Up for sale, a 1974 Fender Telecaster Bass in excellent, 100% original condition and in perfect working order. The 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 ash body and one-piece maple neck, this classic combination yields the midrange complexity and punch of ash and the articulate note attack of maple. Simple, straightforward, and effective, this Telecaster Bass is strung with higher tension flatwound 45-105 strings, with the greater resonance and sustain afforded the string through body construction. The bass weighs 9lbs 11oz, professionally setup here at Mike & Mike's Guitar Bar with comfortable action and accurate intonation.
The maple neck has a deep U profile carve with full shoulders and faintly rolled fretboard edges, measuring .880" deep at the 1st fret and .990" at the 12th. There's a touch of flame figuring extending along the bass side of the profile, and the gloss is silky smooth and free of wear save for a couple small finish chips on the bass-side shoulder at the 6th fret. The original medium jumbo frets have their full factory height and show virtually no wear with well-rounded crowns, presumably a result of being strung with flatwounds for the majority of the instrument's life. 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. On the headstock, the original chrome clover button tuning machines turn smoothly with clean plating, 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, untouched solder joints, and CTS pots that date to the 45th week of '73, while the stamp on the pickup baseplate itself pushes the instrument's date of production into '74. The chrome hardware is notably clean, including the original bridge cover, and the original white three-ply pickguard is intact, showing a couple slender splits in the plastic on either side of the pickup which have been stabilized and pose no issue to the pickup mounting. The Blonde gloss finish is 100% original with no touchup or overspray, highlighting the broad grain of the ash body. Cosmetic wear is limited to some minor dings and scuffs on the parameter of the slab body and some light finish scratches and shallow marks on the back as well. Overall this instrument is extremely well-kept and lightly played.
The original black tolex hardshell case with raised Fender logo on the exterior is included. The case is equally as nice as the bass with exceedingly clean black tolex and leather ends, a trio of original functional latches, and the stock handle.