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Tele or P? (pics)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by anonymous02282011, Aug 16, 2007.


  1. anonymous02282011

    anonymous02282011 Guest

    Jun 27, 2007
    Is this a tele or P? how do i tell the difference?
     
  2. There are plenty of people here that can tell you more than I can, but I believe that's an older Precision Bass. The Tele doesn't have the long upper horn on the body. It does have the same (or at least similar) headstock, though. The Precision's headstock was later changed to what we know it as today. Lastly, the pickup placement... Did all Teles have the "mudbucker" in the extreme neck position?

    Brian
     
  3. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    A Telecaster Bass says so on the headstock. A Tele bass DOES have the same body shape. Don't confuse a Fender Tele bass with a G&L ASAT bass. Tele basses got the humbucker around 1972, before that they had a single coil.
     
  4. palmann

    palmann

    Sep 3, 2006
    Germany
    Did the Telecaster bass have the elbow contour? I think this was a feature of the p-bass only.

    Gruesse, Pablo
     
  5. anonymous02282011

    anonymous02282011 Guest

    Jun 27, 2007
    bassman

    unfortunately, in this case, the headstock decal is not original.
     
  6. palmann

    palmann

    Sep 3, 2006
    Germany
    No, the Paisley Bass did not.

    Gruesse, Pablo
     
  7. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    Thats a P...the p/u is the big difference teller. A precision has the p/u in the normal mid position, whether its the single coil like the one pictured, or the side-by-side p/u that most P-basses have. A Tele will have a HUGE chrome-covered humbucker right up against the edge of the fingerboard. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I am remembering this right.
     
  8. UncleBalsamic

    UncleBalsamic

    Jul 8, 2007
    UK
    It looks like a Tele, but I have no real experience in this.
     
  9. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Concerning the p/u, see my earlier post.
     
  10. palmann

    palmann

    Sep 3, 2006
    Germany
    It has the shape of the 51'er Precision (which came with black pickguard), later they changed it to white and the bodies were contoured.

    Gruesse, Pablo
     
  11. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    Can you check the serial number?
     
  12. Double Agent

    Double Agent Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Lakeland, FL
    You are correct...the Tele below is a '68
    [​IMG]

    This one is a '73
    Tele1973b.

    So to the OP, I have no idea. Sorry.
     
  13. anonymous02282011

    anonymous02282011 Guest

    Jun 27, 2007
    serial is on the bridge. # 0676
     
  14. iamthebassman

    iamthebassman

    Feb 24, 2004
    Austin,Texas
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    My comment was clearly in response to the sentence:

    "The Tele doesn't have the long upper horn on the body. "
     
  15. palmann

    palmann

    Sep 3, 2006
    Germany
    Then you're right. ;)

    But in reference to the body contour not. :bag: ;)

    Gruesse, Pablo
     
  16. MrSexy

    MrSexy

    Jul 10, 2007
    Brooklyn, NY
    well the picture says p bass on it, i don't know if the TS named it or not, but if he didn't, then I would assume its a P. (mouse over the pic to see what i'm talkin about)
     
  17. According to The Fender Bass by Klaus Blasquiz "The Telecaster bass would therefore be an exact simple copy of the original P-bass of 1951. It completely copied of its features" This is in reference to the 1st edition Tele. In 1968 they added a few hippie models with a flowered finish and a clear pick guard and in 1972 they changed the pup to a humbucking and a different pick guard. hummmm that was absolutely NO HELP. After a close examination of the pic I can see something written under the word Fender on the head stock. What does it say?
     
  18. anonymous02282011

    anonymous02282011 Guest

    Jun 27, 2007
    i hear you grey,but the headstock decal is not orig on this bass. the only thing IDing it as a P vs. a Tele is the serial number on the bridge. any further experienced feedback is much appreciated.
    thanks all.
     
  19. BillMason

    BillMason Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    Only 1970's Teles had this one, the late 60s Teles had a single coil just like the 51 P bass.
     
  20. BillMason

    BillMason Supporting Member

    Mar 6, 2007
    The contours were added to the P in 1954. I think the white PG was 1952.
     

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