G&L USA Fullerton Deluxe S-500 in Blueburst

Featuring G&L's Innovative MFD Pickups & PTB Tone System

Description

Introduced in 1982, the S-500 was Leo Fender’s evolution of the iconic single-coil double-cutaway guitar that he invented in the early 50s. 36 years later, the G&L USA Fullerton Deluxe S-500 takes that re-imagining and modernises it further.

The original S-500 re-designed the familiar pickups and vibrato bridge becoming mainstays of the model, and this version has G&L’s Passive Treble and Bass (PTB) system as well as a mini-toggle for expanded pickup selection options.

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Body & Neck

Much like the S-type guitars from the early 50s, the Fullerton Deluxe S-500 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 is a MCNK or “Modern Classic” profile which is very comfortable to play with its generous edge roll and a mild taper which goes from fairly slim to a little bit thicker up the neck. The 9.5” radius fingerboard has a reasonable curve that's comfortable for fretting chords but doesn't make string bending difficult like more curved, vintage-style fingerboards. The maple fingerboard makes for a very smooth playing experience and it has been said that maple adds a snap and brightness to the tone.

Electronics & Hardware

The electronics and hardware are what really set the Fullerton Deluxe S-500 apart from similar guitars of the past. The pickups are Leo Fender-designed G&L Magnetic Field Design single coils. These pickups are hotter than a more vintage-voiced single-coil making it perfect for higher gain. However the MFDs also retain the ability to produce smooth, articulate sounds that S-type guitars are known for.

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 S-500 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 greater tuning stability than its vintage counterparts. The Fullerton Deluxe S-500 looks and feels like a classic S-type but with far more expansive tonal variety.

Specifications

  • Construction: Bolt-on
  • Scale: 25 1/2"
  • Pickups: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single coils
  • Body Wood: Swamp Ash
  • Neck Wood: Hard-Rock Maple with Maple fingerboard
  • Neck Profile: G&L MCNK with 9.5" radius and 1 11/16" nut-width
  • Nut: 100% natural bone
  • Frets: 22 medium jumbo, nickel, Plek dressed
  • 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 switch enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups together.
  • Case: Deluxe Gig Bag
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