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 favorite pairings: the power of MFD pickups mellowed by the high porosity of a nato 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.
Leo Fender once said his G&L guitars were the best he ever made. Now you can get his swansong innovations packed into the affordable Tribute S-500 series.
The S-500 is a combination of modern playability and classic design. You’ll get a legendary shape, setup and sound with unwavering reliability and feel.
The Tribute line of guitars house great features usually found on G&L’s Californian-made series. It’s equipped with their Dual-Fulcrum vibrato design for super smooth comfort and movement, while the saddle lock bridge holds great tuning retention. It also transfers more resonance into the body for a greater playing experience.
Leo created the Magnetic Field Design pickups specifically for the S-500 in 1982. These single coils provide a surprisingly punchy midrange, tighter low end and sparkly highs. So if you want to roll with a modern tone, the S-500 can handle what you throw at it.
There are two tone controls and one volume so there’s plenty of variation to work with. Roll off on the tone knobs to get a 50’s or 60’s vibe. Crank it and the you’ll have a startlingly powerful sound.
The S-500 is made of a rich Mahogany body covered in a retro glossy finish. The neck is made of a crisp, bright hard-rock Maple, with a modern C shape for super easy playability. It’s topped with a beautiful matching Maple fretboard.
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