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My Obsession is Telecaster Basses (1951 to Present)

Discussion in 'The BASS Place' started by shadven, Aug 19, 2019.

  1. Bonneville Bruce

    Bonneville Bruce Tele-Holic

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    I did exactly the same thing this January. You must start somewhere, and this is great place to start.

    Great collection, Shadven, thanks for sharing.
     
  2. kodiakblair

    kodiakblair Tele-Meister

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    Have a thing for 51 style P-basses myself. No two are alike. Going L-R

    Burst has a Peavey Super Ferrite. VW has a custom Herrick split single. Telecaster is stock. Chi-Sonic in the Modern Player. Pine slab sports a 29.9k custom Bloodstone split single.

    Duck egg has another Herrick. Burst a Jess Loureiro split single. Paisley is stock.
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  3. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    Amazing collection of beautiful basses and amps! The early P-bass design is just like the Tele - perfectly simple and incredibly adaptable.

    I only have one. A 54 tribute build by member of bass forum I'm on who builds for fun and sells on sometimes. Warmoth body (I think ash) in a thin white blonde or Oly white finish and Mighty Mite neck with a Jazz-type profile where the nut width is 38mm not 42mm medium thick. 9.5 radius and medium frets I think, tru-oil finish. Full size open backed tuners, bone nut. De-badged Seymour Duncan pickup. Warmoth Bakelite type material scratch plate. It has Rotosound Jazz flats on there now and thunks and thumps beautifully. Super low action and so easy to play.

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  4. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    cool. love the duck egg build
     
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  5. kodiakblair

    kodiakblair Tele-Meister

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    Thanks.
    After 3 failed attempts at a paisley finish I dropped the idea. Colour was decided by availability :D

    Old man had lung cancer and I was his carer,refinished the body while he slept. The cancer progressed really fast so I couldn't wait on stuff getting delivered. What was in B&M's was what it got :eek:

    Had it assembled and playing a week before he died :cool:
     
  6. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    sorry to hear. Sad story.
     
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  7. kodiakblair

    kodiakblair Tele-Meister

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    Thanks. Main thing was he saw and heard it :)

    It wasn't Mark by any chance ?
     
  8. rze99

    rze99 Poster Extraordinaire

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    yes it was Sparky Mark
     
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  9. WingedWords

    WingedWords Friend of Leo's

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    And now I've got a fresh dose of Gas...

    Thanks all - some lovely instruments here. I'd been thinking about what my next build would be. I think I know now.
     
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  10. 68Telebass

    68Telebass Friend of Leo's

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    B968C833-0505-44BC-B343-E08722075EAB.jpeg EC3AF51B-3A15-488D-9971-6D27B87E6628.jpeg Ok, Ok. Here is my 68 Telecaster bass.
    Dimarzio Area 1 ‘bucker put in sometime in the 70s with coil split mini toggle. Original red paisley finish stripped off then as well (Grrrrr!!!). I refinished it natural with cherry wood stain under a satin polyurethane finish. Added WD custom mint green pick guard with black screws and vintage tug bar. Blinged out with Fender chrome bridge cover, and have a set of Rotosound black tapewounds on it.
    I actually got it from a buddy I knew in 1992 for $250 with a “roadworn” hard case- pretty good deal even at the time!! It was my first “real” bass guitar, and will always be my fave!
    First pic before pickguard and tugbar...the Kitties approve!!
    Carl.
     
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  11. Fender-guy

    Fender-guy Tele-Holic

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    I’ve had many basses over the years but always go back the the 50’s slab body pbasses. It’s just that fat neck that is always lacking in any other bass for me. This one I installed a custom shop Seymour Duncan stacked humbucker. It pretty much sounds identical to the stock 55 CS single coil, just way less noise. 967A4C46-647A-4CF6-93D4-3AC79CB9F4C0.jpeg
     
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  12. WingedWords

    WingedWords Friend of Leo's

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    I've fallen. I've ordered this ash body from Guitarbuild and a MiM neck.

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    I'm at the bit of the build process now that I really enjoy - picking out all the bits I'm going to use. Any recommendations for suitable string through bridges?(historical accuracy not necessary.)

    I'll post in the Bass Place when I'm a bit further along.
     
  13. trev333

    trev333 Telefied Ad Free Member

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    a few more...P/T style basses/builds.

    a newer Silky Oak one, my first hard Pine one that I gig with..and a lefty for a mate's son...


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  14. DougF

    DougF Tele-Meister

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    I'm gassing hard for one of these, I love the body style. Bass is my primary instrument. I want one in black, might have to get it custom built.
     
  15. 2HBStrat

    2HBStrat Tele-Afflicted

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    They aren't Telecaster basses...they're Precision's. Fender DID make a '51 Precision reissue ~1968 that they called a Telecaster bass but the rest are actually Precision's, with a body shape that predated the Stratocaster...
     
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  16. RodeoTex

    RodeoTex Doctor of Teleocity

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    My favorite bass shape. The simplicity is what does it for me.
    I started a tribute to Dusty Hill with this one. My graffiti son painted it.
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    I should have finished it during my time off.
     
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