Fallout in Belair Green

Shown in Belair Green with Pearl pickguard, Rosewood fingerboard and Light Tint Gloss neck finish.

Post-Punk Radiation Morphs Leo Fender's SC-2

What would an ’83 G&L SC-2™ be if Leo Fender recreated it for today’s scene? The crew at G&L think it would be a lot like the new Fallout. After all, when inspiration comes from original G&L SC guitars modded by the likes of Devo’s Mark and Bob Mothersbaugh and Band Of Susans’ Robert Poss, there are lots of cues to follow.

The SC-2 was born as a cool looking, comfortable and light axe that could be thrashed mercilessly and not miss a beat. Fallout keeps those qualities in the mix but branches out to cover today’s sophisticated textures and tones.

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.

From dirty riffs to jangly hooks, Fallout delivers with a great pairing of a G&L Alnico P-90 neck pickup and a meaty G&L AW4370 bridge 'bucker.

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.

Founded by Leo Fender in 1980, G&L USA instruments continue to be made in the historic G&L facility on Fender Avenue in Fullerton, California, the Birthplace of Bolt-on™.

The G&L name, stylized G&L logo, distinctive "hook" headstock design, Fallout and SC-2 are registered trademarks or trademarks of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc.

† The personal name, likeness and signature of Mr. Clarence Leo Fender are property of G&L Musical Instruments / BBE Sound, Inc. and may not be used in any commercial capacity without prior approval. For enquiries regarding the use of the "Leo Fender" name, likeness or signature, please contact us. G&L is not associated with Fender Musical Instruments Corporation.

  • CONSTRUCTION: bolt-on
  • SCALE: 25 1/2"
  • PICKUPS: G&L P-90 in neck position, G&L AW4370 humbucker in bridge positon
  • BODY WOOD: Swamp Ash on Premier Finishes, Alder on Standard Finishes
  • NECK WOOD: Hard-Rock Maple with Maple or Rosewood fingerboard
  • NECK PROFILE: G&L Slim C with 12" radius
  • NUT: 100% natural bone
  • FRETS: 22 medium jumbo, Jescar 57110 18% nickel silver
  • TUNING KEYS: 12:1 ratio, sealed-back
  • BRIDGE: G&L Saddle Lock™ with chrome-plated brass saddles
  • CONTROLS: 3-position pickup selector, volume, tone with push/pull coil tap
  • CASE: deluxe Tolex hardshell

Fallout in Vintage White
Fallout in Vintage White with 3-ply Creme pickguard, Rosewood fingerboard and Vintage Tint Gloss neck finish.

Fallout in Fullerton Red
Fallout in Fullerton Red with 3-ply Creme pickguard, Rosewood fingerboard and Vintage Tint Gloss neck finish.

Fallout in Belair Green
Fallout in Belair Green with Pearl pickguard, Rosewood fingerboard and Light Tint Gloss neck finish.

The Metamorphosis of Leo's SC Models

The SC models were such fun guitars in all three of their incarnations. There was the SC-1, which had a single jumbo MFD pickup and the SC-2 which had two. The SC-2's pickups were eventually installed in the original '86 ASAT, known today as the ASAT Special. The SC-3 had three single coil MFD pickups as used in the S-500 and Skyhawk. But no matter which SC was in your hands, it was just plain hard to put down.

That's why the SC models were perfect for mods. Take the collection of modded SCs by Band Of Susans' Robert Poss. From Leo's original MFD powerhouse single coils, Robert experimented by doubling them up in a humbucking configuration and even swapping for a traditional humbucker. So why didn't he just use other guitars? Simple: there's no substitute for the comfort and fun factor of an SC. Fallout takes inspiration from some of the coolest modded SCs around and lays down its own track with a humbucker for getting some great dirty grind and a P-90 for meaty jangle. Thirty years later, Leo's SC is now factory modded, inspired by some of its most passionate fans.

Robert Poss' modded SC guitars
Robert Poss' modded SC guitars

Nick Jaffe demo and discussion of the Fallout


Nick Jaffe demos the BBE Boosta Grande using the Fallout