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Average Score:4.9( 4.9/5 based on 10 reviews )
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MGR/A Musician/ music enthusist from Ojai, CA USA11/27/2003

MGR/A Musician/ music enthusist from Ojai, CA USA's review"Fender Lead II"

Fender Lead II
My son's father bought one of these in the 1970's - I'm not sure for how much, but it was around $300 to$400 back then apparently from a friend, or used from a music store, but in excellent shape - mint condition. Almost a year after he passed away, my son wanted a guitar. I walked into a music store, and while I was looking for something for him to start on, I ran across the same guitar his father owned, that was on the wall. The salesman was trying to puch a Peavy guitar, and tried to use differnt amp settings to show me how great this Peavy guitar was. The Peavy was "twangy" on th same settings, and at the time I thought the Fender Lead II was one that just looked like his dad's. I decided to buy the used Fender, as the sound quality was far superior to the Peavy, and although it costs significantly more, I was impressed that much more with the sound quality, and bought it from a store that sold used and new music equipment of all sorts. Later on we discovered it WAS my son's father's old guitar. Apparently he was meant to have it. I found some distinctive marks (although most people wouldn't even have noticed them, I knew, as I was the lead singer for the group, and we had a child together. This was an awesome expereince, and we'll NEVER sell this guitar!) The sound was already great, and I think I paid about $1200 about 9 years ago for it (the music store was selling it on consignment, so I think I got a pretty good deal. Although there were other Fender Lead IIs out there for less[some even as low as $300-400, but were pretty thrashed], they were not in near the great condition this one was in. His dad always had taken incredibly good care of it, as he didn't have a lot of money, and it was his only source on income, other than odd jobs, at the time. Obviously whoever bought it from his mom also took extremely great care of it, or simply never played it?)

The Fender Lead II's sound is a rich, and has a lot of depth to it. Compared to other guitars on the same setting on a variety of amps, the others have a higher and some have a twangy sound - not condusive for someone serious about guitar sound. While price-wise it may not be a great beginner guitar, it is an easy guitar to play. The neck is curved (longways on top slightly), as is the nut, so one can play for hours & hours without getting marks on one's hands from a squared-off neck (on top) which causes fatigue, and is simply uncomfortable - especially after playing for a while. The sound is awesome, and there are few electric guitars, to this day, which can match the sound, without spending thousands.

This is truly an instrument for the serious guitar player, or at least one who has an ear for, and appreciates the incredible depth of sound.

If you play it by itself, you might not notice the difference, unless you play it for a while, or better yet, play it on the same amp as other guitars (and change amps as well and do the same), with the same settings for comparison, but different settings as well with both the Fender Lead II and whatever else you are looking at in the way of guitars.

This is an awesome guitar with sound rivaling the best in the business (and the most expensive!)

Shop around, and if you are lucky enough to find anyone selling a Fender Lead II in good condition, it is definitely worth investing the extra money (which may seem like a lot, but it's worth every penny!)

I suspect also that the value of these guitars, which BTW are no longer made, will only go up!

The ONLY thing I don't like about this guitar is that in order to replace a broken nut, which it took about 25 years of playing hard rock to do!!!, one has to find either a flexible nut (I think they are nylon originally?) that actually fits this guitar or have one made from bone, and professionally curved to the nut slot, as it is not flat (unless it has been altered, which I STRONGLY DO NOT RECCOMMEND!) Altering (or gouging out the wood in the neck where the nut goes) can affect the play of the guitar significantly, and damage the neck of the guitar altogether. If you see one for sale like this, I'd be leary of buying it. I have seen one, and flattening out the back of the nut just to get something in there to fit makes it sound a little different, and not quite as good... I'm not sure exactly why, but I would NEVER alter one of these guitars! Either find the right sized flexible nut (and buy several and keep them in your case) or have a PROFESSIONAL grind a bone nut for you. Check credentials, and be sure it is done right by someone who knows what they are doing!

I had 3 ground for my son's guitar, none of which were done corerctly, until I finally found a guy that knew what he was doing, and recommended the vinyl-plastic flexible nut anyhow, and had them in stock.

The bone nuts are much more durable (but then again the first plastic one lasted about 25 years!) however they DO change the sound a bit, which I find undesirable.

I don't know a whole lot about construction, other than to say that it is solid hardwood, has two pick-ups, a tone and volume control on the deck, and some have "Whamy bars", others do not. These can be removed without altering the guitar, and unless you use one, you might want to remove it, but keep it around in case some day you decide to change your mind, or if you decide to sell it. As with many guitars with "Whamy bars" or the equivelant, it can have you retuning your guitar a lot, however, if you get a heavier weight string, you'll not be disappointed, and will be tuning your guitar a lot less. I do NOT reccommend light weight strings with a "Whammy Bar", so before you decide to take one off, try some heavier strings!


This is an extremely well-made guitar of solid wood contruction with an incredible rich sound, and even for a beginner that is serious, to those who are out on gigs nightly, it is one of the best guitars I've ever listened to. Definitely recording quality (AND not only has been used by many artists, is better tha many of the other electric guitars I hear on the radio these days.)

If you can find one in good condition and can at all afford it, BUY IT! It will be a great investment, and wil serve one for a lifetime, as long as you take care of it!

This review was originally published on http://www.musicgearreview.com
strato_vintage07/19/2008

strato_vintage's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
Mine is a maple key Transredes but I do not have the usual problems of varnish on this model or style money crunch. On mine I have just a few traces behind bizarre but it does not interfere with.
For the rest, see other opinions ..... everything has been said

UTILIZATION

Then the handle is a Fender highway. My fingers roam carefree as fast as lightning. I even had it playing malmsteen is saying ... A small problem for access to cause a sharp heel big enough, we must have big fingers and again, because when it comes to a bend on the last fret and hook your bin. As for the weight of the beast and bin it rather well balanced and I find it light and comfortable.

I put 9 because of access to acute

SOUNDS

THE SOUND .... That is, 28 years of age for violin and micro X-1 that equipped the "the Start" in the bridge and "Dan Smith" can all go out!! The clean sounds are clear and saturation are precise and sharp. In short you receive it, you branch and there it sounds live. Velvet vintage that I like. These microphones out there that sounds I never heard of any other stratabound.
I put 10 because in my personal opinion it is largely up to the Start U.S. that are (very wrongly) much more expensive. One wonders why elsewhere.

OVERALL OPINION

I received this morning and I've played over 6 hours (I go back to elsewhere after written notice). I like the personality of micro X-1.
The violin is good. As I said above that I like least is the problem of access to acute. Right now I have six guitars so a classic 50's U.S., a malmsteen signature (guitar out of comparison), a tokai goldstar sound etc ... This lead has a special place in my arsenal and I'll keep it long. For the price, there is no photo (€ 470 with the original carrying case), this choice I would do without hesitation ...
@ +++++++ ROCK ON BABY!!
stratguitare06/12/2008

stratguitare's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
Body frne (Ash Body), smaller than a stratocaster but pais, the body is quite heavy, feels heavier than a stratocaster
Made in America
Channel 21 boxes painted, Rosewood button on mine
2 micros simple
1 volume, 1 Tone + 1 phase inverter operates only in middle position (middle) with two microphones.
No vibrato
Original vintage black case with Fender logo, a case similar to a vintage american deluxe 70 'reissue but in a slightly smaller ...

UTILIZATION

The neck is slightly narrower than that of a tele or stratum, it is enjoyable trs.
Access in acute honnte rest, no particular difficulty but if some people criticize it ...
Good ergonomics, small and compact, a bit heavy, seems to be indestructible (except the varnish cracks on the edges, but that is typical on this li MODEL and varnish polyurethane when exposed variations in temperature ...).

SOUNDS

I bought this guitar by chance, without knowing it, especially for his cot "vintage" (since it is 1980), Fender logo Made in United States, Ash body, 2 pickups single (on my I use strats few intermediate positions and the middle pickups), and especially its low prices. First impression: "really cracked the paint, not good a. .. provided the wood under the varnish is really beautiful, the guitar is heavy and it is always perfect agreement despite its trip from Los Angeles ... it seems to be a serious guitar! "
I am the branch and total surprise: it sounds divine! Wait, I do not mean it sounds good for a guitar that sells for around 500-600, I mean that in comparing a strat US or US tele, it sounds great! I have a home American reissue 62 ', a Start Plus Deluxe 1989, a US strat std, a US tele ... and I let go the small Lead II ... She has a terrible sustain (the body frne in hardtail and it must be for something!), the microphones are vintage grain, obviously they are! We find the neck pickup with a well pais well Dfine cruncher but who knows when you attack the strings ... the bridge pickups much slamming my telecaster has found a serious competitor (!!!). Then there is the middle position with 2 microphones and split phase inverter ... Tone it down the 6-7, the phase selector down, and oh surprise ... it comes out a sound gentle fawn and powerful Les Paul (epiphone not please!) with a more defined course (which can be mitigated with the Tone and you fall in with the jazz ...!!!) warmth and sustain you expect from a great guitar!
In short this guitar is a true Russianness with extra sound, ideal for blues-rock, jazz ... it surpase EASILY any stratum or tele US rcente!
This guitar is not a Stratocaster or a telcaster, it has its own sound ... it will delight those who love the sound but want a Fender guitar sound so inimitable, warm, sharp and vintage ...

OVERALL OPINION

I possde last few days and I will not let go ... I really like this guitar, it has something else it ...!!! The more I look and I prefer a Start or Tele (although initially I was not a picture trs convinced aesthetics ...)
I just learned that Clapton possde a lead II in 1980 and fills it also is of the same color as mine ... fun ... (as in the photo presented)
The quality-price ratio is simply incomprehensible, I do not understand why this guitar is sold so little CHRE, and worse how to sell a guitar like 600 ...!!! I had guitars in 2000 and am not happy as this little Fender ...
Those who hesitate should no longer hesitate, really! if you find one, buy the! your ears will thank you ... Only bad point: the varnish ... know it!
I would have the urge to give it to a luthier that I transformed it into a natural finish, just a little varnish on wood, my eyes would love ... but it would lose its ct " authentic "and vintage, and the ct psychological thing is important ... it will remain so as it does cre ... I'll buy another one can be that I go do my t. .. though ...
More than ever I would do this choice, and even I do it again, I am determined to buy another ...!
If I could keep only one guitar, I would keep the lead without hesitate II so versatile, in his inimitable, I even DCID to sell some of my guitars that will naturally be little cheeks (need I say !!!)... not thundering all praise its qualities! No other quitar not given me that impression ...
Good research people who read my mind (you'll also find in this nice price adequate to hurry a bit, people all want a strato a tele because this guitar is totally unknown and was built between 1979 and 1982 only c is ultimately a good thing because otherwise it would be unaffordable prices cot ...!!!)
05/24/2007

Anonymous 's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
This model from Fender USA does not seem very common. Equipped with 21 frets, the bridge is firmly anchored in the body of the guitar. Equipped with a volume a tone and a phase inverter, it has a handle under the heel by four stainless steel screws. No vibrato but then sustain outstanding.

UTILIZATION

The handle slides well. Rosewood. Access to the latest box does not pose particular problems. For weight, I have not much to say except what is heavier than Aria, but lighter than a Les Paul!
His side, while there, hat! The phase gives off a sound. On Marshall Fender like she leaves the group.

SOUNDS

I use it exclusively in Open-Tuning floor during my concerts. It should be noted that I equipped with ropes pulling large: 13-60 to be honest. She screams no problem with the bottleneck! In fingerpicking, it is soft (but not docile!)
I love it. I mainly play rock and blues on:
Marshall JCM900
Marshall JCM 2000
Fender Bandmaster Reverb 5005

OVERALL OPINION

I have a crush on this guitar because it is an exceptional guitar, in its look and its "grain". In addition, this is my first acquisition. It is very powerful despite its single coils and easily rivals the AlNiCo my Gibson Lucille. As I said before, 21 rosewood fingerboard, two single coil pickups that deliver crystal clear sound (thank you Fender). When one switches off the phase of the two microphones, the sound generated is akin to a kind of chorus, all without artifice mail. I bought 80 mid 2200 francs with dedicated case Fender (Guitar string is stored relied on a "cousin"). I do not know if there are many models in circulation. But when Fenderie sees it, they tell me it is in perfect condition for a "collector". It must be said that the 81 is uniformly cracked varnish over the entire surface. Fender France has remade me free at the same and since then she has not moved. If you want to know more about this guitar, click: http://tommyknockers.free.fr/Lead_II.php . She left the first time in 79 and was produced for only three years.
pisousi03/07/2007

pisousi's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
Guitar Made in America (yes it's a fender US)
21 frets, two pickups simple
fender fixed bridge with strings through-
one volume knob, one tone, 3-position selector, phase switch +
Channel fender, round, off just enough

8 because why not a 3rd mic and a 22 th fret?

UTILIZATION

The handle is .... ..... I love fender, painted the handle is a bit slower than a satin handle, but not quibble bad!

access to the treble is a bit annoying, the heel is huge because the body is thick ...

if the form is a little more than a strat Brute, the two horns are the same height, but there are still dug bevels to match the shape of guitariste.la guitar is neither heavy nor light, it is normal what ..

is easily obtained her, to follow

8 for access to acute (well it's still great! But not in uniting SG)

SOUNDS

I play rock, hard rock, blues, folk, reggae, anything goes
mics have a huge personality! the guitar is required! the microphones are inflated "hot rodded" as say the guys at Fender

.. its been a monster, she spits, with delight, a brightness, a slam worthy of a real Start! it has even more character! it's huge, it plays everything! The sound was the greatest! Hendrix, Clapton, Knopfler ... what to say, it's wonderful!

the 3 mic positions are all great, the phase inverter leaves a door open on Knopfler, funk, reggae good casserole!
microphones cashing everything from light overdrive to the fuzz way TS hendrixienne through the nasty distortion (it goes very well in pickup!)
this guitar does everything and does it well!

it has character, it is not without offending me!

10/10, because perfection does not exist

OVERALL OPINION

I've known for over a year
I previously detailed that the disliked
I have not bought, it is a perpetual loan, but the CISS see on occasion I took!
Piflechien02/05/2007

Piflechien's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
My Lead II stratabound body rather, a big U-shaped handle 21 boxes, two singles (a three position selector knob one more phase), the duo Volume / Tone and a plastic cover, fixed bridge, we do not the fuss. On my model, the varnish of the time (a temporary choice Fender clearly) is brutally ruined: multiple flashes are the body-to-date, it's a style.

UTILIZATION

The Lead II is more oriented logger: body too heavy and solid handle. Note, for the handle is a matter of style and taste, for the body, it's a shame. For somersaults, it will take up a draft of girl, which would be a shame given the nature of the beast, I personally opted for the 9 / 46 that allows at least to have some low sharp. If I wanted to keep my delicate hands (and my other guitar was precisely one of these guitars Adonis), I force willing to 10/52, with a Dropped D (below, the bass is really messy, go, say Eb tuning with Dropped C # but it really is because you insist).

As for settings, they are reasonably simple and versatile, as seen below. Right there. A little patience.

SOUNDS

The Lead II has two basic sounds: the micro serious Reeuarh and treble that fart. It's a bit simplistic, says like that, but it's not true. For heavy rock, it fulfills its role, I prefer to use it with a Fender cruncheux and pedal his store, the more amps marshalloïdes reinforce the side draft. Beware of flashy high-pitched in this configuration, therefore, must find its footing. Clearly, one can obtain a rather difficult one but it is far from the beautiful Tele.

The phase-out position is too typical for general use, at least for my taste.

To simplify, let's say that the Lead is siturait between Les Paul and Tele, far behind the specialty of each of these archetypes. To simplify, then.

In short, with a basic setup rather roots, a guitar very well but do not ask what they can not do.

OVERALL OPINION

Keeping in mind all the limitations of the guitar, the Lead has the advantage to remain affordable. When it is found. An honest instrument, so if you're the kind of limited, like me, a little down the front but not too much, keep an open mind (attention, however, air currents).

Hence the overall score, which reflects more the next favorite one objective opinion.
vintage_collectors12/02/2006

vintage_collectors's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
A monument of Vintage Guitar, made from 1970 to 1983 in the United States is an instrument of pro. Steve Morse played it, Eric Clapton has offered his own at the Hard Rock cafe that started his collection with this model. Easy to use with just one switch selection of microphones and a phase reverse switch, pus a volume knob and one tone knob. The neck is a vintage Fender Start with the old, ie very round.

UTILIZATION

The neck is particularly comfortable dream, they do not make more of like that. Access to acute is very easy with great body shape. The neck pickup single coil X1 is a marvel, placed in position makes it a little.

SOUNDS

For me I use virtually the neck pickup and possibly the two microphones together with the phase inverter that allows me to play quite a different style, picking, jazz and hard.

OVERALL OPINION

A guitar that made rock history as well as the Telecaster or Stratocaster, plus a clear advantage over other, it is Plaus made today and so it's a rare model that allows guitarists who have the character of his Fender while sporting a look different from the players on TV or Start. For me the ideal model of this fabulous Lead is run, this superb electronics, the single coil neck pickup and a humbucker in the bridge position. I think this model was made but never imported into Europe. That is why this guitar with only two single coil that I will in note 9 of the opinion as global.Cette Lead is still an exceptional instrument, well above the production of Mexican Fender 2000s, at violin making.
Dirt Noze12/15/2005

Dirt Noze's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
Made in America in 1980 as archtop, serial number E014478

it has 21 frets, single with two microphones.

no vibrato on the horizon, traversing ropes (good for sustain)

one volume, one Tone slecteur slecteur 3 positions and a phase / out of phase (which only works qd the two microphones are turned on I think I understood too lol)

type of sleeve ... ben ... enjoyable not too big, not too flat like the ibanez (although I was not dplaise ibanez), I'm comfortable on it.

9, I fret over an AIM ^ ^ (not the guy sucks ...)

UTILIZATION

The handle is enjoyable trs, access to acute gn is easy but by the heel too pais.
trs is enjoyable to play standing as sitting, but it is almost as heavy as a les paul ... Imagine the DGAT APRS 4 hours BPS ... but I usually lol

and if not, we get a good sound easily, simply plug in the know ...

SOUNDS

It attacks the good ... (But it will not rev objective is almost the only electric guitar on which I jou ...)

The sounds can not agree to a particular style, pasque I get everything out with ... with the UBER METAL I make him spit out the large metal if I want, it's not good either, but double it provides serious: D or else the blues cruncheux a good amp (which is not my case .. . mg100dfx) or trs good clear sound good in the bridge position and snapping round and hot desire on the neck position, but happiness!

when I put a little fuzz pedals in front of a (classic tube STRs) has lots of Nirvana grunge style yum

with wha wha and fuzz distortion I mentioned above we go to play the hendrix (well trying lol)

OVERALL OPINION

Premire is my guitar, one on which I always jou and on which I would always play (well j'espre). she has my mre silent but uses it any more so now

when I found in my attic, it had only two strings rusted and the handle dgueulasse full of dirt, and I had no ide on the guitar. Two years after I emerged with my first explained to me that I re-state (changeage strings / cleaning / dcrassage / drouillage).

I love this guitar

I would do this choice because it is not hard to find and TRS as any I will always fawn so I will not have to do it again
archtop10/10/2005

archtop's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
Made in America in 1980.
Series E010861
Start Maple Neck 21 frets thin varnish. 6 lifts marked F.

Lead body shape, ie strato style but the two horns leave box 21. Red transparent varnish has cracked the way around antique porcelain body.

2 simple inclined, a Volun, tone. a micro selector 3 positions. a selector on / off position for the phase two microphones.

Fixed bridge (no tremolo).

It was sold with its original Fender briefcase.

UTILIZATION

This is a guitar with which one feels immediately at ease. It has personality.

I find it a bit heavy, shoulder hurts after 3 hours of repeats.

Listed default, a prominent heel gene that access to acute, frets a bit high which hinder the slides, as well as the shaft slipping less than a veneer rosewood.
The profile of the handle is a little too round / thick but not my taste has an LP, I prefer the end profiles / flat.

SOUNDS

A strength.

She screams. I used split humbucker sound. The simple equip the have nothing to do.

They are powerful, bright, plain or in full. I think they have a lump in the upper medium.

Loadings are less fat than a HB group also can be heard better.

the two microphones together and out of phase give a piano arpeggios at the pick.

I hesitate to put 10, it should be better.

OVERALL OPINION

I've had two and a half years.

I was looking for a guitar without vibrato to tune in 10 seconds.

Since I wanted a guitar different from mine which is MSM and floyd, I took this one has only two singles.

Many trafficked EETE, :-( vibrato assembly, changed pickups in general, it is a shame considering the quality and personality of the original.

The varnish is badly aging, becoming whitish to transparent, black can turn blue and peel.
Cracks are limited to body contours and give a vintage look!

It's a real Fender US, not known to us. It is found to much when there are, mini € 500 more with the briefcase.
It can be found for much less, $ 300 to US, but his rating goes up.

A purchase as soon as possible!
Faber_FDM03/15/2005

Faber_FDM's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)

Fender Lead II
This is a real Fender US, manufactures the late 70s and in the early years of 80. Basically, it is a model for study of poorer quality than the Strat, Tele and others. It looks like a strat (with some differences all the same), but possde closer characteristics of a Jaguar with two microphones, a slecteur three positions, and an inverter for polarity (and yes, made six possibilities), 21 boxes. Basically, mine was transparent red, but a beast accident lactone was conducted in a talented luthier o it will become "Vintage Blonde". On the latter after the original varnish was very poor quality of that said I've never had to complain before the ... mcaniques the easel, the mounting gn ral always sembl me very correct.

USE

For use, it's Fender ... the handle is very pleasant, has slides alone. The access to acute is like a Strat, obviously, it is not made for the fans of Yngwie Malmsteem or Steve Will, but the grip is all it has to be more correct .dropoff window
It is very easy to get a sound is all ok. All positions are also effective.

SONORITS

This is what we pass worth guitar ... Well, much to say right now. It's beautiful. The sound possde a characteristic grain. No doubt, it's a Fender. And it sounds like one. I can safely say the same to me, it sounds even better than a Fender US (Strat type) produced in the 80s and 90s, and this is compared with the Japanese Reissue of the m me period. The sound is perhaps less dfini than a Strat, but it is beautiful and much less cold after me than many strat that I could play later (well, I aprle aps a Strat 54, right ??). All positions sound beautifully, so that I never know what my prefers (try the neck pickup with reverse phase ... months leading me goosebumps). This guitar is incredibly versatile, I played the very rock nerv she was doing very well. Today, she is perfect my style: americana, country-rock with a touch of indie rock. Branch on my Fender amp with Boss BD-2 is the perfect match !! I'm in love with my sound. It is also Idale for funky rhythmic pop, Talking Heads Franz Ferdinand.

NOTICE GLOBAL

I bought this guitar in 1999 to 3,500 francs, I say that his permit was remont coast from ... that said, not to me, because I never resell !! This guitar with me everywhere, and I could never do without. I did not change against a Strat or a Tele. If you find a reasonably priced, think it might be a very smart choice, much better than buying a Fender US (including inflation in recent years is chilling) or let alone a Japanese reissue (even if some are very good).