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 S-500 includes a mini-toggle switch 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 S-500 features a Leo Fender-designed 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. The S-500’s hard-rock maple neck features an easy-playing satin finish, while its 9.5" radius lets you bend notes deeply and its Plek-dressed medium-jumbo nickel frets deliver silky playability.
The moment you open the luxurious deluxe Tolex hardshell case, you’ll be greeted with a stunning instrument and delicious aroma that’ll have your pulse racing.
Leo’s forward-looking spirit is clearly reflected in the S-500, a guitar he designed for players who share that spirit. If that's sounds like you, you owe it to yourself to check out the S-500.
WEIGHT: 7 pounds 4 ounces
SCALE: 25 1/2"
PICKUPS: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD S-500 single coils w/mini-toggle switch enabling additional pickup combinations (neck bridge or all three pickups together)
BODY WOOD: Empress with Midnight Blue Metallic Finish
NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Rosewood fingerboard
NECK PROFILE: G&L Modern CLassic with 9.5" radius and 1 1/16" 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)
CASE: deluxe Tolex hardshell
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