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Anyone play/own a Fender Telecaster style bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bassist15, Apr 9, 2006.

  1. bassist15


    Mar 6, 2006
    I was just wondering if anyone had and play one of these. I think these early Pbass and telecaster basses are awesome. IF anyone has one I'd like to see a pic. I am really starting to look into getting one.
  2. Here's a radical idea. Go to Google and under Images search for telecaster bass. You get approx. 3,450 hits.
  3. simpy1


    Mar 31, 2005
    New Zealand
    You could get Sting's custom bass...also known as the ugliest bass known to man.
  4. James Hart

    James Hart

    Feb 1, 2002
    Endorsing Artist: see profile
    to you in your opinion :rollno:

    I had a 5 string fretted and 6 string fretless custom built in that style.
  5. A-HA! Got ya there simpy! :eek:

    Although personally I much prefer the other style tele-bass (the 70's one with the humbucker at the neck) - if anyones got any pics of that one please let us see 'em...
  6. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The Telecaster Bass is the same body as the early 51-58(?) Precision, and in fact is kind of a reissue of that bass that Fender started doing in 1968 or so(?), and it originally had the same sort of single coil pickup that the 51 did. I don't think that they switched to the humbucker until 1971.
    I have both a 51 Reissue with the single coil, and a 72 humbucker equipped Tele. They're very different from each other sonically, and I like them both. I can post pics from home later, but there's plenty here and on google if you search a little.
  7. Mike McGibney

    Mike McGibney Not impossible ... Inevitable

    Apr 13, 2005
    Essex, UK.
    Sorry for the large picture, it's the blue one in the centre.
    A Black Rose Custom tele PJ.




    PS KILLER bass!
  8. i wish fender would make a reissue of the tele bass. I would definately buy one.
    Minirehak 212 likes this.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    No I dont but I wouldent mind having one of these ! [​IMG][/IMG]
  10. mark beem

    mark beem Wait, how does this song start again?? Gold Supporting Member

    Jul 20, 2001
    Alabama, USA
    I'd love to have a Sting signature P bass

  11. are they still selling those paisley basses?
  12. bassclef112

    bassclef112 Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2003
    New York City, NY
    My very first "real" bass was a 1970 Tele that I bought brand new with a case for $236. The body has long ago met its match (the router, but I still have it around somewhere). The neck never left me - I mounted it on a Jazz body and play it to this day. Now it's on a Warmoth Swamp Ash contoured Tele body. The covers are also original.
  13. I had a '72, with the 'bucker.

    Unplugged, it was one of the best basses I ever had.

    Plugged, it was unusable. The tone was so low as to be virtually inaudible. No definition at all.

    I sooo wanted it to happen that I wrestled with it for months... eventually, I gave up.


  14. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    I have a 72 just like that. I bypassed the tone pot, and put stainless rounds on it. It works well with an amp with enough eq to help out....

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    I dont know if the reissues are still being built but just look around and you will be able to find one.:)
  16. 57pbass

    57pbass Supporting Member

    This is a 69 neck and body that I found at a garage sale minus all electronics and controls.
    The neck was complete and stamped clearly.
    I ordered reissue parts from Fender and assembled the bass.
    I dont like the pick guard and am looking for something authentic.
    I did find a 68 Tele Bass pickup at a guitar show and installed it... it sounds great.
    The body is not contoured and the edge digs in to the forearm...

  17. wdinc01


    Nov 19, 2005
    Jacksonville, FL
    I've actually played one of these once. It was (to me) basically like a P bass with a different pickguard. It didn't astonish me or anything, but I'll play it again to get a better opinion on it.
  18. Dbassmon


    Oct 2, 2004
    Rutherford, NJ
    Honestly I can't remember one bassist using a tele bass with that hum bucker...maybe...I think Tim Bogart in Vanilla Fudge.
    Anyone think of another? Bad sounding bass.
  19. Chef

    Chef Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine

    That appears to be the right p/g for that bass...

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