The G&L Dual-Fulcrum vibrato
The G&L Dual-Fulcrum® vibrato
uses two pivoting points rather than the six wood screws attaching the
a vintage type tremolo. Leo Fender† created this design to yield a much
smoother, "silky" feel and allows the player to bend notes up as well
as down. Unlike similar looking copies, the DF vibrato uses a hardened
steel bridge plate, pivoting on knife-edge bolts set into massive brass
inserts anchored into the body. The bolts themselves are machined from
billets of cold rolled steel, then heat treated for hardness and finally
plated. The handling of the vibrato is improved with the addition
of a machined aluminum machined tremolo arm that uses a single locking
Allen screw, pressing a nylon insert to allow quick installation and removal,
smooth feel, and also allow the player adjust the amount of resistance
on the arm. Further, Leo designed the string saddles to improve intonation
and reduce string breakage. Learn more...
The G&L Saddle-Lock bridge
The G&L Saddle-Lock® bridge,
is used on all many ASAT® models, as well as the
full range of G&L basses. This design was revolutionary for a number of
reasons. The most significant feature is a small Allen screw on the side
of the bridge, which presses all the saddles together so they resonate
as though they were one single mass. This eliminates the loss of string
vibration energy caused by side-to-side saddle movement inherent in other
designs. Further, the strings no longer needed to be routed though the
rear of the body for optimum sustain as well as allowing the strings to
enter directly through the rear of the bridge. For G&L 5-string basses,
the Saddle-Lock bridge employs a string-through-body configuration. Testing
revealed that the increased break angle on the low B string yielded a
more focused sound when routed through the rear of the body.
The bottom side of the bridge has a large protrusion which fits into a route in the
body. The protrusion fits snugly against the end grain of the body wood,
allowing the highly resonant bridge to transfer much more of the string
vibration energy directly to the core of the body, yielding much greater
sustain than his earlier fixed bridge design. Again, Leo's innovative
saddle design was used to minimize string breakage. Learn more...
The G&L non-compression truss rod
Our contemporary, non-compression design incorporates a secondary, flat-sided rod which bows away from
primary rod. Unlike a vintage truss rod, this design does not
compress the neck longitudinally in order to function; compression is undesirable because it tends to distort the curvature of the fingerboard. Operation
is both fluid and accurate with the articulation of the neck,
the "relief", being very consistent across the length
of the neck.Learn more...
The G&L Magnetic Field Design pickups
The Magnetic Field Design® pickups use
a ceramic bar magnet installed underneath each coil, with soft iron adjustable
pole pieces to transfer the magnetic field to the surface of the pickup.
By contrast, traditional Alnico type pickups, such as used in the Legacy
and George Fullerton models, use nonadjustable Alnico pole pieces leaving
the only adjustment being pickup height. The Magnetic Field Design has
this adjustment, but further offers individual adjustment of each pole
piece, letting the player effectively adjust the output of each string
on each pickup. Magnetic Field Design yield about twice the output per
wind, making the pickup quieter while allowing a greater overall output.
The sound of Magnetic Field pickups is slightly warmer with a broader
frequency response. One major Nashville session guitarist remarked that
the G&L S-500 with Magnetic Field single coil pickups sounded as balanced
and "sweet" as his favorite old vintage Alnico equipped axe.
The difference is that the S-500 sounds that good right into his amp without
all the EQ tweaking of his mixing console that made his other guitar sound
so good. When he ran his S-500 though his studio rig, he was truly amazed
at the rich and warm, yet clear and sparkly sound. Learn more...
† The personal name, likeness and signature of Mr. Clarence Leo Fender are property of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. and may not be used in any commercial capacity without prior approval. For commercial enquiries regarding the use of the "Leo Fender" name, likeness or signature, please contact us. G&L is not associated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.