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Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by anonymous02282011, Aug 16, 2007.
Is this a tele or P? how do i tell the difference?
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?
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.
Did the Telecaster bass have the elbow contour? I think this was a feature of the p-bass only.
unfortunately, in this case, the headstock decal is not original.
No, the Paisley Bass did not.
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.
It looks like a Tele, but I have no real experience in this.
Concerning the p/u, see my earlier post.
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.
Can you check the serial number?
You are correct...the Tele below is a '68
This one is a '73
So to the OP, I have no idea. Sorry.
serial is on the bridge. # 0676
My comment was clearly in response to the sentence:
"The Tele doesn't have the long upper horn on the body. "
Then you're right.
But in reference to the body contour not.
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)
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?
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.
Only 1970's Teles had this one, the late 60s Teles had a single coil just like the 51 P bass.
The contours were added to the P in 1954. I think the white PG was 1952.