1968 Telecaster Bass.
1968 Fender Telecaster Bass.
Fender's first reissue of the original Precision Bass. This fine instrument has a 12 3/4-inch-wide solid ash 'slab' body and weighs just 8.70 lbs. One-piece fretted maple neck with a nice fat nut width of 1 3/4 inches, a full Fender bass scale length of 34 inches and a really comfortable thick neck profile. Twenty original jumbo frets, black dot position markers and small black dot side-markers. The neck is stamped "23 MAY 68 C." Single circular string tree. Headstock decal with Fender logo in silver with black trim. Individual Fender "paddle gear" tuners with "Fender" logo and with paddle-shaped metal buttons. Four-bolt neck plate with large Fender "F" logo and with serial number between the two top screws. Single-coil, light-gray pickup with four pole-pieces with an output of 6.65k. The underside of the pickup has "4-24-68 ea" written in black ink. Expert reproduction white plastic pickguard with eleven screws. Thumb rest with two screws on treble side of pickguard. Two controls (one volume, one tone) on a chrome-plated metal plate adjoining the pickguard. Chrome knobs with flat tops and knurled sides. The potentiometers are stamped "304 6642" (Stackpole October 1966). Combined two-saddle bridge/tailpiece. Complete with the two original pickup and bridge covers. This guitar is a great example in exceptionally fine (9.00) condition of one of these rare basses. The original Olympic white finish has mellowed over the years to a nice butterscotch color. There is virtually no wear to the original frets or the maple fretboard. There is an area of finish loss (approximately 2 1/2 x 1 inch) on the back of the body, a small amount of wear on the top bass edge from the players arm and a few small chips on the edges. This is one of the earliest and nicest Telecaster Basses that we have seen with a neck date of May '68. Housed in the original Fender black hardshell case with dark orange plush lining (9.00). Housed in the original Fender black hardshell case with dark orange plush lining (9.00). When we purchased this bass the original pickguard was missing and the pickup was not working properly. We had Chris Mirabella make a perfect reproduction pickguard and then we sent the bass to our expert luthier Scott Lentz who successfully restored the original pickup to its former glory. (#1814)
|1968||Excellent||Butterscotch Blond||Original Hard|
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