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The man is gone, but the spirit lives on.
Leo Fender - 1909-1991

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Do you know about G&L Guitars? If you play electric, you should!

The "L" in G&L is Leo Fender. He started the company in the late 1970s after famously selling his original company to CBS in 1965. Leo Fender passed away in 1991 but before his death he arranged for the operation to be overseen by John C. McLaren of BBE Sound. Leo's wife Phyllis is the honorary Chairman of the company. G&L continues to make electric guitars and basses the way Leo Fender would have wanted them to be made - and it shows.

Ironically, after the CBS transaction, Leo Fender lost the rights to use the original names of the guitars he invented including the Telecaster and the Stratocaster. (These model names are now registered trademarks of Fender Musical Instruments Corporation, no relationship to Leo Fender or his estate.)

So, as you browse through the impressive instruments below, keep this in mind: If you're thinking Telecaster, look at the G&L ASAT model.; if you're thinking Stratocaster, look at the Legacy and S-500 models. Either way, you'll be impressed by the quality and playability.

We think G&L guitars are superior in materials, craftsmanship and playability to today's Fender-brand instruments - at comparable or better prices! Come see if you agree.

G&L Guitar and Bass Series

We carry two lines of G&L instruments:

    The 'USA' series of guitars and basses is designed and manufactured in the G&L factory in Fullerton, Callifornia.
    The 'Tribute' series of guitars and basses is designed in the USA and manufactured in Asia under strict G&L quality controls, offering the intermediate player a great sounding and great playing G&L instrument at a more affordable price.

Custom Instruments

One of the G&L advantages is that they welcome custom orders for their USA instruments - and they ask very reasonable upcharges to get exactly the instrument you want. We would be happy to custom-order any G&L USA instrument to your specifications.

Current Inventory

As of October 18, 2017, we have the following G&L guitars and basses in stock. Click on a model or just scroll down to see descriptions and photos of each instrument.

USA Series Instruments:

Tribute Series Instruments:

 

USA Guitars and Basses

S-500 in Honey Burst

The specs:

  • Lightweight Swamp Ash body with rich Honey Burst finish
  • Hard rock maple neck with clear satin finish and ebony fretboard
  • 'Slim C' neck profile with 1-5/8 inch nut
  • Three 'MFD' single-coil pickups
  • 'Expander' mini-toggle for 10 different pickup combinations
  • Black pick guard, knobs and pickup covers
  • Jet Black headstock with uncluttered 'Logo Delete' design

The S-500 is Leo Fender's next-generation Strat, and he clearly designed a winner. In fact, the S-500 has recently been the best seller out of our entire G&L line. It's easy to see why - with the MFD single-coils and the Expander mini-toggle, you get double the Strat's tonal options - 10 switch combinations total! Clean bell-like tones, bluesy grit, and hard rock gain tones are all available with the flick of a switch.

We have been completely smitten by our newest S-500 arrival. As far as weight, ash can go either way - but this particular one is a nice lightweight piece. Paired with the Honeyburst finish it looks spectacular!

On this custom instrument, we went for a light/dark color profile. The ebony fretboard and jet black headstock contrasts nicely with the lighter Honeyburst finish. We really dig the upgrade to the ebony fretboard because it adds an element of smooth playability. Also, ebony fretboards are way harder to find on "Fender-style" instruments!

The 'Slim C' neck is easy to wrap your hand around and the clear satin finish won't drag with perspiration.

Plug it in and the three MFD single coil pickups - along with the mini toggle expander - deliver an amazingly varied sonic profile. If you haven't tried an S-500 yet, we highly suggest you come down and see for yourself!

As with all our US-made G&L guitars, we include a traditionally styled (and also US made!) G&L rectangular hard case.

ASAT Classic S in Blueburst

The specs:

  • Ash body with semitransparent Blueburst finish
  • Maple neck and fretboard with light gloss tint
  • Modern classic neck profile with 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • Three MFD single-coil pickups
  • 3-ply white pickguard

Like the S-500, the ASAT Classic S is a great all-around instrument. This particular one features an ash body with a striking semi-transparent Blueburst finish. The body also has a wood binding, which is a nice upgrade and sets off the Blueburst top elegantly.

The neck and fretboard are maple with a light gloss tint that really pops. Modern classic neck profile with 1 11/16" nut width.

The big difference between the Classic S compared to the regular ASAT models is the extra middle pickup and the corresponding 5-way pickup switch. With this setup, it's easier to get those classic 'quacky' tones. In addition, the ASAT Classic S has a push/pull volume knob that - like the toggle switch on the S-500 - works with the 5-position switch to enable a second set of five additional pickup sounds.

Every one of our Classic S guitars has moved quickly, and for good reason...it kicks you-know-what!

We include the traditionally styled (and US made!) G&L rectangular hard case.

ASAT Classic Alnico
in Blonde

The specs:

  • Swamp ash body with blonde finish
  • Quartersawn maple neck with maple fretboard
  • Modern 'U'-shape neck profile
  • "Old Leo Spec" body depth (1-5/8 inch mill depth)
  • Vintage satin neck
  • Vintage-style frets

The first thing that impressed us about this guitar was how light it is. Weight can go either way with ash but this ASAT, with its thinner-than-usual Old Leo Spec body and a relatively light piece of ash, is just so comfortable to hold and play.

This is the second ASAT we've ordered that is modeled closely after the vintage Tele's of the 1950's. The subtly-hued blonde finish (which, by the way, is difficult to reproduce accurately in these photos) is not something you'll find on many modern instruments. And the chunkier U-profile neck with vintage-style frets and vintage satin finish sits nicely in the left hand, especially in first position.

The ASAT Classic Alnico model stays true to the sound of vintage Tele's with its Alnico V single-coil pickups.

Plug this baby in and you can stand for hours ripping those twangy 50's vintage Tele tones!

We include the very nice traditionally styled (and US made!) G&L rectangular hard case.

ASAT Classic Bluesboy
Semi-hollow in Clear Red

The specs:

  • Swamp ash body with clear red finish
  • Double-chambered body with f-hole
  • Quartersawn maple neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Modern classic neck profile with 1-11/16 inch nut width
  • MFD single-coil bridge pickup
  • AP4285B P-90 neck pickup
  • 4-ply tortoise pickguard

As soon as this guitar arrived, the consensus was WOW! What a pretty guitar!! Once again, the folks at G&L have done a stellar job with this semi-hollow ASAT-with-a-bite.

The lightweight body has a gorgeous clear red finish over the swamp ash. The modern classic profile neck with 1-11/16 inch nut gives the player a generous amount of space for both the left and right hands.

Sonically, the bridge pickup can cut through like one would expect but the real treat is the snarling bite that you can achieve with the P-90 at the neck - great for warm jazz, blues, or grungy rock 'n' roll. And don't forget the beautifully-balanced middle position which incorporates sonic elements of both pickups.

Our G&L guitars are flying out the door, and for good reason. Come in and check this one out before it's too late.

We include the traditionally styled (and US made!) G&L rectangular hard case.

Legacy
in Pearl White

The specs:

  • Alder body with Pearl White finish
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • Modern classic neck profile
  • Tortoise shell pickguard

Here is a pretty straight-forward Legacy, but even the regular features found on this guitar make it a superior-playing and -sounding instrument in comparison with 'other brands'.

The Pearl White finish catches the light and is nicely done - looks great with the tortoise pickguard and rosewood fret board. The modern classic neck with the clear satin natural finish plays fast and smooth.

Plugged in you get what you expect: Great sounding tone from the CLF-100 Alcino single-coils in every pickup position.

If you're shopping for a straight-ahead Strat, check this one out for sure. You'll like it a lot better!

As with all our G&L instruments we include the very nice traditionally styled (and US made!) G&L rectangular hard case.

Legacy
in Fullerton Red

The specs:

  • Alder body with Fullerton Red finish
  • Quartersawn maple neck with maple fretboard
  • Deep-V neck profile
  • Vintage-tint gloss neck with vintage frets
  • Mint pickguard with creme knobs and covers
  • Three CLF-100 Alnico single-coil pickups

We order no two G&L's the same and this custom-spec'd Fullerton Red Legacy is meant to be our vintage-style Strat alternative.

The Fullerton Red color really jumps out - neither red nor orange, insistent without being garish. In short, it looks fantastic.

The neck gets the full vintage treatment as well with its chunky Deep-V profile, vintage-size frets, and a vintage gloss finish. When you put this guitar in your hands you know you are holding something solid! To complete the look we chose a mint pickguard true to the early 60's era with cream knobs and covers.

The CLF-100 Alnico single-coil pickups deliver the classic sounds Leo Fender is so famous for. Vintage and Red go very well together...this guitar has both in spades!

As with all our G&L instruments we include the very nice traditionally styled (and US made!) G&L rectangular hard case.

L-2000 Bass in Sonic Blue

The specs:

  • Sonic Blue finish
  • Alder body
  • Maple neck with modern medium-C profile, 12 inch radius
  • Rosewood fretboard
  • 1-5/8 inch nut
  • Two MFD L-series humbucker pickups
  • Tri-Tone active/passive electronics

This is our first G&L bass and we were immediately impressed by the top-notch materials, great-sounding pickups and the fast, easy-playing neck. The punch and power of the MFD humbuckers really makes this bass stand out from the crowd.

The Tri-Tone electronics give you three mini toggle switches for an awesome variety of tones.

This bass is a real winner. You have to come try it!

We include the very nice traditionally styled (and US made!) G&L rectangular hard case.

Tribute Guitars and Basses

S-500 in Vintage White

The specs:

  • Vintage White finish
  • Mahogany body
  • Maple neck with tinted gloss finish
  • Three-ply white pickguard and knobs
  • Three MFD single coil pickups
  • Push-pull expander on treble pot
For more information on Tribute S-500 models, please visit the G&L website.

S-500 in Sonic Blue

The specs:

  • Sonic Blue finish
  • Nato body
  • Maple neck with tinted gloss finish
  • Three-ply white pickguard and knobs
  • Three MFD single coil pickups
  • Push-pull expander on treble pot
For more information on Tribute S-500 models, please visit the G&L website.

ASAT Classic Bluesboy Semi-hollow in Natural Ash

The specs:

  • Natural ash body
  • Clear gloss finish
  • Maple neck with tinted gloss finish
  • Tortoise shell pickguard
  • Alnico neck humbucker and MFD single coil bridge pickups
For more information on Tribute ASAT Classic Bluesboy models, please visit the G&L website.

ASAT Classic in Tobacco Sunburst

The specs:

  • Ash body
  • Tobacco Sunburst finish
  • Maple neck with clear gloss finish
  • Single-ply white pickguard
  • Two MFD single coil pickups
For more information on Tribute ASAT Classic models, please visit the G&L website.

Legacy in Three Tone Sunburst

The specs:

  • Swamp ash body
  • Three-tone sunburst finish
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Medium-C neck profile
  • Three Alnico V single-coil pickups
For more information on Tribute Legacy guitars, please visit the G&L website.

L2500 Five-string Bass
in Blue Burst

The specs:

  • Swamp ash body
  • Elegant Blue Burst finish
  • Maple neck with rosewood fretboard
  • Medium-C neck profile
  • Two US-made MFD pickups with 'Tri-tone' active electronics
For more information on Tribute L2500 basses, please visit the G&L website.


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