Vintage Guitar - July 2016 - Open - 128
t-BOne with a
side Of sustain
LsL instruments' Soledad
ased out of Santa Clarita, California,
LsL Instruments was founded by
Lance and Lisa Lerman in 2008 after many
years in the furniture-manufacturing
business as well as guitar building. Today,
the crew at LsL utilizes a mix of CNC
machining and handwork to produce a
variety of electric guitars and basses, as
well as most of the pickups used in their
The latest from LsL is the Soledad.
Based on LsL's popular T-bone Tele platform, the Soledad features a chambered
semi-hollow T-style body, a f lame maple
top with binding, bass- and treble-side F
holes, and a nitrocellulose lacquer finish.
LsL uses a single piece of swamp ash for
their Soledad bodies and machines
a proprietary "Wave Guide"
chamber inside them. This
unique feature guides or
pushes the sound out the
sound holes and relieves
some of the body weight.
LsL offers several pickup
a classic dual single-coil
setup, dual humbuckers, a
single in the bridge with a
humbucker in the neck, and
the configuration that our tester was loaded with: a humbucker in the bridge and a
P-90 in the neck. Controls
are rear-mounted and
include an upper-bout
three-way toggle pickup
selector, a master Volume control and a
master Tone control
with a push/pull to
split the humbucker.
In the hardware department, the Soledad
features Gotoh vintagestyle tuners and a short
vintage box-style Tele bridge
Price: $3,210 (list) /$2,920 (street)
with brass saddles and chrome barrel knobs.
The Soledad has a comfortable and
familiar feel that's a mix of modern
and vintage, with a nice slim vintage
C neck profile, a modern and slightly
flatter 9.5" radius dark rosewood
f retboard w ith larger medium
Dunlop 6105 fret wire, and a classic
narrow inline headstock. The neck
is made of quartersawn maple.
The single-cutaway body is light
and resonant, and the controls are
in the familiar convenient locations.
The nitro finish has a great vintage feel
and look on both the body and neck,
and the short box bridge with brass
saddles is comfortable.
We checked out t he Soledad
with a Fender reissue '59 Bassman
(6L6/12AX7) 4x10 all-tube combo.
The Soledad is available in several
pickup configurations, and our tester's bridge humbucker had a nice
thick and rich sound with lots of clear,
punchy midrange, yet it retained that
snappy top-end twang, especially
when split. When split, it surprisingly
stout - not thin or weak like a typical
The neck P-90 was also very
beefy, with a thick, warm tone that
produced a shimmering jangle when
mixed with the bridge pickup. It
excelled with overdrive, providing a
throaty and articulate solo tone, but
also cleaned up well for very warm,
smooth jazz chords.
LsL's Wave Guide chambering
bolsters the guitar's natural sustain
- our tester's notes hung on without
tons of overdrive, and
the guitar offered a
resonance feeling in
With its semi-hollow body and thick
punchy bridge pickup, the Soledad loves
to get dirty - chords are
super crunchy with tons
of overtones, sustain,
and excellent clarity,
even with the overdrive piled on.
The Soledad has
a very cool and
ref i ned T h i nline vibe that is
great mix of a
a nd h ig h- end
custom shop -
all with a killer
fat tone, tons
of s u s t a i n, a nd
g re at pl a y a bi l it y.
- Phil Feser