NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by Maggieo » Wed Sep 04, 2019 8:08 am

I love it!
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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by RocknRollShakeUp » Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:33 pm

Congratulations. I dig it.

I have a Doheny also that I really like. Mine is made out of Empress wood and weights 6.9lbs. It balances very well, and while the offset JM type guitars wear weight in the 8 lb range very well, this design wears it well even in the ultra light category based on my experience with my Doheny. I have two Fender JM's, one is 7.96lbs and one is 8.14 lbs and they do feel much lighter then what they are to me.

Anyway, I really dig the MFD pickups and the G&L electronics with the treble and bass tone knobs. So versatile. I could get JM tones out of them, Tele tones, and nice Hi-Fi kinda Gretschy tones out of them.

I do wish the neck was a bit more corpulent, but it's fine. If anything I could sort of shred on a thin neck a bit easier.

That vibrato is also bomb proof, and the guitar has great sustain.

I Dig the Doheny's, welcome to the club!

Here's mine
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(I put firebird knobs on it, playing with the dark side a bit, but I think I want to put cream witch hat knobs on it)

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by Horsefeather » Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:44 pm

So guys, are you able to get those MFDs to sound like conventional JM pickups by adjusting the PTB? I mean like close enough that they'd pass a blind test?

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by sirspens » Wed Oct 02, 2019 3:16 pm

Horsefeather wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 2:44 pm
So guys, are you able to get those MFDs to sound like conventional JM pickups by adjusting the PTB? I mean like close enough that they'd pass a blind test?
No. They don't get the same harmonics. But they are great pickups in their own right, and not completely dissimilar from Jazzmaster pickups.

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by guitarsammy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:00 am

RocknRollShakeUp wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:33 pm
Congratulations. I dig it.

I have a Doheny also that I really like. Mine is made out of Empress wood and weights 6.9lbs. It balances very well, and while the offset JM type guitars wear weight in the 8 lb range very well, this design wears it well even in the ultra light category based on my experience with my Doheny. I have two Fender JM's, one is 7.96lbs and one is 8.14 lbs and they do feel much lighter then what they are to me.

Anyway, I really dig the MFD pickups and the G&L electronics with the treble and bass tone knobs. So versatile. I could get JM tones out of them, Tele tones, and nice Hi-Fi kinda Gretschy tones out of them.

I do wish the neck was a bit more corpulent, but it's fine. If anything I could sort of shred on a thin neck a bit easier.

That vibrato is also bomb proof, and the guitar has great sustain.

I Dig the Doheny's, welcome to the club!

Here's mine
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(I put firebird knobs on it, playing with the dark side a bit, but I think I want to put cream witch hat knobs on it)
That’s a lovely colour. What do G&L call it? Did you go nitro or poly?

I sort of have this thing, where with a JM I want it to be nitro because that’s more 50s/60s authentic, but with a G&L, because they are really an 80s guitar brand (OK, I know the Doheny is more recent), I feel “free” to have a poly guitar and not to worry about it. Stupid, I know.

And yes, the tremolo is fantastic (far more stable than any Strat trem I’ve ever played), and that together with the pickups and tone controls is what really sets the Doheny apart as an excellent ‘alternative’ to a Fender offset, IMO.

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by Danley » Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:19 pm

G&Ls were nitro back in the '80s :)
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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by guitarsammy » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:12 pm

Danley wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 7:19 pm
G&Ls were nitro back in the '80s :)
:k

Oh, shit. I’m just going to pretend I didn’t read that.

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by VPO » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:48 am

I asked this before on wrong topic, but do you guitarsammy know what kind of routing is under the pickguard? Is there one big pool or what? Can't find any pictures.

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by vistavision » Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:40 am

VPO wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:48 am
I asked this before on wrong topic, but do you guitarsammy know what kind of routing is under the pickguard? Is there one big pool or what? Can't find any pictures.
There's a picture here in this thread posted by tammyw
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=105597&start=390
Go down the page about half way.
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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by VPO » Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:18 pm

vistavision wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 8:40 am
VPO wrote:
Wed Oct 09, 2019 3:48 am
I asked this before on wrong topic, but do you guitarsammy know what kind of routing is under the pickguard? Is there one big pool or what? Can't find any pictures.
There's a picture here in this thread posted by tammyw
viewtopic.php?f=6&t=105597&start=390
Go down the page about half way.
Thank you!

This is wonderful.

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by RocknRollShakeUp » Mon Nov 04, 2019 2:43 pm

guitarsammy wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 9:00 am
RocknRollShakeUp wrote:
Wed Oct 02, 2019 1:33 pm
Congratulations. I dig it.

I have a Doheny also that I really like. Mine is made out of Empress wood and weights 6.9lbs. It balances very well, and while the offset JM type guitars wear weight in the 8 lb range very well, this design wears it well even in the ultra light category based on my experience with my Doheny. I have two Fender JM's, one is 7.96lbs and one is 8.14 lbs and they do feel much lighter then what they are to me.

Anyway, I really dig the MFD pickups and the G&L electronics with the treble and bass tone knobs. So versatile. I could get JM tones out of them, Tele tones, and nice Hi-Fi kinda Gretschy tones out of them.

I do wish the neck was a bit more corpulent, but it's fine. If anything I could sort of shred on a thin neck a bit easier.

That vibrato is also bomb proof, and the guitar has great sustain.

I Dig the Doheny's, welcome to the club!

Here's mine
Image
(I put firebird knobs on it, playing with the dark side a bit, but I think I want to put cream witch hat knobs on it)
That’s a lovely colour. What do G&L call it? Did you go nitro or poly?

I sort of have this thing, where with a JM I want it to be nitro because that’s more 50s/60s authentic, but with a G&L, because they are really an 80s guitar brand (OK, I know the Doheny is more recent), I feel “free” to have a poly guitar and not to worry about it. Stupid, I know.

And yes, the tremolo is fantastic (far more stable than any Strat trem I’ve ever played), and that together with the pickups and tone controls is what really sets the Doheny apart as an excellent ‘alternative’ to a Fender offset, IMO.
So sorry for the late response!

It is surf green.
It is the regular poly finish they use. Most of my guitars are nitro but I don’t mind poly if it isn’t too thick and the guitar sounds good in general.

But I know what you mean about a newer style guitar being more acceptably palatable in poly compared to a more vintage style guitar. Anyway I don’t worry about it and just enjoy the guitar.

Keep on rockin’!

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by guitarsammy » Thu May 21, 2020 11:55 am

Finally got my callipers out tonight and measured the neck thickness on this, so thought I may as well post it here for posterity.....

0.82" at the first fret, 0.88" at the 12th.

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by Mechanical Birds » Thu May 21, 2020 10:44 pm

guitarsammy wrote:
Thu Nov 15, 2018 12:15 pm
Yeah, it’s a great trem. I really like G&L guitars now. Great hardware, and some interesting designs. I am even a big fan of their headstocks.

Never quite sure why so many guitars (from all manufacturers) don’t come with even a basic setup though. It’s fine if you know how to do it yourself, or can pay someone to do it for you I suppose.
I think it just comes down to how guitar manufacturing has become much more of a factory-type enterprise and much less of luthiery

I totally agree with you though. When you buy a new car you don’t have to put air in all the tires or adjust how much gas is used when you tap the pedal or how much battery draw you need to be able to use the headlights. A lot of stores take it upon themselves to get them where they should be, like CME - every time I’ve seen one of their guitars it’s been opened and properly set up before being sent to the buyer. But even them
Being forced to do that is pretty lame. If you’re marking something as good enough to count as a ‘new’ item, that should come with the reasonable expectation that you’ll be able to use it immediately.

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by Iheartreverb » Fri May 22, 2020 6:51 am

Good work there! All the ones of these i've played have been pretty heavy BUT all sounded amazing. The pickups in the entire range are amazing

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Re: NGD - G&L Tribute Doheny

Post by guitarsammy » Fri May 22, 2020 7:26 am

Yeah, mines 8.5lb, so not light, but my Marr Jaguar was slightly heavier. I think US Doheny's can be spec'ed with lighter woods.

The pickups do sound really, really great. I play mine through a blackface type tube amp and it sounds as good as any other guitar I've ever owned.

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