CLF Research ESPADA HH Active

Leo Fender’s lost design from ‘69 takes on a whole new vibe with twin humbuckers in the G&L Espada HH and Espada HH Active.  The latest in double-hum guitars from G&L, they’re wrapped in a gorgeous shape tucked away for decades at CLF Research.

Espada HH features a set of G&L alnico humbuckers: clean and classic at the neck with a little more juice at the bridge, the same pairing found in other popular G&L HH models.  The expansive Espada control plate houses volume, treble and bass controls, each capped by a beautiful chrome CLF Research knob, plus twin mini-toggles: a coil-split for both pickups and an output kill-switch.  Then there’s the legendary bridge design from ‘79: Leo Fender’s G&L Saddle Lock hardtail which delivers superb sustain with comfort and style.

Espada HH Active features a G&L Micro-Preamp to unlock a new dimension of tones.  For active duty, the kill-switch on the passive Espada HH is replaced by a 3-way mini-toggle to control the preamp modes (passive/active/active-bright).  Leave the preamp off and everything works, but switch it on and you’ll hear more of the pickups’ natural harmonic complexity.  It’s classic Leo Fender: he solved “the cord problem” with an on-board buffer to shield the pickups from a cord’s loading effect.  And the result is audible in every pickup setting, from jangly single-coil tones that defy split-humbucker expectations, to overdriven humbucker tones with crisp detail and definition.  There’s always more to explore with Espada HH Active, and every journey is as exciting as the destination.


Available in:

  • Jet Black over Alder, 3-ply black pickguard, Caribbean Rosewood fingerboard
  • Vintage White over Alder, 3-ply black pickguardm, Caribbean Rosewood fingerboard
  • Honeyburst over Swamp Ash, 3-ply parchment, Caribbean Rosewood fingerboard
  • Cherryburst over Swamp Ash, 3-ply black pickguard, Caribbean Rosewood fingerboard


† 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.

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  • CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
  • SCALE: 25 1/2"
  • PICKUPS: G&L AS4255C in neck position; AW4386C in bridge position
  • BODY WOOD: Swamp Ash and Alder
  • NECK WOOD: Vintage Tint Gloss Hard-Rock Maple with Caribbean Rosewood fingerboard
  • NECK PROFILE: G&L Modern Classic with 9 1/2" radius
  • NUT: 100% natural bone
  • FRETS: 21 medium jumbo, nickel
  • TUNING KEYS: Kluson
  • BRIDGE: Leo Fender-designed G&L Saddle-Lock bridge with forged brass saddles
  • CONTROLS: 3-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB™ system), coil tap switch for both pickups, 3-position pre-amp mode switch.
  • CASE: G&L deluxe gig bag
  • No Options Available