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

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

  1. My 54 P tribute.
  2. sneha1965


    Nov 7, 2007
    Wow! What a beauty!
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  3. JimB52

    JimB52 User Supporting Member

    May 24, 2007
    East Coast
    1971 Tele. Bought used in 1973 for 130$. Already stripped. Defretted with hand carved walnut inlays, contoured body. Lightweight.
    Played through an ARB amplifier and a Sound City folded horn 18. Neighbors hated me.
    Still have the bass. Currently sporting a 1990 MIJ Precision nect. Original neck resting comfortably.

    Pics are from around 1977 I think.

    JB 1978.

    JB danny Bonaduce.

    JB 1978 Cactus.

    The band was named Stratus Fear I think.
    JB Stratus Fear.
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  4. Lance Bunyon

    Lance Bunyon

    Jul 17, 2018
  5. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    I’m sure this has been touched in many times before, but how do the single coil pickups sound on the low end, compared to the splits? Would you say it has warmer, deeper lows, or the opposite?
  6. I've found that it doesn't really matter. The single coil has its own vibe and if you want more lows (or anything else for that matter) then as long as you're using a capable amp then use the amp to EQ what you want.
  7. melloncollie

    melloncollie Supporting Member

    Nov 27, 2016
    In my brief experience I found it to be full sounding without sounding as congested as some split coils can. It wasn’t boomy but could still thick sounding with a more open top end and mid range. Kind of like if you combined a split coil pickup and a jazz pickup. It’s punchier than the jazz though. Not as soft as those can be on the attack.
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  8. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    Loving this thread! Here’s my 69. I bought the body, which had a humbucker routed in at the bridge and a toggle on the guard, and was attached to a ‘65 P neck, in 1976 for $150. It lived a Frankenstein existence for many years, not getting a lot of use, until I sent the one-piece body to John Kallas a few years ago. He filled all the routs with swamp ash and squirted it with nitro. Also cut a new guard (MOP on the underside, like the original.) The neck is from AllParts, which I refinished. It’s stock except for the SD Stacker and push-pull volume. Basically a brand new 50 year-old bass. 36DF6F06-D33E-4690-B28B-F8B19381D037. 9C943EB8-76C2-42B3-A56B-B9828D66B718. This bubba really snarls in single coil mode with Rotosounds and only weighs 8 lbs. I admit to thinking of having the neck shaved down a wee bit. Just thinking...
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  9. Mammoth_Bass

    Mammoth_Bass Check out my band Mammothor!! Supporting Member

    May 2, 2016
    Sandown, NH
  10. EdBo


    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    A man that has thought a thing out. That is Bad- Ass !!!
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  11. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    Cool pics ala Danny partridge. I'd put the '71 tele neck back on there, it's a great neck. I'll take it off you hands if you want to get rid of it. I already have a '71 telecaster bass and it's one of my favorite workhorse. All the best:)
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  12. Alex Bass

    Alex Bass Roy Batty Dreams

    Apr 3, 2016
    What strings are those???
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  13. Thinking of reshaping the headstock of my frankenbass like that.
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  14. EdBo


    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    Here's my Semi hollow Slab P that I've dubbed the "Crooked Ass Bass". It has a cut down thin Jazz neck and weighs a very fun 8 lbs. The vintage SD Active EQ pickup takes it over the top. Added 3 screw FCH Babicz with thru body ferules. :bassist:
    Crookedasse. CROOKEDASSc.
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  15. AboutSweetSue


    Sep 29, 2018
    Lebanon, TN
    How’s the bridge pu working for you? I’ve thought about adding way into the future.
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  16. AboutSweetSue


    Sep 29, 2018
    Lebanon, TN
    I’ve only ever played my one ‘51. I also switched out the Warmoth SA for the black ’51 body made of Alder. I’ve done this all in the past two months, which is my only experience with the bass and the Lindy Fralin single coil, normal wind.

    It sounds like the brother of the P Bass. Very similar but different. I wish I had a P Bass right now to test them side by side. But, whatever, mine sounds awesome with DTFs. I can’t explain sound all that well, but I’d say it’s very strong in the lower mids but is good all over that section, and I hear it was known to blow the speakers of the early 1950s amps with it’s lows.

    It’s highs are what amazes me, they are incredible. It’s a P Bass but has this little bit of Jazz Bass cut through. Maybe it’s just the new string sparkle. As the flats die away they have become more woody.

    I’m not sure all ‘51s are the same, though. It’s an interesting bass for sure.
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  17. 965FEA9A-04D7-4A0F-BED3-431C1F55012A. 09AAF502-EB92-4307-AF0F-36115590E0B1. D32F26D0-4B4F-4D2F-AC98-D0A3CA24BA2F. 71DFD86C-EF5C-461F-9055-03883A2CEBC5. A2B8A3C6-8250-479F-B299-B8B053A2CFDD. Well,seeing as how you’ve generated 18 pages of comments in 21 days or so, I gues your rant premise is a little busted. Plenty of love here for these basses. I played this one for forty yrs. and every mark on it is mine. A 57’ mid year P. And the blond is one I built last year.
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  18. TheOriginalName


    May 28, 2018
    Say I don’t have a capable
    Interesting for sure. Only reason I ask is my sound has certainly changed, or really what sounds I like. Initially I thought I wanted a really overdriven trebly tone coming from some really exotic shaped bass. Now, I’m fine with any fender shape really, though I really like the sound of a fretless, and my tastes have gravitated to warmer tones. I’ve just been debating which of the two pickups will have more of said warmth. Mainly with tone rolled off + flats. Either way it’s a P, I don’t see how one can really go wrong with a P.
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  19. EdBo


    May 10, 2015
    Springfield, Ohio
    *Peace be with You*
    Is there any way possible you could please, post some close up picture's of every inch of the 57's neck. I'm certain many here would love to drool over them.
    Please :drool:
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  20. 662D9B60-6EDC-4B00-883D-BA5E7E3B768A. 7E26620E-A308-4989-A437-AAF805E2FDE0. 44A476AC-F2BC-4489-BEEA-38C26D0F98E2. 2245C78A-BD1E-4134-8AB2-FCA7B71891C3. I only have a handful of pics, sadly, but many many memories.
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