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S-500s were most commonly made with ash bodies, especially after 1983, but some were made with maple bodies such as the one shown here.  In general, all G&L Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups produce an exceptional tone when coupled to a maple body.  Structurally, the only notable difference is the change to the bi-cut neck in early 1983.  Cosmetically, the S-500 remained unaltered until the introduction of the S-500 Signature model.  

G&L S-500 (April 1984)

Body: Solid; 2-piece maple

Finish: White, polyester

Neck: 2-piece maple, bolt-on

Fingerboard: Ebony; pearloid dot markers

Number of Frets: 22

Pickguard: Black crinkle powder coated aluminum

Bridge: G&L Dual Fulcrum vibrato, chrome

Nut: Plastic

Tuners: G&L/Schaller, sealed, chrome

Pickups: Three, G&L Magnetic Field Design single coil with adjustable pole pieces

Controls: Master volume, treble, and bass, 5-way pickup selector

Scale Length: 25 1/2 inches

Neck Width at Nut: 1 5/8 inches

Body Width at Lower Bout: 12 7/8 inches

Body Depth: 1 5/8 inches

Weight: 7.9 lb.

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