Fender Telecaster Bass (1969)

  • Excellent Condition
  • Year: 1969
  • Includes Hard Shell Case
  • Serial #: 232129


Originally released in 1968, the Fender Tele Bass was essentially a re-build of their iconic Precision. The Tele bass although having been used by some very famous players like Dusty Hill & Peter McGuigan, was never quite as famed as the Jazz or Precision. Nonetheless, Fender has since offered very few reissue runs of these rare instruments. This example at the shop dates to May 1969, and comes to us in great shape. A nicely yellowed blonde, the finish shows expected checking throughout, and some light wear making visible the whiter primer coat underneath. Mild nicks and chips throughout, but nothing outstanding, less some deeper finish cracks which protrude from the screw holes at the bridge and control cavity. This example is outfitted with the original 3 ply white black white pickguard and pull bar. It retains the original bridge and pickup covers which are in very good shape with a nice patina. The neck stamp (23May69C) indicates it has a C nut width of 1 3/4". By this year, Fender moved from doing the solid one piece maple neck, to a skunk stripe on the back side of the profile. The profile of this neck is very clean with hardly any wear present. The neck is nice and chunky measuring a thickness of .91" thick at the first position, and .97" thick at the twelfth. The frets are evenly and mildly worn currently, with no real issues, aside from the expected mild intonation issues which are typical for these instruments due to their saddle designs. The neck is straight and has low action measuring a very nice and playable 5/64" in height at the twelfth fret. Weighs 9.85 lbs. Comes with a slightly later 80's era Fender tweed case, with orange/red fur interior.


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