Fender Telecaster Bass Identification and Opinion

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Zuhzuhzombie!!, Jul 5, 2008.

  1. Zuhzuhzombie!!


    Jun 4, 2008

    I found a Fender Telecaster bass way down in Louisiana recently. I can get it for around 500$. Thing is, I can't really find any information on it. I'm going to call them Monday and ask for a serial number, but I'm a little impatient... And curious.

    The T bass design has been used it tons of Squire's lately. This one is definitely a fender. Sounds great, has a nice weight to it.

    The catch?

    It had this crazy awesome flower power design. Pink with paisley and flowers. Total girly but looked awesome.

    I'm having some trouble looking it up online. The closest I can find on Fender's site is that this is their "Sting Bass", a design they made for Sting. I can't find anything about the particular color either.

    Anyone have an info? All I have is that it was most likely made in 2006.

    How about a general consensus on the Sting Bass or any recent Telecaster Bass reissues.

    A friend of mine recently loaned me his deceased cousin's customized Fender P Bass. I'm playing a cheap Yamaha right now, and the P Bass pretty much made me realized the bad things about the ole Yamaha, so I'm looking to add a third instrument to my collection.
  2. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Its a good bass and they sell for about $500 or so if you can find'em.
  3. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    The pink and blue paisly were made a few years ago. Made in japan. Pretty cool basses.


    Nothing "girly" about it....plenty of us around here that rock a pink Precision!
  4. Zuhzuhzombie!!


    Jun 4, 2008
    Yeah, I dig the sounds, was just wondering if someone knew model numbers and the like.
  5. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Oh my GAS! I gotta get out....
  6. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    It's a CIJ model, I think it was called a Paisley or Blue Flower '54 Precision RI, not actually a Telecaster. A bit odd since the Paisley and BF finishes were originally found on '68 Tele basses, though the Teles were slab bodied and these are contoured like the mid '50s Ps. They were only sold in japan for the first few years they were made, and then sold for a few more in the US through regular Fender distributors, fairly cheap and real bargains for the sound and feel they have.

    Basswood bodies, very resonant, with a huge wide SC tone, rock hard polyester finishes, nice not too chunky B width necks, and two saddle string through the body bridges.

    I've owned two Paisleys, both were lovely instruments with a drop of neck dive, nothing serious. They elicited more positive comments on their looks than any other bass I've owned, by all kinds of people, male, female, musicians and laymen. I just couldn't really find a place for a SCPB in my musical situations, I prefer the attack, focus and grunt of a split coil P to the huge bottom and bigger high mids and highs of the single coil PUP.
  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    I use a Lace Alumitone humbucker pickup in a single coil P bass and it covers the type of tone and attack of the split coil pickup. This Alumitone was originally designed for a Strat guitar so it fits in the original cavity. I was surprised how loud and punchy it is with no noise.
  8. they're awesome. I'd rock either :) And MIJs are excellent quality.

    MAJOR METAL The Beagle Father Supporting Member

    Pink paisley rocks , go for it !!! :cool::bassist:
  10. A blue flower just went for $534 on eBay a coupla days ago. I wish I'd have bought it. If I were you I'd pick this one up.
  11. bh2


    Jun 16, 2008
    Oxford, UK
    Cripes... buy it!
  12. Zuhzuhzombie!!


    Jun 4, 2008
    Cool. Judging by the above description, I think I'll take the dive.

    I'll come back to bug you guys about replacing the electronics in it if I simply can't get what I need out of it!

    Thanks all!
  13. One Drop

    One Drop

    Oct 10, 2004
    Swiss Alps
    One other thing: the output jacks on these are a bit bigger due to metric sizing and the plugs might fall out sometimes. On one I swapped it for a Swithcraft, on the other I just bent the pin a bit.

    Be careful if you like anchoring your thumb on the PUP, as they are fragile and will break if you do this too much.

    Finally, these PUPs are extremely sensitive to the distance from the strings and a little tweaking has drastic results for good or bad. have fun with it, these are massive sounding basses that are really fun to play!
  14. Zuhzuhzombie!!


    Jun 4, 2008
    PUP = Pick up?
  15. sirspoogesalot


    Apr 21, 2008
    well considering its an actual fender, $500 is worth it and as for the fact u found it hard to look up online im guessing its rare (cause it is japaneese aswell) so if anything it should have sentamental value within itself too.

    buy it and i garuntee u will get atleast $800 on ebay
  16. Unless sirspoogesalot plans on paying you $800.00, I wouldn't count on a guaranteed sale for that much. IMHO $500-600 is what most of them sell for.

    Also note, if the P Bass you borrowed had a split coil PU, it will have a different tone and more noise due to PU design.

    I have a CIJ '51 re-issue. Nice bass but a separate animal from a split coil P.

    Just my .02
  17. Zuhzuhzombie!!


    Jun 4, 2008
    I should be able to walk in with about 500$ in cash in a month and see if I can get the bass and gig bag for 450$. :p