G&L CLF Research Doheny V12 , Made In USA, Hardshell Case, Gorgeous
So, we opened up the box that contained this new G&L Doheny V12 guitar, and we're sort of at a loss on how to describe it accurately. It's gorgeous, as we'd expected it to be, with a sort of Jazzmaster-vibe body shape, but with quality hardware and a quality bridge/tremolo.
Several things jumped out at us as soon as we saw it. First, the pickguard is a matte-finish black, with a light texture to it. It's different from other pickguards, but it's absolutely right for this guitar. It doesn't show fingerprints (and probably not scratches) like common pickguards tend to.
Also, the fretboard is not rosewood, it's Chechen Chechen is a very hard, smooth, fine-grain hardwood that looks like nicely-colored rosewood but feels more like ebony. It's common name is Caribbean Rosewood. I like to think of Chechen as what rosewood would like to be when it grows up.
The controls are also different. The three knobs are volume, treble, and bass. Next to these controls are two mini-toggles. Each toggle controls one of the pickups, and allows selection between series, parallel, and coil-tap.
The frets have been through the Plek machine, which means they are perfectly level.
Everyone who sees this guitar is sort of stunned by how beautiful it is.
Photos here are photos of the actual guitar and case. Also included is a photo of the G&L build sheet, which gives all the specs from G&L.
The case contains a certificate of authenticity, with this serial number, signed by Mrs. Leo Fender.
If you'd like to read the G&L page about this guitar, it can be found here.