Fender Telecaster Basses...

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Hategear, Nov 5, 2001.

  1. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    Lately, I have been considering building my own bass using Warmoth parts. I am interested in using a Telecaster neck, simply because it's "different." I have looked at pictures of some actual Tele basses on the 'net, but few have provided any info on woods used, pickups, etc. It looks to me like it had a P-Bass style body and a Tele neck. Would the body have been made of alder?

    Also, to anyone that has ever ordered a neck from Warmoth: Do they come with the frets installed, or can I have the frets installed, or is it completely a do-it-yourself situation with all of their stuff? Also, I know I would have to order tuners, but does the neck come with the ferrules installed already, or would they come with the tuners? Thanks ahead of time, for what I am sure will be quick and accurate responses! :)
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    P.S. Warmoth makes GREAT PARTS!!!!!!! :)
  3. JPJ


    Apr 21, 2001
    Chicago, IL
    Tele-style basses ususally, if not always, had slab ash bodies with maple necks and maple fingerboards...although I think that some of the remakes (1970s?) had rosewood boards. The original P-basses (tele-style headstocks) were all ash w/ maple, though, and one single coil (non-split) pickup.
    Warmoth can do the slab or the countoured body for you, and they can also do the tele-style headstock for an upcharge. However, while you CAN get a neck with frets installed (your pick of fretwire), they will not assemble the bass for you, so all you get are holes drilled where you want holes to be when you put the things together.
    Two side points. Get a copy of last months Bass Player for an EXCELLENT feature of the original 1951 Precision bass. Although there is no mention of the later Fender "Telecaster" basses that came with a large humbucker in the neck position, there are some great photos and a ton of info on what you may be referring to as a "tele-style" bass, due to the shape of the headstock. Also, for info on Warmoth, you could have done a search of this site to get the information you were looking for, or you could always go to www.warmoth.com for all of your bass part needs. Good Luck!!!
  4. Hategear

    Hategear Workin' hard at hardly workin'.

    Apr 6, 2001
    Appleton, Swissconsin
    I did do a search, for both "telecaster basses" and "telecasters" -- it didn't turn up anything useful. I included the Warmoth questions in the same post as the Tele questions, because they went hand in hand -- Warmoth Telecaster necks. I was trying to kill two birds with one stone. ;)
  5. Ive been looking at the warmoth thrift shop for tele neck, they used to have some, but theyre gone now. What I really want is a lefty tele neck on a righty bass, just for kicks.