'Caribbean Rosewood' Fretboard
This G&L model features a Metopium Brownei fretboard, which is often referred to as 'Chechen' or 'Caribbean Rosewood'. Despite its common name, Caribbean Rosewood is not a Dalbergia family species, and therefore it isn't CITES restricted. For more information about CITES, check out our dedicated guide.
Brought back to life in the 21st Century, the Skyhawk is an old-school G&L design that is now regarded as one of the brand's most versatile models; especially the HH version. With clever circuitry giving you access to a wealth of different tones, this guitar can be adapted for almost any musical scenario.
The G&L Skyhawk HH features a balanced-sounding Alder body. A timeless choice for many in the guitar industry, Alder yields a full tone and serves as a great tonal foundation for the G&L-designed humbuckers.
Paired with a Maple neck, this material adds some clear top-end definition, while the bolt-on construction gives notes a snappy and immediate quality. Adorned with a Caribbean Rosewood fingerboard, this wood feels smooth and luxurious under the fingers, with the 9 1/2" radius suiting both traditional and contemporary players alike. The 22 frets are also 'Plek-dressed', which ensures that they are incredibly level for an optimal setup.
Electronics & Hardware
The Skyhawk HH is fitted with a pair of powerful G&L-designed humbuckers. The AW4368C bridge pickup has a thick yet aggressive sound; handling overdrive and high-gain without breaking a sweat. The AS4255 neck humbucker is tamer, with a warmer quality that sounds smooth and precise with clean amps settings.
Although those sounds may be enough for some, the Skyhawk's flexible circuitry lets you manipulate the sound of the pickups for even more tonal possibilites. With a push/pull coil tap function, you can attain those sweet, glassy single-coil style sounds completely on-the-fly. It doesn't end there either, as G&L's acclaimed 'PTB Tone System' is also fitted. Unlike conventional tone controls, with this system you essentially have independent treble and bass EQ controls, so that you can roll off excessive highs and lows respectively.
Regarding hardware, the Skyhawk HH is installed with G&L's distinctive 'Dual-Fulcrum' tremolo. With its low friction design, the Dual-Fulcrum vibrato has a far smoother action when in use, and lets you slightly raise the guitar's pitch too.
- CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
- SCALE: 25 1/2"
- BODY WOOD: Alder
- NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple w/ Caribbean Rosewood fingerboard
- NECK PROFILE: G&L Modern Classic with 9 1/2" radius and 1 11/16" nut-width
- NUT: 100% natural bone
- FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, nickel, Plek dressed
- TUNING KEYS: 12:1 ratio, sealed-back
- BRIDGE: Leo Fender-designed G&L Dual-Fulcrum™ vibrato with forged brass saddles
- PICKUPS: G&L AS4255 in neck position; AW4368C in bridge position
- CONTROLS: 3-position pickup selector, volume, treble, bass (PTB™ system), push/pull coil tap for both pickups
- CASE: Deluxe Tolex hardshell