NGD - G&L

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by KATT, Oct 17, 2021.

  1. KATT

    KATT Tele-Holic Platinum Supporter

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    This arrived on Monday. I wanted to try one out as it has intrigued me for some time, but there's nowhere local that stocks them so I bought online with the intention of sending back if I didn't like it.

    It's a USA G&L Espada which apparently is based on a Leo Fender design from the late '60s that only reached prototype stage until G&L decided to manufacture it a couple of years ago.

    It is my first G&L guitar and I am very impressed. It looks and feels like a top quality instrument and is very well made. Acoustically, it is a bright and twangy sound, which translates through to the plugged in sound. The pickups are like slightly hotter Strat with more mid. I love them! They can be switched from series to parallel too and combined with the passive bass and treble controls, and the switchable active pre amp circuit, make for a versatile and fun guitar. The sound really cuts through on most settings. It's like a Tele, but angrier!

    The neck shape is extremely comfortable and quite full. The guitar is just under 9lb, so a little heavier than I usually like, but it is well balanced.

    I didn't really want the Sonic Blue colour, but the natural body one which I preferred was over 25% more expensive. As colour is the bottom of my list of requirementsfor a guitar, it wasn't an issue and now I have it, I really like the colour.

    So, the verdict is that it is staying. I'm looking forward to gigging with it.

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  2. Shango66

    Shango66 Friend of Leo's

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    Now that’s different.
    Enjoy your NGD
    I recall seeing a YouTube clip where some guys at G&L went thru Leo Fenders office and pulled out a blueprint for this model guitar.
     
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  3. EsquireOK

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    That's nice.

    A single ply black guard (and a black strap) would put it over the top.
     
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    That is the first G&L I like, Congrats!
     
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  5. runstendt

    runstendt Tele-Meister

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    That guitar is gorgeous. I love the neck inlays, and I’m really curious how those pickups sound.
     
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    That is an absolute beauty. One of those guitars that make you think that maybe you're not over your GAS after all.
     
  7. KATT

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    Thanks.

    Possibly. The natural one (which would have been my preferred colour) comes with a black guard. I tend to leave guitars as they came nowadays and enjoy their unique quirks and style!
     
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  8. KATT

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    There are some videos on YouTube, but they really don't do it justice. It makes more sense when played alongside another guitar as to what the difference in sound is. I used it for recording a guitar part on a friend's song this week and it really cut through the mix, as it has a very slightly honky (for want of a better term) mid range but still single coil sounding. That was without the pre amp turned on.
     
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  9. KATT

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    Thanks, and I agree. I don't need more guitars, but if I do buy any, they have to be different to what I've already got in terms of sound and playability. This one hits the spot which is why it's staying!
     
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  10. brookdalebill

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    Cool!
    I work (Wednesday’s only) for a G&L dealer.
    I’m going to see if I can convince my friend/boss Jim to order an Espada.
    Look interesting.
    I like the older type headstock, too.
     
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    Espada is Spanish for sword. Dig the scimitar shaped control plate. Another funky design that grows on you, from the man himself.
     
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  12. tery

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    I love it :cool: Congratulations !
     
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  13. 2HBStrat

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    Cool guitar. Apparently Leo never quit designing.
     
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  14. That Cal Webway

    That Cal Webway Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    Nizzze!!!

    Congrats.

    Man I'm I'm really glad that Sweetwater now carries G&L.
     
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    That’s a new one on me. I dig it. Like I needed another guitar to think I want… :(
     
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    Holy cow nice guitar enjoy yourself
     
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    Very nice.

    G&L makes some great guitars.
     
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    What a great looking G&L guitar! I love G&L products. Looks to me that you have a real winner in your hands. Congratulations and enjoy.
     
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    Congrats, nice to see an unusual design!
     
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    G&L factory tour:

     
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