The G&L USA Fullerton Deluxe Comanche is a modern refinement of Leo Fender’s final iteration on the S-type guitar, the Comanche. Just by looking at the Comanche you can probably tell that this is a bit of a departure from the classic formula. But don’t worry, whilst this guitar may look and sound different to what you’re used to, there is plenty of familiarity here as well.
Body & Neck
Much like the S-type guitars from the early 50s, the Fullerton Deluxe Comanche has an Ash body. Since Ash is known for its light weight this guitar will be easy on your back and it has been said that Ash offers a bright, yet well-balanced tone to guitars.
The neck on this guitar is incredibly playable with its “Modern Classic” profile and 9 and ½” radius. The Modern Classic neck profile is slightly slim so it won’t feel like you’re holding a baseball bat, has a slight taper and generously rolled edges for an almost played-in feel. The 9 and ½” radius maple fingerboard is smooth to play and is a happy medium between the more curved vintage fingerboards and flatter modern ones. This makes chords easy to fret without compromising your ability to play leads and bends.
Electronics & Hardware
You might be looking at this guitar and wondering what on earth those pickups are? Well, these are Leo Fender-designed Magnetic Field Design Z-Coils. Because of the Z-shape of these pickups, they emphasise the bass of your lower strings and the treble of your higher strings which results in a punchier, yet well-balanced, modern sound. These pickups have all the articulation and brightness you’d expect in a single-coil but with the added benefit of being hum-cancelling!
The PTB system adds greater functionality and flexibility to the tone controls allowing you to shape the bass and treble with more precision. The mini-toggle expands the switching capabilities of the Fullerton Deluxe Comanche further than traditional S-types, giving you the option to select just the bridge and neck pickups for a T-type style sound or selecting all three pickups together.
Another innovation on this guitar is the Dual-Fulcrum vibrato bridge (also designed by Leo!) that allows you to easily bend up or down and provides greater tuning stability than its vintage counterparts.
- Construction: Bolt-on
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Pickups: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD Z-Coil hum-cancelling
- Body Wood: Swamp Ash
- Neck Wood: Hard-Rock Maple
- Neck Profile: G&L Modern Classic with 9 1/2" radius
- Nut: 100% natural bone
- Frets: 22 medium jumbo, Jescar 57110 18% nickel silver
- Tuning Keys: 12:1 ratio, sealed-back
- Bridge: Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato with forged brass saddles
- Controls: 5-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB system), mini-toggle expander switch enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups together.
- Case: Deluxe Gig Bag