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G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar  Black Rosewood Fretboard

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The G&L Comanche is Leo's final word on the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe. Fact is, the first thing you'll notice about the Comanche is ...Read More

Available 06-01-2016

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OVERVIEW

Traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe with Field Design Z-Coil pickups designed by Leo Fender.

The G&L Comanche is Leo's final word on the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe. Fact is, the first thing you'll notice about the Comanche is the distinctive shape of the Magnetic Field Design Z-Coil pickups designed by Leo Fender himself. These pickups deliver a bright and sparkly top end while offering a robust bottom end, all without any 60-cycle hum.

You'll find plenty of power in the Z-coil pickups, but what's surprising is how glassy and detailed they become as you roll back the volume and bass controls, the latter a part of the Comanche's PTB (Passive Treble and Bass) system. What's more, the Tribute Series Comanche includes an expander switch on the treble pot to allow neck+bridge or all three pickups together. In a pinch, the neck+bridge combo does a convincing faux ASAT Special.

The new G&L Tribute Series Comanche features one of Leo's favorite pairings: the power of MFD pickups mellowed by the high porosity of a mahogany body. Making the most of this delicious combo is Leo's 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 Comanche was the very last double-cutaway bolt-on guitar designed by Leo Fender, the culmination of everything he had learned during his amazing lifetime. And now, it's available at a price within reach of every working musician.

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FEATURES
  • Mahogany body
  • Hard-Rock Maple neck with Rosewood fingerboard
  • Leo Fender†-designed G&L MFD Z-Coil hum-cancelling made in Fullerton, California
  • 5-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB system)
  • Push/pull expander on treble pot enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups together
  • 18:1 ratio, sealed-back tuners
  • Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato bridge
  • Case sold separately

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar

  • CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
  • SCALE: 25-1/2"
  • PICKUPS: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD Z-Coil hum-cancelling made in Fullerton, California
  • BODY WOOD: Mahogany
  • NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Rosewood fingerboard
  • NECK WIDTH AT NUT: 1-5/8"
  • NECK RADIUS: 12"
  • NECK PROFILE: medium C
  • FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, nickel
  • TUNING KEYS: 18:1 ratio, sealed-back
  • BRIDGE: Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato
  • CONTROLS: 5-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB system), push/pull expander on treble pot enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups together.
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G&LTribute Comanche Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 5 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

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

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (3)
  • Recording (3)
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5.0

What a wild and crazy guitar

By Mike

from Rhode Island

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

    Ah the Comanche. Anyone who researches G and Ls will inevitably land on this one and wonder what it's all about. Well I bought one and decided to find out for myself. Right off the bat, this guitar needed a proper set up. Not to mince words, but the setup it came with was terrible. Another reviewer mentioned his wouldn't stay in tune, and I'm willing to bet that's because it needs to be set up the way G&L recommends. So I hopped over to their website and followed their instructions. Once complete, tuning wasn't an issue and I could finally dive into the guitar's tonal properties. What struck me right away was the power of the z-coil MFDs. They easily over drived my amp in a similar way a P90 pickup would, but with a clearer high end. The 7 different pickup configurations are all different from one another, and with the PTB system, you can really dial in familiar tones or create new ones. Roll back the bass and get that scooped mids, glassy single coil. Or leave them on and get a punchy sound. The neck pick up is my favorite so far. Great for rhythm. I'm on the fence about the bridge pickup. It sounds nice and full sometimes, and sort of thin others. I'm tempted to order the Will Ray bridge pickup from G&L and try that instead, but other times I'm caught off guard by how much I like it. Middle pickup is great, too. I'm used to guitars with just the 2 pickups and forgot how much I like the tone from a true middle position pup. Overall, the build quality is fine. For the price, you really can't argue. I really like the black-on-black look, though it would be nice to have a few more options. Bottom line is I would highly recommend this guitar. It more than likely will require a set up. G&L's dual fulcrum bridge does make it a little trickier than on other guitars, but if you or a guitar tech can get it set up correctly, it's well worth it.

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    5.0

    exceptional sounds and build

    By jerold

    from Rock hill sc

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Recording

      Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

      I have a American Standard strategy and the build quality is as good

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      2.0

      Disappointed and unreliable

      By Someguy

      from Cleveland

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      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Heavy
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
      • Won't stay in tune

      Best Uses

        Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

        Bought one of these after doing some research and hearing good things about G&L. Mine was a special edition swamp ash and maple fret board model. Overall the quality of the guitar was good: nice finish, neck felt was smooth, no flaws. However, it was setup very poorly. I expected I'd have to work on it so wasn't too upset but I played others at this price level that felt great out of the box. The main thing I realized was significant fret buzz, particularly on the G string. I took it in to a pro and got it setup and still could not get rid of the fret buzz. The guitar tech said he may need to do some adjustments to the frets. I didn't expect that given what I'd read about these guitars, but no matter what we did (even after giving the neck a few weeks to settle), the buzz remained. It also was not the best for staying in tune. After one song with just a bit of string bending, it would be in need of re-tuning. Those two things really bother me. In my mind what's the point of buying a guitar if you can't rely on it onstage? If it won't stop buzzing and needs to be tuned after every song, it's failed you in my opinion. I took it to another guitar tech and had him do some adjustments to try and get the tuning more stable, but after another couple of weeks it was back at it. Seems I'd have to really put some money into this and switch out some parts if I want to fix it. It turned me off from the guitar and I left it alone to sit a couple of months in its case. The kicker is I pulled it out recently to give it another shot, and now the output is almost dead. When I plug it in the volume is extremely low no matter what I do (and I've tested it on a few amps with different cables and compared to my other guitars which work fine). This is less than 6 months after I bought it brand new. So, now it has completely failed me. Beyond that, thought the passive tone controls weren't what I was looking for, and overall the sound was unique but not what I ultimately wanted.

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        (18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Leo evolves guitar yet again

        By DvtpP

        from USA

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        Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

        The hype is that Leo Fender developed the "next generation" of guitar at G&L. Guess what: believe it! I play humbucker guitars often w/coil splitting but dis-liked the thin split sound. What about starting with a supercharged "single coil" to get close to a humbucker sound, but with the clarity of singles? For me thats why Im playing this. For you Strat fans, all the Strat tones are there plus a lot more. Note: you are starting out with P90 type tones: stronger in output than a single coil. You are adding the full-range power of Leo's MFD ceramic pickups. The down side? They they are full range, this is not your plug and play Fender vintage tone. The up-side? These are full-range: you can get vintage tone, just need to adjust the tone on your amp (reduce the mids) and the guitar. Did I mention the added bonus: the technology of the P-bass pickup is applied here: no 60 cycle hum in any pickup position (!).
        But wait there's more: the secret weapon: the two tone controls, for rolling off both the highs AND the lows, independent of each other. This is a revolution in tone controls (and it's passive, no battery required!). It's key for at least three things. 1)roll the treble almost to nothing to get your classic Fender tones 2)roll the bass down when you use effects to cut thru the mix w/o low end mud 3)set your amp to that the wide open tone controls sound as big as humbuckers... then back off tone and volume so your default is a single coil sound, but can go-to-eleven when you want it...all while retaining single coil clarity! Yes there's more: a toggle (or push pull on later models) to add two more positions to the standard 5-way Strat selector. As for quality, after handling several Tribute imports, including 2012 and 2013 Indonesian factory builds, I must conclude that the quality level is high: better than Fender mexican, possibly on par with Fender USA. Don't let the price point fool you, these feel-top notch: no need to consider upgrading components (except my preference for metal knobs rather than the Strat-like plastic ones). As for the vibrato bridge, I dont use this, but i am told it kicks butt compared to most. Investors: if you are buying a guitar with re-sale in mind, best avoid G&L, as most people dont value their flexibility because people want plug and play tone. However you may wish to consider, if you find a G&L that you like, the new Tributes seem to come with a 10 year warranty these days, not too shabby). Enjoy!

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        5.0

        Great Guitar

        By Listenin and lernin

        from West Palm Beach

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Looks great
        • Original Design
        • Solid Electronics
        • Well Designed

        Cons

        • Comes With No Gig Bag Or

        Best Uses

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

        Comments about G&L Tribute Comanche Electric Guitar:

        This guitar looks great. You will not see every Tom, Dick, or Harry with this Baby.
        This guitar sound fantastic. I do not need a MIA or LP or prs. I have a G & L
        Paint, Pickup's, hardware, design, tuners, fit and neck is top notch and the price is affordable. Schector and Fender watch out. Ohh I forgot Fender owns these guys.

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