Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass and where I suggested that Fender may as well issue a Stratocaster Bass next, Jeremiah has emailed me to tell me that Landing Basses already offer a Stratocaster-inspired bass, the L300. It has a 30.5" short scale length (or optionally 32") but otherwise all features - pickup placement, controls, etc - are as on a Stratocaster guitar. With such a pickup layout it doesn't mean you'd necessarily get the best sounds for a bass instrument - especially seeing that the bridge has by necessity been moved backwards to accommodate even a short scale bass scale length resulting in a larger gap between the bridge pickup and the bridge - but I guess that aesthetics were more important in Landing's opinion in a desire to make this bass look as much like a Strat as possible. For those who like the Strat body but would prefer proper bass pickups there are other options available in Landing's range. They also produce their own Telecaster-inspired bass, the TBASS.
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