Leo Fender’s lost guitar design, the G&L Espada, has been reborn with one significant tonal twist

G&L Espada HH and Espada HH Active
(Image credit: G&L)

In late 1969, development on the Espada – an all-new electric guitar that had been designed by Leo Fender and his recently established CLF Research branch – was suddenly halted, though the original blueprint was unearthed from the archives half a century later for a full production release.

Now, that guitar – which originally came equipped with Fender’s innovative split-coil prototype pickups of the late ‘60s – has been souped up with a significant sonic twist.

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.