Date of this Telecaster Bas????

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by basshard, Nov 18, 2015.


  1. basshard

    basshard

    Nov 18, 2015
    Hello all!!
    Anyone got idea about the authenticity and year of this telecaster Bass?
    Seller told me that the bass date is november 1968, serial 211236

    Any Info?

    Best !!!!
     

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  2. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    The neck is a legit 68 with lollipop tuners. The bridge cover isn't a Fender part. A real 68 would have a white pg and a single coil pickup. I am thinking the body is a replacement because of the split pickup.
     
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  3. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    The more I look at it the pg shape is wrong I would bet it covers the route for the single coil. Looks like a modded, refinished 68.
     
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  4. mojomike001

    mojomike001

    Mar 28, 2013
    South Florida
    The neck and tuners look pretty straight forward for the year. The value of the body has been harmed by the split coil routing. The neck plate looks too new.
     
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  5. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Definitely all the mods listed above.
     
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  6. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Whose siggy? Chris Squire's, perhaps?
     
  7. bholder

    bholder Affable Sociopath Supporting Member

    Sep 2, 2001
    Vestal, NY
    Received a gift from Sire* (see sig)
    Hmmm, if true with the pickup & routing, I'd put it back to a stock pg with a hum cancelling single coil form factor pickup.
     
  8. basshard

    basshard

    Nov 18, 2015
    Any idea on the price of this bass ?
     
  9. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Need to be a supporting member. ;-)
     
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  10. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Not a vintage Tele body either. Should be slab-bodied.
     
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  11. basshard

    basshard

    Nov 18, 2015
    how?
     
  12. FranF

    FranF Supporting Member

    Jul 25, 2004
    Northeastern PA
    Rules/FAQ section.
     
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  13. basshard

    basshard

    Nov 18, 2015
    Ill check tnks!!!
     
  14. Lord... the seller told you that, did he? I hope you didn't pay too much for that bass! :eek:
     
  15. The neck appears to be an authentic 68 neck, but the rest of the bass was modified significantly. This early Fender ad is what an original 68 looked like.

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  16. DiabolusInMusic

    DiabolusInMusic Functionless Art is Merely Tolerated Vandalism

    Hold on, did OP actually buy the bass or is he thinking about it?

    If you are thinking about buying the bass we can provide price quotes. We just cannot provide quotes for gear you own as it reads like a for sale thread. In that case, you'd need to be a supporting member.
     
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  17. timocharis

    timocharis

    Oct 29, 2015
    My '68 tele has the date of manufacture imprinted on the butt of the neck. Gotta pull it to see it, but that's the only way I know to be sure (about the neck). The body doesn't matter since it has obviously been heavily modded. I'm no expert but I've never seen a black pickguard on one. But many of the early '68 pickguards fell apart and stained the wood, so no big surprise there.
     
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  18. Mudcat35

    Mudcat35

    Feb 21, 2009
    Austin, TX
    Pickguard is wrong for sure, as is the bridge cover. I can't really tell from the pictures if the body is contoured or not. If it is, then it's wrong. Also, not sure about the color - the only ones I've seen have been a cream color, not the natural like this one. I could very well be mistaken on that one, so don't kill me if I am. Also, the angle of the decal on the headstock looks funny to me. My guess is the neck is legit and may have been refinished and re-decaled.
     
  19. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    The value of something like this, a modded, moderately popular bass varies wildly based on the coolness of the mods and the gonads of the seller. Here are a few listings of similar basses to give you an idea. Me? I would probably be inclined to estimate this one on the low end of the scale but as you can see from the listings I posted...folks will ask what they think they can get.

    SOLD - 68 or 69 Fender Telecaster bass- real relic player

    SOLD - 68/69 Fender Telecaster Bass- players bass

    For Sale - 1968 Fender Telecaster Bass

    SOLD - 1968 Fender Telecaster - HotRodded

    FS/FT: 1969 Fender Telecaster Bass
     
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  20. Double E

    Double E I ain't got no time to play... Supporting Member

    Dec 24, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    It looks like it is a slab body...
     
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