1968 Fender Telecaster bass Image Heritage auctions
The Fender Telecaster bass, or Tele Bass was introduced in 1968, based on the early slab-bodied 1950s Precision bass; long scale, with a single pickup and just one volume and tone control. The vast majority had a standard blonde finish, though black and custom colors were available, as well as two patterned finishes: Blue Floral and Paisley (above).
Initially the single coil pickup was placed fairly centrally in the body, however in 1972 the bass was redesigned with the single coil pickup being replaced by a Fender humbucker positioned right up against the neck.
The following description is taken from the 1969 Fender Lovin' Care catalog
Fender has gone back more than 15 years to reintroduce the original solid-body electric bass. Recently, veterans and newcomers alike in the music field have rediscovered the smooth playing action and moving sounds of the Telecaster Bass.
The slender all-maple neck is remarkably fast, truss-rod reinforced and set for low string, high-speed playing action. The single pickup is located for the maximum string response and is adjustable at either end for custom string balance. Both the tone and volume control are located for easy access and permit a wide variation of values. Two individual bridges are adjustable for both length and height enabling the player to achieve perfect string intonation.
The comfort contoured body is finished in natural blond and trimmed with a white pickguard. All metal parts are case hardened and chrome plated to maintain a like-new appearance indefinitely. Available in selected custom finishes and left-hand models.
The Fender Telecaster bass was redesigned in 1972, with a new humbucking pickup, scratchplate mounted controls and no pickup cover - despite these changes, the price remained unchanged. Initially the thumb rest was placed below the pickup, moving above in '73 (as with the other models in the Fender bass range).
1973 Fender Telecaster bass Image Heritage auctions
Electric bass advertisements originally published from 1968 onwards. Click on the images for larger copies. Check out other vintage Fender advertisements
Fender Telecaster - Pick A Winner (1968)
...From Fender's famous Telecaster Trio. (left) Fender 6 String Solid Body TELECASTERS are now available with the popular Bigsby Tremolo Unit. Adjustable pickup and adjustable dual bridge highlight...
The service information for the Telecaster bass released to Fender dealers in 1976 contained a labelled illustration of the bass, it's bridge and wiring loom.
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