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Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass Black Maple Fingerboard

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Squier is very proud to introduce its new Telecaster Bass, which presents an exciting new sonic and stylish twist on a long-familiar design.Its time-...Read More

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OVERVIEW

A bass built for the player on a budget who isn't willing to compromise on sound or style.

Squier is very proud to introduce its new Telecaster Bass, which presents an exciting new sonic and stylish twist on a long-familiar design.

Its time-honored body and headstock shape are well balanced by a comfortable medium scale length (32") that will appeal to bassists and guitarists alike. Remarkable tonal versatility comes from a single powerful Duncan Designed PB-102 SCPB single-coil pickup and three-way switching among special tone circuits, which feature a modern bass sound (middle switch position, volume and tone controls), softer "double bass" sound (neck switch position, volume control only) and authentic tic-tac "baritone" sound (bridge switch position, volume control only).

Other distinctive features include black "barrel" switch tip, knurled chrome control knobs, vintage style bridge with two brass saddles, vintage-style tuners and strap buttons, and single-ply pickguard (white on Black model, black on Vintage Blonde model).

FEATURES
  • Basswood body
  • Telecaster Bass body shape
  • "C" Shape neck
  • 20 Medium Jumbo frets
  • Black Dot position inlays
  • Maple fretboard
  • Polyurethane neck finish
  • Duncan Designed™ PB-102 Single-Coil Middle Pickup
  • Pickup Switching: Position 1: Special Tone Circuit- "Baritone" - (No Tone Control), Position 2: Modern Bass (Volume and Tone Control), Position 3: Special Tone Circuit - "Double Bass" - (No Tone Control).
  • Volume and Tone controls
  • Chrome hardware
  • 2 Brass Barrel Saddles, Vintage Style bridge
  • Vintage Chrome tuning machines

SPECIFICATIONS

Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass

  • Scale Length: 32" (81.28 cm)
  • Nut Width: 1.7" (43.2 mm)
  • Fretboard Radius: 9.5" (24.1 cm)
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SquierVintage Modified Telecaster Bass
 
4.6

(based on 18 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Good feel (18)
  • Fun to play (16)
  • Good tone (16)
  • Good pick up (8)
  • Solid electronics (8)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Practicing (15)
    • Jamming (14)
    • Recording (11)
    • Small venues (9)
    • Rock concerts (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Experienced (11), Professional musician (4), Novice (3)

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    4.0

    Just fine right out of box!

    By ReedoSpeedo

    from Denver, CO

    About Me Experienced

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

      Worked just fine out of the box. Started using it right away.

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      5.0

      Superb 1st experience

      By Chimpywhiz

      from Snowshoe, WV

      About Me Experienced

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone

      Cons

      • Heavy But Great Tone

      Best Uses

      • Jamming
      • Practicing
      • Recording
      • Rock Concerts

      Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

      This is the 1st time I've bought any guitar site unseen. I couldn't be more satisfied. This bass has the classic look and feel that you expect from a telecaster. Smooth action right out of the box. Great tone in the center position. The other 2 sounds are odd but can be used for specific applications. The forward "double bass" position sounds like that classic Rickenbacker Disco tone. Squier has really stepped up their game with this one.

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      5.0

      Can't beat it for the price

      By Tallulah's Daddy

      from Portland, OR

      About Me Professional Musician

      Ask me a question

      Pros

      • Good Feel
      • Good Tone
      • Great Deal

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gigging
        • Practicing
        • Recording

        Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

        I'm a professional musician, and I play bass alot. Sometimes I play guitar, and a guitar player plays bass with me. The problem is, I didn't own any "normal" basses. I have a six string Cort, a fretless Ibanez five string, and an acoustic fretless Breedlove. No one except me feels comfortable on my basses. I needed something for guys in my band to play when I switched to different instruments. The Squier Telecaster Bass was a bargain, and it plays really nicely right out of the box. I'm sure it needs to have a setup in order to be perfectly intonated, and I'll probably do that at some point. I'm also excited to use it to double some basslines in the studio, using the special "Tic Tac" tone circuit. My guitar player loves the medium scale, and I think it looks really fine. I got the blonde =)

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Short.. and Blonde

        By the BillyGoat

        from @ Seattle Center

        About Me Novice

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        Pros

        • Fun To Play
        • Good Feel
        • Good Tone
        • Shorter Working Scale

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Practicing
          • Small Venues

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

          I bought this Fender Tele bass for my wife.. she kept taking my Fender Kingman acoustic down off the 'wall' and messing with it.. so instead of telling her to "LEAVE IT ALONE.." this was my solution... She is 5' 2" and 'petite' so the Kingman was way to big anyways.. the scale on this Tele fits her perfectly and we are already noticing a playable improvement..
          It was set up pretty good right out of the box.
          so I tuned her up and plugged it into an acoustic 260 mini amp and it sounds really nice! very warm.. very pleased with our purchase.. this is a great 'mid-expertise' instrument that will last for years of playing.. however..she wants to know where the case is..? what..? she's already wanting to "take it on the road..?"

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          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Fantastic Mod Project!

          By Scottie

          from Menlo Park, CA

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fantastic Mod Project
          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel

          Cons

          • Mine Nedded Work

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing
          • Recording

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

          Let's get the cons out of the way first which are the reason for the mods.

          Out of the box the truss rod had zero tension. With too much relief, the strings were then obviously WAY too high and it was unplayable. Also some middle frets were dented. Bending caused string hang-up. I overlooked those issues knowing I could fix them, however I am a little disappointed in Squier's quality control on this one.

          After tightening up the truss rod, it felt better but the tone was ... eh. An okay pickup but not exactly "rockin'".

          The intonation cannot be perfected with the stock bridge. It only has two brass saddles. The stock bridge is a light metal and does not transfer all the tone. Also, the nut is a moderately soft plastic. Can you say, "tone killer"?

          On with the mod project!

          First upgrade: the pickup. I put in a real a Seymour Duncan SCPB-3 single coil bass pickup - the Quarter Pounder. Now THAT's rockin"!

          Next: a four saddle high-mass bridge. On with a new Fender American Standard Bass Bridge. I had to drill three new holes but the other four are not in the way and are covered up perfectly. Beautiful looks, perfect intonation and tone transfer - Sweet!

          Next: a GraphTech nut which had to be by hand from a block becuse this neck is totaly different from other popular Fenders. You can't by a pre-made nut (that I could find). I can hear the difference - Woo hoo!

          I finished it off with DR Red Devil strings because 2014-2015 have four total lunar eclipses in a row which are called Blood Moons (I'm into astronomy like that).

          All in all, I love this thing now. The finish is flawless and the neck feels great. It is wider than both the Jazz and P-bass necks but I like the difference. The upgrades make a world of difference.

          Also, this new bridge/pickup combo work great. The poles on the pickup match the string spacing perfectly. Enjoy the attached photos!

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          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great bass for the short player!!!!!!!!!

          By Crazywhiteman77

          from Tampa, FL

          About Me Novice

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • Fret Buzz
          • Not set up

          Best Uses

          • Jamming
          • Practicing

          Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

          I am 5'4" with short arms and full scale 34" basses are a pain to play. Conversely, short scale 30" basses do not provide the sound I like. So naturally 32" basses are the way to go for me.

          Since medium scale are incredibly hard to find, and usually quite expensive for the novice , this is a perfect fit. The 3 way switch on the pickup gives 3 very distinct tones and the neck is smooth and narrow for easy playing. Many people have complained that this bass is heavy,but I find it lighter and more comfortable than most full scale bases I have played.

          The only problem I had was the neck was just a little too bowed right from the box and I was getting fret buzz. However, the neck is adjustable with the provided allen wrench, so that was alleviated. I'm just a little irked that they let it leave the warehouse like that when it was supposedly inspected. Also the small allen wrench that came with the bass does not fit the bridge, which also needs to be heightened.

          Overall, you can't beat getting this bass for less than half its listing price, and they are getting harder to find in most music stores and online, so get one while you can!

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          (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          you can't beat the price

          By wmdchoppers

          from upstate ny.

          About Me Experienced

          Pros

          • Fun To Play
          • Good Feel
          • Good Tone
          • Price

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

            For the price, it works fine. Minor neck adjustment, I believe because when delivered the temp was about zero degrees outside. the pickup is ok but not the best. a real Duncan would cover this problem. my 12 yr. old schecter elite 5 neck thru, and epiphone lp bass don't require me to change my amp settings, this does. that would be my only problem. but, beyond that cost and quality are above average.

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            (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Decent Cheap Bass

            By Tucknfoldman

            from West Palm Beach, Florida

            About Me Experienced

            Ask me a question

            Pros

            • Fun To Play
            • Good Feel
            • Good Tone

            Cons

            • Poor Pick Up
            • Poor Quality Craftsmanship

            Best Uses

            • Jamming
            • Recording
            • Rock Concerts

            Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

            Ther pickup is barely passable but the construction and non-electricl hardware is very good.

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            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Greatest Guitar Ever

            By Bigred2112

            from North Platte, NE

            About Me Experienced

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Jamming
              • Practicing
              • Recording

              Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

              It's one of the greatest guitars I've ever owned

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              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              pleasantly surprised

              By Coullion

              from Louisiana

              About Me Professional Musician

              Pros

              • Fun To Play
              • Good Feel
              • Good Tone

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

                Comments about Squier Vintage Modified Telecaster Bass:

                Very comfortable to play even though its on the heavy side. Sounds very similar to my MIJ '51 p-bass reissue. Just a solid bass for the money - very surprised.

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