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!
Lets add a special light weight swamp ash body that was an exclusive run for Northeast Music Center, Easy on the shoulder can you say? Exceptional resonance, glorious overtones, beautiful treble, and those of so lovely "quack" tones. We just fell in love the Emerald blue finish, Just something about it that everyone who sees it over the years just belts out a WOW!!!! Look it one way and you see green metallic, turn it off axis and it looks liek a Blue metallic, turn in once again and it looks teal metallic, Just a great color.
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.
- Body Wood - Swamp Ash
- Body Finish - Emerald Blue Metallic
- Bridge - DF Vibrato
- Knobs - S-type Parchment
- Trim Parts - Chrome Pickguard Screws
- Pickguard - 3-ply Parchment
- Neck Profile - Modern Classic
- 1 11/16" Nut Width
- 1 5/8" String Spacing
- 9.5" Radius
- .820" depth at first fret
- .870" depth at 12th fret
- Neck Wood - Hard-rock Maple with matching fretboard
- Neck Finish - Satin Light Tint
- Nut - Bone
- Frets - Medium Jumbo
- Tuners - G&L Locking Tuners
- Neck Other - Black Face Dots
- Neck Pickup - G&L MFD S-500 single coil (White)
- Middle Pickup - G&L MFD S-500 single coil Reverse Wound (White)
- Bridge Pickup - G&L MFD S-500 single coil (White)
- 5-position blade selector
- mini-toggle expander