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If your holy grail is faithful alnico single-coil tone with modern refinements and superb craftsmanship, the Legacy makes for an excellent choice.The...Click To Read More About This Product

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Alnico single-coil tone with modern refinements in a special color.

If your holy grail is faithful alnico single-coil tone with modern refinements and superb craftsmanship, the Legacy makes for an excellent choice.

The Legacy’s vintage-spec CLF-100 Alnico V pickups have that unmistakable chime and quack reminiscent of the best examples from the late ‘50s, thanks to the work of G&L's Paul Gagon. Gagon found his inspiration reviewing original prints stored in Leo’s private laboratory at G&L, but that was just the start.

In the early '80s, Gagon was an R&D engineer at another company when he was tasked with finding out what was so special about the early bolt-on guitars many players raved about. Gagon analyzed many examples of what were considered holy grail guitars, spending time out on the shop floor talking to builders still working in the pickup department since the ‘50s, all on a quest to discover where the real mojo was – and wasn’t.

What he learned from the builders matched his own engineering analysis. You see, back in the day, the actual spec of pickups coming down that old production line varied considerably. That meant coming up with the right specs for the Legacy pickups was more challenging than simply following the prints. Gagon’s persistence paid off as the Legacy garnered rave reviews from both players and magazines like Guitar Player and Guitar World.

This axe is no slave to the past, however, starting with Leo’s PTB (Passive Treble and Bass) system which functions on all three pickups for dramatically more variety than the vintage setup. What’s more, the Legacy features a Leo Fender-designed Dual-Fulcrum vibrato, a work of engineering art which allows bending up or down with unsurpassed stability, while offering a silky feel through its beefy aluminum vibrato arm.

The Legacy is all about honest, classic alnico tone complemented by Leo’s own modern refinements. And now, it’s available at a price within reach of every working musician. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Basswood
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C medium
  • Neck wood: Hard-rock Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 25.5 in.
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Gloss
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5 in.
  • Fret size: Medium jumbo
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.63 in. (41.4 mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: SSS
  • Neck: CLF-100 Alnico V
  • Middle: CLF-100 Alnico V
  • Bridge: CLF-100 Alnico V
  • Brand: G&L
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: None
  • Controls
  • Control layout: Volume, treble, bass (PTB system)
  • Pickup switch: 5-way
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: G&L Dual-Fulcrum
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Die-cast sealed
  • Color: Nickel
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Body finish
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: Truss-rod tool

Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, you’ll never look back.

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G&LLimited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 14 reviews)

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92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    • No (10)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Move to G&L

How to describe switching from Fender Stratocaster to G&L Legacy can best be described by saying Leo finally got it right!

How to describe switching from Fender Stratocaster to G&L Legacy can best be described by saying Leo finally got it right!

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Was not impressed

Got it at a great price on the Stupid Deal of the Day. Purchased it mainly because of the great reviews and G & L being Leo Fender's latest iteration of the Orignal...Read complete review

Got it at a great price on the Stupid Deal of the Day. Purchased it mainly because of the great reviews and G & L being Leo Fender's latest iteration of the Orignal Stat. Personally, the guitar didn't feel right in my hands. While body had good resonance even playing unplugged, the neck did not feel right. The hardware and pickups are decent for the price. Overall it felt cheap in comparison to my Fender Mexican Strat, which is around the same price point. I sent it back after a couple of days.

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(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent Guitar

By Bama

from NC

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Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

I've played off and on for 20+ yrs and had several strats of various quality. This is by FAR the best I've played. The finish and fit is impeccable. Looks and sounds exactly what it's supposed to. Like a strat. Never really liked the light weight feel of the Fenders. This guitar isn't LP heavy (which I like), but feels substantial, and not like a cheap toy. Setup was good out of the box and the bridge was floating perfectly level with the body when I tuned her up. There also is the only problem with this instrument. Like EVERY Strat style guitar without a Floyd Rose it goes out of tune as soon as the guitar catches sight of the tremolo bar.Now you can lube different parts and go to techs, and that may solve the problem. My fix is to put the bar in my spare parts box.It worked for Clapton. LOL. The tone knobs are a different setup than the usual but seem to "do more" in the way of changing the tone.The neck is raw wood. Didn't know how I would like it , but as you play it it "breaks in" with your oils and feels quite nice. I would buy this guitar 10X before any fender.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

What a GREAT value.

By Rob K

from Heath, OH

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

    • Finish could be a little better.

    Best Uses

      Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

      G&L has great electronics - American made. In my opinion, there is no better buy on the market. Sounds better than most high end Fenders.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Was not impressed

      By CF from atlanta

      from Atlanta, GA

      Pros

      • Dual fulcrum bridge

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Home Studio
        • Jamming
        • Practice

        Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

        Got it at a great price on the Stupid Deal of the Day. Purchased it mainly because of the great reviews and G & L being Leo Fender's latest iteration of the Orignal Stat. Personally, the guitar didn't feel right in my hands. While body had good resonance even playing unplugged, the neck did not feel right. The hardware and pickups are decent for the price. Overall it felt cheap in comparison to my Fender Mexican Strat, which is around the same price point. I sent it back after a couple of days.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Move to G&L

        By Stratman

        from Charlotte, NC

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        Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

        How to describe switching from Fender Stratocaster to G&L Legacy can best be described by saying Leo finally got it right!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        G&L Limited Edition Tribue Legacy

        By Guitar teacher

        from W. V.

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        Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

        Great tremolo, wide varitey of pickup sounds, plays well with minor adjustment, good intonation, excellent finish, looks and feels great.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A steal

        By RK

        from Detroit

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        Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

        Better than any fender I have , even USA deluxe

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Four for Quality and Five for Value

        Pros

        • great valure
        • quality guitar

        Cons

        • Did not come in playing condition
        • minor cosmetic flaws

        Best Uses

        • making music

        Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

        I've been wanting to get a Stratocaster style guitar for a while. I've pretty much played Les Pauls for most of my life, though I've got a variety of guitars. But I've never had a Strat with maple fret board and single coils, so I've been keeping my eye out for a decent Strat that I could afford on no budget. When this came up as a deal of the day, I did a little research and decided that I wasn't going to find a better deal, so I pulled the trigger. I'm glad I did.
        Most reviews of Legacy Tributes said that they were perfect out of the box, but was not the case. There was major fret buzz on most of the strings through the first three frets, and it went all the way down to the 7th fret on the low "E." Ugghhh. But after adjusting the truss rod, putting on a set of Power Slinkys, adjusting the bridge, and setting the intonation, it plays beautifully. I set the action a little higher than most like because I play very hard. If you don't know how to set up a guitar, though, you might have to have a professional do it for you if it comes in the condition mine arrived in.
        This guitar sounds amazing. I'm stunned by the clarity and variety of sounds you can get. The hardware is all quality, too. The guitar even stays in tune when you use the whammy bar!
        On the downside, there were a few small cosmetic flaws on different parts of the body and neck, and, while there were no rough fret edges, there was a very small but noticeable nick (more by touch than sight) on the back of the neck. Don't notice it unless I'm really looking for it, though, and it doesn't affect playing. Overall, it's a very solid, well-constructed guitar, though, a little heavier than a Strat, but nowhere near as heavy as my Les Paul. I am very happy with my purchase and will probably play this guitar for many years to come.

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        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Better than a (comparably priced) strat!

        By OprahsFavoriteDeathMetal

        from Huntsville, AL

        Pros

        • great action
        • great sound
        • high quality fit and finish

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

            I've been a hobbyist musician for about 20 years, but I've worked in music stores and repair shops, so I've been able to try out a fair amount of gear. My legacy was nicely setup out of the box (and in tune!) with low action and good intonation. The pickups are fantastic: clear and chimey. A week ago I played a slightly more expensive Mexican Strat and a Tribute Legacy side-by-side and the Legacy won by a mile. Both felt good, but the Legacy sounded much better. Also, the PTB (passive treble bass) controls are fantastic. Being able to roll off the bass is great, especially when playing in a group. Why don't more guitars have that? I also very much like the G&L tremolo.

            I've seen complaints in some G&L tribute reviews about finish flaws. Mine doesn't have any flaws that I've been able to find. Plus, I'm planning to play it, so it will get bumped and bruised anyway. It plays and sounds wonderful.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good guitar, nonexistent quality control

            By Alex

            from Union City, CA

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            Pros

            • Great sound

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                The guitar looks great and sounds great on all three pickups. It is similar in sound to Squier Strat Classic Vibe '60, and I would say is marginally better. Also 2 tone controls (treble and bass) are a plus.
                Action is setup well right out of the box.

                Now to the problems.
                1) The neck (maple) appears a bit darkened in some places as if it was a used guitar, although it is definitely new.
                2) Strings are a bit rusty- replaced them.
                3) Pickup covers mismatch - two are white and one is "aged" white. Unfortunately, pickup covers on G&L are not exactly the same as on a strat, different distance between magnet poles, so replacing it may be a bit of a challenge.
                4) Some fret edges are a bit sharp - fixed it myself by sanding.

                I got this guitar at a massive discount (Stupid deal of the day) and for that reason decided to keep it despite some cosmetic problems. It is not easy to get a guitar that would not have any issues.

                With this quality control issues I don't think it is worth a full price.

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                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Excellent guitar for the money. May be all you need

                By AF

                from NJ

                Pros

                • Very well made, high quality inexpensive import.

                Cons

                • Clear but very bright pickups

                Best Uses

                  Comments about G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                  IMO this is a high quality guitar that is hard to beat at this price point. Very smooth,easy to play and balanced guitar. I also own a USA strat and this guitar keeps up with it on quality and playability. The only down grade for me is that the pickups are very, very bright. Which also makes them very clear on the positive side. Not muddy at all I think. I rarely play in a group so I don't really need a guitar that cuts through the mix. You may very well like that about this guitar.

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