Modern Player Telecaster

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 4stringfiend, Apr 16, 2012.

  1. 4stringfiend


    Jan 15, 2012
    SF Bay Area
    After seeing one of those butterscotch colored basses I need to have one! I want to know a little bit more about them though. Specifically about the humbuckers, are they worth keeping on the bass? If so the only modifications I would want to make is a preamp, all black hardware and I want to put one of those Aguilar P bass pickups right inbetween the humbuckers. Is noise also a concern with these? It seems like at the price point there is going to be a slightly more than minor electrical issue or something of the sort.
    Rock on! :bassist:
  2. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    I've had one appx. 12 weeks, I wouldn't replace the PUPs, all I've changed is the tone and volume knobs with numbered tophat knobs (to help dial in settings until I spend 50-60 more hours wih it). All I'd change is removing 1/2 lb. weight, the tone is there, but a P PUP where I have the belt buckle would be interesting.

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  3. SwitchGear


    Mar 23, 2005
    Sunny Beach
    Saw one hanging in a GC a couple weeks ago and I asked to try it out. The salesman said it doesn't work, it must have a bad jack or something. Kinda sad for a brand new instrument. Made in China quality..
  4. Bongolation


    Nov 9, 2001
    No Bogus Endorsements
    Run a search!

    There are a couple of huge threads about these.
  5. Thumper

    Thumper Supporting Member

    Mar 22, 2000
    Syracuse Ut
    The input jack on mine was loose when I got it, I bought a $12 tool, tightened it, and it's been fine ever since. I bought a $3,000 + Sadowsky once which had a loose tone knob, I guess I should have returned it.
  6. rockscott


    Aug 28, 2010
    It seems like lots of members around here will tell you that any bass built in china is junk. This is simply not true! I just purchased a china built fender m p jaguar that is perfect! My epiphone pro 4 Tbird was china built as well & the bird is high quality craftsmanship with an amazing neck.
  7. coreyfyfe

    coreyfyfe Supporting Member

    Nov 19, 2007
    boston, ma
    I played one of these at a gc a few weeks ago and it seemed pretty decent. The finish was very thick and glossy, almost gave the bass a plastic feel. The humbuckers seemed ok. I didn't care for the thick neck at all but that's a preference thing. I could see some of the backlash against these basses given the fact that they're priced higher than a MIM instrument was just a few years ago, but that's how these things go I suppose.