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NBD- '74 telecaster

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Paulabass, Jul 17, 2019.


  1. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Pursuant to yesterday's post. Well modded Telecaster bass.
    Aside from the obvious routing for a P p/u, she's pretty good looking.
    Original neck, body, pickup, bridge (I remembered it having a badass, but not the case), knobs, TUG BAR!!!
    Non original tuners (New period correct ones on the way), four bolt conversion (well done, but finish not touched up) Squier pickguard (Tort on the way).
    Wiring vol/vol. I'm still deciding how to wire it, maybe stacked vol/vol, and tone.
    How's that big wide-range p/u?? Loud and clear. Had to fiddle with the mid freq. on the SVT CL, but it rings like a bell all the way up
    Set up presented some difficulties, it took three shims, the p/u's were rusted in position so I had to free those up. P pickup was routed a little too deep, so it has some extra foam under it. P pickup appears to be guitar fetish brand, OK for now. Frets were a bit corroded, but polished up and have plenty of life left. Previous owner had just put store brand strings on, I reused them for initial set up, but now I'm thinking something nice and bright.
    I'm pleased, a great player with vintage mojo to burn, cheaper that a Fender Road Worn (which is a great bass!)
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  2. Fresh Eddie

    Fresh Eddie

    Nov 13, 2008
    That thing is GORGEOUS. I think you got an amazing deal on it.
     
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  3. Axstar

    Axstar

    Jul 8, 2016
    East of Eden.
    I like that! That extra pickup must add versatility.
     
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  4. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    It's best sound is the humbucker running full bore, then add just enough P pickup to get some sizzle.
     
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  5. Dluxe

    Dluxe

    Jan 9, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Nice! That see through blonde finish is very cool and somewhat rare.
     
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  6. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Under the PG, it's see thru WHITE, it mellowed to butterscotch blonde.
     
  7. Honkey tonk

    Honkey tonk Turn it up Supporting Member

    Feb 10, 2019
    Lower 48
    Awesome Bass! Congrats...
     
  8. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    I had an image of a bass that was rode hard and put up wet.

    Aside from the routing and the neck mod, it looks to be cherry for a 45 y/o
     
  9. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Pick don't show it, but it has quite a few bite marks, worn down to the wood, but it's all honest wear. And remember, it used to be WHITE.
     
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  10. hieronymous

    hieronymous

    Nov 28, 2002
    Northern CA
    I'd be interested to see the headstock and which version of the logo. I've also got a similarly modded early-'70s Tele Bass - refinished, missing the original pickguard, P-Bass pickup added, humbucker long gone. I found an NOS humbucker, ended up putting an Alembic Activator P pickup, new slightly customized pickguard, refinished to a version of mocha that ended up more cola. I love the neck on mine!

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    I decided to go stereo on the outputs - totally separate jacks for the two pickups. The Alembic pickup is adequate for me but wanted the option to use the humbucker.
     
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  11. Tad

    Tad Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Boise, Idaho
    Nice!
     
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  12. Paulabass

    Paulabass

    Sep 18, 2017
    Silver spaghetti logo. More pics as the parts arrive.
    I'm still mulling over the wiring. My other tele is stacked vol/vol, and tone, and that seems to work well, but a blend knob keeps calling me.....
     
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  13. Very nice. Great deal. Jealous. Enjoy!

    Go with stacked v/t, v/t
     
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2019
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  14. 40Hz

    40Hz Supporting Member

    Awesome score! Sounds like a players dream. Congrats! :)
     
  15. hieronymous

    hieronymous

    Nov 28, 2002
    Northern CA
    When I first had the humbucker put in mine, I found that both pickups blended full-volume sounded cool, but much lower output than the humbucker alone. I went stereo thinking I might run two amps but that's too much effort lol
     
  16. scuzzy

    scuzzy

    Feb 15, 2006
    Troy, MO
    I'd rock that. Appears to be kinda Rick spaced in pickup realm. Although spacing is where the similarities end.

    Play it in good health.
     
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  17. Wisebass

    Wisebass

    Jan 12, 2017
    Lost in Space
    hi Paula :)

    A collector' s nightmare can be a player' s dream! :thumbsup:

    :cool::cool::cool: to find a '74 that wasn' t crowned to death!!!

    The neck looks great! :)


    Happy NBD!!!

    Wise(b)ass
     
    Last edited: Jul 18, 2019
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  18. Ross W. Lovell

    Ross W. Lovell

    Oct 31, 2015



    Very nice!

    I'm jealous.....enjoy!
     
  19. Dabndug

    Dabndug Supporting Member

    Sep 27, 2017
    Somewhere in Oz
    Lots to love about it, but that bridge cover is the clincher!
     
  20. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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