Vintage Fender Telecaster Bass - I'm obsessed!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by shadven, Jan 13, 2015.


  1. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    I absolutely love the original Precision Bass and Fender's first reissue in 1968 when they introduced the Telecaster bass. The bass feels, sounds, and looks perfect. The single coil pick-up has a wonderful tone and thump. It can completely modern or old school. I've been playing for many years and I've owned many basses over the years and to me it's an absolutely wonderful gigging and recording bass. I have a nice collection of early P and Telecaster basses... it's a disorder, I just can't get enough! Are they any other telecaster appreciators out there?
     

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  2. Tad

    Tad Supporting Member

    Dec 10, 2007
    Boise, Idaho
    Nice collection!

    I don't have any originals, but I do have a '51 RI and a Modern Player Telecaster and I really like them both.
     
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  3. Antisyzygy

    Antisyzygy

    Dec 8, 2014
    Washington
    I've been wanting a telecaster bass for quite some time, but sadly I don't have one yet.
     
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  4. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    I bought a new '06 Fender CIJ '51 P RI - enjoyed it's simplicity for a while - ended up not enjoying the mustard colour, and turned it into this.

    Tele basses rule in many forms. :bassist:

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  5. JIO

    JIO Connery... Sean Connery Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Jun 30, 2010
    The Mission SF/CA
    musician/artist/owner - Gildaxe
    My Tele isn't 'vintage' but its mate (not a Tele) is -

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  6. Energy

    Energy

    Jun 20, 2006
    Germany
    This '68 Telecaster used to be mine. It had to move on in favor of a '65 Precision. Black body refin, white 3-ply PG, everything else is stock:

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  7. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    Those are some beauteous basses. I have several other basses, but I play the teles 90 % of the time.
     
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  8. OldDirtyBassist

    OldDirtyBassist

    Mar 13, 2014
    Fender really should release an American Standard and MIM Standard version of the Tele/51P bass.
     
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  9. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    Stuff I've had or have:

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  10. headband

    headband

    Oct 18, 2013
    Lake Havasu City
    My 20140106_151140.jpg '69 Tele bass on the left, '55 CS reissue on the right. Very good sounding basses.
     
  11. shadven

    shadven Twang-tastic Bass Player and Song Writer Supporting Member

    Dec 30, 2009
    Tampa, FL
    I rock, therefore I am.
    Now we're talking Chef!
     
  12. bassbully

    bassbully Endorsed by The PHALEX CORN BASS..mmm...corn!

    Sep 7, 2006
    Blimp City USA
    Love vintage Fenders and the Tele is my fav. I had a early 70's Tele with mudbucker trying to get close but it was a one trick pony. I just picked up the new VM tele bass, not the same but its cool.
     
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  13. Shadven, I particularly love the black and maple one with the humbuckers. That's a fantastic collection you have there. Having not particularly studied the Tele bass, I hadn't noticed that they originally had a more Precision-shaped body. I actually really like the snub nosed version they do now, particularly the Squier models.
     
  14. Chef

    Chef In Memoriam

    May 23, 2004
    Columbia MO
    Staff Reviewer; Bass Gear Magazine
    The black/humbuckers is G&L L2000 loaded. Or, at least, I'd bet $5 on that.
     
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  15. tomshepp

    tomshepp Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Maynard MA
    I am the original owner of your 68'. That body was once owned by Bobby Vega. I miss the neck.:( Good to see that it is in good hands. :)
     
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  16. headband

    headband

    Oct 18, 2013
    Lake Havasu City
    The neck is very, very good on this one. Didn't know Bobby Vega owned the body. Cool. Unfortunately I am probably going to need to sell this one in the next year - I have moved and won't have the space to keep all the toys that I used to. I will post it on this forum when I am ready so hopefully the love for this bass will continue!
     
  17. tomshepp

    tomshepp Supporting Member

    Jan 11, 2006
    Maynard MA
    I'd love to get that back. Hopefully, the timing will work out.
     
  18. MrSidecar

    MrSidecar Supporting Member

    Apr 9, 2008
    Copenhagen, Denmark
    I'm in the same boat, I used to be a strictly jazz bass guy, then I switched to double bass... And ever since I laid my hands on a 70s Tele bass (the single coil version), I'm forever changed. I had a mango colored Japan reissue once, sold it again, but right now I'm waiting for a build to finish with a 51 RI neck, new body with blonde nitro finish, and a fralin single coil. I too think that even though it can't be more simple, this is one of the most versatile bass designs ever. I'm hooked.

    best
    sidecar
     
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  19. bass_case

    bass_case Maintain low tones. Supporting Member

    Oct 23, 2013
    Miami, FL
    My restored 69:
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    Have owned the body since 76, I paid $150 for it. It had a 65 P neck and an ancient humbucker. johnk10 gave it a nitro makeover, I added a neck.
     
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  20. veebass

    veebass

    Mar 27, 2014
    Australia
    I love them too! Here's mine.

    L/R- Squier VM, 73 Tele, 69 Tele, 56 P, Sting, Fender Cab.

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    Last edited: Jan 14, 2015
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