G&L USA Doheny Offset Guitar, Jet Black, Maple Fretboard w/Black Blocks and Binding, Gloss Neck Finish
- G&L USA Doheny
- Jet Black
- Maple Fretboard
- Alder Body
- Maple Neck
- G&L Modern Classic Neck Shape - 1 11/16” nut width with 1 5/8” string spacing allows a generous edge roll for superb comfort without string fall-off. Fairly slim with mild taper from 0.820” at 1st fret to 0.870” at the 12th fret.
- 9.5" Fretboard Radius
- Gloss Vintage Tint Neck Finish
- Black Block Inlays
- Black Fretboard Binding
- Dual Fulcrum Vibrato Bridge
- 3-Ply Tortoiseshell Pickguard
- Parchment Pickup Covers and Knobs
- Medium Jumbo PLEK'd Frets
- G&L MFD Wide-Bobbin Single Coil Pickups
- 3-Position Pickup Selector Switch
- Chrome Hardware
- Model Logo Delete
- G&L Deluxe Hard Shell Case
- G&L Owners Info and Specs Sheet Included
- Instrument Weight: 8.5 lbs.
This is a smooth, versatile, American crafted offset JM style guitar, but with enough twists to really set it apart and at a price tag way below what it should be. Tonally, this guitar is a testament to the fact that the JM guitar style's vintage sounds, but will have its own voice in the single-coil, offset world. The upgraded ebony fretboard on this adds some nice brightness to the overall sound. With the characteristic single coil top-end shimmer but a beefier midrange and bigger, but tighter bottom end than you might be used to, the Doheny has a unique and fully realized tonal identity that will enhance a whole range of styles. The neck is sublime! It's round and extremely comfortable everywhere with easy access to the upper frets. The pickups sound simply divine and G&L's PBT system really adds a wealth of versatility to this traditional design with passive bass and treble roll-off controls.
We plugged this bad boy into an amp and listened in amazement as everything from bright, clean, and twangy, to dark, grungy, and heavy, to warm, mellow, and jazzy, to funky treble and bluesy distortion effortlessly translated from the guitar, through the amp, and every note was crystal clear, articulate, and defined.
Is this G&L's greatest invention in the last 25 years? Well... It definitely needs to be up there for serious consideration. But we'll let you make that call for yourselves.
Inspired by the classic surf sound born in Southern California, the new G&L Doheny™ takes its name from the iconic beach in the heart of Orange County where '60s surf pioneers became legends. Since those halcyon days, both music and surfing have evolved far beyond their roots, and so has the performance of the gear.
Doheny takes the bolt-on offset-body into new sonic territory with newly developed Magnetic Field Design™ jazz pickups, the first on any production G&L. Naturally, these new pickups will invite comparison to Leo’s jumbo MFD™ ASAT® Special pickups, given they employ a narrow bobbin aperture and broad coil splay. But Doheny's MFD pickups are more about jangle than twang, just as they should be for a guitar like this. With a classic jazz bobbin aperture wrapped with traditional Formvar wire, these pickups just might be the approach Leo would have taken had he been with us a few years longer.
So what’s it like? The sound is rich in harmonics yet surprisingly full, the result of carefully researching and applying Leo’s creative work across the decades. The Doheny pickups deliver the experience fans have hoped for, with their flexibility maximized by the PTB tone system that allows echoes of yesteryear while delivering more output and range for today’s music. Add in Leo’s finest vibrato for enhanced tuning stability and improved sustain, and the results are astounding.
Founded by Leo Fender in 1980, G&L USA instruments continue to be made in the historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the Birthplace of Bolt-on™.
Our in-house guitar tech has inspected, tested, set up, and cleaned all of our instruments on site prior to shipping. All of our instruments are guaranteed to be fully functional upon arrival.