I've been impressed with almost every G&L I've ever played. The Legacy gets my vote hands down. The bodies have the deep 50's contours that I love. Mine has the Duncan SSL pickups which sound great.
It really astounds me how very few people seem know about G&L. I run into this all the time having to explain just who the "G" and the "L" stand for! The G&L company does a pi** poor job of marketing their product for sure. For example - They had a presence at NAMM this year, yet no mention has ever been made of this event on their website nor any photos posted. They run an enthusiast webpage that uses software dating from the stone age. I really feel like this laid back attitude in their business approach has really hurt the promotion of their product and their brand recognition. Leo Fender's last company deserves better than this!
They may have just found the right mix as far as the demand for their instruments and the ability to produce them at a high level...I think sometimes Americans get too caught up in the idea that every company should aim at being a billion dollar monster...some companies recognize that they couldn't do what they do on that scale...
Differences and which is your preference?
I'd choose the Legacy if they had a less overbuilt trem/bridge system that wasn't floating. Had a hardtail Legacy that was great, but they seem hard to come by. I wouldn't say it sounds exactly like a Strat though. Though the build quality is by average better, it's not the same feel or sound, imo.
That's a good point and I understand what you're saying. But the point I was making was referring more to recognition and understanding of the brand. It's true though - if the brand was more recognized and understood more product would be sold. It takes a lot more than just putting small ads in magazines to sell guitars these days and I think they would benefit from a stronger web presence.
Wow, see that's what I LOVE about the G&L's. To me, the bridge is just perfect for resting my palm for muting. Normal bridges are so flimsy feeling and close to the body (especially on a standard strat) they do abosolutely no good. Actually, that's one reason why I haven't pursued an ASAT with the standard ashtray bridge (although, I may try one out and fall in love with it anyway). I keep playing my MIM to compare and it feels like the bridge and back of the guitar fall away to nothing. To each his/her own I guess.