NBD - The Starting Point - Fender Standard Telecaster Precision Bass

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  1. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I just picked up a blonde Fender Standard Telecaster Precision Bass / Limited Edition sold only through Musicians Friend ($569.99). I am a big-time obsessive 1950's P and Telecaster bass player/collector. But, I don't really feel great about bringing out a rare and expensive bass to my dive-bar gigs. So, I bought the Special Edition Tele/P bass and decided to do some mods and see if I can make it a rock solid gigging machine that I want to play. Out of the box the bass feels pretty good, the neck and the body in particular are great.
    I am thinking new PUPS (most likely Lindy Fralin - suggestions?), Badass or Fender high-mass bridge, Hip-shot drop-D tuner, and re-fin sea-foam (or Daphine Blue) and medium relic body and neck. Any suggestions on pups, tuners and bridge are welcome. My bands are mostly outlaw country/classic country, Americana, middle of the road rock 'n roll / power-pop. Thanks
    NEW TELE_P Body.jpg NEW TELE_P Neck.jpg
     
  2. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    I wouldn't refin , just give it some wear . I would Duncan SPB4 and KTS bridge but it probably doesn't need that either . Cool bass !
     
  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Nice score, @shadven! Fit's your scenario to a T.
     
  4. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    they nailed the aged color
    my '68
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  5. chadds

    chadds

    Mar 18, 2000
    High mass bridge is not necessary. Tried on my ‘70 Tele. Made no difference and changed sound to generic. YMMV.
     
  6. BassmanM

    BassmanM

    Feb 17, 2011
    Hamburg, Germany
    Congrats, nice bass.

    Why don't you just leave it stock for a while and see how you like it, especially the pickup?
     
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  7. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I have a blonde '69 that looks similar to yours, great bass! Is that a relic job, or real age? If relic, who did it? For this one, I want to have beat-up custom color.
     
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  8. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I have a bunch of telecaster basses and two first edition P-basses ('52 and '54). I want to hot-rod a new MIM and see if I can make it great bass I want to play. I really bought it just for this purpose.
     
  9. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    That is the real deal '68 wear . I don't think I've scratched it since I've owned it :D
     
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  10. joel406

    joel406

    Dec 27, 2013
    Florida
    Those MIM pickup can sometimes be surprising. Give em a shot.

    For now I would go with new strings and a set up and see what happens. Then the world is your oyster.
     
  11. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    That's my '69 up front. It's hard to say with bass is my favorite. But, I've done the most gigs with the '69 Telecaster.
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  12. fretno

    fretno Supporting Member

    May 10, 2009
    Los Angeles
    Beautiful collection !
     
  13. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    Scotland.
    Seems like a lot of work on a brand spanking new bass.

    I've sometimes done the same, and changed pickups, hardware and strings on a new bass. I found that I lose the reference point by modding so much stuff out the gate. Maybe see what the bass has to say for itself for a wee while before modding it?
     
  14. mikewalker

    mikewalker Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2017
    Canada, Eh!
    Daphne Blue for the WIN!! :thumbsup::thumbsup: :)
     
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  15. Border

    Border

    Dec 31, 2010
    Spokane, Wa.
    That is a fabulous collection you have there! Congratulations on your new bass.
     
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  16. Juststanley

    Juststanley Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2014
    Tejas
    Oh nooo…..GAS ! I like that....I want that.

    Nice looking instrument...Enjoy!
     
  17. FenderB

    FenderB

    Mar 28, 2016
    Findlay, Ohio
    Terrific collection.
     
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  18. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I should play a couple gigs with it and really get to know it some.
     
  19. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    GAS... there is really no real cure.
     
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  20. Greyvagabond

    Greyvagabond

    Aug 17, 2007
    Nice! I say play it as-is for a while. What's the point of buying a cheap bass because you're worried about it at bar gigs, then spending enough on mods that it is as expensive as an expensive one?
     
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