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fender pbass hwy1, fender bullet bass 80s or a tele bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by edcars, Aug 20, 2017.


  1. edcars

    edcars Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    houston tx
    hey guys, just need some advice. i've been gasing for a pbass but the bullet and tele caught my eye. saw a mia highway1 for a good price and saw a bullet bass , a hundred under my budget and the tele is a bout a couple of over my budget.

    just wondering if anyone had a bullet and a pbass and how far the difference in tone and the neck is.
    i love the tele headstock tho but i'll be happy with a regular pbass.

    so just wanting advice. i play in a punk band btw. thanks in advance guys!
     
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2017
  2. brianmharrison

    brianmharrison

    Oct 11, 2007
    Atlanta
    If you play in a punk band, get the hwy 1
     
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  3. wvbass

    wvbass

    Mar 1, 2004
    I have a Highway 1 P and a 1974 Telecaster bass, and have recently refurbished a Bullet for a friend.

    • The Highway 1 is a P bass. Nothing more, nothing less. Mine is an exceptional player.
    • The Telecaster humbuckers are useless, IMO. It sounds like a wooly, muddy mess. I added a P pickup to mine so that i could use it.
    • The Bullet is decent. It plays fine and is a USA bass, but it was clearly an economy '80s US bass. No frills - and that says a lot considering I like P basses. It sounds a bit thinner than a P bass, but is definitely in the family.
     
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  4. 4-fingers

    4-fingers

    Nov 22, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Neck profiles will be different between these three and that might factor into your choice. I love the finish on the Hwy 1 and the water slide logo, if it has one. It would be my choice.
     
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  5. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    There's an important distinction to be made between the original Tele Bass (1968-72) which in most respects was a replica of '51 P-Bass, an the second generation that sported the humbucker, 3-bolt neck and a larger pickguard. The former are fine instruments if sonically limited in the same manner that Leo's original creation was. These will also set you back a pretty penny nowadays if in original condition or close to it. The second generation...not much good to be said about it. Definitely not one of Fender's best moments, even in the troublesome 70s.

    I always liked the Bullets for their thin necks. Agreed with the "economy class" assessment. A decent modding platform IMO, if one is in love with a Tele headstock.

    Various replicas of '51 P-Bass that Fender built over the years may also be worth one's consideration. And, should everything else fail, there's always Warmoth with dozens of different options...

    All of that being said, there's absolutely nothing wrong with Highway One, and this is coming from someone who's not a P-Bass hothead by any stretch of imagination.

    My $0.02 only...
     
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  6. wvbass

    wvbass

    Mar 1, 2004
    I should say that I also have a '51 RI Precision, which is essentially the same as a first generation Telecaster bass. There are three potential downsides: 1) Some people don't like the concept of a two-saddle bridge because of the required intonation compromises; 2) the lack of body contours is a little uncomfortable when played while seated; 3) I don't usually float my thumb on a four string, and the pickup makes an uncomfortable thumb rest. Sounds great, though, and no bass looks cooler!
     
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  7. edcars

    edcars Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    houston tx
    thanks for the replies guys. i may just go ahead with a hwy1
     
  8. 4-fingers

    4-fingers

    Nov 22, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Be sure to post a pic when you make your choice!
     
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  9. SwitchGear

    SwitchGear Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 23, 2005
    Wisconsin
    I would go for the Hwy 1
     
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  10. edcars

    edcars Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    houston tx
    so here's the highway 1 i went with. got it on reverb which went down to $500 from $600. it's a 2005 highway 1. ordering a tort as soon as it gets here. i may not replace the bridge. i'm pretty excited. :D thanks guys for the advice Screen Shot 2017-08-26 at 3.11.24 PM.
     
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  11. ajkula66

    ajkula66

    Sep 23, 2016
    NEPA
    That looks very well-kept congrats! The only concern that I have is: may it be just too pretty for a punk band? :roflmao:

    It's pretty tough to argue with an American-built-Fender as good looking as that one for $500, regardless of where one went to school.

    Enjoy!
     
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  12. edcars

    edcars Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    houston tx
    thanks! the bass is pretty but i am not so it evens out. hahahaha. :laugh:
     
  13. Rock the snot out of it!



    And stay dry...............
     
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  14. Ghastly

    Ghastly

    Oct 18, 2015
    Mill Valley
    Beautiful instrument.
     
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  15. 4-fingers

    4-fingers

    Nov 22, 2015
    Ontario Canada
    Great colour combo.......Looks great now but will be even hotter with tort. Please post when you make the swap......too bad no water slide decal, one of my favourites.
     
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  16. devnulljp

    devnulljp Supporting Member

    Oct 13, 2009
    BC, Canada
    Admin on the D*A*M Forum
    Get the Highway 1 and be done with it.
     
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  17. edcars

    edcars Supporting Member

    Mar 7, 2008
    houston tx
    yup. thanks. we are safe , it flooded but the water went down quickly.
     
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