06-24-2013 01:16 PM
I have narrowed it down to these two guitars.... a G&L Tribute Legacy
W/Softcase comes in natural finish or a 2003 MIM fender strat in red wine finish with hardshell case. both are the same
price. debate it out. which one would you get?. I have heard good and bad on both,
someone please help me out
06-24-2013 01:42 PM
06-24-2013 02:17 PM
Can you plug them in and play?
If not, then I'd figure out why each are on sale, and go for the one that seems less likely to have been dumped for badness, but more for money.
06-24-2013 07:07 PM
Hard to beat a good Fender but easy to beat a bad one. I personally would play each one unplugged and see how notes up the fretboard ring out on bends, hammers and slides. I prefer the MIMs without the butcherblock bodies -better resonance in my opinion. Truthfully, I've never played a G&L though I've heard they're very nice. So, if I'm not mistaken the Legacy is the US model - that would carry some weight for me. I personally don't care for an extremely flat radius though, so that woulod be a factor as well.
06-25-2013 01:59 PM
it seems that a lot of things that i read says that the g&L has better electronics
06-25-2013 02:40 PM
06-25-2013 04:39 PM
An '03 MIM will most likely have vintage frets. Something to consider.
06-26-2013 11:25 AM
I used to own two Legacy's (USA-made, not the Tributes) and I've had a couple fo MIM Strats over the years. If the Tribute is built to the same standards that the US models are then I think it's a much better 'overall' guitar and the better buy. I understand they have the US electronics and hardware which is a big part of the difference for me.
That being said, I say 'overall' for one reason: the neck on the Legacy does not sit in the pocket the same as a Stratocaster. The neck heel is thicker, causing the height of the neck/fretboard above the body to be higher than on a Stratocaster. For me, I just could never get used to it, just wasn't comfortable, so I eventually sold the two G&L's and replaced them with two CS Stratocasters. I think it wouldn't bother most people long-term, and I thought I would get used to it when I bouht them, but I guess I had been used to Strats for so long I never did get comfortable with them.
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