Following on from the release in 2017 of the Doheny offset, G&L has just announced the Fullerton Deluxe Doheny HH models that include a few updates to the classic offset formula. Built in Fullerton, California, these new models come 60 years after Leo Fender’s original Jazzmaster design.
An upgraded offset model for 2019
Back in 2017, I described G&L’s Dohney as a “modern-day take on the Jazzmaster”. The original Fender Jazzmaster came out in 1959 and was Leo Fender’s idea of a premium jazz guitar, intended as a replacement for the Stratocaster. Of course, this didn’t really work out – instead it got used for surf music in the ’60s. Later it made post-punk bands look cool before the indie and grunge kids of the 90s picked them up and made helped them to even greater fame.
G&L Fullerton Deluxe Doheny HH
The new G&L Fullerton Deluxe Doheny HH offers a pair of G&L humbucking pickups, with a AS4255C in the neck and an AW4368C in the bridge position.
These are wired via the G&L PTB system which has a handy bass roll-off feature, so you can dial in more tones from the two humbuckers. Plus, you also get a very useful push/pull coil-tap for single coil-style tones. That makes the Doheny HH very versatile; this is no one-trick pony. These two features were also included in the recent Deluxe Skyhawk HH models.
The Doheny HH has a Leo Fender-designed Dual-Fulcrum vibrato/trem system, a huge departure from the classic ’59 design of the Fender Jazzmaster. It will certainly divide opinion and I can see many classic offset players disliking it on spec. But this is a great trem system in its own right. Things have moved on in the last 60 years and players in 2019 demand a lot more from a guitar. This is where the Deluxe Doheny HH can out-perform the classic Fender design of the original Jazzmaster. Yes, it is different and no, that isn’t a bad thing.
You can order the guitar with a Jet Black finish on an alder body with maple fingerboard and neck or as an Old School Tobacco Sunburst on okoume body with rosewood fingerboard/maple neck. I’d have liked to have seen more colour choices, as these two are nice, but a few candy colours, or classic ’50s colours would have been nice. If push comes to shove, I’d order a black one though,
RRP – USD 1499