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G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar

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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...Click To Read More About This Product

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

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.

FEATURES
Body 
Body shape: Double cutaway
Body type: Solid body
Body material: Solid wood
Top wood: Not applicable
Body wood: Swamp Ash body on translucent and burst finishes, Basswood on solid finishes
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: 12 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
Country of origin: Indonesia

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

SPECIFICATIONS
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
 
4.2

(based on 22 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

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    (3)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (14)
  • Good tone (14)
  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good pick up (11)
  • Solid electronics (11)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (13)
  • Practicing (12)
  • Small venues (9)
  • Recording (8)
  • Rock concerts (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (12), Novice (4)

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

 

What a way to do business, G & L . . .

The adjustable truss rod in the neck became disconnected internally, and now the neck has a terrible bow to it now. I tried buying a replacement neck from a number of G...Read complete review

The adjustable truss rod in the neck became disconnected internally, and now the neck has a terrible bow to it now. I tried buying a replacement neck from a number of G & L dealers-they just can't get replacement necks. Fender or other brands don't fit either. Now I have a completely unusable guitar that's only 2 years old. The funny thing is, I'm not a kid. I'm an older guy who made every effort to give this guitar the best treatment available.

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(13 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

tremendous value

By drjho7

from delaware

About Me Experienced

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

      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!

      (10 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

       
      1.0

      What a way to do business, G & L . . .

      By Zeke

      from Loyal, Wisconsin

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

        Cons

        • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

        Best Uses

          Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

          The adjustable truss rod in the neck became disconnected internally, and now the neck has a terrible bow to it now. I tried buying a replacement neck from a number of G & L dealers-they just can't get replacement necks. Fender or other brands don't fit either. Now I have a completely unusable guitar that's only 2 years old. The funny thing is, I'm not a kid. I'm an older guy who made every effort to give this guitar the best treatment available.

          (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Very playable and a great bargain

          By Leo

          from undisclosed

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          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.

            (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Fender style, but vastly better quality.

            By Wes

            from MN

            About Me Novice

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            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.

              (5 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Cheap import

              By Traveling music man

              from Coast to coast

              About Me Professional Musician

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              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.

                  (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  G&L Legacy Tribute - Blue burst

                  By Kurtie1

                  from Rolling Meadows, IL

                  About Me Novice

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Color Not Exactly What I

                  Best Uses

                  • Jamming
                  • Practicing

                  Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                  At first I was a little disappointed because the finish was darker than I expected. It almost looks black. In certain light, you can see the blue. It's still a sharp looking guitar. It plays nice and sounds nice. Over all, I'm happy with it. This is my second G&L guitar. I also have an ASAT that I purchased over 15 years ago. I would recommend both to anyone.

                  (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  G&L Legacy Tribute is a great guitar!

                  By Sixkiller

                  from Greensboro NC, USA

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                  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!

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      Not what I ordered but the right choice

                      By Dapper Stan

                      from NYC area

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                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Jamming
                        • Practicing
                        • Recording

                        Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                        I ordered a G&L Legacy Tribute months ago. It was on back order for a long time. Delivery kept getting delayed. Finally they sent me an HB version in error. It seemed OK but I really wanted the SSS version to try out so I sent it back. More waiting and then a month later they send me the same HB version again! But this time, I really begin to see that it has some extra versatility with the splittable Humbucker pickup at the bridge. Really nice. The tone knobs are really sensitive and you can dial up a wide range of sounds. I decided to keep it. The guitar gods wanted me to have this one. G&L makes quality guitars and the Tribute versions are top notch. I seemed to have gotten the last HB version on MF's site. Perhaps G&L will be coming out with a new version for 2014.

                        (3 of 16 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Not worth it

                        By Marlago...

                        from Seattle

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                        Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                        You get what you pay for. Even as a stupid deal of the day I returned it cause you can't even ding or change the tuner without drilling. Rather have a used fender strat. Will not fit a fender case. Oddball at best very disappointed.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Yes, I would buy another.....that's how much I like it

                        Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                        I've had the guitar for a few weeks now, I swapped out the strings when it arrived and tweeked the neck a bit. Just used it last night on its first gig and I was very happy with the guitars play-ability and tones. The boys in the band even commented positively on its sound.

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great guitar regardless of the price.

                        By bug009

                        from Bro

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                        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.

                            (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.

                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            My newest favorite.

                            By Sean488

                            from Texas

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                            Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                            No complaints at all. Just be aware that the blueburst is very dark. The instrument appears black in darker rooms. Considering the quality of the finish I would not be unhappy if it were actually black. Great tone,sounds like a Strat should, and it ressonates forever.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Excellent guitar, but beware the open box

                            By Scott B

                            from Jamestown, TN

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Fret Buzz

                            Best Uses

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

                            Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                            Excellent guitar, wonderful strattish tone. Heavy, but the good ones are. Slight fret buzz and intonation work needed; I do my own setups, so no real problem. Open Box, condition as described, except missing set screw and allen wrench(es.) Had to order tremolo screws from G&L - an extra expense. Still satisfied.

                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Another gem from G&L

                            By JSTJEAN51

                            from Greenwood, DE

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                            Comments about Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                            Awesome fit and finish. G&L never disappoint me where it is a Tribute or a USA ASAT/Legacy. Quality and sound are always present and the price point is hard to beat. Great value for a great guitar.

                            (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great guitar

                            By Keith

                            from Stuart, Florida

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                            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.

                              (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              this is a great guitar

                              By burn2506

                              from gothenburg nebraska

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                              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

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Good guitar but noisy picups

                                By Scott

                                from undisclosed

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                                Comments about G&L Tribute Legacy Electric Guitar:

                                Good guitar for the price. G&L hardware as usual is awesome. The finish was good. My only complaint are the pickups are very noisy even for single coils pickups.

                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                absolutely amazing guitars

                                By Nick

                                from las vegas Nevada

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                                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.

                                  (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  I absolutely love this guitar!!

                                  By MackAttack90

                                  from Seattle, WA

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                                  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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