2020 G&L - USA Fullerton Deluxe S-500 - Alpine White
No. 4143, weight = 7 pounds 12 ounces. Includes G&L Logo Fullerton Deluxe padded Gig Bag case with all papers as when new, and the tremolo arm. The only thing preventing us from designating it "mint" is some minimal pick scratching on the pickguard surface. That's it. From a smoke free, climate controlled home.
he 2021 Fullerton Deluxe S•500 bundles some of the most time-honored option combinations from the G&L Option Order menu. All FD S-500s feature swamp ash, alder or western sugar pine bodies coated in finishes to showcase their beauty, with ideal pickguard pairings to set off the colors just right. That elegance continues up the neck with the G&L Clear Tint Satin finish neck.
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 Expander 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 9.5” radius lets you bend notes deeply and its medium-jumbo nickel frets deliver silky playability.
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.
-Passive Treble and Bass Controls-Dramatically more effective than a standard tone control, treble and bass frequencies can be separately cut with this exclusive passive style circuitry via two separate tone knobs.
-A mini toggle switch (push/pull knob on Tribute Series) adds two additional pickup selections when used in conjunction with the five-position switch. The switch is on when thrown towards the pickups (knob pulled UP on Tributes) With the five-position switch set to either extreme, a selection of the bridge and neck pickup is available. All three pickups can be selected when the bridge pickup coupled with the middle pickup or the neck pickup coupled with the middle pickup is selected with the five position switch.
Founded by Leo Fender in 1980, G&L USA instruments continue to be made in the historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the Birthplace of Bolt-on™.
SCALE: 25 1/2"
PICKUPS: Leo Fender†-designed G&L MFD™ single coils
BODY WOOD: Alder
NECK WOOD: Clear Tint Satin Hard-Rock Maple fingerboard
NECK PROFILE: G&L MCNK with 9.5" radius and 1 11/16" nut-width
NUT: 100% natural bone
FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, nickel
TUNING KEYS: 12:1 ratio, sealed-back
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.
CASE: G&L deluxe gig bag
Please see the build sheet for complete specifications. This US Crafted S-500 is simply beautiful, in a black & white cookie kinda way. DELICIOUS!!
The weight is nice and the S-500 switching setup gives you a wider variety of tones than a standard 5 way.