Monday, May 08, 2006


VGC 3 - The Fender Telecaster Bass

Today's topic: The Fender Telecaster Bass. What started as a companion bass for the Telecaster guitar has become a bit of a legend in the bass community. The first version could also be considered Fender's first "reissue," as it was essentially a '51 P-bass with a new name. This model ranged for 4 years, from 1968 to early 1972. And let's not forget the Pink Paisley and Blue Floral finishes!
Version 2, released in 1972, featured a beefy humbucker and the loss of the metal control plate. These were made until 1979, and are much more numerous than the single coil version.

The pictures featured are from the following websites: The blue '68 is a gorgeous project by Mike Sonneson. Click here to see the page about the project. The '72 is for sale at Katz Vintage Guitars (scroll to the bottom of the page) for a very decent price!

Please feel free to comment here with stories, pictures, info, corrections, additions, etc. I'd love to hear from you! The comments link is at the bottom of this post...

Today's music is provided by the Podsafe Music Network. Please support these bands and let them know you heard them on the VGC! I played: "Come on Brother, Come on Sister" by the Bulldogs, "Kick the Can" by Poundcake, "Alive" by COMEG, "Mainline" by Atomsplit, and "The Fire's Light" by the Bulldogs.

Thanks, and I'll catch you next time!

I have just re-acquired a great 69 Tele Bass - it has changed hands about 10 times, but only had 2 owners.
Purchased brand new in OKC in 69, it was originally a pink paisley - but the original owner (I'm the 2nd, 4th, 6th, etc.) took it home and proceded to remove that God Awful finish . . . (Oh well)Still looks and plays great and is all original other than the finish.
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