Fender Telecaster Bass 1973 Black

Reverb Estimated Used Price Range

  • $1,800$2,200

The Telecaster Bass rolled out in 1968 as essentially a reissue of the original Precision Bass from the early '50s. Like the original P Bass, the Telecaster Bass was introduced with a single-coil pickup, thru-body construction, and a slab-style body. Some other details differed including the use of a Maple fingerboard cap instead of the single-piece Maple neck of the original. In 1972, Fender changed the Telecaster bass to include a humbucker pickup not unlike a Tele Deluxe guitar from that year. 

Years of Production: 1968 - 1979

Unique to this Year:
In 1973, the Telecaster bass began using a 3 bolt neck plate instead of a 4 bolt one. 

Body Style: 
Double cutaway solidbody

Wood Composition:  
Adler body, Maple neck, Maple fingerboard

Design Elements: Humbucker pickup, larger white pickguard, 34-inch scale length, dot inlays, thru-body construction

Finish Specifications: Black was the standard finish for the Telecaster bass in 1972. 

Notable Players: Mike Dirnt, Dusty Hill, Lou Barlow


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