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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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Designed by Leo Fender.

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.

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

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G&LLegacy Electric Guitar with Tinted Maple Neck
 
4.9

(based on 35 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (32)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good tone (5)
  • Solid electronics (5)

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Excellent

By Pluggy

from North Carolina

Pros

  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Look at the smallest details and they show the attention that goes into a USA Legacy. Plays beautifully.Yes it sounds like a Strat. If you get the swamp ash, expect a heavyweight guitar.

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      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really happy with this guitar!

              By Tschuba

              from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia

              About Me Experienced

              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 jk

                    from Gautier, MS

                    About Me Novice

                    Ask me a question

                    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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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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