Telecaster style Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by adronchase361, Jun 25, 2008.

  1. adronchase361


    Jun 8, 2008
    Haven't seen many of them though I'd love to see some more! I saw one TBer's Tele-style bass lying around in these forums.... can't remember which one, but it was beautiful! If you own one, post pictures of it! :D
  2. icantaffordawal


    May 28, 2008
    i think g&l's ASAT models are pretty tele-ish myself, always loved the amazing tone that bass provided, though i don't have any pictures of my ASAT, i've been looking for some different interesting basses and came across this one. this is the first semi-hollow one i've ever encountered so i figured i'd throw a pic of it up just for an interesting conversational piece :p

  3. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    This is a 1991 Fender MIJ '51 P-bass Reissue. I love this bass.

    I don't think it counts as the beautiful bass you saw, but with pickup/bridge covers, it is quite Tele-like.

    If I were to switch to a white pickguard, and make a few cosmetic changes, look out: Fauxe-caster P-bass! :D :D :D

  4. RockStax


    Jun 25, 2008
    Butterscotch, black, and maple - Baby, it was born to ruuuun....!

  5. adronchase361


    Jun 8, 2008
    Actually, it looks like the same finish, and if you were to change the black guard to a white one, it'd be like the Strat version of the Tele bass. :p
  6. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    Ok, but I am corn-fuse-ed. The white/ivory tele basses had white
    pickguards, right? They were telecaster basses to be "pals" with
    telecaster guitars, like P-basses and strats, and jazz basses and Jazz
    masters, no? :p

    So, what would make it the "Strat version of the Tele bass"? I am just
    plain corn-fuse-ed offense intended. 'Splain me? :D :D
  7. I have wanted one of those G & L ASTAT Basses since i first saw them!! They are awesome looking and every time i have hear one being played they just sound perfect to what I want... Just thought i would share that :p
  8. bassicsax


    Jul 29, 2007
    Memphis, TN
    i think part of the confusion is what people consider a tele bass. There are some basses like g&ls that are shaped like a tele body. there are alot of people though that consider a tele bass to be an early 50s Pbass, like the 51 reissue is modeled after. These are considered tele basses because they were originally designed after the telecaster, where as the later pbasses were designed after the stratocastor...

    Does that clear up any of the confusion or does my rambling make it worse?
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  10. Jim Carr

    Jim Carr Dr. Jim

    Jan 21, 2006
    Denton, TX or Kailua, HI
    fEARful Kool-Aid dispensing liberal academic card-carrying union member Musicians Local 72-147
    OH..I get it. But Fender actually produced a well-known '51 P-bass
    reissue (~1968-1975?) called the "Telecaster Bass," but I suppose if one
    didn't know that...yeah, OK. Thanks. :eyebrow:
  11. loendmaestro


    Jan 15, 2004
    Vienna VA


    And I'm only a marginally better bassist than I am a photographer...
  12. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    DarkStar'd 72 Tele:

    Warmoth/Norstrand/Rodent built 51 P5:

    Fender CIJ 51 P4:

    "Used to be a Fender A/E Precision:"
  13. RedemptionBass


    Dec 12, 2007
    Crystal Lake, IL
    Head (and only) Honcho at Redemption Bass
    Here's one I made that's one of my current players. I didn't make the neck. It's poplar, basswood, walnut and mahogany. Gotoh 201, Schaller P, Novak splitcoil 51P.

    I move the neck pocket and bridge back towards the tail end. I find that it really helps with balance. I get no neck dive at all with a cheapish suede strap.

    Attached Files:

  14. muzikman7


    Sep 16, 2004
    TonytheTele2-1.gif '68
  15. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX
    There was an absolutely exquisite rosewood tele bass for sale on here a while back I totally never should have passed up, lemme see if I can hunt down the pics from the thread...
  16. Guest043

    Guest043 Guest

    Apr 8, 2008
    the only "tele" style bass ive ever played was the fender sting signature..yuck. always wondered if the regular fender ones are/were nice..and that G&L with the sunburst and two humbuckers is absolutely georgous!
  17. 7flat5


    Nov 28, 2003
    Upstate NY
    This is still a little confused. The original Precision in the early '50s was first reissued in the late '60s. Fender couldn't call the reissue a P because they already had a P, the split-coil '57 design we still call the P. So, they called the reissue the Telecaster bass. There never was a Telecaster bass, it's just what Fender called that reissue. Then, they redesigned the "Telecaster" bass in '72 I think, with the big humbucker at the bridge, and called it the Telecaster II. So, that original '51 slab body P is forever referred to as the "Telecaster" bass, but it was never that originally. It was not designed "after" the Telecaster guitar, it was just the way they made instruments at first. The contoured bodies came out in the late '50s, when they called that guitar the Stratocaster, but just continued the "Precision" name for the bass.
  18. Thunderthumbs73

    Thunderthumbs73 Supporting Member

    May 5, 2008
    Lovely basses, particularly the 5 string. Very unique. I love a good high end, and high-end looking bass (Alembic, etc...) but also love a "back to basics bass" like these Tele-style ones.

    I know there is a maker called Robin, and a model called Freedom. Robin Freedom bass.
    See below:

    (though I hate it when people "strum" basses in music videos. Argh.)
  19. pjmuck


    Feb 8, 2006
    New Joisey
    Schecter's Baron basses are Tele-esque. Here's my lefty:
  20. GlennW

    GlennW Inactive

    Sep 6, 2006
    I dunno...IMO a Tele style bass does not look like a Tele guitar, a Tele style bass looks like a Telecaster Bass which looks like a '51-'56 Precision. These single cutaway basses that look like Tele guitars aren't Tele style basses, they're basses styled after the Telecaster guitar. I'm not saying they aren't nice, they just aren't Tele style basses.