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.
|Model Name:||Modern Player Telecaster® Bass, Maple Fingerboard, 2-Color Sunburst|
|Body Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Body Shape:||Telecaster® Bass|
|Neck Material:||1-Piece Maple|
|Neck Finish:||Gloss Polyester|
|Neck Shape:||"C" Shape|
|Scale Length:||34" (864 mm)|
|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|
|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|
|Bridge:||4-Saddle Vintage-Style with Brass Saddles|
|Tuning Machines:||Standard Open-Gear|
|Control Knobs:||Knurled Dome|
|Strings:||Fender® USA Bass 7250M, NPS (.045-.105 Gauges)|
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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.
sAMPSKAnk owns this item
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.
Bass-o-Mat owns this item
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.
surfrider owns this item
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.
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
Darlison owns this item
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.
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.
grinderhand owns this item
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