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Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar 2 Color Sunburst Maple Fretboard

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Overview

  • Modern Player series
  • Alder body
  • Gloss Polyester finish
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    $839.99
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    - $240.00
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    $59999
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A classic with a smart new form and two massive humbucking pickups.

Throughout its history, Fender® has always made a special point of welcoming new players to the family by offering entry-level instruments of remarkable style and substance (such as the Duo-Sonic™, Mustang® and Musicmaster® models), with great sound, classic looks, solid performance and eminent affordability. The Modern Player series continues that great my-first-Fender tradition, with thoroughly modern features and several distinctively unconventional new takes on our most revered instruments-all with outstandingly attainable value.

A classic Fender bass design returns with an unusual new twist delivering utterly seismic sound. The Telecaster® Bass is back at last in the smart new form of the Modern Player Telecaster Bass, which boasts not one but two massive humbucking pickups. Features include an alder body, C-shaped maple neck, maple fretboard with 9.5" radius and 20 medium jumbo frets, dual Modern Player Wide Range humbucking Precision Bass® pickups, three-ply parchment (Sunburst model) or single-ply black (Butterscotch Blonde model) pickguard, three knurled "chrome-dome" control knobs (neck volume, bridge volume, master tone), vintage-style bridge with four brass saddles, open-gear tuners and nickel/chrome hardware.

Case sold separately.

Features

  • Modern Player series
  • Alder body
  • Gloss Polyester finish
  • "C" Shape maple neck
  • Gloss Polyester neck finish
  • Maple fretboard
  • Synthetic Bone string nut
  • Pickups: Modern Player Wide Range Precision Bass® Pickup (Middle)
  • Modern Player Wide Range Precision Bass® Pickup (Neck)
  • Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
  • Nickel/Chrome hardware
  • Open Gear Tuning Machines
  • Vintage Style 4-Saddle Bridge with Brass Saddles
  • Knurled Chrome Dome knobs
  • Pickguard: (503) 3-Ply Parchment, (550) 1-Ply Black
  • Strings: Fender® USA, NPS, (Gauges .045-.105)
  • Case sold separately

Great price, classic styling, and killer sound come together. Order today.

 

Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar Specifications:

  • Fretboard radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
  • Frets: 20, Medium Jumbo
  • Scale Length: 34" (86.36 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
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FenderModern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar
 
4.3

(based on 15 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

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82%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good tone (10)
  • Good feel (8)
  • Fun to play (7)
  • Good pick up (7)
  • Solid electronics (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (7)
    • Recording (6)
    • Jamming (5)
    • Small venues (5)
    • Rock concerts (4)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (7), Professional musician (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Truly unbelievable...

    I'll first start with the sheer beauty of this bass... Flawless finish. Sunburst is so much darker (brown) and richer, and gorgeous than it appears on your computer screen, which makes...Read complete review

    I'll first start with the sheer beauty of this bass... Flawless finish. Sunburst is so much darker (brown) and richer, and gorgeous than it appears on your computer screen, which makes the center look yellowish. The neck is darker too. The hardware is brillient and perfect. Just the looks of this baby is beyond discription. When you see the real deal, you will see what I mean. A show-piece in your living room, or an eye popper on stage. I kid you not! Beautiful high gloss maple neck with nice grain, And the body is nothing less than a 10... I got the sunburst one, and it's classic tele two-toned sunburst looks are amazing. With a modern flair in the pick guard and pickups. Best buy I've ever made. I was truly amazed when I first unvailed the sweet baby... Ok, enough about the looks. I could almost write a book just on the beauty... It plays just as good as it looks. Great low action and feel, with no string buzz, and a straight neck right out of the box. Comfortable and balanced. The sound is literally THOUNDEROUS. The two humbuckers are an amazing improvement over the standard P Bass split pickup. Two volume controls and a master tone. No switch is what I prefer. Awesome heavy duty bridge with dark brass saddles is better than the awesome bridge. This is no way a beginner bass. This thing fits any situation, style, or level of music. Has the classy look of a vintage bass if you're playing the Eagles, yet has a rockin' style and monsterous sound if you're a metal player too. And it sure gets any sound you want out of it with those two humbuckers. I play mostly hard rock in the realm of Rush and Sabbath and love it for both. But also love it for Eagles and especially original stuff. You cannot go wrong with this one. I've played for 37 years and this is the best bass I've ever owned. I almost got another overpriced American Standard Jazz bass, but this sucker caught my eye, and the more I looked and compaired, the more I liked. Glad it did.
    Features are all perfect. Read my overall opinion.
    For this price?? Unbelievable! This is beyond beleif. I never would have expected this kind of quality in an instrument at this price. Although they are fine, the only thing I can say slightly down about the qualiy is the tuning heads aren't quite as good as the American Standard. But they are still fine, and stay in perfect tune. For the money, still better than 5 stars.
    Everything is better than perfect. I'd give it an extra star if it was available. You could never find a better, more awesome bass anywhere close to this price.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    I love it but........

    Let me begin by saying I LOVE THIS BASS! I also have a '74 Rick that I've had since '78, and a fairly new Marcus Miller 4 string. This Telecaster comes a...Read complete review

    Let me begin by saying I LOVE THIS BASS! I also have a '74 Rick that I've had since '78, and a fairly new Marcus Miller 4 string. This Telecaster comes a close second to the Rick, and leaves the MM in the dust!The problem has been that the chrome used in the pickup covers, knobs, back plate and tuners has discolored prematurely. Let me make this clear- I take almost OCD care of my instruments- my '89 Strat looks like the day I bought it, as only one example. I contacted Fender, looking to send them photos. They directed me to an authorized tech facility 40 miles from home. (I live in Baltimore-you don't have a tech in freakin' Baltimore? really?) The guy was as accomodating as he could be, and he had to use mineral oil and 0000 steel wool to get some of the corrosion off. He wasn't able to get it all. He also said that Fender's warranty wouldn't cover corrosion, and to continue doing what he had been, in the hopes that the rest would come off. I'm not very hopeful.
    I'd also like to say that when I first saw the bass, it was gorgeous. When I picked it up and started to play, it amazed me that Fender would let such a beautiful instrument leave the factory in such drastic need of a proper setup.
    However, that said, with a proper setup and changing the stock strings to flat wounds, this thing is astounding!
    Oh, one other thing. As I was getting ready for a gig, the input jack fell apart in my hands! The little nut that holds it into the cavity apparently wasn't tightened properly. Fortunately, being a flyfisherman, I had a pair of hemostats in my truck and was able to carefully guide the nut back on. At home later that night, I got another nut off an old Japanese beater and placed in on top as a lock nut. Just a precaution.
    I know I'm giving a bunch of mixed messages here, but this has been my experience. I love the guitar. I would suggest it to anybody, but would say, "buyer beware".
    The quality control in this case rates an F-

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    2.0

    Didn't seem like a Fender Bass

    By RicD

    from Cincinnati, OH

    About Me Experienced

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Good Tone
    • Pretty

    Cons

    • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
    • Thick neck

    Best Uses

    • Door stop

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

    I had 2 of these. The first was wired wrong so the tone control actually was a master volume. Knobs have a plastic inner piece and a metallic outer shell. All three came apart when I took them off the pots to remove the plastic covering the pickguard. Sent that one back and received one that was wired correctly and the knobs didn't fall apart. However, the neck (which is the chunkiest I have ever played) had several dead spots. By this time I was finished with mic Modern Player basses. MF was great through out the experience.

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    5.0

    Well worth the price

    By Bill

    from Hibbing, MN

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    Pros

    • Excellent Finish
    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Great Neck Very Fast
    • Great sustain
    • Solid Electronics
    • Very Nice Looking

    Cons

    • Didn't Like Setup

    Best Uses

    • Gospel Band
    • Jamming
    • Practicing
    • Recording
    • Rock Concerts
    • Small Venues

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

    Bought this from Musicians Friend, fantastic place to do business...you guys deserve a 5 star rating! Very impressive out of the box, love the small body, but the setup was not to my liking. Since this is a personal choice I can't fault the instrument. I removed the neck & added a 10 thou shim at the base of the neck & replace the strings with a set of D'Adarrio lite gauge flatwounds. The shim tilted the neck enough to get a beautiful straight pull with the lite gauge flats, close string to fret clearance with NO buzz. A real joy to play. This particular neck definetly favors the light gauge strings, the maple is smooth, fast & good looking with NO sharp frets. I found the pups to be flexible & easy to accomodate most any desired sound when played on a Peavey MAX115 & a Kustom KXB100 amps. I'm certain it will do well on any bass amp. I added a Fender thumb rest to have a spot for my thumb, made it very comfortable to play as the pups are far apart & not easy to rest your thumb on. I also have a Fender Jazz Bass & an old Fender P Bass Special Deluxe, they serve me well, but this Tele-Bass does have a sound that goes with our lead guitarist's Telecaster astoundingly well. I was leary of a MIC Bass, but this thing is a very pleasant surprise! I read the review about the tarnished chrome, and found fingerprints on the tuning keys that regular polish wouldn't remove. Went to the hardware store & bought a can of Turtle Wax Polishing Compound & Scratch Remover...10 minutes & all the prints were gone. NEVER use steel wool or rubbing compound on chrome. If you are contemplating a Fender Squire...forget about it & get the Tele-Bass, you won't regret it! My other two Bass' don't seem to get much use lately...hmmmm? Would I recommend this item to a friend, absoultly!

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    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Good gig bass

    By Section Ate

    from Oregon

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    Pros

    • Easy to play
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Well Balanced For Hang

    Cons

    • Set Up Was Needed
    • Set Up Was No There

    Best Uses

    • Gigging
    • Practicing
    • Recording

    Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

    I took this to the C&W/classic rock gig last night for the first time after having it set up. (It was not set up well out of the box). Great tone, hangs well. The neck pup is solid for ballads and supporting songs. The bridge is great for more rock style tunes. Blend them both for your choice of tunes. This will be my gig bass from now on.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Fender does it again

    By Cavtrpr

    from Waco, TX

    About Me Professional Musician

    Pros

    • Fun To Play
    • Good Feel
    • Good Pick Up
    • Good Tone
    • Solid Electronics

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Country Concerts
      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts
      • Small Venues

      Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

      In the 70's I owned 3 Tele basses. Two blonde finish and one pink paisley. These three basses were my all time favorites even with two strings on each bridge adjustment. As soon as I laid eyes on the Modern Player Tele I knew I had to have one. When it arrived, I checked it in numerous places with my tuner and didn't have to adjust the bridge at all. The action is exactly where I like it. At the moment I have 13 Fender basses but I have no doubt this one is going to be my favorite.Now if I can just find an amp I like as much.

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      (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      not very much it can do

      By metalman

      from somerset, New Jersey

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Practicing
        • Recording
        • School Bands

        Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

        Okay, so their are some things this bass is good for, but that's where it stops. For something with two pickups it doesn't really give you a lot of tonal options. I think fender would've done it like the old 70s tele basses and just have the one bottom pickup moved to the center and you'd have a great almost upright sound. Honestly, the bridge pickup is the only thing that gives this bass a good proper sound, other wise get something else like the epihpne zenith or jack casady basses or even an inexpensive squier classic vibe 50s p bass. You'll get the same or better upright sound worth your money.

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        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        I was concerned, but I am impressed

        By Helicopterman

        from Oklahoma City

        About Me Novice

        Pros

        • Good Tone
        • Vintage Feel

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

            I am no great Bass player, but I have started giving up the cheap basses for the nicer pieces. I own 2 American Fenders, 1 MIM and 1 MIJ Fenders currently (but have had others). When I heard "MIC", I was concerned, but the reviews did not lie. This is amazing, especially for the price point.The fit and finish were very much like the MIJ "Sting" bass I have. The sound quality is also incredible. It has the vintage feel with the modern electronics. Not the best strings come on the bass, but that is an easy fix (I think Fender can do better). Setup was spot on out of the box and shipping materials were excellent to get here unmarked.

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            (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Fantastic!

            By Master K

            from Washington DC

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

            • Deep Tone W Defined Mids
            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Pick Up
            • Good Tone
            • Solid construction
            • Solid Electronics
            • Straight Neck

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Practicing
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts
            • School Bands
            • Small Venues

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

            You know, it always makes me laugh when a manufacturer will try to characterize an otherwise outstanding instrument they produce as "entry-level", implying that it's nowhere near professional quality. Fender's description of the Modern Player Telecaster Bass seems to be getting the same, undeserved treatment. This is a fantastic, well-made instrument with monster tone to spare. I've owned three of them since they came out, and I've loved every single one of them. This bass is a tone machine! The neck humbucker delivers big bottom, while the bridge pickup gives a beefy, toneful midrange. With both pickups dialed in together, you get the best of both worlds. You get SOLID MUSCLE for rock, country, reggae, funk...you name it. I'm not sure how it would work for pop/slap styles, but then again...I'm not a popper/slapper. If you're looking for solid low end with defined mids, GET THIS BASS. If you're looking for more of a scooped-mid sound, keep looking.

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            (4 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            don't judge it because MIJ

            By Papa Joe

            from Gainesville,Georgia

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Easy to play
            • Great looks
            • GREAT sound

            Cons

            • None

            Best Uses

            • everything

            Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

            best bass i have own.and i have some great basses.if you play this bass you will buy it.butterscotch is stunning.fells great in your hands.don't be confused because it is made in japan.

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            (9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            I love it but........

            By Rock of the Aged

            from Baltimore, MD

            About Me Professional Musician

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship
            • Worst quality control

            Best Uses

              Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

              Let me begin by saying I LOVE THIS BASS! I also have a '74 Rick that I've had since '78, and a fairly new Marcus Miller 4 string. This Telecaster comes a close second to the Rick, and leaves the MM in the dust!The problem has been that the chrome used in the pickup covers, knobs, back plate and tuners has discolored prematurely. Let me make this clear- I take almost OCD care of my instruments- my '89 Strat looks like the day I bought it, as only one example. I contacted Fender, looking to send them photos. They directed me to an authorized tech facility 40 miles from home. (I live in Baltimore-you don't have a tech in freakin' Baltimore? really?) The guy was as accomodating as he could be, and he had to use mineral oil and 0000 steel wool to get some of the corrosion off. He wasn't able to get it all. He also said that Fender's warranty wouldn't cover corrosion, and to continue doing what he had been, in the hopes that the rest would come off. I'm not very hopeful.
              I'd also like to say that when I first saw the bass, it was gorgeous. When I picked it up and started to play, it amazed me that Fender would let such a beautiful instrument leave the factory in such drastic need of a proper setup.
              However, that said, with a proper setup and changing the stock strings to flat wounds, this thing is astounding!
              Oh, one other thing. As I was getting ready for a gig, the input jack fell apart in my hands! The little nut that holds it into the cavity apparently wasn't tightened properly. Fortunately, being a flyfisherman, I had a pair of hemostats in my truck and was able to carefully guide the nut back on. At home later that night, I got another nut off an old Japanese beater and placed in on top as a lock nut. Just a precaution.
              I know I'm giving a bunch of mixed messages here, but this has been my experience. I love the guitar. I would suggest it to anybody, but would say, "buyer beware".
              The quality control in this case rates an F-

              Comment on this review

              (3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Modern Player Tele Bass Butterscotch

              By Papa Joe

              from Gainesville,Georgia

              About Me Novice

              Ask me a question

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Pick Up
              • Good Tone
              • Looks great
              • Solid Electronics
              • Sounds Great

              Cons

              • None

              Best Uses

              • everything

              Comments about Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar:

              Best bass i have ever played our owned.Have Fender Jazz Bass Marcus Miller.This bass blows it out of the water.For those of you that think Made in [*]is bad you have not played this one better than any fender i have played.And i have played American Fender. This bass looks better and plays better.

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