G&L is the final legacy of legendary guitar builder Leo Fender. Creator of so many iconic instruments, Leo continued to re-work these designs when he founded G&L in 1979.
The Doheny is relatively faithful to the original bolt-on neck, offset design but with the added benefit of higher output pickups and a more stable vibrato bridge system.
Body and Neck
The Basswood body on this guitar keeps it nice and light making it comfortable to play, especially for long periods and while standing; additionally, some say Basswood lends a balanced yet warm tone to guitars.
The Doheny features a 9” radius Brazilian Cherry fingerboard – this is slightly more curved than most modern fingerboard and makes fretting chords a breeze without compromising your ability to play leads and bends.
Electronics and Hardware
The Doheny features Leo Fender-designed wide bobbin Magnetic Field Design single coil pickups. These pickups are the classic offset jazz style single coils that have a warm, well-defined sound popular with surf and indie rockers alike. The Magnetic Field Design also makes these pickups quieter, with a higher output than traditional Alnico single coils.
The Leo Fender-designed Passive Treble Bass system adds greater functionality and flexibility to the tone controls allowing you to shape the bass and treble with more precision.
One of the significant innovations on this guitar is the Leo Fender-designed Dual-Fulcrum vibrato bridge which allows you to bend up or down with ease and greater tuning stability than its vintage counterparts.
Here's What G&L Say About the Tribute Doheny
Introducing G&L Doheny: the Evolution of the Offset
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.
- Construction: Bolt-on
- Scale: 25 1/2"
- Pickups: Leo Fender wide-bobbin MFD™ single coil
- Body Wood: Basswood
- Neck Wood: Hard-Rock Maple With Brazilian Cherry fingerboard
- Neck Dimensions: 1 5/8" width at nut, 9" radius
- Bridge: G&L Dual-Fulcrum™ vibrato
- Controls: 3-position toggle, volume, PTB system