- 25.5″ Scale Bolt-on Maple Neck
- Carribean Rosewood Fingerboard
- 21 Medium-jumbo Frets
- Off-set Alder Body
- MFD™ Single Coil Pickups
As a pioneering dynamic duo, Leo Fender and George Fullerton left an indelible mark on the electric guitar. From the inception on through to all the solid body electric guitar’s progressions, Leo and George are still part of ‘the mix’.
G&L takes its name from George and Leo, and you can still visit Fullerton, CA today and see Leo’s office space just as he left it when he passed away. Speaking of namesake, the Doheny is named after the famed beach, key to the Southern California’s surfer culture. The Doheny’s offset body on the other hand pays homage to the Surf guitar culture. Noting I’ve played Leo’s iconic Stratocaster and Telecaster designs for most of my life, I was pleasantly surprised at how very comfortable the Doheny is to play. I love the offset body! It is light-weight and well-balanced, and sits perfectly on your leg when sitting down to play.
The bolt-on Maple neck features G&L’s ‘Modern Classic’ profile, a Caribbean Rosewood fretboard with a 9½” radius, and twenty-one ‘Pleked’ medium-jumbo frets. This guitar is a blast to play – the string tension feels great and the notes are easy to bend. The neck and body resonated really well against your body, without plugging in. This is also a great sign of the things to come….
The Doheny takes bolt-on guitars into new sonic territory by being the first G&L model to sport the Magnetic Field Design Jazzpickups. These wide-bobbin MFD™ single-coil pickups sound great! The neck pickup offers you a full rich sound, the middle position is well balanced with some additional highs, and the bridge pickup gave you all brightness you need to cut through the mix, without sounding too harsh or ‘spikey’.
The pick-ups look just as cool as they sound thanks to the parchment colored pick-up covers. Add the three-ply tortoise shell colored pickguard, chrome tuners, and a sturdy looking bridge with a pop-in tremolo arm to the mix, and you have one special guitar that at 7.45 pounds won’t break your back!
In conclusion, I was truly impressed with the Doheny. This guitar reflects a perfect marriage of great design and American craftsmanship. Based on the combination of the G&L heritage, build quality, and value, I was sold! High marks to G&L Guitars!