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telecaster bass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by buldog5151bass, Apr 13, 2014.

  1. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I've played Ps and Js for a long time, and love their different tones, but never tried a telecaster bass. I am thinking of trying a new build, and was thinking of working in that vein. How are they soundwise in comparison, and in neck shape?
  2. Mastermold

    Mastermold Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Orange County, California
    Neck shape is either vintage or modern P-bass depending on what you get. Tone is punchier than either P or J basses due to the single pole magnets and a little more middy than a split coil P bass. Sits really well in the mix IMO.
  3. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    I've owned many a Tele bass and the above sounds spot on.
  4. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    I associate that old baseball bat neck with Teles. I was used to the shallower modern P neck profile but found I like the chunky neck just fine. Nice change of pace, and what's the point of having different basses if they all have the same properties?

    The sc pup can deliver a deep yet snarly tone you can't get elsewhere. My 69 has the SD stacker wired with a coil split, excellent pup.
  5. TrevorOfDoom

    TrevorOfDoom Supporting Member

    Jun 17, 2007
    Austin, TX
    which Tele bass?

    the single coil Pre-'57 style?
    or the Mudbucker neck pup from the 70's?

    I agree with the others about the neck: chunky, baseball bat style. I love it.
    the single coil tone is pretty punchy and sits in a mix really well, just like its post-'57 sibling, but in a different way.

    I also dug the mudbucker version, but don't think it works as well in the mix. Wooly, woofy, and thick, though.
  6. buldog5151bass

    buldog5151bass Kibble, milkbones, and P Basses. And redheads.

    Oct 22, 2003
    I like single coils, but I am open - haven't done this in 30 years.
  7. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Highly recommend Seymour Duncan single stack humbucker.
  8. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL


    69 single coil. Just took it apart and sent the body out to get the bridge rout filled and a refin. Gonna tint the neck myself.

    Series 1 Tele is 68-71, mudbucker started in 72. Check out the Telecaster Bass club thread, lotsa slabby goodness to see.
  9. shadven


    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock therfore I am.
    I have both a 1969 Tele and a 1972 tele. The 1969 has a wonderful mid tone that cuts through with a band and a great chunky neck. The 1972 with the mud bucket is harder to dial in. I can roll off the low rumble with a compressor or Aguilar tone hammer... the neck on the 72 is fantastic, in a BB in bad baseball back kinda way.
  10. gregmon79

    gregmon79 I did it for the muff... Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2012

    This is sweet! When did these start coming out?? I'm excited about this. I've always wanted a tele bass but could never afford. Maybe I can now.
  11. veebass

    veebass Supporting Member

    Mar 27, 2014
    I have a 69 and a 72. The comments above are spot on in terms of the tone of these basses..
    My 72 must be a bit unusual in that it has a B width neck on it (original neck)- not like the 69 at all which is a baseball bat C width.
    I also have Squier VM (Tele) Precision Bass- the humbucker in that is a bit tamer than the one in my 72.
    Hope that helps.
  12. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    The latter asks for sumthin' now out for a two years at least...

    not citin' here the original Vintage Modified Tele Precision (34")

    I owned Green Day's Mike Dirnt Precision, which is a '51 Tele but with BadAssII bridge and '59 splitcoil (different sound) Squier Classic Vibe '50s Precision (with Seymour Duncan quarter pound single coil and additional Hipshot Bt1 bass extender) and a Squier Vintage Modified '70s Tele Precision (with additional DiMarzio modelP splitcoil and Hipshot Bt7 bass extender)

    The three shared a thick baseball bat one piece maple neck, poly glossed on Squier Classic Vibe only, which was the only one to violently hum
    Mike Dirnt's and Vintage Modified had humcancellin' pickups and satin finished necks

    I still fondly miss'em all

  13. Guinness20


    Jan 24, 2013
    Liverpool, UK
    Want a mike dirnt bass so bad, not a fan of roadworn finishes though :(
  14. Wallace320


    Mar 19, 2012
    Milan, Italy
    Standard Dirnt versions are out at MIM standard pricings, and if you don't succeed in findin' any, on the used market they're out for way less... I tend to believe at less than £. 500.00 you could find a super mint vintage white one:)