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Item Reviews for: Fender Modern Player Telecaster Electric Bass Guitar  -  FEN 0241502 LIST

Pretty Niche but Pretty Cool
By: Phillip Malo from Waterbury, CT, USA      Submitted: 1/17/2014

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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.
Great sound, excellent action
By: Rick Bissonnette from Marquette, MI, USA      Submitted: 2/17/2013

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? This bass is very well made and has an awesome finish Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? The best features of this product would have to be the pickups these humbuckers produce an awesome tone with just enough grit to growl General Your general opinion of this product. One of the best basses I've every owned in my 30 years of playing bass...I rate it right up there with my Rickenbacker 4003FG. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Humbuckers are nice and hot...neck pickup has a nice low endgrowl and the bridge pickup adds nice clarity to the highs. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? The Finish is beautiful. The Butterscotch Blonde looks great and the neck stain creates a vintage look.
Great bass great sound great looks
By: joe barfield from gainesville,georgia      Submitted: 8/21/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Made extremly well very solid. not a beginners bass Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? very easy to play,would not add anything. General Your general opinion of this product. best bass guitar i have own and played.and i own a Marcus Miller MIJ.LOOKS AMAZING Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? tone is amazing with any music. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Finish is the best i have ever seen.
BEASTIE BASS
By: greg charlton from SEYMOUR,IN U.S.      Submitted: 8/8/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? THIS BASS IS MADE EXEPTIONALLY WELL.IT IS VERY SOLID AND DEPENDABLE. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? THE TELE NECK AND THE HUMBUCKERS ARE THE BEST FEATURES.I WOULD ADD A THUMB REST. General Your general opinion of this product. LETS PUT THIS INTO PERSPECTIVE.I HAVE A RICKENBACKER 4003 AND AN AMERICAN STANDARD P BASS.THIS TELE BASS KICKS BOTH THEIR A$$ES. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? WHAT CAN I SAY ABOUT THE TONE?LETS JUST SAY IT'S EVERYTHING YOU WOULD WANT IN TONAL QUALITIES.IT IS A TONE BEAST.IT'S A BEASTIE BASS. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? THE BUTTERSCOTCH FINISH IS CLASSIC AND BEAUTIFUL.THE VINTAGE FINISH ON THE NECK AND HEADSTOCK IS EPIC.
Outstanding Bass Guitar
By: Curt Brown from Atlanta Georgia, anonmyous71665      Submitted: 3/15/2012

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? So far so good. I have had this for only a few weeks now. Have not done more than practice with it yet. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? I love these Humbucher pickups. They really KICK A$$. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Very nice. No complaints at all on this one. Fender did a superb job on this Bass. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? I bought the Butterscotch Blond Model, and, I think this is just one beautiful guitar.
Tele bass on steriods
By: Jon Kusler from Walla Walla,Wa. USA, jkkusler@gmail.com      Submitted: 11/1/2011

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Quality Would you consider this product to be made well? How dependable? Once again hard to tell from an MIA Fender.These new Modern Players are another game entirely.Ya china sucks but they make a heck of a guitar here. Features What do you consider to be the best features of this product? What features would you add to this product if you could? I've had a squier tele bass before and it was great except it could be abit muddy.With the two humbuckers though one can pull back on the neck and keep the bridge pickup up and wow!Monster tone. Tone Bright and snappy? Dark and smooth? Were the pickups hot, mellow, thick, thin? Darkerer but no mud if you know what an eq is.Real fat sounding bass.I would not put flats on it.Might go to mud on you but with DR Hi Beams or good old Ernie Ball it will sing like a very large bird. Finish How did the stain or paint job look? Looks like a MIA Fender.Time will tell how the finish holds up.I've heard these chinese Fender and yes I dislike china too but these are suppossed to be out of the same plant as the Classic Vibe seris Squiers are out of.But now badged as Fender.
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