G&L S-500

Electric 6-String Guitar

Made by G&L

Description This is a strat style guitar with improvements that Leo Fender designed like better pickups, better bridge, 3 bolt neck joint. It is basically what a strat woul dhave become had not CBS bought Fender.
Posted By Mark Keisler (87)
Directory Equipment: Guitars
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On 10/19/2007, Mike Eastman (177) posted:
Overall Rating:
Although I found G&Ls customer service to be excellent I was still quite unhappy with the guitar and finally returned it to where I bought it.
Model Year: 2006
Price: $1200.00 (new)
Features:
Strat style build.
Playability:
Twisted neck. Fret finishing was aweful. For the record, this does not sound like a strat. Make sure you play one before buying.
Sound Quality:
It has a sound all of it's own. Some people like it, some don't. I didn't.
Durability:
If there is anything good I can say about the guitar is that is it a solid build. Now if they could only match the quality to it they might have something
On 7/17/2002, Mark Keisler (87) posted:
Overall Rating:
Basically, if you want to get a strat, buy this one instead. You can find one for not much more than an American Standard and it has WAY better features. If you are a vintage nut and want something more faithful to the original, check out a G&L Legacy.
Model Year: 1998
Price: $650.00 (new)
Where Obtained: Indoor Storm
Features:
This is a USA made guitar built with machines designed and built by Leo Fender. This guitar has a 3 bolt bolt-on maple neck (no skunk stripe), rosewood fretboard w/ 22 frets, swamp ash body, pickguard w/ three Magnetic Field Design single coil pickups, G&L Dual Fulcrum tremolo bridge, volume and 2 tone controls like a strat, and also a mini toggle switch that turn on the bridge and neck pickups at the same time for a tele twang. The finish is a translucent blueburst. It also has schaller locking tuners (very nice).
Playability:
This guitar plays very well. I never found a Fender strat that I liked at all. This guitar has a much more natural feeling neck shape and neck joint. The tremolo is also WAY better than a standard strat trem. You can actually use it without throwing everything otu of wack. The only flaw with its playability is the crappy cheap plastic nut that they use. Why make a $1200 guitar and put a plastic nut on it? I replaced the nut and string tree in mine with graphtech parts.
Sound Quality:
The pickups on this guitar are great. The use ceramic magnets instead of Alnico and have a warmer/broader feel to them. I don't think they have as much pull on the strings as normal strat pickups, either. This guitar is also the loudest electric that I have when playing unplugged. This attests to the quality of the build and materials used in the guitar. The only mods I would make is to replace the nut as a mentioned above and I am also planning on replacing the bridge saddles with graphtech string savers. If you do this, make sure you get the vintage set of string saver saddles.
Durability:
The only time I have needed to adjust it is when I replaced the nut. It stays in tune very well as a result of the bridge and the locking tuners. I haven't played it live because I am not playing with a band where a strat style guitar is needed currently.