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Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar 

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The Laguna LE50 Electric Guitar is the "little brother" of the Laguna LE200, and is perfect for smaller hands. Put simply: the LE50 rocks. For your f...Click To Read More About This Product

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A great beginner's guitar that looks as mean as it sounds!

The Laguna LE50 Electric Guitar is the "little brother" of the Laguna LE200, and is perfect for smaller hands. Put simply: the LE50 rocks. For your first guitar, you can't go wrong with it! The slim-tapered neck and shallow C shape provide a comfortable feel, and the hard rock maple neck will stay straight and true. The basswood body and high-output ceramic magnet pickups offer up clean, biting tone, while the black satin finish and black hardware make the Laguna LE50 guitar look as mean as it sounds.

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FEATURES
  • Neck material: Bolt-on maple
  • Neck Shape: Slim taper with a shallow "C" Profile
  • Nut width: 1.62"
  • Body: Basswood
  • Scale length: 22.75"
  • Frets: 24 jumbo frets
  • Fingerboard: Bound rosewood
  • Inlay: Pearl dots
  • Bridge: Fixed bridge
  • Pickup: High-output humbucking
  • Hardware: Black
  • Tuners: Die-cast

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LagunaLE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar
 
3.8

(based on 32 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (4)

84%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (15)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (14)
  • Jamming (7)
  • Recording (3)
  • Rock concerts (3)
  • School bands (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Experienced (10), Novice (5), Professional musician (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good guitar for a beginner or someone with small hands

I recently purchased this guitar and think that for the price it is good,it is built well and is attractive with its matte black finish,i would recommend it to anyone who is a...Read complete review

I recently purchased this guitar and think that for the price it is good,it is built well and is attractive with its matte black finish,i would recommend it to anyone who is a beginner and wants to learn guitar or for anyone who wants an inexpensive travel or practice guitar,just keep in mind that due to its price it wont have the best electronic components and i would also advise anyone interested in purchasing to order a better set of strings because the ones that the guitar comes with are not very good.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Comparison with Ibanez Mikro

I'm giving an average rating because I'm really just using this slot to detail the differences between the Mikro and the LE50.

NECK:
Same materials

Mikro has better...Read complete review

I'm giving an average rating because I'm really just using this slot to detail the differences between the Mikro and the LE50.

NECK:
Same materials

Mikro has better fretwork (see above)

Both had good fret and neck dot work - look different though - aesthetics

Mikro uses one piece of wood, LE50 uses two (see below)

Both seem to have the same curvature and shape - both are very fast, thin 'speed metal' necks


HEADSTOCK:
Mikro has a scalloped head, like a strat
LE50 has an angled head (which is why they used two pieces of wood for the neck), like a Les Paul

Mikro has 6 on one side tuning machines with string trees,
LE50 has a 3 on each side configuration so a bit shorter headstock

Mikro's nut is a thin one in a groove
LE50 has a more typical 'glue a nut' to the top of the fretboard.

Both were already setup pretty well in regard to the grooves in the nut - both had pretty nice low action over the 1st fret


PICKUPS:
I like the Mikro pups better. Just a bit warmer and more well rounded. This is a subjective stance.


HARDWARE:
Mikro has a cool 'one piece' string ferrule all six ball ends go through, and looks much nicer than the six individuals on the LE50

Mikro uses plastic knobs, the LE50's are metal

Mikros vol and tone pots roll more smoothly than the LE50

Both did a good job lining up the bridge and putting in the string-thru-body channels to the ferrules. I doubt either will cause string breakage due to sting rubbing on edges of the bridge.

Both did a nice job of setting the saddle heights to match the contour of the neck curvature

Both had typical tuning machines that worked fine. If you're having trouble with your machines 'slipping', it may be due to the thin strings on the short scale. Increasing string gauge will cause more tension when you tune it up, and thus should help tuning machines stay put.

BODY:
Here's the main diff between the Mikro and LE50, although if you lay one on top of the other they are nearly identical in outline. They are pretty much the same body shape in silloette.

Mikro has the cavity under a pickguard with no back-access, like a strat
LE50 has no pickgaurd and access to the cavity is via the back, like a Les Paul
Thus the LE50 is a bit easier to work on for electronics needs.

Both have scalloped waists and feel good riding the hip

The Mikro has a scalloped forearm rest, like a strat. The LE50 does not. I prefer the Mikro in this regard because it IS nicer to play with your forearm on a flat surface than on an edge

The LE50 has scalloped the rear of the body where the neck bolts are, which does allow a bit more hand access to very high frets. Mikro doesn't (and may be a tad more stable for it - I don't believe the scalloping here really helps much)

Mikro has a flat top, LE50 has more of an 'arched top' shape to it. Aesthetic difference really.
Mikros have sharper horns. Again aesthetic - Mikros look a tad more 'evil' due to the sharper points, I think.

Both had good paint jobs and top coat jobs - even, good color tone
Two pups, 3-way switch, vol and tone. Standard.

Same on both this and the Mikro.

If scale length is a feature, the LE50 is about 1/4" longer in scale than the Mikro. Insignificant difference.

Both came with string perhaps a bit too thin for the scale length - when you shorten the scale you typically have to use thicker strings. If you want to you slinky strings, you pretty much have to stick with guitars over 24" in scale. Strings that are too thin make chords a bit out of tune you use juuuuuust the right finger pressue on each string.

This is a physics thang, and hard to describe. If you're having trouble getting short scales to intone, a thicker gauge string might really help. Either that or tune the guitar up a step or two.
In case folks do not know, nearly all aspects of gtr making is done by hand. They might use jigs to shape the neck and body and do cavity routing, but assembly is by hand. You just can't make machines that'll do this sort of work.

THEREFORE, if I'm to rate quality, I'd best do it by examining mutliple gtrs of the same model as they all might be assembled by different people. In this regard, low quality is likely a result of low quality CONTROL. That said, there wasn't much wrong with my LE50 when it came. Here's what was:

1) One of the frets was a bit high and needs to be filed a bit.
2) The frets ends could've been filed smoother - they don't cut, but you can feel them catching a bit.

3) Minor bits of glue in certain places - around the string ferrules and neck botls. All scraped off easily with my finger nail w/o hurting the finish.

4) minor dent in the fretboard - not a problem for playing at all, just a l'il blemish

5) string ferrules were not all hammered in completely - doesn't affect anything and only noticable by close inspection

6) neck was a tad rough, but admittedly it was left more natural than the Mikros which have more 'stick' to them due to more laquer (or whatever they use to top coat). Even rough, the LE50 palyed faster due to less 'stickiness' of top coat. NOTE: to get this speed from the Mikro, just rub the neck with something slightly abrasive - i.e. remove the sticky via abrasion

In comparison to the Mikro: I have three Mikros and none had any of these issues (well, except for stickier necks)
Still a great value, especially at the price point. Just like the Mikro.

It's a working guitar, and nice and portable like you'd want from a short scale.

I do NOT often buy expensive guitars. I see no need to pay extra for looks when it's sound I'm after.

Still, I got this guy because I thought it looked a bit more like "me" for gigging than the Mikros, so looks do count I suppose, even to frugal dudes like moi.

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1.0

No Good

By Rob

from Hollywood, FL

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Pros

    Cons

    • Flat Sound
    • Poor Pick Up
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

      Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

      Got this to use as rehearsal guitar for Rickenbacker 325...the guitar is unusable. Totally untenable.

       
      3.0

      Great size and good looking guitar

      By Paul

      from Brisbane, QLD, Australia

      About Me Novice

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Jamming

      Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

      Love the size and look of this guitar, feels just right for my size. Just a few problems

      * Action on guitar is very high, this is due to the frets not being level
      * Truss was set to bow the neck,
      * pickups seemed very high up.
      * strings are ok

      Here's what i've done to it

      * lowered pickup height
      * added new dimebag 54 gauge strings (because dimebag lol)
      * added new speed knobs
      * set string action as low as possible
      * adjusted truss so neck is strait.

      To be done

      * Getting new blackwinter pickup bridge installed,
      * Complete frett dress (leveling frets ect).

       
      5.0

      Little Monster

      By ricky rocket

      from Kutztown pa

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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
        • School Bands
        • Small Venues

        Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

        Nice little guitar.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        3.0

        OK beginner

        By Mr Picks

        from Home

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        Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

        OK beginner

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Good guitar for a beginner or someone with small hands

        By Nocturne

        from New York

        About Me Novice

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel

        Cons

        • Electronics

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

        I recently purchased this guitar and think that for the price it is good,it is built well and is attractive with its matte black finish,i would recommend it to anyone who is a beginner and wants to learn guitar or for anyone who wants an inexpensive travel or practice guitar,just keep in mind that due to its price it wont have the best electronic components and i would also advise anyone interested in purchasing to order a better set of strings because the ones that the guitar comes with are not very good.

         
        4.0

        Surprisingly decent.

        By Tom

        from Canastota, NY

        About Me Experienced

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Poor Pick Up

        Best Uses

        • Practicing

        Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

        I bought this guitar for my 11 year old so she could be more comfortable. I was pretty happily surprised by the quality being as good as it was for being dirt cheap. Very playable and pretty decent (natural) tone. Amazingly fast fretboard for such a little jammer and very comfortable even for bigger hands for short times. The pickups aren't great but at this price point that's a given and I had to remove the jack plate and bend the contact lead in so it would connect with the cable end. It has trouble staying in tune but holds out long enough for a quick jam.

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Excellent value!

        By Silverback

        from Phoenix

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

          Great instrument to teach my grandson to play. As he progresses, I have other full scale guitars he'll move up to, but I have another grandson & granddaughter that will be ready for this guitar. Great price and quality. Wish I would have had an instrument like this when I started....

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good practice guitar

          By Mac

          from Richmond,Va.

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          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Right Size

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Fun
            • Practicing

            Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

            I bought this to use for practice at work. I work in an office and this fits in my overhead file cabinet, about the same size as an overhead compartment on a plane. I am trying to imitate an acoustic guitar, with the short scale I had to put really big strings on it. It is taking some tweaking to get it set up, but my use is sort of "off label". It is quiet unplugged, very important so I don't disturb my co-workers, but I can put a headphone jack adapter on and play amplified through my computer speakers. This guitar was inexpensive and works for my needs, would also work for people with small hands.

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good entry level...at the price

            By RKK

            from Columbus, Oh

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid Electronics

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Practicing

              Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

              I bought the guitar as a practice guitar to build up those skills that I always wanted to build but didn't have the finger span to do so. The small scale guitar is useful towards that purpose. It's also at a good price point for those who want to have an extended go at a small scale guitar or want a guitar with a full 24 fret neck.

              To comment on some of the reviews I've read on this site for this guitar...

              * Yes, the strings that come with the guitar are pretty cheap and thin. I replaced them with D'addario 10.5's and they worked okay. The only fault with even those is that the guitar nut could have used a bit of slot filing for the slightly bigger strings.

              * The guitar did come to me pretty well set up with the original strings. When I did go to the slightly bigger strings, I didn't have a lot of slack on the neck truss rod to adjust with. Not a big deal right now...but it could be a problem later. The intonation was set close enough to be correct. It was nice that a truss rod wrench was included.

              * The Pickups and dials on the the guitar were of good quality and the guitar sounded fine on my Line 6 amp.

              * The tuners were okay...but I'm not expecting much for the price of this guitar. If this guitar was more expensive, I would expect better.

              * The guitar seems to hold tune well as the strings I added get stretched out properly.

              Bottom line...this is a good beginner guitar for the parent who would want to give a youngster a guitar...but worries about whether or not they will like it or not. Eventually, they would want a better guitar as they get older. But for the price point of this guitar, it's a good starter guitar to learn on.

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar

              By GuitarGuy17

              from Morrisville, Pa.

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Fret Buzz

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Small Venues

              Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

              Great Travel Sized Guitar for the Money!!!!. Get one for your little one or for Traveling like both of those situations fit me!!!

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