This Invader XL Standard features:
- Vintage White finish on Mahogany Body
- G&L 'Classic C' Neck, 12" Radius, 1-5/8" nut
- Light tint satin neck with Rosewood fingerboard
- Saddle Lock Bridge
- Sperzel USA Tuners
- G&L AS4250Z Neck Humbucker
- G&L AW4370Z Bridge Humbucker
- 3-way pickup switch
- Volume and Tone controls
- Includes G&L hard/soft hybrid case
The Invader XL Standard was a special run of guitars that were meant to combine the modern Invader style with simpler layout and classic G&L features. The XL trades the bulky Floy Rose Trem for the Saddle Lock Bridge and also featured G&L house-wound humbuckers. The pickup names at G&L are codes for their windings so here's the breakdown:
AS4250Z Neck position humbucker - The neck pickup is an Alnico V humbucker wound 5000 turns with 42 gauge wire. With a resistance of approximately 8.3k it is quite warm with hefty mids and rounded treble. The Z stands for the black/white zebra color scheme.
AW4370Z Bridge position humbucker - The bridge pickup is also Alnico V and wound 7000 times with thinner 43 gauge wire. This gives it a pretty spicy output of 13.4k. While that's not in the range of say a JB, it has plenty of bark and bite.
This guitar also features the original "standard" Classic C neck profile. It's is a little thicker than the typical American Fender neck, but the additional fullness feels good and will work for all but those with very small hands. G&L makes 10 different neck profiles but their #1 neck was the mainstay for years and a good fit for most players. The modern 12" radius fingerboard with medium jumbo frets are a well suited for modern playing styles, and more amenable to bends and soloing than a vintage-correct tighter radius board with narrow frets.
Over the years G&L has put out countless special run models and sometimes they get forgotten with time. This Invader XL is a beast that offers a powerful rock and roll voice, modern styling and simple functionality, all with the world-class G&L craftsmanship. It's a rare and enjoyable find.Made In USA on Fender Ave in Fullerton, CA. USA