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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
instruments.
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
configurations, including
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)
Info: lslinstruments.com

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

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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
split humbucker.
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
noticeable acoustic
resonance feeling in
the hands.
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
familiar classic
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

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