My guitar collection - G&L

 
 

The Fallout Bass Launch Edition was announced on the Guitars by Leo (GbL) site in August 2019. Instead of the customary 34” scale length, this short scale bass has only 30”. The Launch Edition has an alder body finished in either of 3 colors: Racing Green, Miami Blue, or Racing Yellow. To accentuate the racing theme, the body has elegant white (Racing Green) or black (Miami Blue and Racing Yellow) diagonal stripes on the lower bass bout with the single-ply pickguard matching that color. The wiring harness is simplicity itself harkening back to that of the L-1000 but with just the treble-cut part of the tone stack: a single L-series MFD humbucker with a volume control, tone control, and a mini-toggle to switch between the parallel/split-coil/OMG (“Oh My God”) pickup modes. The hard-rock maple neck has a 9½” radius Caribbean rosewood (aka Chechen) fingerboard with Jescar Medium Jumbo 57110 frets, a 1⅝” nut, and G&L branded Schaller closed tuning machines. The finish on the front of the headstock matches the body giving the bass an esthetic balance. What is interesting is that the neck is attached to the body using 4-bolts and a guitar neck plate. Since the dimensions of this model are in between a guitar and a full scale bass, it comes with a G&L gig bag instead of a hardshell case. The Fullerton Deluxe Fallout Bass, a USA built “standard” version of this model, is present on the January 15, 2020 price list but is nor included (yet) on the G&L website. Instead, that site still shows the Launch Edition here:

http://glguitars.com/product/fallout-bass-launch-edition/.

 

Fallout Bass Launch Edition

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I had been on the lookout for a candidate in one of these beautiful race colors with Racing Yellow my favorite. Drum City/Guitarland in Wheat Ridge, CO offered exactly such a version, according to its spec sheet completed on my birthday in 2020 no less. It is a bit weird to receive a USA built instrument in a gig bag. Bit what comes out of that bag is just a blast to play. A short scale bass still uses standard tuning leading to the strings being more floppy and a booming low end. Quite a nice change. The “OMG” setting of course quickly became a favorite. It is easy to imagine how a guitar player can easily transition to a short scale bass due to its similarity in size to a guitar. Not a problem here having played long-scale basses for a lifetime. For me the thing is just fun!

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2020

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La Bella 760FL-S Deep Talking Bass Flats, Light, 43-104, Short Scale