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G&L's new Jazzmaster- the Doheny

Discussion in 'Other Guitars, other instruments' started by beyer160, Sep 5, 2017.

  1. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Holic

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    This is all kinds of awesome.

    MFDs? PTB tone circuit? HELLS YEAH!

    I do love the Jazzmaster trem, but the G&L Dual Fulcrum is its spiritual successor and a damn good trem in its own right.

    Now all I have to do is start robbing banks to come up with the $1300 these things are rumored to cost (which, considering the ridiculous price Fender wants for their AV65 Jazzmasters, is perfectly reasonable).

    The funny thing is, one night earlier this year I was well past the point of inebriation at a bar in Austin and sketched out this exact guitar to a friend of mine as we talked about our hypothetical signature guitars. The only differences were that mine was going to be Dakota red and had a matching headstock. Obviously G&L had me under surveillance...

    Oh, and mine would have kept the toggle switch on the lower bout. That's -1 to G&L.
     
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  2. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Holic

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    Interestingly, these are awfully close to the Fender American Pro series Jazzmasters in features and price point. I thought those were a dud, but I have higher expectations of G&L.
     
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  3. Ringo

    Ringo Poster Extraordinaire

    Mar 16, 2003
    Memphis TN
    They look cool, though I don't care for the hardtail model.
    I wonder how they will sound with the MFD pickups , that's not going to be a traditional JM tone.
     
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  4. src9000

    src9000 Poster Extraordinaire

    Those are good looking doohickeys.
     
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  5. Whoa Tele

    Whoa Tele Tele-Afflicted

    Mar 20, 2009
    Smyrna Ga.
    I've been looking for a Joe Maphis kind of sound. I wonder how close this will get me. If I remember correctly, those mfd pickups have a lot of clarity.
     

  6. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    Nov 15, 2009
    Austin, Tx
    Cool.
    Glad they do a hardtail!
    G&L's top loader is very nicely made/machined.
    I agree their trem is very smooth, too.
    Though I am not a fan of either of the finishes shown, G&L offers tons of finish options.
    I love the simpler switching, and I greatly prefer the switch "up top", too.
    Looks like a winner!
     
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  7. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Holic

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    Yeah, hardtail Jazzmasters are like a Harley with training wheels.

    Pickup wise though, the MFD was a refinement of the Jazzmaster concept- fat, punchy, articulate. I think they'll be in the same ballpark. The big difference is going to be in the trem, and losing the string length behind the bridge which is going to cut down on all the weird overtones that make Jazzmasters sound like they do.
     
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  8. ac15

    ac15 Poster Extraordinaire Ad Free Member

    May 9, 2005
    CHICAGO, IL.
    Very true about the string length. Didn't notice that. I think I will stick with an actual Jazzmaster.
     

  9. Danjabellza

    Danjabellza Tele-Afflicted

    Sep 22, 2014
    Pahrump, nv
    The block inlay on that sunburst is remarkable. Super gorgeous!
     
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  10. brookdalebill

    brookdalebill Telefied Ad Free Member

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    I just want to add an Amen!
    I like inlays my failing eyeballs can see!
     
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  11. Paul in Colorado

    Paul in Colorado Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

    Mar 17, 2003
    Fort Collins, CO
    But what does "Doheny" mean? They could have named it after a famous surfing spot or something.
     
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  12. Anode100

    Anode100 Friend of Leo's

    May 9, 2014
    Behind my beard.
    Doheny State Beach, Dana Point, California...
     
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  13. BorderRadio

    BorderRadio Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Phoenix, AZ
    I'm down with these, especially the big blocks. The G&L SC-1 I started on had JM envy all these years and I just didn't know it, and with MFDs, well that's it for me. Downside is the lack of a true JM/Jag floating trem, but I know my way around the G&L two-point floater very well, a nice vibrato for sure.
     

  14. bluescube

    bluescube Friend of Leo's

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    Tribute to Surf Rock
     

  15. LoveHz

    LoveHz Tele-Holic

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    Nov 21, 2014
    Kent, UK
    I'd want the second control circuit with roller controls.
     
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  16. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    It's a G&L with a Jazzmaster-shaped body. Not a criticism, but it is what it is, and that is, not really a Jazzmaster. That said, Fender has "Jazzmasters" like this:

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    As for the block inlay, I wonder if that's going to be a general option across all models. G&L is good about providing options like neck contour and fretboard radius, etc...
     

  17. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Holic

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    At 1:23:

    They're anglin' in laguna in Cerro Azul
    They're kicking out in Doheny too




    True. But I like G&Ls, and a 2 x full size MFD guitar with the dual fulcrum sounds pretty cool. The offset body shape is just a bonus, really. Functionally, you'e right- it's not too far from an S500.
     
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  18. BigDaddyLH

    BigDaddyLH Telefied Ad Free Member

    +1. I have a Special with Jumbo MFDs and they are great.
     

  19. jklotz

    jklotz Tele-Afflicted

    Jan 10, 2012
    Atlanta, GA
    Most of the G&L's I've tried were pretty heavy. With all that extra body mass (over a T or S style guitar), I'd be concerned about the weight.
     

  20. beyer160

    beyer160 Tele-Holic

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    That's not a bug, it's a feature!
     
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