Short Scale Thoughts: G&L Fallout or Squier Classic Vibe Mustang?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Mike Patton, Dec 11, 2020.


  1. Mike Patton

    Mike Patton

    Dec 11, 2020
    I'm new to the world of short-scale Bass guitars. I've tried a 32" Jaguar but am thinking of going for a 30" due to my physical limitations. I've noticed the G&L Fallout Tribute and the 60's Squier Classic Vibe Mustang "seem" to be identical in body size and shape. If you've had experience with each can you comment on if this is accurate or not? Sadly, finding these models in a store to compare has proven to be impossible (maybe due to Covid's impact on storefront retailers?). To my, admittedly, limited knowledge it looks like the G&L is possibly a more refined version - certainly the Bridge seems far beefier. Thanks in advance! 1 G&L.png 1 Squire.png
     
  2. redstrand

    redstrand

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    I'd go Fallout, the mini L-1000 will have more tonal versatility.
     
  3. Mike Patton

    Mike Patton

    Dec 11, 2020
    Thank you - I'll do more research on the L-1000 - still learning all I can!
     
  4. redstrand

    redstrand

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    Having had a full scale L-1000 they were awesome. The Fallout has a arm cut which would be more comfortable too.
     
  5. Mike Patton

    Mike Patton

    Dec 11, 2020
    Arm Cut? Great! That's one of the reasons I "physically" preferred playing Strats instead of Tele or LP. Thanks for pointing that out.
     
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  6. redstrand

    redstrand

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    I have to retire my slab body stuff due to a recent injury, I might get one of these to replace my '51 reissue
     
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  7. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    The MFD pickup with the 3-way switching capabilities, bridge, and other improvements make the GL bass the winner of this comparo. Plus that pickguard design/look is fabulous.
     
  8. Mike Patton

    Mike Patton

    Dec 11, 2020
    40+ years ago I preferred the "ergonomics" of some guitars... now at 67 - it's an imperative!
     
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  9. Mike Patton

    Mike Patton

    Dec 11, 2020
    I agree - Fallout simply looks better!
     
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  10. woodyng2

    woodyng2 Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2015
    Oregon Coast
    As a semi recent convert to GL, I have to say they’re made the way I always wished my Fenders were.
    I have a US jb2, and an L-1000. I also had an LB100 that was the best P bass I’ve ever had.
    If I was into short scale basses, I’d definitely have a Fallout.
     
  11. Mike Patton

    Mike Patton

    Dec 11, 2020
    WOW - quite the testimony! I appreciate your thoughts. I guess I need to place an order and rely on the return policy if I'm not comfortable with it. PS: I'm a DUCK from K-Falls and have family in Brookings. Where are you at?
     
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  12. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    It's apples v. peaches. I would buy the Fallout in a heartbeat if and when my ship comes in.
     
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  13. Mike Patton

    Mike Patton

    Dec 11, 2020
    Adding you to my "Wish List Support" - I've been watching Reverb and the G&L never popup as used - I guess that should be a good indication of the respect they're getting.
     
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  14. Bikeguy57

    Bikeguy57 Supporting Member

    Check out Sweetwater for a new one. Great return policy and probably some no interest financing. Plus actual pics of the bass you're buying.
     
  15. Spacewoman

    Spacewoman

    Dec 3, 2018
    The Squier is string-through-the-body. So it requires medium-scale strings, for which there are fewer options.
     
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  16. Having owned a Squier Mustang and various G&L`s over the years, I would go for the Fallout. The Mustang can be a bit dodgy qc wise whereas all the Tribute models I have owned have been excellent. Also, the Fallout is a lot more versatile due to the pickup switching options.

    Have a look at Lobsters review, this may help you decide.

     
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  17. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Inactive

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Do these really sound like a 1K?
    If they do that gives me gas for one, I had a 1K and it was an awesome bass!
     
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  18. redstrand

    redstrand

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    It’s essentially a short scale wunkay
     
  19. dalkowski

    dalkowski It's "rout," not "route." Supporting Member

    May 20, 2009
    Massachusetts USofA
    I never thought of that and I regret not buying one of the first wunkays new in 1980 when I had the chance.

    I NEED A FALLOUT!!!
     
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  20. Kukulkan61

    Kukulkan61 Inactive

    Feb 8, 2011
    Northern Arizona
    Wow!!
     
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