G&L S-500
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Average Score:4.8( 4.8/5 based on 6 reviews )
 5 reviews83 %
 1 user review17 %
Value For Money : Poor
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MGR/G&L Lover09/11/2002

MGR/G&L Lover's review"G and L S-500"

G&L S-500
Bought From a friend used. Paid $600

It has a great sound and for blues or rock, which I play both. Compared to my dad's Gibson Les Paul Custom it is so much better of a sound.

I love everything and Hate nothing.

It has a lightweight body and and a fast neck. If you know anything about G&L you know its quality made, which is true.

I love this guitar. I've never played anything as good.

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

gromeul's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Very good alternative to Fender!"

G&L S-500
Stratocaster Guitar kind made in USA, alder body (sunburst), maple neck with rosewood fingerboard, 22 frets, mounted in 10/46 as all guitars G & L apparently ..
Supplied in molded and nicely padded case.
The combination of microphones (3 singles) is classic and original thanks to the small switch times:
-The latter being positioned down ("off"), the 5-way switch gives the standard configuration of a Strat '
Set-up ("on"), accessed 2 sounds supplémentaires.Quand the selector positions 1 and 5, the configuration was "middle" of a Telecaster (neck + bridge) the ideal (for me) to slamming funk rhythms (the "Sex Machine") at positions 2 & 4 was 3 pickups together. Position 3 does nothing + the middle pickup alone!
The bridge is very effective Dual fulcrum vibrato, which seems a little hard at first but is very clever to use for this hardness is actually a "fixed point" to stay tuned (to some extent) if a rope breaks, allowing to finish the song without too much damage! Very handy for "Dropped D" too.
It takes very good agreement, aided by mechanical blockages to Sperzel and works in 2 directions.
The settings available in the + switch is a volume, bass and treble. The effective!
Upd 18/11/2005: The saddle is not properly adjusted, nothing too serious because the strings are aligned but ... and after changing strings (D'Addario 10/46) he (?) I had to readjust the saddle notch G string, curious ...

Weight: 3.7 kgs.


The handle is very nice, easy to play, too big or too late, ideal perhaps? Anyway I like to play on this guitar, my whole game goes smoothly, pick, pick + fingers, legato, etc.. ..
Access to acute is obviously not a SG or Parker but nothing insurmountable (that's how it's spelled?).
The ergonomics are perfect (like any Strat 'or copy) and weight measured, thus largely bearable even 6 hours straight!
As for her then ... This guitar has a very large range of sounds (like the original) but the switch adds essential sounds for my taste. A beautiful versatility, you can play everything except, perhaps, very heavy metal but I do not care I do not play!


Tested on 4 amps, a Vox AD30VT "Custom" (see my profile), a Peavey Transtube (not bad for that matter), a Bandit 112 and Koch Studiotone II head in a 4 * 12 Marshall Greenback it sounds!
Guitarists that I admire (Henderson, SRV, Johnson ...) all play on this type of instrument and the sound I was looking there, I found with this guitar and so it fits perfectly with my game style, assuming I got one!
All the sonic possibilities suit me even though I have a preference for positions 1, 4 & 5 switch "off" and 2 (or 4) switch "on".
Upd 2007-04-02: A demo here (https://www.youtube.com/profile?user=Gromeul).


I love everything about this guitar, but what seems to me the important thing is + it seems to have a lot of momentum. You can play very fine and "get into it" in the next second and the difference is obvious, a bit like a SRV that is unleashed!
Bought new at a price (which I will not mention the amount) unbeatable (no, not in Germany, France with my favorite dealer), this is a very good deal, leaving far behind the original thanks to its small "+" (vibrato, switch, mechanical ...).
A very good buy.

I have 9 years but I separated reluctantly but certainly I have a "real" Strat 'Fender Custom Shop that disconnects everything in its path, I can not possibly keep this more G & L is nevertheless a very good guitar.

bmazzega's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" my best guitar"

G&L S-500
Indonésia manufacturing quality microphones fire god especially with the push-pull.
TV sounds, Strat, Lag, and Sg in which we want the treble booster.

We feel a real signature and for good reason! Thank you Leo.


Access to acute difficult but we gain sustain.
All sounds are good and effect as my line6 HD500 is done to highlight if it minimizes the patch that is often overloaded. Why make it sound too complicated when the sound is already good at the source.


Of the crystalline soft jazz. I played with vox and Fender lamps.
I had gibson (SG YPA) and I do not feel any orphan.


downside: the ivory white takes on more yellowish than expected on the screen ordo,
even if the weather will improve and make everything clearer to the (word fenderiste).

pitchoo34's review (This content has been automatically translated from French)" Start a demon!"

G&L S-500
Technical Specifications G & L S500 Usa rosewood pearl white:
Alder wood body with mesh
Maple neck
Width at nut 41.3mm
22 frets
G & L Mechanical in oil bath
3 single pickups G & L Magnetic Field
5-way switch
Control volume, PTB system and mini-toggle
Bridge G & L Dual Fulcrum
Deluxe Molded Case G & L


It has all of a Start but improved version.
C is the ultimate result of the stratocaster by its creators as are George Fullerton and Leo Fender.
Indeed, after leaving Fender in 70, these two acolytes have set up the company Musicman and G & L
Their goal was to make a guitar that is the fruit of their experience and that brings real innovation to the instrumentalists.
That about sums the genesis of g & l and in particular the S-500.
Double trussrod: the handle s more stable.
Easel also improved


The pickups and electronics were re-examined in order to provide a wide range of sound.
It covers the stratum and the telecaster mode by activating a small switch that selects two or three external microphones simultaneously.
An electronic control allows sound to shape the tone with two knobs at the bottom of the filters that are cut high frequency medium frequency or cut.

I play rock style rolling stones, Mark Knopffler, JJ Cale, Clapton.

The guitar also adapts to hard ACDC style.


Very good instrument. Very versatile.
We al feel to play on the custom shop, a finish that is flawless and the guitar through all of modern innovations and patents that are implemented on this instrument.
Coupled to my mesa boogie express, c is a whole demon who did not limit.

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

G&L S-500
Made in California
Enough freight
Dual Fulcrum Bridge by G & L
Volume, 2 tone, 5-way switch, switch
Channel ideal type strato 1962


Channel perfect and beautiful
Very good access to acute, better than strtocaster
Guitar light but stable and balanced
Plug and play, and you input humiliated the best strato custom shop. You think I hear Hendrix or worse.


Perfect for all styles except metal but is it music?
Supro, Peavey Delta Blues, Logic Studio
Well, for sounds moving from Electric Ladyland Wish you were hear Let it bleed through. But of course it is still necessary for me to progress to play this!
I hate the sound: that of the other guitars since I have it.


Since 1989
The + sound
The - I became almost sectarian
I tried up to 12000 euros stratocaster (1968). And I love my es 335.
Purchased the equivalent of 800 euros at the time, in San Francisco.
I changed the bridge and neck pickups for two double coils Rod Evans. And then you die because you can even get close to the Les Paul version page.
There is no choice. Stop following the auction of strato expensive on eBay and go to the blues all, one who cries.

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

G&L S-500
MODEL Ultra Thin, by hand, and it shows!
This model is equipped with 22 large frets, Maple neck, which allied to the neck provide comfort worthy of the great Fender of yesteryear, it's basically butter!
The bridge is a Dual fullcrum designed by the legendary George Fullerton that offers all the advantages of a floyd without the drawbacks (ie a movement in either direction, and held a perfect agreement with the mechanical Shaller wraps).
It has three microphones simple adjustable pads that provide the "send mashed broccoli on Saturn", specifically if you like vintage sounds that shine, slamming and hang, you might have the pole .. .


For access to acute, it is more fender fender so that no problem, the body is that of a Start but with an indescribable something that makes what is much more beautiful then we sum up, it's mouth, the sound and sensations.


I played recently acquired previously on a lag roxane, but since receiving the baby, I really feel like become a guitarist.
This guitar is simply a killer, it's a stratocaster who escaped 60 years and was disguised as a futuristic guitar, it is the perfect blend of vintage and the most useful gadgets, basically you throw over and you burst!


Wonderful, beautiful, horny!