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 12” 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.
G&L S-500 Guitar with Options - Specs
SCALE: 25 1/2"
PICKUPS: Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single coils
BODY WOOD: Swamp Ash Premier Finish
Finger Board EBONY fingerboard
NECK PROFILE: G&L modern classic C, with 12" radius and 1 11/16" nut-width
Optional Light Tint Neck Finish
Head stock Logo Option -See Image Below
NUT: Optional Graph Tech
FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, nickel, Plek dressed
TUNING KEYS: Optional Locking Tuners
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.
Premire Green Burst Finish
CASE: deluxe Tolex hardshell- included
List Price with Options $2874.00