G&L Guitars has announced a reissue of the Skyhawk which was a guitar range that once existed during the 1980s and is a double cutaway design.
George Fullerton and Leo Fender were the brains behind many an American classic electric guitar in their time. The CLF Skyhawk comes from this pretty well-respected lineage. This range was prevalent during the ’80s and some players have a soft spot for this design, as it was versatile and well made for its time.
The Dual Fulcrum Vibrato provides a smooth action and should keep everything returning back to pitch with its simple, yet effective design with forged brass saddles. Leo Fender designed it, and let’s be fair, he did design possibly one of the most iconic bridge systems ever back in the late ’50s and this one improves upon that design.
The CLF actually refers to Clarence Leo Fender and you can see why G&L are so proud of their company’s founder, the man made some amazing guitars. They’ve even named the control and knobs after him in the Skyhawk specifications.
I’m a fan of the control layout as it gives you plenty of tonal options via its standard five-way pickup switch, Volume, Treble, Bass knobs with PTB system. and it uses a mini-toggle switch that enables additional pickup combinations of neck+bridge or all three pickups at once. It has a set of Leo Fender-designed G&L MFD single coil pickups, which have plenty of punch, yet remain quiet in use, dues to the use of Alnico magnet polepieces.
The CLF Skyhawk range is available in either a Clear Blue over swamp ash finish or a Natural Ash with a maple fingerboard. You can also get it in Old School Tobacco Sunburst finish on okoume, or Pharaoh Gold Firemist finish on alder and both come with a Caribbean rosewood fingerboard. Each guitar has 22 medium jumbo nickel frets that have been Plek dressed to make them play super smoothly.
Some well-specified guitars made using some of Leo’s best engineering ideas and innovations. I would suggest you check out the official demo video below to get an overview of how they sound.
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