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Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar

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Product Description

The Telecaster Bass is back! The Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar brings back the classic bass design with an unusual new twist delivering utterly seismic sound. Boasting not one but two massive humbucking pickups, the Modern Player Telecaster Bass pumps out some seriously big tone that is sure to satisfy players at any level, any style.

Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar Features

  • Alder body finished in Gloss Polyester
  • C-shaped maple neck with a maple fingerboard with 9.5 inch radius and 20 medium jumbo frets
  • Dual Modern Player Wide Range humbucking Precision Bass pickups
  • 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
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.

Product Specifications
Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar Specifications
  • Body: Alder
  • Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Neck Shape: ‘C’ Shape
  • Frets: 20 Medium Jumbo
  • Fingerboard Radius: 9.5 inches (24.1 cm)
  • Fingerboard: Maple
  • Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
  • Nut Width: 1.625 inch (41.3 mm)
  • Scale Length: 34 inches (86.36 cm)
  • Pickup Configuration: H/H
    • Middle: Modern Player Wide Range Precision Bass
    • Neck: Modern Player Wide Range Precision Bass
  • Controls: Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone
  • Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
  • Bridge: Vintage Style 4-Saddle Bridge with Brass Saddles
  • String Nut: Synthetic Bone
  • Control Knobs: Knurled Chrome Dome
Helpful Info about the Manufacturer
Phone:  (480) 596-9690 Warranty:  Instruments: Limited Lifetime; Electronic Products (amps): Transferrable 5 Year Limited; Accessories: 1 Year Limited
Phillip Malo from Waterbury, CT, USA
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Pretty Niche but Pretty Cool
General
What is your overall opinion of this product?
The Fender Modern Player Telecaster Bass is very unique and will surely capture the interest for those looking for something different but not off the grid. The look and the sound couldn't be further apart from each other. The Tele body weighs hardly anything and is very thin but lets out sound that can be absolutely crushing with the right tweaking. The quality control for the instrument is lacking but the potential of the instrument is pretty amazing. After playing a few shows and beating on this beauty I decided I personally love almost everything about it.
Quality
What is your opinion of the quality of this product? How does it work for different genres of music?
There's considerable quality in the design of this instrument that is pretty unprecedented for its price. I hate to say "for its price" because compared to higher priced instruments this one certainly falls a bit short. Playing this and a 2000$ Fender you can tell the difference. The bass is geared towards more modern music and leans towards the Rock genre. It has it own niche but is not the most diverse instrument. I personally love the heavy, almost scary sound that can come from the bass but I wouldn't suggest it for anyone planning to play softer, more subdued music. I am able to use it perfectly when playing more intense, aggressive songs but am resigned to sticking to pretty much that. Although you can punch in plenty of sounds for the bass they are less optimal then say a Jazz Bass for something smoother.
Features
Are the features on the product what you were expecting? What are your favorite features?
The Colossal Humbuckers set all the way at the nick and bridge respectively really surprised me. This looks like a guitar players bass for sure. It looks and feels a bit like the offspring between a P-Bass and J-Bass and is pretty hard to classify although I would consider it leaning more towards the P-Bass side due to its gritty sound. The rest of the features all seem pretty average or decent. Regular 3 knobs for tone and volume like most Fender basses. The look of the neck is one of my favorite features. It makes makes the Tele look absolutely stunning because of the woods finish and the necks beauty is accented by the sleek black line on the back.
Feel
Heavy, fast, chunky? How was the neck? Are the controls easy to get to while playing?
The Bass feels like a higher priced instrument. The neck is very easy to move around even with the neck being a bit thicker. The thickness is great for those more aggressive bass players without becoming cumbersome or hindering movement. I absolutely beat on this bass with no repercussions or objections from the necks very study design.
Tone
How is the tone? Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick or thin?
Super, Ridiculously Bassy. The gigantic humbuckers give no shortage of low end. This is definitely a monster suited for players who like the more muddy/dirty tones. The Bass with all its nobs turned up produces a biting bit of crunch with hardly any amp gain. Boost up the drive on any pedals/amps and the Tele will make compare to a guitars overdriven sound. Luckily the bass is a little more than a one trick poney and with a decent amount of amp/tone knob nitpicking can produce some pretty varied sounds that I didn't initially expect. There is a slight lack of versatility especially in the high end department compared to more expensive, higher quality bass guitars.
Finish
How did the stain or paint job look?
The paint job is absolutely amazing. The butterscotch blonde is one of the better finishes I've seen. The unique color along with a cool body design warrants plenty of adoration. The pictures for this bass are deceptively lackluster for how good the Tele looks in person.
Value
Did you get what you were expecting for the price? How does it compare to similar products in the same price range?
For 600$ the price vs the quality is in favor of the former. The quality of the Modern Tele is surprising for its price but It is still definitely outclassed by higher priced fenders. The biggest Issue I faced was the lack of quality control. The input jack was barely put together and needed to be fixed immediately. I would be hard pressed to find a new instrument from any company this great for the same price when perfectly set up and looked over by someone who knows what they're doing.
Playability
How was the action out of the box?
Unfortunately the bass was 100% in need of a setup. The setup that came with it was actually quite ridiculous. It would have been better off with no strings on it, at least that would have saved me some time. Once properly set up though the Bass became a different beast entirely.
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