fender telecaster '72 ugly sound

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by marctobo1234, Nov 28, 2020.

  1. marctobo1234


    Jan 11, 2020
    Hello dears!

    I have bought a fender telecaster ¡72 bass and I'm becoming mad, beacuse it sounds very bad... I already have a '78 jazz bass and a '79 precision, and I know you can get the same sound, but I'm very disappointed with this... first of all, at full volume, the bass sounds with distorsion, I have to turn down the volume at 3/4, althoguh the pick up is very down, beyound the pickguard. The pots and the pick up seem original. And then, the sound I've got it's dirty, undefinied, I've seen a lot of videos in youtube and they sound is warm, nice, definied.... Does anyone can help me?? any idea? any suggestion? Thanks!!
  2. Volker Kirstein

    Volker Kirstein Blippy the Wonder Slug Supporting Member

    The pickup could be "super hot" for some reason, which could produce a muddy, overloaded signal. Have you measured the resistance? If you measure 16 K-ohms or more, that could be your culprit.

    Left field thought. Is there anything in the circuit other than a pickup, 2 pots, a capacitor, and a jack? No extra resistors or diodes?
  3. That's what these basses do. They were made during the early '70's when Fender went on a Gibson alternative kick. They made the Telecaster Custom and Deluxe guitars which featured the same style (although six poles for guitar use) humbuckers as the Telecaster bass uses. The Tele bass was Fender's version of the EB-O and it sounds like one. If that isn't to your liking you should consider selling it and replacing it with a more suitable instrument. Hope this helps.
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  4. godofthunder59

    godofthunder59 God of Thunder and Rock and Roll Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2006
    Rochester NY USA
    Endorsing Cataldo Basses, Whirlwind products, Thunderbucker pickups
    Pretty much this. What are you playing through? If your playing through a small amp with inadequate speakers this bass will eat them alive.
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  5. Zooberwerx

    Zooberwerx Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 21, 2002
    Virginia Beach, VA
    This is an almost-holy grail bass in my little universe: high school '72-'76, broke, and I knew a guy who had one. Look cooler-than-hell but sound terrible by today's standards. This is a project worthy of further investigation IMO. I'd have someone take a look at the pick-up and harness to make everything is 100%. Is there any way to jam an aftermarket pup under the stock cover?

  6. TNCreature

    TNCreature Jinkies! Supporting Member

    Jan 25, 2010
    Philadelphia Burbs
    That sound is why I sold mine years ago
  7. marctobo1234


    Jan 11, 2020
    Ok, I've got it.... this is how the bass sounds... but watching the youtube videos, how do they do it? Is it just a tricky post EQ?? Thanks!!
  8. marctobo1234


    Jan 11, 2020

    I'm not a technician, but I think this is how it must be, isn't it? thumbnail_IMG_20201128_123522.jpg
  9. chadds


    Mar 18, 2000
    There are versions of those humbuckers that people have been using on Guilds that are supposed to be quite clear.
  10. Jeff Scott

    Jeff Scott Rickenbacker guru..........

    Apr 11, 2006
    What else has been messed with? No way that is stock wiring from 7ender.
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  11. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    It looks like there isn't a connection from the pickup to ground because it looks like the volume control's can is not connected to ground. Try soldering a wire between the can of the volume control to the can of the tone control and see if that helps.
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