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1997 G&L Legacy Electric Guitar Black Comanche Conversion w/ Z Coil Pickups & Case


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Up for sale, a 1997 G&L Legacy, converted to Comanche specifications with a mirrored pickguard and trio of MFD Z-coil pickups. As Leo Fender's final word on electric guitar design and the Stratocaster legacy in particular, the Comanche features a trio of Z coil pickups that deliver a bright and sparkly top end while offering a robust bass register, all without any 60-cycle hum. There's plenty of power in the Z-coil pickups, and they achieve their tone while retaining a surprising amount of glassy detail.

As the third instrument company founded by Leo Fender, G&L's instruments benefit from Leo Fender's decades of experience at Music Man and (of course) Fender. Produced at the same Fullerton, CA factory as the early Music Man guitars, this Legacy is the culmination of years of electric guitar innovation and design, with upgraded electronics to match the pickup complement of G&L's Comanche model. Professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar and weighing 7lbs 15oz, this Legacy plays effortlessly with 10-46 strings, spot-on intonation and low action.

The maple neck has a modestly slender C profile carve with just enough roundness in the shoulders and lightly rolled fretboard edges, featuring G&L's smooth gun oil tint satin finish and a thick slab rosewood fretboard. The profile measures .825" deep at the 1st fret and .940" at the 12th. The fretboard boasts a 12" fretboard radius as well as 22 original medium jumbo frets. These frets have plenty of meat and life, showing only light wear on the crowns of frets 1-3, with virtually no wear up the fretboard. The neck is straight with ideal relief, and this Legacy plays cleanly in every register. The nut measures 1 5/8" in width and the scale length measures 25 1/2". The headstock features factory-installed Sperzel tuners which work very smoothly and stay in tune exceedingly well, even with heavy vibrato use. The neck heel and pocket retain their original inked date stamps from January of 1997.

The electronics consist of a trio of G&L MFD Z coil Comanche pickups, fitted into a mirrored single-ply Comanche pickguard and coupled to a traditional Volume/Volume/Tone layout and five-way switch. Another important innovation is the Dual Fulcrum vibrato. This vibrato unit leans heavily on the original Fender Strat design, but with a two-point pivot that makes the vibrato more responsive, yet still very reliable and easy to control for quick flutters or surprisingly deep dives, all with excellent tuning stability. Cosmetically, this Legacy is extremely clean, showing only a few tiny nicks on the body parameter and some light scuffing on the back, mostly on the tremolo cavity cover. This Legacy is very well-kept and purposefully upgraded with the compelling tone of Leo Fender's Z coil pickups.

A hardshell case is included.