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To Modify a Modern Player Telebass or Not

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by 803Bassist, Dec 29, 2017.

  1. 803Bassist


    Oct 11, 2016
    I picked up this Modern Player Telecaster bass yesterday for $150. Bone stock, lots of little dings in the body and a few on neck, pickups and bridge heavily tarnished, etc... but everything is there and sounds like it should, for a three string bass. Pondering it's condition last night, the thought to have it professionally painted crossed my mind. Does anyone on Talk Bass know if these models will ever be collector items and if so would modifying it diminish any potential value? I looked around for a few minutes online last night and couldn't find any for sale. I'm sure they're out there, just don't seem to be in abundance. Chinese made, but quality leaves my mim pbass in the dust. Thoughts?
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  2. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Now if we could predict what basses will become collectors items we wouldn't be on TB answering that kind of question. We'd be too busy enjoying our private island.

    Yes, mod the snot out of that thang!
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  3. Blaargh


    Apr 4, 2016
    Modern Players probably won't- they were a really cheap line. Most of the Telecaster's desirability comes from the fact that it is cheap, considering any other Tele bass with a Fender decal is going to cost you your firstborn.

    That said, they're pretty rare. I'd have thought a well-done paint job in a non-offensive colour probably wouldn't negatively affect the value.

    I'm really jealous! I've wanted one since they came out, but I was a teenager at the time and couldn't get the money together before they had been discontinued.
  4. Plake

    Plake Supporting Member

    Dec 20, 2010
    $150! Sweet deal! :bassist:
  5. Oddly

    Oddly Unofficial TalkBass Cartographer! Supporting Member

    Jan 17, 2014
    Dublin, Ireland.
    As far as I know the Modern Players are all discontinued now (certainly the Jazz is).
    One of Fender's dafter decisions, I reckon.
    I had a Jazz, and it was really well-made, and sounded great. It was quite heavy, which was a deciding factor in my trading up to a Precision when I found a great deal.

    I doubt it'll ever become a serious collector model - the made-in-China 'stigma' will probably see to that - but the relative rarity might work for them.
    For the price you got it at, I reckon you got a good deal and wouldn't lose out by modding it.
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  6. Brio

    Brio Supporting Member

    Mar 10, 2013
    Kansas City
    Nice find. One of my favorite necks. I couldn’t dial in a sound I liked with the 2 humbuckers but I also couldn’t let the neck go so I parted mine and made a ‘54 style single coil P.
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  7. Paulabass

    Paulabass Supporting Member

    Sep 18, 2017
    Discontinued is never a selling point. Companies discontinue things when they stop selling. Period.
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  8. ajkula66


    Sep 23, 2016
    Well, the bass that served as an "inspiration" for yours (1972-79 Series II Telecaster Bass) is arguably the least loved amongst the 34" Fender basses of its era, and can be had for far less money than any of its "vintage" cousins, so I doubt that a Chinese resurrection of it will ever be deemed as particularly valuable.

    Mod it, and play the living daylight out of it.
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  9. Pbassmanca

    Pbassmanca In the pocket n' thumpy. So woody, so greasy...

    1st thing I'd do is have her routed for a single coil P bass pickup in the correct position. After that, it's up to you. A G-string is usually good as well......:smug:
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  10. 803Bassist


    Oct 11, 2016
    So I cleaned her up over the weekend and I believe have decided to keep it original. There's still some light tarnish on the pickups and pitting on bridge, but replacing the rusty pickguard screws and some elbow grease has made her presentable. Of course the addition of the G string probably made the biggest difference. :)
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  11. lowendblues

    lowendblues Supporting Member

    Oct 8, 2004
    Perfect platform for a 3 pickup bass.
  12. beerman_5000


    Jan 29, 2012
    Saint Louis
    Nice! I did the same thing but with a Squier classic vibe 50's SCPB body that had a upgraded pickup in it.

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