My Obsession is Telecaster Basses (1951 to Present)

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  1. Fiesta Red

    Fiesta Red Friend of Leo's

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    One of my favorite designs, aesthetically and sound-wise...

    Several years ago, I was given a bastardized copy of a early Precision/Telecaster Bass...an Ampeg Big Stud Bass. (See the instrument on the far left side of the outdated guitarsenal pic below)

    It was abused by a former owner, but on the occasions I play bass, that is the one I grab.

     
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  2. Omiewise65

    Omiewise65 Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    Got to listen to some JJ Cale now , while watching .
    Impressive pictures thanks for sharing .

    So cool !
     
  3. SecretSquirrel

    SecretSquirrel Friend of Leo's Ad Free Member

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    Not a bad obsession to have! Fabulous collection, thanks for showing. :)
     
  4. rze99

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    Very cool basses and amps. Love it. Great that you gig them.
     
  5. johnny k

    johnny k Friend of Leo's

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    Stupid question incoming, why do they call them telecaster basses since the body shape is closer to a strat than a tele ? Because of the headstock which is similar to a tele ?
     
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    Nice Stuff!! Thanks for sharing!
     
  7. screefer

    screefer Tele-Meister

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    Made my day....thanks
     
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  8. toomuchfun

    toomuchfun Tele-Afflicted

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    I think the Telecaster Bass came out in 1968 as one of Fender's first reissues, it was a reissue of the early Precision Basses before they changed to a split pick up. I'm guessing it was a marketing decision to call it a Telecaster Bass.

    Thanks for showing your great collection. I've always wanted that version but had to settle for a '75 with a humbucker.

    75_TELE_BASS.jpg
     
  9. Wally

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    I have owned exactly one early Precision bass...1952, iirc. Great instrument. Interestingly, it had been owned by a very sort fellow who installed pedal steel leg inserts in the body so he could lay it out flat...like a steel...and play it standing up that way.
    Plus one on there never being a Telecaster bass until 1968. fender and their model names?????? Why didn’t they just call it what it was....a Precision reissue?
     
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  10. E5RSY

    E5RSY Doctor of Teleocity

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    Great collection...but not a Telecaster Bass in the bunch. ;)

    Man, I've always kinda wished they'd never Strat-ified the P-Bass, especially the headstock. I think this look is superior.
     
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    Great collection! Definitely my favorite style bass. It is not even worth mentioning in this thread, but my only bass is the Squire CV 50s P bass. I put a SD 1/4 pounder in it. Its a great instrument, but still not worthy. There are some great axes in this thread.
     
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  12. Lochry

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    Yeah -- there's something special about a tele headstock on a fender bass.

    Here's my trusty '56. It got "upgraded" with a split-pickup 50+ years ago.
    I guess the original owner felt left behind after the '57 model came out.
     

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    pbenn Tele-Afflicted

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    Nice collection. I too have owned only one. And until now I hadn't realized there was a modernized (pickup, bridge, contours) MIM one.
     
  14. Gunny

    Gunny Tele-Holic

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    I have a Tele bass affliction too. I have a Sting and once owned a blonde '72 Telecaster bass - the slab body with the humbucker at the neck heel. I too love the original Tele shape headstock. Finally, see the avatar...Squier VM 32" scale. I've removed the 'tone' circuits and the switch is not used. I also converted all hardware to black and use black tape wound strings. The white pick guard is sometimes on, sometimes off. It's the only bass with a real Telecaster body shape. I'm just obsessed with that shape.
     
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  15. Wally

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  16. Tommy Biggs

    Tommy Biggs Friend of Leo's

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    I’m planning to sell my bass and amp one of these days soon, glad to see at least some love for the old Tele Bass.
     
  17. Paul in Colorado

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    Cool collection! I have a parts P-Bass with the body contours but the Tele-style headstock and the gold pickguard. It has a split pickup rather then the original style. I love that thing.
     
  18. Matt G

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    That is one cool collection of Tele basses.

    I'm guessing the Rick doesn't get much work at country gigs. ;-)
     
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    The only bass with a smile like the Mona Lisa!
     
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