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G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar   (Open Box)
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OVERVIEW

The G&L Legacy blends contemporary refinements from the Leo Fender-designed S-500 and Comanche models with classic Alnico V pickups. 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 Paul Gagon, G&L VP Engineering. Gagon found his inspiration reviewing original prints stored in Leo's private laboratory at G&L, but that was just the start. About 30 years ago, 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 tirelessly 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.

Alnico single-coil tone with modern refinements and superb craftsmanship.

FEATURES
  • Swamp Ash body on translucent and burst finishes, Basswood on solid finishes
  • Hard-Rock Maple neck with Maple or Rosewood fingerboard
  • G&L CLF-100 Alnico V single-coils made in Fullerton, California
  • 5-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB system)
  • Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato
  • Case sold separately

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

SPECIFICATIONS

Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar

  • CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
    SCALE: 25-1/2"
    PICKUPS: G&L CLF-100 Alnico V single-coils made in Fullerton, California
    BODY WOOD: Swamp Ash on translucent and burst finishes, Basswood on solid finishes
    NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Maple or 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)
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G&LTribute Legacy Electric Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (11)
  • Good tone (11)
  • Fun to play (10)
  • Good pick up (9)
  • Solid electronics (9)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (10)
  • Practicing (9)
  • Recording (6)
  • Small venues (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (11), Novice (3)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

tremendous value

I wanted to try a G&L as I had heard about their high quality, and they are used by one of my favorite guitarists. I've been gigging with a deluxe player's strat...Read complete review

I wanted to try a G&L as I had heard about their high quality, and they are used by one of my favorite guitarists. I've been gigging with a deluxe player's strat for 8 years, among several other guitars. I have played guitar for 40 years.
What I notice about the tribute legacy right away is: excellent quality finish of the neck and body (black, with maple board, tortoise shell guard, white pickups/knobs), nicely trimmed medium jumbo frets, superior quality dual fulcrum tailpiece/bridge/vibrato (big improvement over the competing brand), master "PTB" treble and bass tone controls that can be used with all pickup settings and are actually useful in EQ'ing the sound of the guitar depending on the pickups selected, the amp and the song. I never used the tone controls on my strat, and always wished for one controlling the bridge pickup. Hooray!
The pickups are a little brighter than the noiseless pups of the DPS and they produce high quality strat tones across the spectrum. They do well with a good amp and effects, in a band situation. The guitar is nicely resonant unplugged, no dead spots. It's well made.

concerns: neck was bowed with excess relief. truss rod was loose, initially, but with proper careful adjustment, the neck relief was easily corrected with the supplied hardware. I changed the strings to those of my liking, 10-46, and adjusted the bridge saddles which were set too high. (Nice saddles!). String alignment was off a little. I found a fix for this on an online forum for G&L's. There was excessive crackling/static on touching the pickguard, while plugged in. I also found a fix for this on the online forum and was able to perform this myself by shielding the underside of the pickguard with aluminum tape. This worked well. I put straplocks on it, and obtained a quality gig bag for it, as it did not come with a case. So, I've had to do a bit of work to tune it up, but the outcome is a high quality/high value guitar that meets my standards, and is superior to the competition in its price range, for a better price!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Cheap import

I bought this because of the reviews every positive one is crazy. It's a cheap
Import. There is no quality to speak of. Rough fret ends. Twisted neck. Mile high...Read complete review

I bought this because of the reviews every positive one is crazy. It's a cheap
Import. There is no quality to speak of. Rough fret ends. Twisted neck. Mile high action. It was so disappointing I never even plugged it in.

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5.0

Great guitar

By Keith

from Stuart, Florida

About Me Experienced

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Tone
  • Killer sounds

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Jamming

    Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

    Nice metallic blue color with the rosewood fretboard, sounds great with the Blackstar HT5 MR I bought on stupid deal of the day.

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    5.0

    Great guitar regardless of the price.

    By bug009

    from Bro

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

        Really nice guitar. Solid and very well-built...tight. Nothing about it feels cheap. Love the shape of the neck (a medium C) and the satin finish on the back of it. Frets are even. No buzzing. Nice rosewood fretboard. Hardware is solid. Floating trem bridge stays completely in tune. Pickups sound like good single coils with a bit more presence and volume. The volume and two tone controls (treble and bass for all 3 pick ups) are surprisingly useful. Lots of usable tones from adjusting the knobs to dial in particular sounds. I think this is where the guitar really stands out. Most of the other start-type guitars I've tried tend to sound best with everything cranked up to 10. The Legacy has more flexibility. The only possible drawback is that my particular Legacy's a bit on the heavy side...a little over 9 lbs. I'm okay with the weight because it sounds great and I'm used to it with my older Les Paul. YMMV.

        Overall, couldn't be happier with the guitar.

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        1.0

        Cheap import

        By Traveling music man

        from Coast to coast

        About Me Professional Musician

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

          Best Uses

            Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

            I bought this because of the reviews every positive one is crazy. It's a cheap
            Import. There is no quality to speak of. Rough fret ends. Twisted neck. Mile high action. It was so disappointing I never even plugged it in.

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            5.0

            absolutely amazing guitars

            By Nick

            from las vegas Nevada

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone
            • great pickups
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

              these guitars are just wonderful, especially for the price they're being offered. the woods are great, build quality is top tier (just have to do a preference setup like you will on any new instrument) the pickups are superb too. they're also extremely versatile thanks to the PTB system leo implemented into the G&L guitars, want some stevie ray? just dial down the bass to 6 or 5. wanna melt faces? just dial down the treble and shred away.

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              (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              I absolutely love this guitar!!

              By FenderJazzman

              from Seattle, WA

              About Me Experienced

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

              I got this guitar a few weeks ago and I have not been able to put it down!! I upgraded from an Ibanez RG and I couldn't possibly be happier! I've been wanting a Strat style guitar for a long time now and I've always been a fan of G&L, it just took me a long time for some reason to make the jump. But I absolutely love it. I play it through a Marshall DSL15 and its the perfect match. Shoot, this guitar even made my 10 year old Marshall solid state sound absolutely amazing! The one and only thing I wish this amp had is a delay, but I'm planning on getting a Flashback delay anyways so its a non-issue. But I don't have a single complaint about this guitar. Its very reasonably priced for the amazing tones you get out of it, pair it with the right amp and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about because you definitely won't regret it!!!!

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Fender style, but vastly better quality.

              By Wes

              from MN

              About Me Novice

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Jamming
                • Practicing

                Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                It's essentially a Fender "S" style guitar in the price range of a mexican strat... but with a neck that is nicely finished, straight, with no overhanging frets like on every fender I have ever owned, 18:1 ratio tuners that actually hold tune, a sturdy and well made bridge that aids tuning stability and has great sustain, good pickups with useable tones in all pickup selector positions (with the PTB tone adjustments, if the selection is too bright, roll off the treble until it's right, if its too boomy, roll off the bass until it's right), pickups are never muddy.

                I am just a chord strummer and trying to improve and learn, but I know quality hardware and this guitar is well made. It's not even in the same league as the mexican strats (have owned two and a squire tele). I was tentative as I had never played a G&L, but took a chance and am glad I did.

                Setup was good out of the box, just tuned it and I was playing, action is good, no fret buzz at all. Really an amazing guitar at a reasonable price point. If you like fenders and squires, but want one that stays in tune and has that "feel" of quality that they lack... buy one of these. You won't be dissappointed. It's also heavy feeling which to me is a plus... again, adds to the feel. Like you are really holding something substantial.

                Only complaint is that the transparent section of the sunburst I bought has a green hint to it. I like red hues and the orange-honey tones on the ones I have seen so was a little let down by that, but still a beautiful guitar.

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                (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                this is a great guitar

                By burn2506

                from gothenburg nebraska

                About Me Novice

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                  Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                  I have only had this guitar for a few days and it is great and easy to play

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                  (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Amazing value & quality

                  By Papa B

                  from Canada

                  About Me Experienced

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Pick Guard Static

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing
                  • Recording
                  • Small Venues

                  Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                  Very nice instrument. Set up was close enough I didn't adjust anything. The only negative, and this goes for most guitars of this type is the annoying static from the pick guard . Excellent value for a well built guitar. For a similar Strat with the same feel and quality....$1500. Nuff said...this is a keeper.

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                  (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Very playable and a great bargain

                  By roadman

                  from Lafayette, IN

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                  Ask me a question

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                    What an unbelievable guitar. The fit and finish rivals guitars I paid 2 or 3 times as much to purchase. It has that "feel". Great sustain. Pickups are not hot and harsh like some of the newer single coils, but have a warmth without giving up the punch when your solo has to count. I like the G&L approach to tone controls, one can take any boomy sound off the bottom, without affecting the treble knob setting of the highs. I have owned at least a dozen strats, and this one became my favorite right away. Even though the bridge is very stable, I am not a whammy bar user, so I blocked it anyway, just the way I roll. The set up out of the box was pretty good, and I am really picky so I did tweek it a little bit. If a person is even mildly interested in this type of guitar, you cannot go wrong with one of these.

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                    (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    G&L Legacy Tribute is a great guitar!

                    By Sixkiller

                    from Greensboro NC, USA

                    About Me Experienced

                    Ask me a question

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                        It really felt great. I compared it in the storte to a number of different Strats and really liked it, and the price really made it easy for me to get it! Love it!

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