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The G&L Tribute Fallout bass features:
Basswood Body, 8.5 - 9.5 pounds
19-fret, 30" scale, 9.5 fretboard radius, 1-5/8” nut width
Roasted Jatoba fretboard
Single MFD passive humbucker pickup
Parallel/Split/OMG-mode 3-way pickup switch
G&L designed saddle lock bridge
3-ply pearl pickguard
G&L tapered tuning keys
Made in Indonesia
The Tribute Fallout uses the same pickup and wiring configuration at their CLF L-1000 bass; which runs through a range of parallel, split and bass boost modes for a host of tonal options with just one pickup. While the electronics are the same, the shorter scale and lower string tension mutes the highs slightly for a rounder and less percussive tone. Slap players may not gravitate to a short scale bass, but for many other styles the Fallout Bass has more than enough high end definition and note articulation.
With the toggle in the up position the pickup is in parallel mode, which has a warm response with good midrange content, fairly similar a typical P-bass. If you like to play with a pick, this is a good setting when you want a clean tone without a lot of extraneous pick noise. The middle single-coil mode has a leaner JB-vibe, with a silky top end that is crisp but not overly metallic. Most likely the centrally mounted pickup location plays a role in this regard. The OMG mode uses a passive circuit to emphasize lower end frequencies. It adds quite a bit of thump, and provides a big fat tone that belies the compact size of the Fallout bass. Depending on your amp and EQ shaping capabilities, the OMG mode is a great starting point for sculpting meaty and substantial tones that don't greatly sacrifice clarity.
Short scale bass guitars have a practical side in that they are easy to play, pack light, and are more manageable for smaller players and crossover guitarists. And while they lack some of the percussive snap and response of a full scale bass, their rounder mellow tone sits nicely in the mix. Depending on your style of playing and taste in music, a short scale bass could be all you need. As we said, players such as Jack Bruce, Bill Wyman and Sir Paul McCartney seemed to manage with a short scale bass, so there is a good chance you can too. The G&L Tribute Fallout bass brings the benefits of short scale mojo withing the reach of just about any player.
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