Identify this...Fender?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Steve, Dec 22, 2007.

  1. Steve


    Aug 10, 2001
  2. ROON

    ROON Guest

    Aug 5, 2006
    Sydney, Australia
    Fender Telecaster bass? They were introduced in late 67 I think.
    EDIT: Nevermind, on closer inspection I don't think it is one.
  3. Ampeg SVT

    Ampeg SVT Son, I am disappoint.

    Sep 9, 2006
    p-bass neck on a telecaster body?
  4. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    I remember reading a response from Tim B. to your question on another forum. I think it's a Tele guitar body with Fender bass neck. Prob. was the Fender forum if you want to search.
  5. cdaniel


    Nov 29, 2003
    I dont know Sherman, looks like an old P with a single cut. Is it a Telecaster bass?

    I like the video though. When music videos were actual live performances :D
  6. BillyB_from_LZ


    Sep 7, 2000
    Both versions of the Fender Telecaster Bass had an original style double cutaway P Bass body ('50s style). The first Tele bass had a single coil pickup (like the early P Bass) in the P Bass position, the second version had a big (split coil) humbucker up by the neck. I don't know that a rosewood fingerboard was ever offered on either style as neither of my old Fender catalogs ('70 and '72) mention rosewood.

    I also noted that there was no skunk stripe on the back of the neck in the video.

    I'm guessing that it's a custom made instrument. I don't think Fender has ever made a single cutaway Tele Bass...I think Leo first did it as the G&L ASAT.

    Tim later used a P Bass with either an old P Bass neck or a Tele Bass neck (Tele shaped headstock at any rate)...that's where Billy Sheehan found inspiration for his famous P-Bass.

    The Tele shaped bass that Tim is playing in the video seems to have a single coil pickup in the normal P position and a big chrome thing up by the neck too...something else Fender never did (AFAIK).
  7. mikeswals

    mikeswals Supporting Member

    Nov 18, 2002
    Seattle / Tacoma
    Tim did mentioned a while back that he had an early 50's P Bass that was heavily modded. Maybe this was it?

    The shot of the back is defintely Fender 50's unique heastock shaping. But the rosewood board is confusing, unless he had that installed. And the single cut, well maybe that was his 'heavily modding', maybe the upper horn was chopped off at the same time the rosewood board was added? And it is painted white. Looks like a gibson pickup added too.
    Really, a luthier could easily do all that.

    That drummer is crazy! Nice performance.
  8. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    That drummer is Carmine Appice. He and Tim were in Cactus I think, and ruled with Jeff Beck in BBA.
  9. Tom Howland

    Tom Howland Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    This bass looks custom made.
    Fender never made a body shape like that.
    And I've never seen a rosewood tele-style neck, from the 60's.

    I seen Cactus, in 1970. ( I was 12 years. old)
    They opened for Jimi Hendrix.
    Tim used a 60's style P-body. ( White)
    With a maple percision neck. (1956 Tele-shape headstock)
    And added a 1956 single style percision pickup.
    In the bridge position.

    This was one of the best sounding Percisions I've ever heard.
    And, Tim played his ass off.

    I did not fully know how good he was, being 12 at thhe time.
    But, later, understood his greatness.
    Cactus was never given there dues.
    A great live band.
  10. Rumblin' Man

    Rumblin' Man Inactive

    Apr 27, 2000
    Route 66