The original G&L Skyhawk series came onto the market back in 1984, looking like a a double cutaway design with a hint of offset, a slender waist and generous curves. G&L has decided to re-issue the Skyhawk in 2019: it’s back to the future!
G & L Fullerton Deluxe Skyhawk
G&L often uses different woods for the same series, depending on the paint job. The body of the Fullerton Deluxe Skyhawk in 3-Tone Sunburst is made from alder and the fingerboard is made of rosewood, whilst the guitars with Clear Orange paint are made from ash. The bolted necks with Modern Classic profile are made of maple.
Pickups and electronics
The guitar has three MFD single coils, controlled by a five-way selector switch, volume, treble and bass controls. So there should be plenty of tonal variations. Of course, this is not an active EQ, but the passive PTB system standard at G&L designed to keep the low frequencies in check. Last but not least, there is a small toggle switch that activates either all three pickups or only neck and bridge. The dual-fulcrum vibrato designed by Leo Fender should be super smooth, as he was a dab hand at trem designs by the time he started up G&L.
If you are in the market for an American-designed and -built guitar with single-coil pickups, then these new modern versions of the Fullerton Deluxe Skyhawk are worth checking out.
They don’t look quite as familiar to the eye as the earlier guitars that Leo Fender designed with his former guitar company. But you know you will get a lot for your money with these models. Leo designed some great hardware in his later years, so be sure to go try one out at your local guitar store if you get the chance.
RRP – G&L Fullerton Deluxe Skyhawk USD 1599 inc Deluxe Tolex Case