Original 68 Tele Bass Mod Question

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Ampig, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Ampig

    Ampig Supporting Member

    There's a good possibilty that I may be working with an electric band again soon and I want to use my all original 68 Tele on gigs. The tone pot is scratchy and a touch intermittent. I'm considering pulling out the pickup, control plate assemby and jack and replacing them with aftermarket parts. Don't yell at me, but I'm thinking I might get a better sound with new clean electronics and a modern pickup. There will be no routing and the entire control assembly will be securely stored with a dessicant pack.

    Bad idea?
    Good idea? (if so any suggestions on a source for an aftermarket Tele pickup?)
  2. kelleysdad


    Dec 12, 2007
    Great idea. that long pole piece at the A string can cause a lot of unnecessary problems
  3. Ampig

    Ampig Supporting Member

  4. bassfran


    Mar 1, 2012
    Endorsing artist: Lakland basses
    It's your bass- if you're not happy with it you should fix it so that it works for you.
    Just keep all the old parts and you can restore it to original if you ever decide to sell.
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  6. fcoda


    Jan 23, 2002
    IMO you have the god idea , your not altering the body and you still have all the original parts. Finding drop in replacements is the way to go and you still have a unmolested 68 Tele.
  7. I wouldn't. One way to tell if parts and finish are original on a vintage fender is to check if the solder is undisturbed.

    I would find a cheap 51ri. And mod away.
  8. Ampig

    Ampig Supporting Member

    Probably won't do that. My tele is super light and has an unbelievable neck. No interest in a 51RI (or buying any more basses)
  9. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    As long as you don't rout the bass, and keep the original parts, what you're doing is fine. Broken solder connections don't make that much a difference on a bass in this price range.
  10. SirMjac28

    SirMjac28 Patiently Waiting For The Next British Invasion Gold Supporting Member

    Aug 25, 2010
    The Great Midwest
  11. coronado3

    coronado3 Supporting Member

    Jun 29, 2008
    Indiana, USA
    try the Duncan scpb 3. It is the 1/4 pound version and is hot and very fat sounding.
  12. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    The Rio Grande Muy Grande pickup sounds the same as OEM but more lows and sweet highs.
    I'd clean those pots or replace and save.
    You didn't say you would but don't change the bridge. It made no difference.
  13. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Just because new parts are used doesn't necessarily mean it will sound better. If necessary, a cleaning of the original pots and output jack may be all that's needed for the bass to provide many more years of service.

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