G&L Tribute White Comanche, New
We love the G&L Comanche. Think of a G&L Legacy, but with Z-Coil pickups instead of the usual straight single coils. Z-Coils are genuine single coil pickups, but they are silent. You read that right: SILENT SINGLE COILS.
You know the up-side of a humbucker is that it's silent, none of the annoying hum that's bred into single coils. The down-side of the humbucker is it doesn't really sound like a single coil, it's... well, it's different.
The Z-Coil is the remedy for the common single coil pickup. This Leo Fender designed pickup sounds like a single coil (because that's what it is), without the annoying hum.
All that Z-Coil goodness mixed with an expander switch make this a truly unique guitar.
I mentioned the expander switch. Only the G&L Comanche has it. What this switch (disguised as a push/pull pot) does is make the middle pickup position switchable between a middle-pickup-on and middle-pickup middle-pickup-off. This means you can have either all three on in the middle, or a neck/bridge combo on. No other guitar has that option.
Here's what the good folks at G&L have to say about the Comanche:
The G&L Comanche® is Leo’s final word on the traditional double-cutaway bolt-on axe. Fact is, the first thing you’ll notice about the Comanche is the distinctive shape of the Magnetic Field Design™ Z-Coil™ pickups designed by Leo Fender† himself. These pickups deliver a bright and sparkly top end while offering a robust bottom end, all without any 60-cycle hum.
You’ll find plenty of power in the Z-coil pickups, but what’s surprising is how glassy and detailed they become as you roll back the volume and bass controls, the latter a part of the Comanche’s PTB™ (Passive Treble and Bass) system. What’s more, the Tribute® Series Comanche includes an expander switch on the treble pot to allow neck+bridge or all three pickups together. In a pinch, the neck+bridge combo does a convincing faux ASAT® Special. Talk about versatile!
The new G&L Tribute Series Comanche features one of Leo’s favorite pairings: the power of MFD pickups mellowed by the high porosity of a mahogany body. Making the most of this delicious combo is Leo’s Dual-Fulcrum vibrato, a work of engineering art which allows bending up or down with unsurpassed stability while offering a silky feel through its beefy aluminum vibrato arm.
The Comanche was the very last double-cutaway bolt-on guitar designed by Leo Fender, the culmination of everything he had learned during his amazing lifetime. And now, it’s available at a price within reach of every working musician. Once you play a G&L Tribute Series, you’ll never look back.
- Olympic White over Mahogany body, 3-ply White pickguard, tinted gloss neck finish, Brazilian Cherry fingerboard
- CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
- SCALE: 25 1/2"
- PICKUPS: Leo Fender†-designed G&L MFD™ Z-Coil™ hum-cancelling made in Fullerton, California
- BODY WOOD: Mahogany
- NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Rosewood fingerboard
- NECK WIDTH AT NUT: 1 5/8"
- NECK RADIUS: 12"
- NECK PROFILE: medium C
- FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, nickel
- TUNING KEYS: 18:1 ratio, sealed-back
- BRIDGE: Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum™ vibrato
- CONTROLS: 5-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB™ system), push/pull expander on treble pot enabling additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups together.