G&L Guitars News: Screaming Females Guitarist Marissa Paternoster

Screaming Females Guitarist Marissa Paternoster

G&L guitarist (and S-500™ fan) Marissa Paternoster has been grabbing the attention of the guitar-playing public for a few years now. In fact, a lot of people are noticing this fireball, six-string shredder who fronts New Jersey based rock band Screaming Females.

In May 2012, SPIN Magazine listed Marissa at #77 on their list of "100 Greatest Guitarist of All Time," proclaiming that, "Even after five Screaming Females albums, it's hard not to feel unexpectedly smacked upside the head by Marissa Paternoster's guitar, which -- like her bracing singing voice -- still sounds way too massive to be wielded by any human being without superpowers and way too confident to fit comfortably within the confines of indie rock."

In October 2013, RedBull.com featured Marissa in an article called "Meet The 30 Best Guitarists Under 30."

When we asked legendary producer and Garbage drummer Butch Vig about Marissa, he had this to say: "Marissa is an incredible guitar player. She has the chops to absolutely shred, but she can also push a song into crazy places: primal punk riffs, complex jazzy motifs, beautiful shimmering chords, and speed metal, sometimes all in the same song! She is a absolute star!"

Be sure to check out Marissa Paternoster and Screaming Females at www.screamingfemales.com.

About the G&L S-500™: 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 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 12" radius lets you bend notes deeply and its Plek-dressed medium-jumbo nickel frets deliver silky playability. The moment you open the luxurious deluxe Tolex hardshell case, you'll be greeted with a stunning instrument and delicious aroma that'll have your pulse racing.

Leo's forward-looking spirit is clearly reflected in the S-500, a guitar he designed for players who share that spirit. If that sounds like you, you owe it to yourself to check out the S-500.