Modern Player Telecaster® Bass


Model #: 0241502503

Modern Player Telecaster® Bass, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst

0241502503

Modern Player Telecaster® Bass, Maple Fingerboard, Butterscotch Blonde

0241502550
Modern Player Telecaster® Bass, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst

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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. Available in Two-color Sunburst and Butterscotch Blonde.

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Brilliant Bass

(5.0)
wpothers on April 9, 2014 (updated April 10, 2014)
Rock Classic Rock

I had a gig the next week with my band and I had been recently nominated for the role of bass player, following our previous bass player's departure. There was only one problem, I didn't own a bass guitar. I spent days shopping online for a bass and was seconds from buying an epiphone thunderbird bass when I saw this bass. I instantly fell in love. I ordered it waited anxiously for its arrival. It arrived the day before the gig. I took it out of the box and have loved it ever since. Thank you Fender, best bass ever.

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A BOMBING BASS

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sAMPSKAnk on December 7, 2013 (updated December 10, 2013)
Semi-Professional Reggae / Ska Punk

After switching back and forth from J and P basses I decided to try something a bit different so I bought a Butterscotch Blonde Tele Bass. As soon as I started to play this boom bomb I couldn't believe the amount of bass coming from the two pick ups turned on full. After finding the sound I wanted with the neck pick up on full with the bridge pick up and tone controls a quarter turn down I was very pleased with the way it played and felt. It has it's own unique dirty sound I could not get from either my P or J basses and fits perfectly with the rest of the band but has enough character to still get you noticed and stand out. The 1 piece maple neck with the gloss polyester finish has a very fast smooth flowing action. The Alder body gives decent sustain and the slightly thinner shape than a P bass feels reel snug and has enough weight not too feel flimsy or too light. The tuning machines feel solid and stay in tune even with my heaviest playing attempts and the bridge is a nice thick piece nickel/chrome giving that bit more sustain capability. The only two things I could find fault with this bass was the input jack while being in the right place could do with somehow being a bit more solid. And I had to change the control knobs as I find with this bass it is more important to see what positions they are at to keep the sound you want, as this bass has a very varied array of sounds you can get out of it. All in all my favourite bass to play and looks distinctly vintage and very cool.

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Wonderfull Bass

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Bass-o-Mat on December 6, 2013 (updated December 6, 2013)
Semi-Professional R&B Funk Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

For over 35 years now I play bass. I have different models from different manufacturers owned and played. But the MP - Telecaster bass is the best instrument that I've ever had.
Clean manufactured with a fantastic look for little Euros. For this purpose, just the right sound for my style of making music. Deep and dark, clear and rumbling, how a rock bass should sound. I love it again each time I play with it and do not regret having bought the instrument.

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Nice boogie machine

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surfrider on April 8, 2013 (updated April 9, 2013)
Semi-Professional Blues Rock Classic Rock Country

First of all - i`ve never belive in China Fenders. I bought the Squire Standard Tele in 2003 and it was not a real guitar but a a do-it-yourself half-stuff. But a guy from a guitar shop somwehere in middle of NY-state said to me: "You`re looking to a nice bass sound without paying too much for a Made in USA badge. Try Modern Series". I replaced with this bass my 1988 USA-made Precision. My new Tele bass is more flexible (on the neck pickup it`s sounds like the upright bass, but on the bridge - like a Black Sabbath bass-gun), more stylish and more comfortable to use. The only thing I`ve done - is replacing strings. But it`s the matter of taste. Enjoy it. Be loud and be proud.

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So close and yet so far

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Harry Puckering on February 22, 2013
Semi-Professional Jazz Folk

This is close to being a superb bass. A few minor changes by Fender and it'd be a killer. BUT... The bridge pickup is the same width as the neck pickup (I'll bet it's the same model) so the E and G strings are wider than the pole pieces. Just look at the picture above to confirm. And the two pickups are placed too far apart: the neck pu is too close to the neck and has no definition, just a Gibson boom; while the bridge pickup is so close to the bridge that it's thin and trebly.

Fender, please move the pickups closer together and into the sweet spot: you've got it right in the Jazz so just do it here. And make a wider bridge pickup. Then I'll buy it. For the moment I'm perfectly happy with my twin HB Fender Modern Player Jazz.

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NICE BASS

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Darlison on February 19, 2013
Semi-Professional Alternative Rock Punk

This is my first bass purchase since my early teens. Brilliant value for money however there are small problems. It needed setting up properly after purchase and still could do with a pro set up. The pick ups sound nice and have plenty of tone and it is really easy to play. Stays in tune nicely also. Great looks but the original black scratch guard is horrible so i replaced it with a nice white pearloid one. Great value for money from Fender

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Great Bass, but not the One and Only

(4.0)
bsutherland on February 19, 2013
Professional Blues Funk Jazz Alternative Rock Pop Rock Folk Country Bluegrass Classical Reggae / Ska

This bass plays great, has great tone, feels lovely in your hands, and with flatwounds can be a literal jazz master, the only problem I ran into with this instrument is that the parts weren't the best, had to replace the output jack and a volume pot because they weren't up to snuff. This is an awesome bass and I'm sure this happened to me on a whim, but it was that whim that makes me question if I'd take it on tour with me.

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From the Past to the Future

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grinderhand on February 18, 2013
Semi-Professional Blues R&B Gospel Jazz Rock Classic Rock Pop Rock

The Humbuckers on this bass give you great bottom, and action on this bass is very smooth. I use this bass when I need a more booming bottom effect, as opposed to my Jass Bass with single coil pickups. I would recommend this bass for any player no mater what level of skill you have. It is fun to play.

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Model Name: Modern Player Telecaster® Bass, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst
Model Number: 0241502503
Series: Modern Player
Color: 2-Color Sunburst

Body

Body
Body Material: Alder
Body Finish: Gloss Polyester
Body Shape: Telecaster® Bass

Neck

Neck
Neck Material: 1-Piece Maple
Neck Finish: Gloss Polyester
Neck Shape: "C" Shape
Scale Length: 34" (864 mm)
Fingerboard: Maple
Fingerboard Radius: 9.5" (241 mm)
Number of Frets: 20
Fret Size: Medium Jumbo
String Nut: Synthetic Bone
Nut Width: 1.625" (41.3 mm)
Position Inlays: Black Dot

Electronics

Electronics
Middle Pickup: Modern Player Wide Range Precision Bass
Neck Pickup: Modern Player Wide Range Precision Bass
Controls: Volume 1. (Middle Pickup), Volume 2. (Bridge Pickup), Master Tone
Pickup Configuration: HH

Hardware

Hardware
Bridge: 4-Saddle Vintage-Style with Brass Saddles
Hardware Finish: Nickel/Chrome
Tuning Machines: Standard Open-Gear
Pickguard: 3-Ply Parchment
Control Knobs: Knurled Dome

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Miscellaneous
Strings: Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)
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