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. Talk about versatile!
The new G&L Tribute Series S-500 features one of Leo’s favourite 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 aluminium 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.
- Tobacco Sunburst over Mahogany Body
- 3-ply Black Pick guard
- Tinted Gloss Neck finish
- Rosewood Fingerboard
Electromatic Pro Jet Series
Electromatic® Pro Jet models take on a new voice and identity—chambered basswood bodies and arched maple tops resonate true to That Great Gretsch Sound!™, along with dual “Black Top” Filter’Tron™ humbucking pickups and a Bigsby® B50 tailpiece.
Other classic features include
- Rosewood Fingerboard with 22 Medium Jumbo Frets and Hump-block Inlays
- Three Position Pickup Toggle Switch
- Anchored Adjusto-Matic™ Bridge
- “G-Arrow" Knobs
- White Pearloid Pickguard with Gretsch® Logo
- Threaded/knurled Strap Buttons.
The Vintage V6 offers an extraordinarily high level of specification, with many built-in custom shop level features. These include the revered Wilkinson WVC original specification vibrato featuring authentic bent steel saddles for that classic sparkle and tone; precision machined pivot points for total ‘return to pitch’ accuracy and a stagger-drilled sustain block to prevent string hang-up. An adjustable, ‘vintage bend’ push-in arm completes this definitive vibrato system.
Attention to authentic tone continues with the use of a matched and calibrated set of Wilkinson Alnico V single coil pickups, using a reverse wound/reverse polarity middle pickup for clarity and dynamics and feature true vintage-style chamfered edge polepieces. With one volume and two tone controls, the 5-way lever switch and control circuitry are configured for maximum tone, evenness of response and output for supreme versatility.
Goldstar / Breezy Sound
Classic offset body electric guitar finished in stunning 50's 2-tone sunburst! Kluson style machine heads, white 1-ply pickguard, a really nice modern built, vintage style guitar (21 frets, 6-screw vibrato bridge) and pretty lightweight at 8 lbs, a great alternative to similar guitars of this type, with almost endless versatility!
- A vibrant, bright attacking tone and a superb choice for fans of classic bolt-on guitars!
- 3 Single Coil Pickups
- Volume and 2 Tone controls