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G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy HSS Painted Headcap Electric Guitar 

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The G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy HSS fattens things up with a G&L AW4368 alnico bridge humbucker to complement the vintage G&L Alni...Click To Read More About This Product

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A special model model with a mahogany body and traditional neck feel.

The G&L Limited Edition Tribute Legacy HSS fattens things up with a G&L AW4368 alnico bridge humbucker to complement the vintage G&L Alnico V single-coils in the neck and middle positions. The Legacy HSS has that ideal balance that’ll let it play well in a variety of settings.

This limited-edition model features a transparent red finish over a mahogany body and 9.5" fingerboard radius.

The Legacy HSS brings all of the Legacy features, 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 HSS features a Leo Fender-designed Dual-Fulcrum vibrato, a work of engineering art that allows bending up or down with unsurpassed stability, while offering a silky feel through its beefy aluminum vibrato arm.

If you’re looking for that extra power to properly rock the house but you don’t want your classic Elvis to leave the building, then you owe it to yourself to check out the Legacy HSS. Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, you’ll never look back. Case sold separately.

FEATURES
Body
  • Body shape: Double cutaway
  • Body type: Solid body
  • Body material: Solid wood
  • Top wood: Not applicable
  • Body wood: Mahogany
  • Body finish: Gloss
  • Orientation: Right handed
  • Neck
  • Neck shape: C standard
  • Neck wood: Hard-rock Maple
  • Joint: Bolt-on
  • Scale length: 24.75"
  • Truss rod: Standard
  • Neck finish: Satin
  • Fretboard
  • Material: Rosewood
  • Radius: 9.5"
  • Fret size: Medium
  • Number of frets: 22
  • Inlays: Dot
  • Nut width: 1.63" (41.4mm)
  • Pickups
  • Configuration: HSS
  • Neck: G&L designed Alnico V Single-coil
  • Middle: G&L designed Alnico V Single-coil
  • Bridge: G&L AW4368 Alnico bridge Humbucker
  • Brand: G&L
  • Active or passive pickups: Passive
  • Series or parallel: Neck – N/A, Middle – N/A, Bridge series
  • Piezo: No
  • Active EQ: No
  • Special electronics: G&L PTB System
  • Controls
  • Control layout: PTB System. Volume, Treble, Bass
  • Pickup switch: 5-position 
  • Coil tap or split: No
  • Kill switch: No
  • Hardware
  • Bridge type: Tremolo/Vibrato
  • Bridge design: G&L Dual-Fulcrum
  • Tailpiece: Not applicable
  • Tuning machines: Deluxe sealed
  • Color: Black
  • Other
  • Number of strings: 6-string
  • Special features: Limited edition
  • Case: Sold separately
  • Accessories: None

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G&LLimited Edition Tribute Legacy HSS Painted Headcap Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 14 reviews)

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79%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Extra Nice HSS Strat Tribute Guitar

Surprised - it has real personality and substance. The single coils are about as good as my 62 Reissue Strat, and the humbucker is very articulate and warm. Positions 2 and 4 have...Read complete review

Surprised - it has real personality and substance. The single coils are about as good as my 62 Reissue Strat, and the humbucker is very articulate and warm. Positions 2 and 4 have the beloved Strat quack too.Very small blemish on the back but you have to look to find it. The fret board is really well done with rounded fret ends and level action. The interior cavities are (surprisingly) clean of polish - something I have never seen on a USA Fender, not that it really matters but it's a nice touch.

The most important thing is the sound, fret board and hardware. This guitar covers all three bases very, very well. Now I can do SRV and AC/DC on the same instrument! And, it's light weight and easy to tote as well. That was surprising because the 8 - 10 USA G&L's I've owned were generally pretty heavy.

Been looking for years for something to replace my beloved 62 Strat for gigs. The 62 has the tone but can't do full and warm bridge pickup leads, and there are times that I wish I had something other than vintage fret wire and a 7.25 inch radius. Also, the G&L tremolo is much more usable. I think this G&L will be perfect.

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Poor quality

This guitar looks like a strat and sounds like one. It has very playable neck, and beautiful appearance.

Now to the problems.
I made two attempts to get this...Read complete review

This guitar looks like a strat and sounds like one. It has very playable neck, and beautiful appearance.

Now to the problems.
I made two attempts to get this guitar. Even at stupid deal price (30% off) it was not worth it. The first one had misaligned neck - the 6th string was too close to the edge and when playing it would slide off the fretboard. It was not playable and I got a replacement.

Again the neck is misaligned on the second guitar (althought not as badtly). The felt washer under the strap button was missing which caused a big crack on the laquer surface. String 2 and 3 buzz when played open and on every fret (ever after I made sure that the action is set up correctly).

I would say that the quality of these guitars (made in Indonesia) is inexcusable. That's a shame because being properly assembled it would be a nice instruments with good pickups.

Side note. Musician's Friend is correcting the description right now. At the time I bought it there were at least 2 mistakes in the description.
1. This guitar DOES NOT have coil splitting on the humbucker bridge pickup on the contrary to what the description says.
2. This guitar has standard Fender scale length, not Gibson scale as claimed by the description

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2.0

Looks nice but felt cheap, sharp fret edges

By BluesGuy

from Trinity,AL

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    • Frets
    • Neck
    • Pickups

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

      I bought this as the stupid deal of the day. I was really disappointed. The frets were extremely, and I mean horribly sharp. The pickups sounded very weak, I prefer the mim fender strat pickups to these. I usually like unfinished necks but this one felt like a cheap toy....kind of a plastic feel. It basically felt like I was holding my sons squire mini. I returned it and plan on going for something different.

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      4.0

      Just rec'd today. First thoughts from a pro player

      By Danger Money Band

      from Anchorage Alaska

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      Pros

      • Nice looking
      • Plays great

      Cons

      • Big crack in the finish and small one on pickgua

      Best Uses

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

        Bought this for an extra guitar for certain songs because it was a great deal and I've had great luck with G&L. When it came it had about a 4" crack in the finish. (Btw the finish is very high gloss. The pic suggests it's not shiny. It definitely is) it's a nice guitar but the handling at the factory should be better.

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        4.0

        Good value - beats Fender's made in Mexico line.

        By Dave

        from Victoria BC

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

        In my opinion, this G&L line is a higher quality and better value than the made in Mexico strats.

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        3.0

        Sounds great/felt cheap

        By Some guy

        from Rochester, MN

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

        First off, I've only been playing for a few years, and the number of guitars I've gotten my hands on is limited so take my comments lightly. This is a beautiful guitar, and it really does sound pretty great. My problem was I could not get over the neck finish. It felt really cheap to me, and anytime I would bend you could really feel the strings slide against the frets if that makes sense. I tried out some other low-budget strat style guitars at a local music shop and afterwards decided to return it. I would personally recommend stick with a Squire or MIM.

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        5.0

        Really pleased with this instrument

        By Matt

        from Georgia

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

        I generally play humbucker guitars and I was looking for a Fender Strat style guitar with single coils. I bought this at a discount expecting to get something like Squire quality. I am amazed at how well this thing feels and sounds. The setup was good out of the box. I like my action a little lower than normal so I made the adjustment, changed the strings to Slinky Cobalts and started playing. The single coils sound at least as good as a Fender and the Humbucker has enough crunch to satisfy anything I play. Mostly classic rock. I would not hesitate to recommend this guitar. Time will tell how durable and reliable it is but initially it can't be beat, especially at this price.

         
        3.0

        Great guitar for the price

        By Bluesman

        from St Pete Fla

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

        Excellent guitar overall but setup on this one was not completed apparently. Saddles, pickups and neck needed adjustment . Otherwise a fine instrument.

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        3.0

        Great guitar but...

        By Bluesman

        from St Pete Fla

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

        I bought it as a scratch and dent item so I was expecting a few issues. Saddle was out of adjustment. Truss rod not set on neck. Bridge pickup out of adjustment protective tape still attached interfering with strings. minor crack in finish by the tremello spring hatch corner screw. I liked the the guitar and the price enough to live with it. Once these items were addressed, it played and sounded excellent.

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Yes

        By phatdaddy

        from Philadelphia Pa

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        Pros

        • Well put together no sharp edges on frets

        Cons

        • This one appeared to have been preplayed

        Best Uses

        • All round

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

        This is a great instrument. If you like a weighty guitar like I do you'll love this one. The finish is great and there are no sharp edges on the frets. When you slide up and down the neck it's nice and smooth.
        The pick guard on this particular guitar seem to have player scratches on it but it played great.

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        The evolution of the Stratocaster

        By Beyer160

        from Raleigh, NC

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Outstanding trem system
        • Sounds great, much wider tonal range than Fender

        Cons

        • No coil split switch
        • Rough neck finish

        Best Uses

        • Rocking out!

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

        G&L Legacy Tributes are very similar to comparably priced Fender/Squier offerings (MIM Strat Standard, Squier Classic Vibe) but have some pretty significant differences.

        Sonically, the G&L PTB circuit is vastly more flexible than the traditional Fender Strat tone system. It takes some getting used to, though- with all knobs at 10, the Legacy will sound a little brittle, so you have to get into the tone knobs. Once you do though, the guitar sounds wonderful and has a much wider tonal range than a Strat. You can still get the traditional '50s Strat "quack," but you can get thicker tones as well.

        The G&L trem system is MILES ahead of the traditional Strat trem- it's MUCH more stable and allows bending pitch up and down. It's kinda like a cross between the Jaguar and Strat systems, with the best of both and none of the drawbacks. It has a "full sized" trem block.

        The neck is a little wider and flatter than the normal 9.5" radius strat neck. That took a little getting used to, but now I'm fine with it. The satin finish on the back of the neck felt kinda cheap and rough, but about 5 minutes of polishing with your choice of automotive polishing compound will smooth it out. It still won't be a gloss finish, but it'll feel smoother.

        The only negative about this particular model is that the bridge humbucker doesn't come with a coil split switch like the regular Legacy HB. That's a real drag for a 16K hot 'bucker. However, the pickup is still 4 wire under the hood, and after 30 minutes of work and a five buck part I installed a switch myself (it's a pretty easy mod, Google it if you're interested). Now I can switch back and forth between "traditional" bridge tone and humbucker.

        Some of the fret ends on mine needed filing and the frets were kind of rough- fretwork is about par with Fender MIM Standards, but the Squier CV series fretwork I've seen is always immaculate.

        For the superior trem and tonal options alone, I'll take a Legacy Tribute over any non- USA Fender

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice guitar for the money.

        By JH

        from Dearborn Heights, MI

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

        I've had this guitar for about two weeks now. Required a slight truss rod and string height adjustment (a couple of the strings were buzzing at a couple of the frets). Plays well now. Beautiful finish. The back of the neck has almost no finish. Feels ok but not what I'm used to. Pickups sound good (very stratty). The humbucker sounds good as well. I like the tremolo, it's very smooth and seems to stay in tune well. Good deal for the money, comparable to a Mexican Fender.

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