Precision bass vs telecaster bass which is best

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  1. bassplayer20000

    bassplayer20000 Guest

    Apr 4, 2012
    Can anyone tell me which bass is better . Don't know which to buy any pros cons
  2. mizedog


    Feb 12, 2008
    I've never been a P-bass player due to lack of a thumbrest and defined, midrange sound. I picked up a Tele bass last week and it seemed that the single coil pickup may have given a better thumb position.

    Visionally, I like the Tele's look better. It's just a bit different.

    There's an unqualified response from an unqualified responder.
  3. Tonegasm


    Mar 22, 2010
    Better for metal?
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  4. MaddAnthony_59

    MaddAnthony_59 Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2006
    Columbus, IN
    I Channel Surf During Commercials. (Drives my Wife CRAZY!!!)
    IIRC the original Precision bass was essentially a Telecaster bass. I'm not a Fender Expert, but I'm thinking it was 1956 ot '57 that the P-Bass that we all know and love came into being, and the originally designed P-Bass was brought out in the Late '60's as the Telecaster. (I'm not sure when the big Chrome pickup came out either...)

    I had a '53 ReIssue, and it was cool sounding! But the Slab Body didn't thrill my Ribs and wrist much, and I eventually sold it. But I'd lean towards the P-Bass. The Tele is cool because there are so few of them. But there is also a reason why there are less...
  5. jamestown94west

    jamestown94west Guest

    Jul 16, 2011
    the ozarks
    i own one of each, therefore i dont have to worry about which ones better, i just have to worry about which one i want to take to my next gig :)
  6. Freight Train

    Freight Train Earth-based Alternative Scientist, Sex Researcher

    Feb 25, 2012
    Dallas, Texas
    My first real bass (after a Kingston and a Kalamazoo) was a '69 Telecaster. The bass was stolen in 1977, and I mourn it to this day. I loved the sound of that bass so much. The combo of the maple neck/fretboard with the single coil pickup gave it an amazing clarity, pretty much exactly like the Telecaster guitar, which meant you better be on your game because every note is coming out loud, proud and distinct. All the basses I've had since with rosewood fretboards have a more 'smeary' sound to them by comparison. The only bass I've had since that I liked almost as much was a very early Music Man Stingray with maple neck, and that was stolen in 1990! (Maybe I should stay away from the maple necks?) Not that the MM was anywhere near the same type of bass, but it still had that clarity of tone like the Tele. The Tele probably isn't for everyone because it is so revealing.
  7. Jim C

    Jim C I believe in the trilogy; Fender, Stingray, + G&L Supporting Member

    Nov 29, 2008
    Bethesda, MD
    Do the tele basses traditionaly have a larger bass ball bat size neck, or have I just stumbled accross a few with C necks by chance?
  8. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    There is not "best," there's "different."

    There are two Telecaster basses. One is 1968 reissue of the original single coil Precision, the other is the 1972-on big humbucker version.

    I've had both. Both have been 1 3/4" round C profile necks, very comfortable for me.

    Sonically, the early Tele, later Tele, and "normal" split coil Precision are very different from each other.
    The single coil is nearly J-bass like, with broad, even freq response. The humbucker is very fat, very deep, not much treble.
    The split-P has a very noticable low mid bump.
  9. Something interesting I noticed yesterday at band practice. I was playing my SCPB, and when I dug in and played harder, all of my notes sounded extremely compressed.

    It's the first time I've really had a chance to crank it up with this bass, so I haven't noticed it until now. Is this normal? This is my first single coil P, so if someone has more experience on this, please elaborate. I'm very interested in this sound, just wasn't prepared for it and ended up switching basses because I felt like I was fighting it.
  10. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Turn your amp up, and play with a lighter touch, to achieve a broader dynamic range...
  11. Shadi

    Shadi Supporting Member

    Feb 22, 2008
    Carbondale, IL
    I own both, and when I record, I always pull out my 68 Telecaster bass just cuts through and sounds fantastic-especially when paired with my Ampeg B-15.
  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    According to an earlier post of yours, you already have a P Bass (1980 Precision Special), so you should already have familiarity of the P Bass sound.

    As for the Tele Bass, the single coil version and humbucker version are vastly different in terms of tone, with the humbucker version being huge, fat, and bassy sounding, and the single coil being a bit more defined.

    However - we don't know anything about what music you like, your purposes/needs for the bass, your rig, do you like basses with slim necks or fat ones, etc, etc. Recommending one bass or another to you at this point is kinda like a guy going into a car dealer and saying "I want a Ford Mustang or a Ford Explorer...which is better". We need more details to properly help you.

  13. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars: Ulyate Pickups & StringJoy Commercial User

    Oct 4, 2008
    best is a hard term to answer. i work retail, and i get asked that all the time.
    best is a relative term, depends on who you ask. although i like the original tele bass, i prefer a split coil pickup and body of a traditional precision for my playing style.
  14. So the compressed sound is normal, then? Good to know. Now I can figure out how to best use it.
  15. GBassNorth

    GBassNorth Supporting Member

    Dec 23, 2006
    ^ There's your answer. The rest is up to you, try all three with the types of music you play and with the types of equipment you own and all should be good.
    As for personal preferences I like the split p for about 75% of the work I do and the sc for about 20% and the humbucker for about 5%. I have all three.
  16. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Let's see... they made something like 2,440 Telecaster basses, and 25,383,779 split coil Precision basses. I wonder which one is best....:meh:
  17. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Yeah: best has nothing to do with sales numbers.

    We've had that argument, lets not have it again.
  18. WilemT97

    WilemT97 Guest

    Dec 26, 2011
    Telecaster Bass IMO, I compared to two at a guitar shop last preference was the Telecaster because it has a vintage sound to it. But its all about preference.
  19. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Of course it has nothing to do with sales numbers. I mean, really... what do 99.9% of all bass players know?
  20. There's really isn't a "best" in this situation. Just different.

    I just spent the last few hours with two P-basses, my MIA 60th (split coil) and my Dillion SCPB. As I switched between the two, there's a very distinct vibe from each. The split coil is of course the rockin' bass we all know and love.

    The single coil was.... Different. The tone is still the P sound we all recognize, but there's a difference in the tone somehow. I can't really explain it, but aside from the single coil compression, the notes ring differently.

    I love them both. The split coil is my go to for any gig, but I can imagine that the single coil would really shine in a stripped down situation like an acoustic band, where the tone can really be heard in a mellower, relaxed vibe.