Telecaster bass

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  1. Sparky6string

    Sparky6string Member

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    These days I'm finding myself playing bass more and more for bands, and I even have a big audition this coming weekend in the city. I have an entry level bass as of now and I actually like it a good deal but I see myself upgrading sometime in the future. Being the huge Fernandes fan that I am I'm holding out for a Fernandes Telecaster bass copy because I like the styling so much, and you just don't see that many of them out there. But I started thinking: is there a good reason there aren't that many out there? What are the tonal characteristics of this guitar? Does anyone have any substantial hands-on experience with one of these designs? Thanks.
     
  2. The Golden Boy

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    Do you mean 1968-72 Tele bass or post 72 Tele bass?
     
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    Tele basses with the single coil pup are copies of the original 50's P Bass before they went to the split coil. The piece of gear I've had the longest is my 69 Tele Bass. Positively evil low notes! More alive than a P- Bass, but the catch is that they can be pretty noisy when played through a big old bass amp (i.e. SVT). The sound is incredible, though.
     
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    I'm not sure which one Fernandes copied. I couldn't possibly afford one of the originals and I love the MIJ Fernandes offerings so I'll be buying one of those.
     
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    Interesting. I suppose if I needed to I could change out the pickups.
     
  6. The Golden Boy

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    Is it the big huge mudbucker by the neck join or is it a single coil unit?
     
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    there was a MIJ versdion of the single coil tele bass in the late 80's /early 90's i think. It was very good, and pretty cheap at the time. Not sure what they go for now.
     
  8. Rhomco

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    On a budget? Let me suggest a Jay Turser. Here is one I modded for a west coast player on a budget with a headstock trim to the tele look and a refin in seafoam green nitro. New harness, pickup and tuners. She rocked to say the least.
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    The Squire Vintage Modified basses are a great platform as well. Here is one I did for myself by adding a Jazz pickup, Harness and some headstock cosmetics. The first pics are with the original neck. I later changed the neck to a Jazz profile and a rosewood board. The pis are from a "How To Install a Neck" thread I did over at the TDPRI Forum. Very good tone pallet with the blending of the modern bass bucker and the Jazzy. OBTW, the mud is gone from this new "Mudbucker" they put on these basses.
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  10. Cris Simões

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    Hey dude!
    I would like to hear a recording with the sound of that with new Squier Jazz pickup in the bridge!
    "Ei cara!
    Gostaria de ouvir uma gravação com o som desse Squier com novo captador Jazz na ponte!"
     
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    Blaspheme!!! A tele bass w/ a rosewood f.b.!!!

    I have one of those:

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    But this is how I mostly spell tele bass ('68):

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    the mike dirnt sig is an option as well. I had one before I got my hwy1. Was abit heavy, but did it ever sound sweet!

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    I got one of the P-bass 51 reissues this summer and must say it is a nice bass. Recorded one a few years ago and didn't think much of it, but the pickup in mine is really fat and loud, which kind of goes against the specs. I had to turn down the amp, it came through so much louder than my Jazz on the same settings, which should have a much hotter pickup. Pretty wild.

    I've always gone more for the overdriven kind of bass tone, but I got this one tuned in on my amp and have that old 70s p-bass sound like you would have on a ZZ top or Neil Young record. I dig it. Different than my Jazz or even my old regular P-bass, that is true.
     
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    Love the sound of the '69 Tele Bass.

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    No offense, but wouldn't it be possible to purchase the still-available Crafted in Japan real Fender '51 Precision bass for what your customer must have invested with all the alterations to this Jay Turser?
     
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    Not if he wants a colour other than butterscotch or sunburst.
     
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    i found a late seventies fender musicmaster bass for 300, sent the pickups off to lindy fralin for another 50, had them rewound, then for 50$ a tech really cleaned the rust and stuff up, it is a beauty. plays wonderfully, sometimes you can get them cheap if yhou look around.. they are very light weight and a real fender.
     

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