and maybe they were just too high but I returned it. The guitar was built well, had a good feel, good pickups but all things considered, I think it's overrated for the price. It played and sounded comparable to my American Deluxe Strat but the Fender won in overall looks, feel and features.

                The Breakdown:

                G&L Neck is nice but I didn't like the lacquer on the fretboard. Shape is similar to the C shape of the Strat.

                The white color of the G&L was ugly to my eyes. It was a thin finish to allow the ash grain to show through and this made the guitar look white-washed. I tried to like it by placing it next to my strat and it just wasn't happening. Knowing that the two guitars cost about the same, when sitting next to the Deluxe, it looled like a cheap knock-off.

                One other thing about the guitar was the weight. The ash makes it a heavy guitar and although I appreciate the heavier Les Paul, I realized I don't like heavy in a Strat syle axe.

                Overall, I can't fault the guitar for sound or playability. If I didn't already own a Strat, maybe I would have seen things slightly different but the whole package just didn't work for me... just made me appreciate my Fender that much more.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Excellent Guitar.

                By Mikey Smokey

                from Oregon

                About Me Experienced

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording

                  Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

                  This is a superior guitar, I have played Fender strat Customs and this guitar is at that level but at a much better pricepoint. Incredible tone = the PTB is awesome, even can get some Tele tones with it in the 4 position with the bass rolled off. The neck feel is one the best I ever had in my hands, just smooth and perfect hand fit, mine is the classic C shape. I play blues and this guitar love the blues too! Enough said, Amen. And thank you G & L! You all know what your doing, getting the Bluesboy ASAT next!

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                  5.0

                  The Real Stratocaster

                  By Savageman

                  from Detroit Metro Area

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                  Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

                  A WELL BUILT STRAT! I have about 7 Fender strats all types ( Strat Plus. American Deluxes limited editions ect.) I was really surprized with this one you can't put it down plays really nice. All can say is your getting a better than custom built strat for the price ( maybe less than with the sales they are offering) of an American Stantard!
                  A quality built axe just like in the olden days with G&L all there guitar are custom
                  A great price thanks to Musician's Friend I did months of reshearch they had the best price

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                  (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  G&L legacy

                  By scott jansen

                  from Sunny San Diego

                  Comments about G&L Legacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck:

                  It is the blonde Finish with tinted maple neck. Some of the reviews for this guitar are not for this actual guitar, but of Legacys in general. This is for the one being sold here. First of all the price. I was looking to get a Legacy from a local guitar shop. When we added things up, like a premium finish and color, deluxe case, fancy pick guard, graphite nut, locking tuners and tinted maple neck it got to be up higher than this price. Maybe more with tax. The one offered here has a premium finish included, swamp ash and looks just awesome in person. You now get a deluxe g&g vintage case included that fits the guitar tight. The pick guard is the 3 ply, not the single, so that's a plus. No graphite nut but a bone one.No locking tuners but a great Schaller system. So if you can sacrifice a few things, this guitar is a steal. Better features than a standard Legacy. You get some nice upgrades included like the finish, color, pick guard, abalone dot inlay and deluxe case. This thing is beautiful . I was really impressed. It still is custom built like all G&Ls are. It comes with all the paper work hand signed with the specs of the guitar, a C.O.A signed by Mrs Fender, and all the hardware. Now the best part is, if it's in stock, you will have a custom made, premium Legacy guitar in as little as 5 days! Not the 6 to 8 week wait for a guitar shop to order one for you. Sure ,if you want a G&L totally custom you will pay and wait more and longer. But for what you get here it is a gorgeous handmade, custom built guitar. I'm not going to review the sound or specs , you can get that on YouTube and here, but just a review of what musicians fried is selling, and it impressive. Plus, with the promos they have all the time , you can get this guitar for a steal. Highly recommended .

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