Ibanez Tele from the 70s?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Nodokayo_14, Jun 16, 2019.

  1. Nodokayo_14


    May 17, 2016
    Hey guys, i've got this relic, don't know any back stories about it. It was a decorative bass and now I put it to work.

    - Changed potentiometers, new knobs, jack input and rewiring.
    - Some works on the neck, it was damaged
    - Polish the brigde to remove rust

    It plays well now with some new strings, need some more fixing tho.

    I was looking for some kind of telebass for quite some time and found this opportunity. What do you guys think? It have some value or is junk?


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  2. As long as the truss rod and everything works, it should be a good ‘un. The pickup has been changed but the one in there should be at least as good as the original.
  3. Nodokayo_14


    May 17, 2016
    The pickup says "duncan desinged", I'm guessing it is a seymour duncan in the early days. It have some punch. The truss rod have some issues, the guy who did the repair said it didn't move, maybe some kind of lubricant could help?
  4. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    I believe "Duncan Designed" means a licensed, authorized copy. Not a big deal, but the real ones do sound better in my experience. I wouldn't change it out if you like it, though.

    That is a really cool bass! Good for you for resurrecting it, Ibby's deserve better than to be wall-hangers.
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  5. That’s my understanding as well, “Duncan Design” means “offshore” manufacture of one of Seymour’s designs. I’ve had decent luck with them. The original would have had three screws in the empty holes on the plate and probably a chrome cover.
  6. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Looks like a geetar blade pickup installed upside down.
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  7. Zoobiedood

    Zoobiedood Commercial User

    Sep 1, 2015
    Writer/Ambassador/Artist/Resident Bass Expert for Seymour Duncan
    Duncan Designed are indeed, designed by us, but manufactured outside of the US. They are not the same as USA-made SDs.
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  8. Keger Jupit

    Keger Jupit Inactive

    May 10, 2018
    The Great PNW!!
    Thanks Buddy.jpg

    Well I don't care where they are made, I LOVE me some SD's! Lifelong user! I've dabbled with others...much to my shame...
  9. abarson


    Nov 6, 2003
    Santa Cruz
    You brought it back from the dead, and you like it. That's all that matters. Continue in happiness.
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  10. scuzzy


    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    certainly not junk. if you disagree, I will give you an address you can send it to.

    play it in good health.
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  11. tpaul

    tpaul Supporting Member

    Mar 19, 2011
    Very cool. But that does look like a guitar pickup.
  12. I've got a bass with a guitar pickup like that - double rail pickup - it sounds terrific on bass but is barely wide enough to catch all four strings. I only tried the guitar blade pickup to see if it would work and planned to replace it with a Jazz Bass pickup - but it sounds so good I decided to keep it.
  13. wraub


    Apr 9, 2004
    ennui, az
    That said, they can still sound really good, like the "Duncan Designed" PU in my Strat. :D

    OP- Nice score, nice save. Play it, see if you like it, then modify as needed.

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  14. I agree with those who pegged the pickup as a Telecaster guitar lead pickup mounted upside down. If the signal is loud enough on the outside strings (E and G) compared to the others, you're good. If the neck is straight and playable, you're good. If you didn't take out a second mortgage to buy it, you're good. It definitely looks cool and unless your plan is to flip it and reap a large return (which will not happen), you should keep it and enjoy it.
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  15. Astronaut


    Jul 21, 2013
    It’s junk; sell it to me cheap. :smug:
  16. Cool bass. It has character.
  17. whero


    Aug 28, 2016
    I had an Ibanez Jazz bass copy from the same era. It was a very nice bass to play and, considering how average my amp was in those days, it sounded pretty good too. Personally I'd be tempted to put something like a proper Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound Tele pickup in there, but if you're happy with the sound you're getting now and the neck is straight enough, you're golden. Enjoy it!
    Last edited: Jun 28, 2019
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  18. Nodokayo_14


    May 17, 2016
    Thanks guys for the feedback.

    Actually the E string doesn't have the same power as the others cause of the pickup placement. Maybe some adjustments in the bridge might help?

  19. Skillet


    Nov 25, 2011
    I bought a "Razor" brand scpb from Ebay for $45 or so. Works well.
  20. I would replace the bridge and pickup. You have an awesome bass with tons of potential. I would go with a Hipshot Kickass bridge, it has great adjustment for string spacing. A nice SCPB replacement will really improve the tone too.
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