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SKU: TI-S50-161R21M36

    Product Description

    Introduced in 1982, the G&L S-500 was Leo Fender’s own evolution of the iconic single-coil loaded, double-cutaway electric guitar that he designed in the early '50s. Over 40 years later, and the affordable G&L Tribute S-500 takes that re-imagined instrument and modernises it even further.

    Featuring G&L's super-quiet 'MFD' (Magnetic Field Design) pickups and ultra-smooth 'Dual-Fulcrum' tremolo, the Tribute S-500 also comes supercharged with the innovative 'PTB Tone System' which gives you superb control over the treble/bass frequencies, as well as a push/pull tone knob 'Expander Switch' that provides additional pickup combinations. Not many guitars are more versatile than this!

    Key Features

    • Poplar Body — Often likened to Alder, Poplar is comparably balanced in sound with a slightly lighter feel.
    • Bolt-On Construction — Produces a snappy note response for an immediate playing experience.
    • Medium "C" Maple Neck — Comfortable neck shape offers superb playability for both modern and traditional guitarists; enhanced with a slippery satin finish.
    • Maple Fingerboard — Traditional timber accentuates the treble frequencies for a bright and immediate note attack. Neck comes enhanced with a slippery satin finish, giving it a fast and non-sticky feel.
    • Medium Jumbo Nickel Frets — Offer a controllable feel for wide vibrato and pitch-perfect string bends.
    • Dual-Fulcrum Tremolo — Low-friction design improves tuning stability and provides a smooth vibrato arm action.
    • G&L MFD Pickups — Considered a marked improvement over traditional single-coils, G&L's 'Magnetic Field Design' pickups (wound in the USA) deliver more output and possess a balanced frequency response with deeper lows and articulate highs.
    • PTB Tone System — Gives you two master tone controls, one that decreases the treble like a typical tone knob, and one that decreases the low-end. It's like having a built-in, passive 2-band EQ!
    • Expander Switch — Push/pull tone knob engages the neck and bridge single-coils (to emulate a T-style guitar) or all three pickups together.

    Specifications

    Body

    • Body Shape: S-500
    • Body Wood: Poplar

    Neck

    • Neck Wood: Hard Rock Maple
    • Neck Profile: Medium "C"
    • Neck Finish: Vintage Tint Satin
    • Neck Joint: Bolt-On
    • Scale Length: 25.5"
    • Fingerboard: Maple
    • Fingerboard Radius: 12"
    • Inlays: Dots
    • Fret Size: Medium Jumbo, Nickel
    • Number of Frets: 22
    • Nut Width: 1 5/8"

    Electronics

    • Pickups: Leo Fender-Designed G&L MFD Single-Coils
    • Controls: Volume, Treble & Bass (PTB System), Push/Pull Expander on Treble. 5-Position Pickup Selector

    Hardware

    • Bridge: G&L Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato
    • Tuners: 18:1 Ratio, Sealed-Back
    • Pickguard: White
    • Hardware Finish: Chrome
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    Specifications
    Bridge Type
    Classic Tremolo
    Middle Pickup
    Leo Fender-Designed G&L MFD Single-Coil
    Neck Pickup
    Leo Fender-Designed G&L MFD Single-Coil
    Bridge Pickup
    Leo Fender-Designed G&L MFD Single-Coil
    Pickup Config
    S/S/S
    Trade Doubler Group ID
    13340
    Neck Wood
    Maple
    Brand
    G&L Guitars
    Number of Strings
    6 String Guitars
    Fretboard Wood
    Maple
    Hardware Colour
    Chrome
    Body Shape
    S Style
    Body Wood
    Poplar
    Scale Length
    25.5"
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