Tele bass on the cheap

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by BassJeesus, Apr 15, 2019.

  1. yes yes yes YES

    37.5%
  2. no no no

    37.5%
  3. just use the stock one

    12.5%
  4. get a grip?

    12.5%
  1. BassJeesus

    BassJeesus

    Jul 9, 2018
    Finland
    hello i was looking for a Tele bass on the cheap i and i found this
    https://www.thomann.de/fi/harley_benton_pb_50_sb_vintage_series.htm
    is this thing any good, should i upgrade it in some way (tuners,pickups, etc)
    i was thinking of puting this in the neck
    https://www.thomann.de/fi/dimarzio_area_t_neck_dp_417_chrome.htm

    i have no idea if thats a bad idea but the poles are in one line so there should not be any volume differences maybe some tone differences

    so does anyone have any in shait on this

    cheers R.I
     
  2. LowRick

    LowRick

    Mar 24, 2019
    Garrelsweer
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    Few years back i bought this ^^^ new for €200,-

    Not to discourage a nice project involving doing unspeakable things to a totally innocent bass guitar, but it might be an idea :)
     
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  3. If I understand it right, you want to make a new hole closer to the neck and make it two pickup thing. I say put down the pickguard and experiment. Omit the tone button (it's pointless anyway) and make it volume - volume. If it sounds ugly, you can revert back almost painlessly: put the new pickup away, cover the hole with pickguard, and revert back to the original wiring.

    Check the dimensions of the pickup - it's guitar pickup, it might be too short for a bass. Would it play nice ... don't know. I have telecaster guitar with some fender tele pickup and this kind of pickup plays lows, highs, not much body... nice, softish, but opposite of what the Precision bass pickup kind of should be.

    In my experience, bad bass won't play much better with a great pickup. I'd try the bass as it is, and experiment only when I find I like it, but want something a bit else, supposedly more bassier and soft sounding.
     
  4. It's a great cheap bass, perfect for a modding platform with minimal outlay and risk. I have the older Wilkinson pickup in mine and it sounds really nice to me, the stock tuners and bridge are fine too. I'd go for a big humbucker in the neck personally, but like jj.833 says, you can experiment with it and revert back easily if you want.
     
  5. @BassJeesus

    It depends on your wants. If it's tone then the Roswell does the job no problem :) If it's looks+tone then think about a pickup ashtray. The big poles on the Roswell don't quite hit the 51 style :thumbsup:

    The PB-50 is a bass I know very well,must be 5 years I've been singing it's praises. Swapping one single coil pickup for another won't really gain you much regarding tone. I've tried custom handwounds,the usual aftermarket brand names and ultra cheap from ebay.

    All were very much alike.

    My advice is buy a PB-50 and spend the pickup money on a set of flats.A Telecaster bass is a joy to behold :D

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  6. BassJeesus

    BassJeesus

    Jul 9, 2018
    Finland
    @kodiakblair HOLY B ASS
    I have a stupid/obvious question are the necks base ballbats on the HB bass
    i heard pretty much all Tele basses have a basebat neck im looking for something to fit that
     
  7. I wouldn't say they were baseball bat thick but playing double bass my idea of thick differs from most :) I'd say thick enough for comfort.
     
  8. mcrawfordmusic

    mcrawfordmusic

    Dec 11, 2010
    Australia
    I say go for it!

    You can always take the neck pickup out and put a replacement pick guard on it if you don’t like it.

    Might be a good idea to use a stacked pot for the volumes, or even go the 61’ Jazz wiring with stacked pots for each pickups volume and tone.
     
  9. ClassicJazz

    ClassicJazz Bottom Feeders Unite!! Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2005
    Delray Beach, Florida
    IMHO the ‘72 Tele basses sounded horrible. That’s why they were not very popular. That neck pickup just sounds bad. On the plus side I do like the way they look. That’s why I built my own version but with a standard split P-Bass pickup and the ‘72 Tele bass pick guard.

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