NGD: G&L Legacy

Discussion in 'Stratocaster Discussion Forum' started by Blrfl, May 25, 2019.

  1. Blrfl

    Blrfl Tele-Holic

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    I've been wanting to add a Strat to my guitar collection for many years because the only single-coil pickup I have is the bridge on my '73 Tele (the neck is a very early DiMarzio PAF). The Strat Plus had always been a favorite model ever since having picked up a Fender catalog in 1988 and seen it, so my sights were mostly set on a later one with the LSR nut. I tend to buy guitars and keep them for a very long time, so the usual MO is to patiently wait for the right one, which in this case would have been candy-apple-something with a maple neck and fingerboard. Most of my guitars are rosewood (the Tele's maple), but for some reason I always think of traditional Strats being maple.

    A lot of Strat Plusses came and went that didn't trip my trigger or were priced way beyond what they were worth. I considered building one up from a MIM or MIA and at some point decided to give G&L a longer look than I had previously. The Legacy was eventually added to the list. A few months of daily combing through Reverb, Craigslist, Music-go-Round and Guitar Center landed some possibilities, many of which were compromises. I could wait.

    Finally, a few weeks ago, the Guitar Center in Greenwood, Indiana got a Legacy that jumped out at me. 2015 by the serial number, listed as candy apple red, maple neck and board, Sperzel tuners and a pearloid pickguard. Not bad. As it happened, I had business in Indiana this past week and was flying in early last Sunday to see some friends and make a little music with one of my co-workers. So, fresh from the airport and with another co-worker (who'd flown in from overseas and needed a ride) in tow, I headed over to try it out. Auditioning a guitar while half-awake isn't a great thing to do, but since I had 45 days to return it, anything I missed could be caught later. GC's pictures weren't all that great and hid something major: the guitar had natural wood binding around the top. Not a feature I was looking for, but niiiiiice. A half-hour of playing it later and I dropped the plastic and had it shipped home.

    It was waiting Wednesday night when I arrived, and I haven't been able to put it down. Some have said the dual-fulcrum vibrato is an acquired taste, but I really like it, probably because it behaves a lot like the Bigsby on my Guild. It's a great axe that sounds delightul and plays like buttah, and I look forward to many years with it.
     

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  2. 0utputXfmr

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    Maybe it's the lighting, but that looks less like CAR than it does G&L's Ruby Red Metallic (which I think looks exquisite).

    She's a mighty purdy one, either way!
     
  3. Blrfl

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    You might be right about that. It is darker than what I think of as CAR, but I've seen some darker shades that are still called that. I've seen a couple of G&Ls in RRM but that shade's existence totally slipped my mind when I was buying it.

    The build sheet and CoA weren't in the case, and I plan to order a set, which will settle that question.

    The photos are color-corrected, so if your monitor is calibrated, you should see it as I see it.
     
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  4. jondanger

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    Great guitars, and IMO the best sparkle finishes being sprayed today.
     
  5. rad1

    rad1 Tele-Afflicted

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    Never played one but I hear constantly what great guitars they are. I do love the single coil strat sound.

    Congrats
     
  6. brookdalebill

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    Great guitars, congratulations!
    Brilliant tremelo design, too.
     
  7. 3-Chord-Genius

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    I've seen a zillion strats - that guitar is freakin' awesome!
     
  8. Kelsey

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    I have two Legacy guitars from around 2014 and recently got an S500 from the 90s. They are great guitars! Congratulations!
     
  9. John C

    John C Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    That's a pretty one; enjoy the Legacy! Let us know the specs when you get the build sheet.
     
  10. rockymtnguitar

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    Enjoy that - I really like the G&L guitars.
     
  11. mfguitar

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    looks just awesome!
     
  12. 5595bassman

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    Yes they make very nice sparkle.

    I have a 2011 Legacy in Tangerine Metallic that has an awesome look.

    Also have a Korean made 2006 Tribute Legacy in Blueburst.

    G & L Legacy USA 2011 Tangerine (3).JPG G & L Legacy USA 2011 Tangerine (7).JPG G&L Legacy Tribute Blueburst MIK 2006 (1).JPG
     
    Mr. Neutron, Nubs and lineboat like this.
  13. srvbluezz

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    I have a telecaster plus from 97...you're right that catalog got me. Something about those lace sensors at that time made both the Tele and strat look amazing. I too in the past year upgraded to a g&l...an asat classic. Congrats
     
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    Very nice.

    Big G&L fan.

    My Legacy Special is very close to nudging my No. 1 off top spot.

    INCREDIBLE value for money.

    CP.
     
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