Convert Telecaster into a Fender Bass IV

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by guestOU812, Dec 13, 2017.

  1. guestOU812

    guestOU812 Inactive

    Jul 30, 2011
    I am hoping to convert a Telecaster into a Fender Bass IV. Is it possible? Are there scale length discrepancies? I'm certain I would have to change the nut and possibly the bridge. I'm hoping it would be as simple as swapping out the strings, adjusting the intonation and plugging it in.

    Any advise??
  2. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Do you mean a Bass VI?

    If so there are conversion necks available with a longer scale (Warmoth is one) to convert a Telecaster into six string baritone guitar.

    If you mean a 4 string you still may want to go with a longer scale neck.

    I've converted several guitars with 24.75" (Gibson) scale to 4 string basses keeping the original scale. They work well enough for my requirements.
    Last edited: Dec 13, 2017
  3. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    I don't know what a Bass IV is either.

    A Bass VI, on the other hand has a 30" scale length.

    I think the Warmoth conversion necks are 28.75. Good for A-A or B-B tuning, but a stretch for E-E.
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