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1972 Fender Telecaster Bass Ash Body, Olympic White w/ Wide Range Humbucker, Case

$4,499.99

+ shipping

Up for sale, a 1972 Fender Telecaster Bass in perfect working order with a deeply yellowed Olympic White gloss finish. This second iteration of the Telecaster Bass, first seen in 1972 and discontinued in 1979, features a Seth Lover-designed Wide Range humbucker in the neck position, dishing out particularly thick subwoofer heft. With the tonewood pairing of a solid alder body and one-piece maple neck, this classic combination yields a smooth, balanced tonal character with the treble definition and note attack of the maple board. Simple, straightforward, and effective, this Telecaster Bass is strung with roundwound 45-100 strings, with the greater resonance and sustain afforded the string through body construction. The bass weighs 9lbs 2oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.

The maple neck has a deep U-shaped profile carve with full shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .885" deep at the 1st fret and .999" at the 12th. The original medium jumbo frets have plenty of meat, showing light wear on the crowns on frets 1-5, with fainter wear beneath the D and G strings until fret 7. The bass plays easily in all registers with a straight neck and responsive, optimally adjusted truss rod. The scale length is a full 34", and the nut measures 1 5/8" in width, upgraded to a hand-carved piece of bone for optimal note clarity and sustain. On the headstock, the original clover button tuning machines turn smoothly, and the original Telecaster Bass logo is flawless on the headstock face.

All of the electronics function as intended, with the original Wide Range humbucker, CTS pots that date to the 12th week of '72, and an upgraded premium tone capacitor. The hardware is all original including the knurled knobs, two-saddle bridge, three-bolt F neck plate and even the original bridge cover. The chrome plating is surprisingly clean too, save for some flaking of the plating on the knobs. Plastics include the original finger rest and three-ply white pickguard, and there are a few additional small, shallow mounting holes for different thumb rest positions on the bass-side and some localized scuffs on the pickguard on the bass-side body horn.

The Olympic White gloss finish is notably yellowed and lovingly played, 100% original with no touchup or overspray. Cosmetic wear includes various dings and finish chips on the body as a whole, and a large area of buckle rash just beyond the neck plate. There is palm wear through the gloss on the profile shoulders and a few small nicks mostly clustered behind frets 1-5 and not distracting to the palm in the slightest.

A modern tweed G&G hardshell case is included.