The world of yowhatsshakin


Announced on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) site on August 29, 2017, when a message to dealers leaked out, the pickups on the Doheny are the first reworking of the Magnetic Field Design (MFD) pickups ever since Leo Fender passed away. Clearly inspired by the Fender Jazzmaster, these pickups use a narrow bobbin aperture but wide splay still allowing plenty of windings. It is also G&L’s first new body shape since the Invader from the mid-1990s. As a new offset body style, one even has to go back to 1983 with the SC-1/SC-2 ‘entry level’ models, later reprised on the modern day SC-2. In another nod to the Jazzmaster, in particular the kind of (‘60s) music in which it is frequently used, the model is named after Doheny State Beach in California, a popular spot for all things surfing. On the Specifications tab of the link provided at the bottom of this section one can find the default specs in which this model can be had. Among them, one finds the Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato (DFV), 3-way pickup selector, Passive Treble and Bass (PTB) tone stack, and alder body for Standard finishes, Three-tone Sunburst in this case. But beyond that, a number of customizations more to my liking were applied and are discussed below. The headstock shape also got reworked for the Doheny to a shortened version of the early-1980s headstock. Note that this model does not come with a model decal. According to Dave McLaren, leaving it off makes the appearance cleaner. More information can be found on the G&L website, including a demo by Griff Hamlin:


G&L Doheny w/Dual-Fulcrum Vibrato

The story behind this guitar

Year:                 2017

Serial number:    CLF17?????

Neck date:         unknown

Body date:         unknown

Strings:              D’Addario EXL110 Nickel Wound Regular Light (10-46)

Before the Doheny came out, I had marked my ASAT Classic bluesboy Semi-Hollow Okoumé w/Port Orford cedar top as the likeliest candidate for the “youngest” G&L in my collection. But unlike that limited edition guitar, the run of the mill guitar could be customized. And Eric Martin from Martin Music Guitar in Memphis, TN helped me do so. First off, I ordered the guitar with creme pickup covers and control knobs on B/W/B pickguard. Instead of the standard Modern Classic neck with 9½” radius fingerboard, mine has a BBE-era #4 neck: Classic Wide C profile with 12” rosewood fingerboard. Finally, I opted for pearl block inlays and Schaller Locking tuners, giving this guitar an amazing look and perfect functionality. It is currently on order and given the creme covers, it may take a while. Stay tuned!