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The Fallout shares the original Leo Fender-designed SC-2 body shape, comfortable, sustain-rich G&L Saddle Lock bridge and easy-playing medium C-s...Click To Read More About This Product

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The Fallout shares the original Leo Fender-designed SC-2 body shape, comfortable, sustain-rich G&L Saddle Lock bridge and easy-playing medium C-shape neck with a 12" radius and medium-jumbo frets. It comes with a great pairing of Paul Gagon-designed Alnico pickups: a gorgous P-90 and meaty humbucker splittable via a push/pull tone pot. The look transcends the SC-2's simplicity with a sweeping pickguard that complements the body shape perfectly. Balancing out the aesthetics is a sleeker interpretation of the ˜80s-era G&L headstock shape designed exclusively for the Fallout. Case sold separately.

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  • Bolt-on construction
  • 25-1/2" scale
  • Paul Gagon-designed Alnico pickups, G&L AP4285B P-90 in neck position and G&L AW4470B humbucker in bridge positon
  • Mahogany body
  • Hard rock maple neck with rosewood fingerboard
  • 12" radius
  • 1-5/8" nut width
  • Medium C neck profile
  • 22 medium jumbo frets, nickel
  • 18:1 ratio, sealed-back tuners
  • G&L Saddle Lock bridge
  • 3-position pickup selector, volume and tone with push/pull coil tap
  • Case sold separately

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G&LTribute Fallout Electric Guitar
 
4.4

(based on 17 reviews)

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87%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fun to play (13)
  • Good feel (12)
  • Good pick up (10)
  • Good tone (10)
  • Solid electronics (7)

Cons

  • Fret buzz (5)
  • Craftsmanship (3)

Best Uses

  • Practicing (9)
  • Jamming (8)
  • Recording (8)
  • Small venues (7)
  • Rock concerts (4)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Unique look, great sound and good deal

Overall, I was very pleased with the service and even more pleased with the quality of this guitar. I was initially attracted to the Fallout due its unique look. It is kind of...Read complete review

Overall, I was very pleased with the service and even more pleased with the quality of this guitar. I was initially attracted to the Fallout due its unique look. It is kind of a mix between a Fender Mustang and a Telecaster. And I also wanted a P-90 on the neck.

Everything about the guitar, in my opinion, is great except for the electronics. The humbucker on the bridge doesn't sound THAT great and tends to get fussy, i.e. crack and buzz sometimes, especially with certain effects, like chorus. The P-90 near the neck, however, sounds awesome and I have been using it a lot. It's an original design by one of the founders of G&L.

Another gripe is the tone/volume knobs and 3-way switch. They are cheaply made but can easily be replaced with better American parts. Also, the split coil option isn't all that great. Who really needs to turn their humbucker into a single coil? Maybe this function comes in handy with more expensive guitars, but in this case, I could do without it. Just doesn't sound that good for lack of a better way to put it.

That said, I think these are MINOR gripes. For the price, this is an EXCELLENT guitar that I think is not getting enough attention right now. G&L rocks. I originally intended on purchasing the more expensive model but due to small pocket book decided to go with this. NOT DISAPPOINTED AT ALL. ALL EXPERIENCED PLAYERS SHOULD OWN ONE OF THESE, TRIBUTE OR ORIGINAL. THANK YOU G&L AND MF. MADE MY CHRISTMAS!

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This wouldn't survive a nuclear fallout...

Drawn to it by its sheer unconventionalism, the Fallout Tribute is a very decent, different guitar. However, I had very bad luck with the thing, so I'm obviously a little biased. Straight...Read complete review

Drawn to it by its sheer unconventionalism, the Fallout Tribute is a very decent, different guitar. However, I had very bad luck with the thing, so I'm obviously a little biased. Straight up- those tone controls feel incredibly cheap and loose. As well, I found construction to suffer more than a Squire. The strap button on the bottom looks like someone whacked it with a hammer, so I unscrewed it to find that it was merely drilled...very crooked. Not to mention a few finish issues! This guitar, sadly, wasn't made with the highest amount of TLC. Pickups-wise, this guitar is pretty solid. The middle position has to be my favorite. While the spilttable humbucker mattered little to me, The humbucker itself is A-okay. This is my first time experiencing a P-90, and yes, it is quite powerful. When playing, however, realize you'll be very restricted getting the highest frets- the part of the guitar where the bolt-on is located is chunkier than Superchunk. All in all, I ended up returning it due to the manufacturer defects (it even had a tragically bent allen wrench...dear lord, what was going on?). While it at least looks cool, I didn't like it.

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(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Guitar...heavier than it looks?

By Scout

from Austin, Texas

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Pros

  • Fun To Play
  • Good Feel
  • Good Pick Up
  • Good Tone
  • Solid Electronics

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

    Great guitar although I was disappointed with it's weight. I was expecting a much lighter guitar. Not that's it's heavy but it is a bit heavier than some of my other tele/ strat types. I really wish the weight was published with all new guitars, it's an important factor in my purchasing choice.

    (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Unique look, great sound and good deal

    By Patrick D.

    from Clarksburg, WV

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Well made

    Cons

    • Humbucker Not The Best
    • Slight fret buzz

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

    Overall, I was very pleased with the service and even more pleased with the quality of this guitar. I was initially attracted to the Fallout due its unique look. It is kind of a mix between a Fender Mustang and a Telecaster. And I also wanted a P-90 on the neck.

    Everything about the guitar, in my opinion, is great except for the electronics. The humbucker on the bridge doesn't sound THAT great and tends to get fussy, i.e. crack and buzz sometimes, especially with certain effects, like chorus. The P-90 near the neck, however, sounds awesome and I have been using it a lot. It's an original design by one of the founders of G&L.

    Another gripe is the tone/volume knobs and 3-way switch. They are cheaply made but can easily be replaced with better American parts. Also, the split coil option isn't all that great. Who really needs to turn their humbucker into a single coil? Maybe this function comes in handy with more expensive guitars, but in this case, I could do without it. Just doesn't sound that good for lack of a better way to put it.

    That said, I think these are MINOR gripes. For the price, this is an EXCELLENT guitar that I think is not getting enough attention right now. G&L rocks. I originally intended on purchasing the more expensive model but due to small pocket book decided to go with this. NOT DISAPPOINTED AT ALL. ALL EXPERIENCED PLAYERS SHOULD OWN ONE OF THESE, TRIBUTE OR ORIGINAL. THANK YOU G&L AND MF. MADE MY CHRISTMAS!

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great Guitar, Not for me.

    By kris

    from Brooklyn, NY

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel

    Cons

    • Poor Pick Up

    Best Uses

    • Jamming
    • Practicing

    Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

    First off, This is a great guitar, and would recommend it. I just had some bad luck with mine and had to return it.

    When It arrived I thought I got a seafoam green one, but I don't believe they make a seafoam green tribute. It's such a light blue, and under a yellowish light, it will look greenish. Still looked nice, and didn't bother me.

    Next, it came with the black cap of the pickup switch, cracked in half and broken off in the box upon arrival.. MF then sent me a new cap, but that one didn't fit the guitar.

    Then, I couldn't get a clean sound out of it. The pickups were extremely noisy. In order to not get loud humming and buzzing, I had to turn the tone practically all the way down, and it did not sound good (this was on the humbucker surprisingly, the p90 was nice!). This happened on both my audio interface to my computer and my amp. I've never had any problem with my other guitar (an SG with two humbuckers). So i'm assuming there was an issue. I don't believe it was a grounding issue, I'm not really sure what could have been happening. I also tried it in a few different environments, in case it was just interference and the pickup was catching noise from something, 60 cycle hum? who knows?

    I wouldn't fault G&l, It is a beautiful guitar, and feels great. Especially for the price, which is why it hurt to send it back. I really wanted to keep it. But I think I just got a bad one. I may try to get another one down the line because it did look fantastic and felt great. Hopefully, I will have better luck then.

    Aside from that, Musicians Friend handled the situation (and a irritated me) professionally and friendly, every step of the way. This was my first time buying from MF, and will be buying again from them. I decided to exchange the guitar for a different one.

    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    3.0

    This wouldn't survive a nuclear fallout...

    By Burp

    from Florida

    About Me Novice

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Cool Looks
    • Good Pick Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Hard To Play Upper Notes
    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

    Best Uses

    • Practicing

    Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

    Drawn to it by its sheer unconventionalism, the Fallout Tribute is a very decent, different guitar. However, I had very bad luck with the thing, so I'm obviously a little biased. Straight up- those tone controls feel incredibly cheap and loose. As well, I found construction to suffer more than a Squire. The strap button on the bottom looks like someone whacked it with a hammer, so I unscrewed it to find that it was merely drilled...very crooked. Not to mention a few finish issues! This guitar, sadly, wasn't made with the highest amount of TLC. Pickups-wise, this guitar is pretty solid. The middle position has to be my favorite. While the spilttable humbucker mattered little to me, The humbucker itself is A-okay. This is my first time experiencing a P-90, and yes, it is quite powerful. When playing, however, realize you'll be very restricted getting the highest frets- the part of the guitar where the bolt-on is located is chunkier than Superchunk. All in all, I ended up returning it due to the manufacturer defects (it even had a tragically bent allen wrench...dear lord, what was going on?). While it at least looks cool, I didn't like it.

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    A Lot of Guitar for the Money

    By Ronson

    from Los Angeles

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Tone
    • Solid construction
    • Strong Bridge Pickup

    Cons

    • Flimsy Electronics

    Best Uses

    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts

    Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

    There's a lot to love about the Tribute Fallout. Not least is the price, which made it easy for me to pull the trigger and order my first G&L.

    Right out of the box, I was struck by the solid construction, super-stable and well-made bridge, smooth tuners, comfy neck profile and nicely-rounded fret ends; all much better than I had expected for the "entry-level" price-tag. The sound doesn't disappoint either - this is a lively and resonant guitar that's loud and spanky acoustically and has a tight, focused tone when plugged-in. The humbucker in the bridge position is right on the money; strong and present and the coil-tap works great. I really don't care for the P-90 at the neck, which sounds kinda wooly and vague to my ears, but to be fair this is a matter of personal taste and playing style - for all I know it might be just right for subtle jazz parts or rootsy blues.

    Aside from the neck pickup, the only real negative comment I have is about the electronics, which are on the flimsy side. The knobs/pots and switch feel wobbly and loose and there may be some kind of grounding problem too. But perhaps these issues are to be expected at this price and would be easy/cheap things to fix.

    (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    wort the money

    By highwaymen

    from circleville ohio

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    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Small Venues

      Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

      is it the best guitar i ever play no but for the money it a great guitar probly could use a good set up but what guitar that come through the mail dosn't i like the retro look always like Danolecto guitars has that type of look but built a lot more solid so it a little bit more heavier. sounds great plays good stays in tune good

      (1 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Neat guitar!

      By Biscuitdaddy

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Professional Musician

      Pros

      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Non Proprietary Parts

      Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

      I had to replace the binding tape around the humbucker as it was poorly installed with big glue drops or some other matter clearly visible.
      The saddles are not original US solid brass, I will replace with US saddles.
      The guitar is manufacured in Indonesia which I'm not saying is bad,but rather made in USA is better!
      The guitar needs a setup, fret buzz on 3rd & 4th strings, but I was expecting this due to receiving the guitar in the mail.
      I've purchased 2 guitars from MF sent in the mail and haven't been disappointed so far. My friends say this is a risky way to buy a guitar, but since all guitars are shipped in the mail anyway, I don't see this as a big risk.

       
      4.0

      I saw it and thought, "why is that dreamy guitar so cheap?"

      By Vinni

      from Chicago

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • coil tapped! someone was thinking versatility
      • Fun To Play
      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Nice bridge
      • pretty!
      • Solid Electronics

      Cons

      • "Get what you pay for" Tuners
      • Fret Buzz

      Best Uses

      • Everywhere!
      • If you like bright, crunchy, vintage tone

      Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

      As a guitar technician, I've noticed import G&Ls are usually a little ahead of import Fenders and this is no exception! Yes, it has some fret buzz but compared to the Fender Mustang, its a "fender-like" guitar so why are people complaining? Every guitar, even if it was $1000+ should be professionally set up before one complains about the instrument. I first saw this guitar with red and rosewood and wondered what else was out there. Upon seeing the "mustang-like" baby blue and vintage tinted neck from G&L (a company with a good overall reputation for quality), and a soapbar neck pickup I was sold. When I read further and read it was a Mahogany and coil tapped from the factory, I was even more excited. The guitar was everything I expected and more. The humbucker had a good tone as I recall, but I had a Seymour Duncan JB sitting around, so I threw it in. The cosmetic thing I didn't like was the shiny white quard, so I ordered a custom (because at the time there was no aftermarket options for the Fallout) tortoise pickguard and that makes it look awesome! The action was too low and the intonation was off upon buying it, so I adjusted the neck, adjusted/radius-ed the saddles. I noticed after playing a lot, the tuning wasn't holding, so I put some hipshot locking tuners and that problem was solved. The guitar, even though it is now my most commonly used guitar, is a very bright sounding guitar and won't fit everyone's (including my) musical tastes all the time so I'd say play one and see for yourself it is for you. I would just like to reiterate that a proper setup with fresh strings will allow you to be a fair judge. I'm done ranting now!

      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      2.0

      Nice guitar but has problems!

      By DonV

      from Canoga Park, CA

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      Pros

      • Good Pick Up

      Cons

      • Fret Buzz
      • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

      Best Uses

        Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

        When I first open this guitar I was very happy with the looks. The fit and finest was just about perfect. The rosewood finger board was not cheap looking like lower price guitars. The frets were smooth and the ends did not have any sharp edges. I first notice that one of the control knobs seem lose so, I tighten it up. I found that it was not the knob that was lose but the internals that were lose inside the coil splitter. The action was very high so I lower it to just over 4/64 at the 12th fret. The strings after the 14th fret were buzzing so I try adding relief to the neck. I found that the trust rod could not be adjusted because there was no slot cut for the trust rod wrench to fit into. With no trust rod adjustment and very cheap electronics I was very disappointed and return this guitar to Musician's Friend. :-(

         
        5.0

        Truly a great guitar

        By Fallout Fan

        from CT

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Pick Up
        • Good Tone

        Cons

        • Fret Buzz

        Best Uses

        • Jamming
        • Recording
        • Small Venues

        Comments about G&L Tribute Fallout Electric Guitar:

        I primarily use this for home recording or through a VOX VT100X. The range of sounds you can get with these pickups is great. My first G&L guitar, but it won't be my last.

        The only downside was some fret buzz at first, but I've adjusted the action and now it is fine.

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