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Telecaster Basses - Not much interest on TalkBass these days:(

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shadven, May 22, 2019.

  1. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    WARNING: This is a useless thread. A low-key rant.

    There was a time period a couple of years ago when Fender (type) Telecaster / Early P Basses were the rage! Everybody was talking about them, had one or wanted to add one to their stable. But, no so anymore. I have haven't seen a new conversation about the old P ('51 - '57 1/2) or single-coil Telecaster Bass (1968 - 1971) in a long, long time.
    I really love these basses. The look, feel and sound of the original P bass is my favorite. I play the hell out of my several examples and they are my gigging machines. I still spend a little time each day scouring the inter-webs looking for bargains and better examples. My obsession with the telecaster shaped bass is still alive and strong, even if Talkbass has moved on.
    P.S. - I am working from home today and have a little too much time on my hands.
    Pic #1 - Me and my 1968 in action.
    Pic #2 - My Collection CDS 1.JPG
  2. JPaulGeddy

    JPaulGeddy Supporting Member

    Sep 19, 2007
    South Carolina
    Conversely, I've just gotten back into teles - at least the headstock. Picked up a Warmoth neck with a jazz profile & a tele headstock, love it to death. Almost pulled the trigger on a 51-based Warmoth on Reverb (with PJ). Still kicking myself on that one.

    Ironically, I started on a 'real' Tele (73) and hated it. Go figure. I like the look, but don't like the baseball bat.
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  3. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    I'm a huge fan of slab-bodied early P and Tele basses - owned a modded '71 for a long time and loved it - but they are somewhat of an acquired taste IMO. Not everyone can tolerate the lack of contours, or the fact that these need to be EQ'd differently than their standard P and J cousins in most circumstances.

    Having said that, while I'm not actively shopping for one of these at the moment, I wouldn't mind owning one again. At all.

    Long live the slab!
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  4. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I like the baseball bat neck. I started on a "C" profile and that is my comfort zone. The '73 Telecaster had a big 'ole Humbucker aka Mudbucker. I always thought they were a little difficult to get a great tone out of. IMHO the single-coil pickups are great as are the regular P-bass pickups.
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  5. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    @shadven, you know how I feel about slabs.:D Now for the gratuitous photos.
    Diary of a 1951 Fender Bass
    Warmoth customs.
    Cousin to the early P's & Tele, Custom Cabronita.
    Last edited: May 22, 2019
  6. Slappinthecatgut


    Aug 14, 2015
    DD20E87C-147B-4191-BD85-B958355E0FBF.jpeg 9E4D7BCD-34F1-41FF-9005-BF8F342D9D20.jpeg I just finished a ‘51 inspired build. I love slab basses!
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  7. SJLee


    Nov 7, 2007
    From the Country Music Hall of Fame.

  8. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
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  9. SJLee


    Nov 7, 2007
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  10. SJLee


    Nov 7, 2007
    Dust at the office.

  11. Slappinthecatgut


    Aug 14, 2015
    Thanks! It Is my first bass build and not my last.
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  12. redstrand

    redstrand Supporting Member

    May 18, 2007
    Saint Louis, MO
    Fool For Four Strings
    I politely disagree :) 7A5F1575-E544-49A6-923C-375B62BFFAD8.jpeg B0A841F6-E5FE-4F88-AE88-4FAA8DC8B219.jpeg
  13. SJLee


    Nov 7, 2007
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  14. SJLee


    Nov 7, 2007
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  15. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
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  16. SJLee


    Nov 7, 2007
    It's fun enough to hang at the"office" then to have some nice tools to help get the job done. :D
    Last edited: May 23, 2019
  17. I'm a big fan of these too--have enjoyed my Fender CS '55 reissue for many years and just this past year I picked up this cool Ampeg Big Stud -- tele-style bass with an extra pickup at the bridge position and 2x2 headstock:

  18. 9Thumbs


    Jul 3, 2013
    Near Boston
    Regret selling my 68 Tele. It was 9 years old at the time. Just got a Squier in trade(contoured). It is becoming my favorite electric. I retrofitted it with the correct tuners.
  19. That's one hell of a collection you've got there! Whilst not my no. 1 favourite bass of all time, I've still had a deep love and appreciation for single coil P basses from the moment I first heard "No More Tears" by Ozzy. Amazing sound Bob Daisley gets from his '55 Precision.
  20. TDR1138


    Apr 11, 2007
    Section 204
    I had a Sting sig for a while. Really miss it, but there were lots of little things I wanted to change - slab instead of the contour, color, Stinglay, etc. - and I found a nice L-1000 in trade.


    I am going to build what I want some day. In fact, I was just mindlessly looking at Tele necks this morning.

    I saved this photo a while ago. If I remember correctly, @Dark Horse built it. This is close to what I want to build. Except I want lollipop tuners and maybe the 2-saddle bridge.

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