G&L 2012 Special Collection S-500

Available for a limited time

Product Overview

The G&L S-500® debuted in 1983 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. 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! This S-500’s Dual-Fulcrum vibrato is equipped with forged brass saddles, supporting a design which allows bending up or down with a silky feel through its beefy aluminum vibrato arm.

This S-500 is especially tasty with its Nearly Naked™ (NENA) Honey Ale finish over its swamp ash body, tastefully accented with a NOS Baltic Amber pickguard. Its rosewood-capped 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 custom-fit Tolex hardshell case made by G&G Quality Case, you’ll be greeted with an instrument of timeless elegance and a delicious aroma that’ll have your pulse racing.

† 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 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.

Specifications

  • PICKUPS: G&L MFD™ single-coil pickups
  • BODY WOOD: 2-piece Swamp Ash
  • BODY FINISH: Nearly Naked™ (NENA) Honey Ale
  • NECK WOOD: Hard Rock Maple with Rosewood fingerboard
  • NECK FINISH: Clear Satin
  • NECK PROFILE: G&L #1 with 12" radius
  • FRETS: Medium Jumbo; processed by PLEK
  • TUNING KEYS: 12:1 ratio, sealed lubrication, adjustable knob tension
  • BRIDGE: G&L Dual-Fulcrum™ vibrato
  • CONTROLS: 5-position pickup selector, push/pull expander switch
    enabling neck+bridge or all three pickups together, PTB system
  • PICKGUARD: NOS Baltic Amber
  • CASE: Deluxe Hardshell Tolex Case w/Fitted Interior