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Telecaster Bass -69

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by bror74, Feb 24, 2014.

  1. bror74


    Feb 24, 2014

    I just bought this bass, took a lot of pictures, tested it, you could hear "the string" (only one string on it when I bought it) somewhere in the background otherwise just noise, hum and cracks when you turned the volym and tone knobs. As far as I can see the electronics looks good...

    what do you think about the mic? I think its original but I don't know, maybe you can read the numbers on the back of the mic? look at the pictures in the link below. is it possible to get it to work again? can I rewire it?

    the pick guard and thumrest has cracked into small pieces and some of the crome has been coloured green, can I wash that off someway? all crome needs some polish, what is the best way to clean the crome?

    overall, what do you think about this bass? you have any experiense with it? compared to p-bass? and so on.


  2. johnson79


    Jan 8, 2010
    Lancaster, PA
    Looks like it was submerged in water!
  3. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    I had a '71 Tele bass.
    Sonically I found it cleaner sounding than a split pup P, a nice warm tone with good definition.
    Loved the slab body, and the weight was quite good: not too heavy and not too light.
    The neck was huge, though.

    It looks like yours has seen a lot of moisture, that's a lot of rust happening there.
    The pickup bobbin is original, so the wire likely is too.
    The pup wire in mine was black varnished, however, and extremely fragile.
    You may need to get yours rewound.
  4. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    This must be one of those new Fender Rowed-worn basses.

    I say get the electronics operational and gig it as is, corrosion and all.

    Very cool find! I have '69 as well, it's a great bass.
  5. bror74


    Feb 24, 2014
    ok thanks!!

    kcole, how do you know that the pickup bobbin is original?
  6. wild4oldcars


    Jan 22, 2012
    Garner, NC
    dem frets doh....
    looks awesome, but i highly doubt it would function awesomely :/
  7. Corrosive pickguard disintegration gassed the bass while it was locked in its case. Gnarly. Beautiful bass.
  8. depalm

    depalm Gold Supporting Member

    Apr 22, 2004
    Or it was a part of a satanic sacrifice ritual…
    Man, the bass was beaten to death.

    Anyway, nice pics.
  9. GBassNorth


    Dec 23, 2006
    Probably this.
    Look it up on the net, this year Tele had a pick guard that off gassed as it aged. Apparently if left enclosed in its hard case for long periods the corrosive gasses built up and did a lot of damage to any of the metal components and finish near the pick guard.
    The damage could be considered to be some serious mojo and proof of authenticity. I'd keep it as mojo-esque as possible and only clean up the metal bits (keeping everything original if possible) as needed to make it functional.
    Nice bass!
  10. lz4005


    Oct 22, 2013
    It looks like the pickup and frets are trashed.
    I hope you didn't pay too much for it.
  11. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003

    I had a 69 Tele-Bass.
    Nice score, but she need some TLC.
    That maybe costly ?
  12. bror74


    Feb 24, 2014
    thank you!! thats great. what makes you think its been in contact with a lot of water or moist? Ive heard that the corrosion often was because of gas from the pickupguard plastic. the bass is in relatively good condition actually. what is TLC? just need a new pot: 1966 stack pole 250k 30466xx, anyone?? or do you know where to find one? and as we all know I need a new pickguard n tumb rest. heard that the original on tele bass -69 was Pearl Back Pearloid White, more info on that, where do I find a vintage original?? and then maybe new frets..
  13. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    TLC- Tender Loving Care.
  14. bror74


    Feb 24, 2014
  15. Shedua511


    Apr 6, 2013
    Oslo, Norway
    Agent for Scandinavian countries: Stick Enterprises Inc.
    It's not often I get to say this of something exactly as old as me, but I AM in better shape than that bass :p
    Nothing a good luthier won't be able to fix though, testimony to the sturdiness of Leo's design.
  16. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    The original pickguard was white. Plain white. You're unlikely to find a vintage original pickguard for that bass. If you do, you'll pay through the nose for it. And even then, you should make sure that it'll fit your bass. Pickguards shrink after decades, especially if they've been detached from the bass for a long time.

    That bass didn't get that way from sitting in a case. I've known guitars that have sat in cases for decades. They don't look like that.
  17. That'll buff right out.

    All kidding aside, I'm sure it will be awesome after it is restored. One of a kind to be sure!
  18. bror74


    Feb 24, 2014
  19. kcole4001


    Oct 7, 2009
    Nova Scotia
    Mine was identical, but as I said, they used black varnished wire on my particular bass.

    In my opinion the single coil is a much better pup than the mudbucker they used later.
  20. smcd


    Jun 28, 2009
    Boston, MA
    $95 is a little heavy for something you couldn't check out in person. But, your bass would look better with a relic'd guard.

    These guys sell a replacement pickguard. (see #17 on the list). For $38 I'd try them first.