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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 July 16th, 2018 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 Tobacco Sunburst

The specs:

  • Empress wood body
  • Only 6.8 lbs!
  • Tobacco Sunburst finish
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Modern classic neck with 1 11/16 inch nut width
  • 9.5 inch radius fretboard
  • Light tint satin finish neck
  • Logo delete
  • 3X M.F.D. single coil pickups
  • Mini toggle expander for 5 more sound positions
  • White pearl pickguard

Here is our newest U.S. made S-500 to arrive. Alder and ash can certainly be heavy but Empress wood is much lighter. This guitar weighs in at only 6.8 pounds! The grain pattern is reminiscent of ash and looks sharp paired with the Tobacco Sunburst finish. The maple neck and fretboard along with the light tint satin finish not only looks great, but plays very smoothly as well.

The logo delete option keeps the neck looking understated. The modern classic neck is the standard go-to profile with a bit more space for the hands to maneuver. With the 3X M.F.D. single coils and the mini toggle expander, the S-500 has many sonic possibilities.

This is probably why the S-500's have been our best-selling G & L models overall. U.S. hardshell case is included.

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

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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

Our third batch of G&L Tributes are in, check out these new models:

If you have questions please contact us using our Ask Us page.

Tribute Doheny in Jet Black

We are pleased to announce our first G&L Tribute Doheny to arrive at The Minor Chord. The Doheny gets its name from the famous beach in the heart of Orange County, California where 60's surf pioneers ruled the waves. The Jet Black finish is a nice match to the black block inlays over the maple fingerboard.

G&L developed the wide bobbin M.F.D. pickups for this guitar.They describe the pickups as being more about "jangle than twang", while being "rich in harmonics yet surprisingly full." It certainly feels good to play, and the pickups do sound nice. The Dual-Fulcrum vibrato is sturdy when in non-whammy use, but can also handle big whammy dips easily. G&L has another great model in their lineup, come check it out!

The specs:

  • Basswood body
  • Jet Black finish
  • Maple neck and fretboard
  • Tinted gloss neck
  • Black block inlays
  • Two wide bobbin G&L M.F.D. pickups
  • Dual-Fulcrum vibrato
  • 3 way selector switch
  • Volume, PTB system

Tribute S-500 'lefty' Tobacco Burst

The specs:

  • Mahogany body
  • Tobacco Burst finish
  • Maple neck & fretboard
  • Tinted gloss neck
  • Dual-Fulcrum vibrato
  • 1 5/8 inch nut width, 12 inch radius
  • 3X G&L M.F.D. single-coil pickups
  • 3 ply black pickguard
  • 5 way selector switch with push/pull expander on middle tone knob

For the left handed players of the world, we have just received this G&L Tribute S-500 in Tobacco Burst. The S-500 has been our best-selling G&L model. Familiar Strat-like tones are easily gotten but with the push/pull expander, 5 more positions open up with some very interesting pickup combinations.

If you've never played a G&L with the Dual-Fulcrum vibrato unit, do yourself a favor and come try it. Basically you get the smoothness of a Floyd Rose without any of the hassle and locking parts. The Tobacco Burst finish paired with the more 1950's-style gloss neck looks sharp. Gig bag included.

ASAT Tribute Classic Bluesboy Semi-hollow in Blonde

The specs:

  • Natural ash body
  • Blonde finish
  • Maple neck with Brazilian cherry fretboard
  • 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.

Tribute S-500 Vintage White

The specs:

  • Mahogany body, Vintage White finish
  • Maple neck, maple fingerboard
  • Vintage tint gloss neck finish
  • White pickgaurd, white covers and knobs
  • Dual Fulcrum vibrato bridge with whammy
  • 3x M.F.D. single coil pickups
  • Push/pull expander circut for 10 total pick positions!
  • Medium C neck profile, 12 inch radius
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
For more information on Tribute S-500 guitars, please visit the G&L website or click here  for a demonstration on our youtube page!

S-500 in Irish Ale

The specs:

  • Mahogany body, Irish Ale finish
  • Maple neck, rosewood fretboard
  • Vintage tint gloss neck finish
  • Tortoise pickguard, black covers and knobs
  • Dual Fulcrum vibrato bridge w/whammy
  • 3x M.F.D. single coil pickups
  • Push/pull expander circuit for 10 total pickup positions!
  • Medium C neck profile, 12 inch radius
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
For more information on Tribute S-500 guitars, please visit the G&L website.

Tribute Legacy Surf Green Finish

The specs:

  • Basswood body, Surf Green finish
  • Maple neck, rosewood fingerboard
  • 3-ply white pickgaurd, white pickup covers and knobs
  • Vintage tint gloss neck finish
  • Dual Fulcrum vibrato bridge with whammy
  • Three CLF-100 Alnico V single coil pickups
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
  • Medium-C neck profile, 12 inch radius
For more information on Tribute Legacy guitars, please visit the G&L website.

ASAT Tribute Special in Gloss Black

The specs:

  • Mahogany body, gloss black finish
  • Maple neckand fretboard with vintage tint gloss
  • 2x Jumbo M.F.D. single coil pickups
  • Saddle lock bridge
  • Tortoise pickgaurd
  • Medium-C neck profile, 9 inch radius
  • 1-5/8 inch nut width
For more information on Tribute ASAT Special guitars, please visit the G&L website or click here  for a demonstration of this guitar on our youtube page!.

Tribute SB-2 Bass

The specs:

  • Basswood body, Black Frost finish
  • Maple neck, rosewood fingerboard
  • 3-ply black pickgaurd
  • 34 inch scale
  • Saddle lock bridge
  • M.F.D. split coil neck pickup
  • Single coil bridge pickup
  • Dual volume controls
  • 1-1/2 inch nut width
  • Medium-C neck profile, 12 inch radius
For more information on Tribute SB-2 basses, please visit the G&L website.

L-2500 Five-string Bass
in Honey Burst

The specs:

  • Swamp ash body
  • Honey burst finish
  • Maple neck with Brazilian cherry 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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