A friend of mine dropped off two guitars to 'see what I can do with them' a few months ago, one was some junky small metal style guitar we didnt bother with, and the other was 'his grandfathers old bass', I took a look at it, and it appeared to me to be some home made piece of junk, a slapped on walnut stain finish over a slab body, rusty hardware, and the neck looked like the Fender tele style headstock, but all of it had the walnut stain on it, with the exception of the logo itself, which was the Fender logo, with 'Telecaster' below... I thought to myself 'how lame that someone would put a fender tele logo on a homemade bass, so silly'. I really didnt pay any further attention to it and I parked it up in a corner of the shop and its been collecting dust for months, I even told him this week I dont think we should bother to do anything with those guitars and he should take them back. Thanks to my recent reading of talkbass, starting to play bass, and my recent new love affair with a lefthanded 76 pbass, I picked it up again today in the shop with a little more openmindedness, I noticed the neck did indeed have fender tuners and the 'F' neckplate, so I thought 'maybe someone really cannibalized a fender to use the parts on their homemade effort, hell besides this silly logo, maybe it really is a fender neck'... Lo and behold, the darn neck has a stamp on the end, aug68, its real... I looked the stain surrounded logo again and noticed for the first time that there was a 'B...' after 'Telecaster', meaning Telecaster Bass, its not a fake logo, its not a fake neck. I honestly did not know that there was ever a bass marketed as the Telecaster Bass, I always thought that any 'telecaster' reference meant the early style Pbass, and wa not an actual model name. So now I started to look the body over, and realized it too was real and not homemade, but it had been badly sanded down prior to the awful walnut stain finish, the bridge was broken up with saddles missing, but the pickup cover and control plate and knobs were present but very rusted. There was no pickguard, but I noticed that there are indeed filled screwholes for the large pickguard, the bridge pickup is the single coil style unit, but broken and missing, all that remains is the bottom piece flatwork in the cavity. Now, I have to reevaluate things, I am suddenly willing to restore this bass to a semblance of originality, the difficulty is in removing the stain on the neck without killing the original finish below, and sanding and refinishing the body, hopefully an examination of the control cavities and neck pocket can tell me what the original finish was, lastly the decision to restore or replace the very rusted chrome parts and a new pickup. Horrible pics to follow!