Price paid: € 650
Purchased from: Local guitar shop
Sound — 9
The reason why I bought this guitar. I use it through my Fender Frontman 15W and it sounds okay. When I use through my friends 50 W Fender amp, it sounds friggin awesome. I hardly ever use the neck pickup, but it gives a nice bluesy sound I guess. I find it the most appropiate for jazz, but then a tele isn't really appropiate for jazz at all. Both pickups together give a very beautiful RHCP-like sound. It reminds me of under the bridge. It sound quite delicate and full. I love it to get a more soft sound compared to the bridge pickup. The bridge pickup is a beast. It gives you the regular tele twang, begging you to play the intro riff of "Sweet Home Alabama". But when you add some distortion, you unleash the beast that inside the G&L. Its like a lions roar, so raw, so aggressive, so awesome. Its really good for surf&the likes, basically good for anything. The tele is very versatile. Its good for basically any style, which is the reason why I bought it. So if you're not really sure which style you're gonna play with it, or you're just interested in different genres, teles in general are awesome.
Overall Impression — 10
The first impression you get when you see the guitar, you think; its ugly. When you hear it, you'll be astonished. And I like that. It has an attitude like: "I don't care if you think I'm ugly, 'cause I rawk." Though it is a very pop-ish guitar, the bridge pickup with a good dose of distortion will blow away all those softies. It can definetely have a lot of power with the right amount of distortion. I'm not sure if I'd buy it again if it was stolen, seeing I got it for almost half the original price because it was the last G&L and I could get it tax free. I can't afford it either, but I'd definetely go for another tele. Tele's are so awesome; they're simple, but they got the right attitude. It's not about looks, it's really about how it sounds and feels. Sure, a dimebag darrel with lightning finish is awesome, but the tele is more than just about looks. Its about the sound and playability, and nothing else.
Reliability & Durability — 8
I'm not really careful with my guitar. I dropped it, and now a piece of the finish is gone. Also, the fretboard is also starting to loose its original colour. I don't mind. I think teles should look like they've been beaten. The guitar is quite ugly, its got a yellow/white finish and looks quite cheap. Nevertheless, I can really depend on this guitar- I'm sure that, no matter how I beat it, it will keep sounding awesome. Yes, the finish won't last, yes, the fretboard glim will vanish, yes the button on my selector switch has fallen off, but that only makes it more of an animal. And more original.
Action, Fit & Finish — 6
G&L is a company made by Leo Fender, the original maker of the Fender company. He sold it though, and started a new company called G&L with his friend George. G&L makes higher quality but more expensive Fender-style guitar. It's kind of an Elite-Fender company. The guitar set-up was adequate. I needed to re-string it, seeing it hung in the shop for probably over a year. The pickups were fine, like the action was. I found no flaws at all. One thing that I regret was that I pulled off the foil on the pickguard so carelessly, leaving spots on it still half a year later. The wood is really heavy, but you'll get used to it. The finish isn't really beautiful, but then, that's how a tele's supposed to be imo.
Features — 7
Before I start reviewing, I need to tell my story. I had started playing guitar about 1,5 year ago, and to begin I bought a squire Bullet. After a while I learned that a proper guitar was needed. I had about 1000 euro at the time, but decided I would aim for a guitar half that cash. So I started looking. When over time, it became clear I wanted a tele, I started focusing on them, finding that probably the best reviewed and IMO the best tele I had played so far was the Fender Baja. After long weeks of thinking, I finally persuaded myself, walked to the shop, and spoke: "I want to buy the Baja. Or is there anything else I should try?" "you could try this, he answered", pointing at an even more ugly tele than the Baja. I took it in my hands, plugged it in, and 10 minutes later I walked out of the shop, having spend more than I would ever imagine. I had no doubts altogether. I was convinced in a sec. Now for the review. The neck is quite thick, I think more thicker than your average tele, which makes it easy for chords. Soloing is great too, but like all teles, it ain't for metal. It has 21 or 22 frets (not sure, it's not here atm so I can't check) and has two single coil pickups. The body is heavy, I don't really know what kind of wood its made out of and the tuners appear solid. I think they are. It has a volume knob, a tone knob and a 3-way pickup switch. It has a maple neck. I got a bag and a certificate showing it's an actual G&L guitar. Body is tele style obviously. I don't really know much about guitars, nor do I care. I found out that features such as how many frets or type of tuners and bridge don't mean a lot. I just care how a guitar plays and sounds. So this part is actually quite bleh. Sorry.