Telecaster Bass?

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by smo, Dec 27, 2005.

  1. iamthebassman


    Feb 24, 2004
    Endorsing Artist: Phantom Guitars, Eastwood Guitars
    I had one of those in the 80s, it was cream with a white pickguard. I believe it was 1972 when they changed the pickguard and the pickup to a Fender humbucker, before that the Tele bass was pretty much a '51 reissue. Very solid bass, good tone, a bit different from your usual Fender sound. I wish I still had mine.
  2. Eilif

    Eilif Supporting Member

    Oct 1, 2001
    I've played several of these. Very thumpy and low, not alot of high frequency difinition. I absolutely love them, but they are getting very expensive lately, even heavily worn examples cost more than I would be willing to pay.

    A pickup at the neck tele bass is top of my list for the "someday-I-will-build" bass. That design just begs for a darkstar pickup, which would probably make it one of the most deep bass tone instruments ever.
  3. jazzbo58

    jazzbo58 Bassist for My Man Godbey Supporting Member

    Apr 21, 2001
    New Orleans, LA USA
    I have a 1972 Telecaster Bass (Blonde finish). Bassman is correct they changed to using a humbucker in 1972. Before that it was a single coil just like the early 50's P basses used. The bass has a very deep wall shaking tone. Great for blues. The neck does not have a fingerboard the frets are inserted into the neck. I love the vibe of this bass! As a kid I used to drool over this model in the Fender catalog.

  4. Mojo-Man

    Mojo-Man Supporting Member

    Feb 11, 2003
    I owned two.
    A white 1972.
    And a sunburst 1973.
    The white bass had a big p-style neck 1 3/4.
    The sunburst had a nice 1 5/8. neck.
    One of the nicest fender necks I ever played.
    Fat, destorted, sound.
    Good bass for pick playing.
    I could not stand, 3-bolt, micro-tilt neck.
    Neck always moved, on both basses, unstable.
    Why fender ever made these, I'll never know.
    If these basses were four bolt, I would have keep sunburst one forever?
  5. Fender Telecaster Bass
    1968 - 1979.
    slab body, 1 pick-up, fretless option in '70, blond and custom colors available (pink paisley or blue floral '68-'69)
    prices are listed low to high, excellent condition.
    1968 black $2,200 - $2,600
    1968 blond $2,000 - $2,400
    1968 blue floral, paisley $5,500 - $6,000
    1969 4-bolt, single coil $2,000 - $2,400
    1970 " " " $1,900 - $2,200
    1971 " " " $1,800 - $2,000
    1972 " " " $1,500 - $1,800
    1973-'74 3-bolt, humbucker $1,400 - $1,800
    1975-'76 " " $1,250 - $1,600
    1977-'78 " " $1,050 - $1,500

    hope this helps. :cool:
  6. I also had a '72 humbucker model. Acoustically, one of the nicest, friendliest basses I ever had.

    Plugged in, it was awful - no matter how much I tweaked the EQ, I was only ever heard by earthworms.

    I still regret letting it go, mind you.