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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.

Check the drop-down menu to the right to select colors and/or other options.

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)

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  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (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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(18 of 24 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Comparison with Ibanez Mikro

By Puppy

from Oak Ridge, TN

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Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

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.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Cheap or inexpensive?

By Jason

from San Diego, CA

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Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

First thing, expect quality on par with something for this price. Dont expect the quality of something worth way more and you wont be dissapointed. Action is kinda high, screws and input jack were a little loose. Fretboard is a little sloppy. Tuners seem decent, pickups sound pretty good. The finish on the headstock is pretty flimsy. Overall, with a little set-up this guitar can definitely be fun at a great price for whatever you need it for. Just dont expect perfection like a lot of the reviews claim.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Perfect for travel or youth!

By Parker Fly Guy

from Central IL

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Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

I'm teaching my son to play, so I got him this for Christmas this year. I checked it before boxing and wrapping it, and it is INCREDIBLE!!! It has a smooth-playing satiny neck, a sculpted and rounded bolt-on neck joint, and punchy, lively pickups. The guitar has a blade-style 3 way pickup selector switch. The pots are smooth and solid. Knobs are knurled. Not only that, but it has a string-through-body bridge and great low action!The only thing that could be better is that the tuners could possibly be a bit smoother, but other than that, this is one great guitar! If you need a good travel guitar, or a smaller size one for kids, this is it!

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not really worth it

By Anonymous

from Undisclosed

Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

I bought this for my wife to learn on and I wish she didn't really like it(looks). The action on this thing is way high! I tried to lower the action, but you get way too much frett buzz, even with the action as high as it is you still get frett buzz. It also needs tuned constantly. it would be good for small kids maybe, but not anybody that wants to seriously learn anything, you will be too frustrated to learn.

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

STOP Complaining !!!!

By Steve Harrison

from San Francisco

Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

I am only giving an 8 because it is NOT a 1962 Strat, or a 59 Les Paul.....but it costs $20,000 less!!!
I had to laugh reading all the heg reviews here...WTF do you expect for a guitar that is this cheap???
So...the satin black finish id totally fine though prone tio skuffing. The guitar is well made for it's price. As far as tuning etc. At first the strings wouldn't dtay tuned, but her, any GOOD guitar player knows that you have to work them it before they settle down.
Anyhoo, out of the box the intonation was almost dead on. No buzzing, and I neeeded to only raise the hi-E,B, and D strings a bit for my preferences.
As far as sound goes, like any decent guitar, what you plug it into makes the difference. Pleanty of online videos like Guitar Center's Paul DEMO shows the potential of this little guy. I play this mosly through a Micro Cube and I can go from Hendrix, Stevie Ray, and Billy G. just by dialing in the amp. (I plan to try through the new VOX Mini3 soon)

All in all, it is a great first guitar, or a tooling around, travel guitar...IT IS NOT meant to be a stage guitar.....come on....what cheap guitar that can meet demand

Two last things....if you STILL have trouble keeping in tune, try heavier strings...the stock ones are a bit slinky. I bet all you groaners never did THAT!!!
and...I had a chance to compare to the famed Ibanez MIKRO and the LE50 blew it out of the water in sound and playability. Thr MIKRO was finished somewhat better, but hey, you can't play LOOKS now can you?
Very good for the price point. Maybe I jsut got a good one?
10 STARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good entry level...at the price

By RKK

from Columbus, Oh

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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.

    (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great buy-neat guitar

    By FourSixEightTwelve

    from Wyandotte, MI

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

      As with ANY guitar in this price range, it needs a bit of set-up work. With that, it plays really well.
      Short-scale is useful for playing early Beatles' rhythm stuff (John had that short-scale Ricenbacker), and for anyone with smallish hands. As expected, a little tough to play leads with.
      Pick-ups are fine for this price-range, and the build quality is quite good. Arched-top, sculpted back, great neck. Very much recommended.

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good Starter Guitar

      By Adam C

      from Wyoming

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      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Pick Up
      • Good Tone
      • Great starter guitar

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

          Gret starter guitar for children, nice tone and pickup quality is suprisingly good.
          The only thing I would think needs to be improved is the setup on this guitar. Action was high for a beginer guitar and neck needed to be straightened and shimmed to get the action were it should be for ease of playing.
          At this price some of that is to be expected, I would reccomend bringing the guitar to a professional to have it set up and this guitar will make most happy.

          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Nice little guitar

          By Paul

          from Knoxville TN

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          Pros

          • Easy to adjust
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Nice neck

          Cons

          • No real cons found yet

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

          I have small hands for one, but the real reason I like a 3/4 size guitar is I want to play it sitting in my easy chair. This guitar is excellent for that. I did set it up by filing the nut slots and adjusting the bridge, but I expect to have to do that.

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          guitar in massive need of set up

          By gixe smith

          from medford ny

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          Comments about Laguna LE50 Short-Scale Electric Guitar:

          i read other reviews on this item
          some even say all set up out of box!
          very disappointed
          can i return for an exchange of one that is set up at least decently?????

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