G&L Espada

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G&L Espada

Post by burpgun » Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:05 pm

Forgive me if this isn’t new but I think it may be and it looks pretty damn cool. It appears to be a new G&L called the Espada.

http://glguitars.com/product/clf-research-espada/

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by Danley » Wed Jul 17, 2019 2:14 pm

I like what G&L is doing of late - active preamp to Electric XII style MFDs, just like Leo wanted :)
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Re: G&L Espada

Post by mbene085 » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:14 pm

Aren't those what the prototype Z-coils looked like?

Love it. Love the control panel. If they put that stuff in a Doheny or Fallout body it'd be an instant buy for me.

Edit - just read that they are indeed based on the prototype pickups.

Man, I love this. Especially the series-parallel wiring, which I really like on Z-coils.

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by VPO » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:31 pm

Finally! I think they got prototype at last NAMM.

Waiting for the G&L Espada Tribute!

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by Vlad_the_Impala » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:36 pm

I like how it looks, and it sounded cool... But it has a pre-amp with a 9 volt battery. I don't see the point of that: I'd rather use a pedal to do the same thing.

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by tdbajus » Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:52 pm

Vlad_the_Impala wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:36 pm
I like how it looks, and it sounded cool... But it has a pre-amp with a 9 volt battery. I don't see the point of that: I'd rather use a pedal to do the same thing.
There is a switch to bypass it.

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by Vlad_the_Impala » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:24 pm

tdbajus wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:52 pm
Vlad_the_Impala wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:36 pm
I like how it looks, and it sounded cool... But it has a pre-amp with a 9 volt battery. I don't see the point of that: I'd rather use a pedal to do the same thing.
There is a switch to bypass it.
I know! In my opinion, which is mine, it just seems like an extra bit of electronics that uselessly complicates the guitar and probably makes it heavier.

Of course, I would love to try it out. Who knows, maybe I'd like it!

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by BoringPostcards » Wed Jul 17, 2019 8:58 pm

They put a small demo up, but the amp they used is trash, so it doesn’t sound as good as the original video footage I saw.
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Re: G&L Espada

Post by BoringPostcards » Wed Jul 17, 2019 11:36 pm

Vlad_the_Impala wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:24 pm
tdbajus wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 4:52 pm
Vlad_the_Impala wrote:
Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:36 pm
I like how it looks, and it sounded cool... But it has a pre-amp with a 9 volt battery. I don't see the point of that: I'd rather use a pedal to do the same thing.
There is a switch to bypass it.
I know! In my opinion, which is mine, it just seems like an extra bit of electronics that uselessly complicates the guitar and probably makes it heavier.

Of course, I would love to try it out. Who knows, maybe I'd like it!
I’ve had Music Man models with batteries. You don’t really get additional weight from the preamp.
I imagine the circuit in the Espada is similar in weight.
Preamp is good for recording more than anything else.
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Re: G&L Espada

Post by mbene085 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 2:43 am

The preamp is also good for running long cables without losing high end to capacitance.

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by Vlad_the_Impala » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:11 am

I think they should use the espada headstock on every G&L from now on.

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by thenewromance » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:14 am

Vlad_the_Impala wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:11 am
I think they should use the espada headstock on every G&L from now on.
Yeah, it's nice.

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by Danley » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:22 am

thenewromance wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:14 am
Vlad_the_Impala wrote:
Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:11 am
I think they should use the espada headstock on every G&L from now on.
Yeah, it's nice.
Same as (or close to) old F100 or SC-Series guitars - which are different from each other in themselves. I like it too.

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by mbene085 » Thu Jul 18, 2019 10:34 am

Yeah, I have both an '80 F-100 and '86 SC-3 and find their headstocks vastly preferable to the modern "nipple" headstocks. Would be happy to see more along these lines from G&L in the future.

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Re: G&L Espada

Post by BoringPostcards » Thu Jul 18, 2019 1:23 pm

I love the hook headstock. Always did.
Not too keen on the S-500/Legacy Version, but I love the one used on ASATs and Fallout/SC2 headstock.
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