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G&L Tribute S500 Electric Guitar   

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The G&L S-500 debuted in 1982 as Leo's own evolution of the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe, delivering innovations including the Dual-Ful...Read More

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Packed with Leo's final innovations for exceptional value.

The G&L S-500 debuted in 1982 as Leo's own evolution of the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe, delivering innovations including the Dual-Fulcrum vibrato and Magnetic Field Design single-coil pickups, each designed by Leo Fender himself. These MFD pickups deliver a bright and sparkly top end and robust bottom end, all without losing midrange focus.

You'll find plenty of punch in the MFD 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 S-500's PTB (Passive Treble and Bass) system which functions on all three pickups. What's more, the G&L Tribute Series S-500 includes a push-pull 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 G&L Tribute Series S-500 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.

Leo's forward-looking spirit is clearly reflected in the S-500, a guitar he designed for players who share that spirit. And now, it's available at a price within reach of every working musician. Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, you'll never look back.

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FEATURES
  • Construction: Bolt-on
  • Scale: 25-1/2"
  • Pickups: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single coils 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
  • Case sold separately

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G&LTribute S500 Electric Guitar
 
5.0

(based on 6 reviews)

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Pros

  • Fun to play (6)
  • Good feel (6)
  • Good pick up (6)
  • Good tone (6)
  • Solid electronics (5)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Jamming (6)
  • Practicing (6)
  • Recording (6)
  • Rock concerts (5)
  • Small venues (5)
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5.0

The best stratocaster ever made

By Tombrown at sg3 thread for gibson com

from Windsor ct

About Me Experienced

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about G&L Tribute S500 Electric Guitar:

    This guitar gets a very wide range of sounds.

    Going though a vintage fender champ your in heaven, it sounds as if the pickups were designed aroubd that amp.

    The bridge pickup gets a p90 sound once you overdrive it a little bit, but flip a switch and you can get telecaster sounds very easily. I also am hearing sone other familiar guitar sounds as i am tweaking it. With the bridge and middle its overdrive with a little glass on it.

    The tone controls are bass and treble and really work.

    With them on 10 its totally stratocaster , telecaster sounds.
    But i have the tones on 3 and it sounds great

    These pickups are very powerful and difficult to adjust

    At one point i put the neck pickup flush with the pickguard and the bridge at 3/16 inch high with the bridge and i swear it sounded just like a pre cbs stratocaster.

    That is not by accident my friends

    This is the best 500 Guitar on the market hands down

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Leo Fender's last and best creation!

    By C. J. Camp

    from Seattle, WA

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Reviewer

    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 S500 Electric Guitar:

      According to Leo Fender himself, the G & L guitars are NOT meant to be like Fender guitars. They are meant to be the NEXT STEP in the evolution of what Leo called "the working man's bolt-on guitar." As others have noted, the S-500 is capable of a MUCH WIDER RANGE of sounds than the Fender Stratocaster. This is part of what Leo intended. I think it's noteworthy that, in the last several years, Fender has tried to copy the S-500s with a dual-fulcrum vibrato, different types of bridges, and various switching choices not seen prior to the 1990s. Late in his life Leo stated, unequivocally, that the G & L guitars were, "The best guitars that I ever made."

       
      5.0

      Simpy Fantastic

      By Ray

      from Auburn

      About Me Professional Musician

      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 S500 Electric Guitar:

        Just recently picked up this guitar and it far exceeds what I was expecting. One of the best feeling necks I've ever owned (I currently own 19 guitars ranging from a Hondo on up to a PRS Custom 24). Great tone selection with the 5 position switch and p/p pot. Quality all around. This is my new favorite guitar which I will own and play for many years to come.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beyond your expectations, and then some.

        By Santino

        from Franklin, GA

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        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Feels like a professional instrument
        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone
        • Quality Fit And Finish
        • Solid Electronics

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about G&L Tribute S500 Electric Guitar:

          You'll be pleasantly surprised to know that this import model is in fact made overseas. Goes to show you, the world is round, and quality craftsmanship can be found outside of the USA... surprise surprise.

          At this price range, no one should be over picky. But this instrument allows you to be at this price point. The hardware feels just as good as the USA models. The vintage white is a tad creamier (think french vanilla) than the picture here poses. The 12'' radius is a dream. Perfect in my opinion for those intricate scales. A set up will make your fingers smile and bring out its true potential.

          A bit on the heavier side because of the mahogany, you will find however, that it carries a wonderful resonance when played. The quality of this instrument (mine anyways) rivals a USA fender any day. No exhageration. In fact, i wouldn't trade mine for a USA fender at all. Perhaps only if it was a custom shop, then I may consider. Seriously. It plays better, feels better, dare i say it, sounds better. the vibrato on the S-500 is first class; far above any stratocaster's; it's truly massive. cannot stress its quality enough.

          The tone is indeed on the hotter side. I none the less am able to tune in the stratiest of strat tones. far more expressive. there is no mud unless you desire it. crisp highs, deep lows, crunchy mids... it really does what you want. did i mention this is funk machine too?

          i don't think i would ever go back to alnico v's after playing mfd's. I scratch my head, and ask... why should i? the tone is lovely. versatile. You will not put this guitar down.

          Having said all of this above, i will have to also add some discretion. I have been buying my guitars lately from a dealer. I needed an inexpensive, yet, good instrument. these tributes are exceedingly great. I bought mine in person, having it set up already, nice and low too. Keep in mind, you will have to set yours up once you receive it. It has been stored, moved etc. Give it some love and be amazed.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Excellent Choice!

          By Yinch

          from GA

          About Me Experienced

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording

            Comments about G&L Tribute S500 Electric Guitar:

            Great Pickups, more dynamics, more balls, love the push/pull option to have a Tele-like tone, construction is excellent. I also have the older Korean made one, the construction is better with Korean, I like fret works better. But the New ones has more powerful pickups. Either way, can't go wrong!

            (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Excellent, Underrated Guitar

            By Mike

            from Rhode Island

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • High Quality, Low Cost
            • Lightweight
            • Solid Electronics
            • Variety of Tone
            • Versatile

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about G&L Tribute S500 Electric Guitar:

              The G&L Tribute S500 is one of the best value guitars out there. The pickups are fantastic and pair very well with effect pedals. They have a higher output than classic single-coil pickups, but much more detail than humbuckers. These are incredibly versatile pickups and are capable of playing any type of music. The construction quality is very nice as well, especially considering the Tributes are crafted in Indonesia. I've had MIM Fender's, and the quality of the Tribute G&L's far exceeds that of the Fenders. Lightweight, solid feel, highly adjustable set up, and mind-blowing pickups make this guitar an unbelievable value for the price. I would recommend this over any MIM Fender. I would also recommend this to someone thinking of getting a G&L Legacy. Legacy's are fine, but the pickups are much, much better on the S500.

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