Built in California, the new G&L Fullerton Deluxe Skyhawk HH model comes loaded with twin humbuckers, and incorporates some subtle hints of the company’s past in its styling. But it also has with a few neat features to widen the range of tones available.
G&L Fullerton Deluxe Skyhawk HH
Built around a pair of humbucking pickups, the AS4255C in the neck position and AW4368C, the new G&L Fullerton Deluxe Skyhawk HH should have plenty of grunt when required. The controls consist of a three-position pickup selector, Volume, Treble, Bass. This guitar is fitted with the PTB system that allows bass roll-off, for a wider range of tones. A push/pull coil tap for both of the pickups will let you dial in some single-coil tones in addition to the humbucker sounds. So there are plenty of tonal options available here – this is no a one-trick pony.
The guitar comes with the Leo Fender-designed Dual-Fulcrum vibrato, so expect a smooth trem system that stays in tune. Leo was making great designs for guitars long after he left Fender and G&L guitars often build on these innovations.
Finish options include Old School Tobacco Sunburst over Okoume, a Caribbean rosewood fingerboard and a Vintage Gloss neck finish. Or you can have Surf Green over an Alder body instead.
The necks themselves are hard rock maple with 22 medium jumbo nickel frets and come Plek dressed. They have the G&L Modern Classic neck profile with 9 1/2″ radius and 1 11/16″ nut-width (the nut is made from bone).
This is a classic bolt-on design. Everything looks very familiar and Fender-ish, just with a few tweaks to the curves and that distinctive G&L headstock shape. Overall, these look like good guitars and the video below gives a good basic overview of what they sound like.
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