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Hello bass friends,

 

I would like to know some suggestions from you since me being in a hunt for a tele bass. I really don' want to go dawn the road of a original one neither a fender custom shop model.
Here and there I have found some interesting luthiers, makers, small companies that offer relic jobs and builds regarding this specific model. 

Let's say that my price range (what I'm willing to pay) goes form 800 - 1100 eur (used or new).

Some of the luthiers I have found (I know some of them are WAY ABOVE the price range I've mentioned) but just to give the idea, are:

- Veranda guitars (https://www.veranda-guitars.de/)
- Loic le pape ( https://loiclepapesteelguitars.com/ )

- James Trussart (http://www.jamestrussart.com/)

- Relic'Art Guitars (https://www.relicartguitares.fr/)

- Limelight guitars (https://classicandcoolguitars.co.uk/)

- Relic guitars The Hauge (https://www.relicguitar.nl/)
....

and so on..

So the idea is to found a "tele" bass that looks and feels just like it has finished a gig in a blues club full of smokers, drunks, etc.., americana, "the good old days",...  If you know what I mean (the pictures attached sums up pretty well what I have in mind:

P.s. even some "bitsas" are ok!

Can you give me some other links / suggestions and such ?
 

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From posts on here about the MM, P 'n J of this lot... and someone on here has modded one of these...

https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_pb_50_sb_vintage_series.htm

or

https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_pb_50_fr_vintage_series.htm

And express yourself with a headstock template, a sander and your own finish...

What could go wrong for £105 initial outlay?

I would love to but would have to lose the Ibby EDA900 first...

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12 minutes ago, PaulThePlug said:

From posts on here about the MM, P 'n J of this lot... and someone on here has modded one of these...

https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_pb_50_sb_vintage_series.htm

or

https://www.thomann.de/gb/harley_benton_pb_50_fr_vintage_series.htm

And express yourself with a headstock template, a sander and your own finish...

What could go wrong for £105 initial outlay?

I would love to but would have to lose the Ibby EDA900 first...

Hello man,

 

thanks for the input. I've read a lot about this pb50 and subsequent mods. There's a fantastic one here on bchat (shoreline gold). 
Sincerely speaking this is an option to but I'm not really into modding since I like keeping my basses stock.

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Get a used Squier classic vibe (around 200-300 euros), then get someone who relics guitars/basses to relic the squier, get them to upgrade the electrics and machine heads (should be around 500-600 euros), which is within your budget.

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17 hours ago, hooky_lowdown said:

Get a used Squier classic vibe (around 200-300 euros), then get someone who relics guitars/basses to relic the squier, get them to upgrade the electrics and machine heads (should be around 500-600 euros), which is within your budget.

that's also a good idea but you have to agree that those squier cv tele basses are very hard to find... or not ? :)

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2 hours ago, johnpaulbass said:

that's also a good idea but you have to agree that those squier cv tele basses are very hard to find... or not ? :)

You could buy a new one, or they often come up for sale here or on eBay. 😀

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Alternatively get a Harley Benton PB50, they really are very well made (I'd say bulletproof), and the stock pickup is very good, better than the Seymour Duncan 51 pickup imho.

Then have someone who relics guitars to reshape the headstock and have the neck amber gloss tinted, and the fretboard edges rolled. Have them fit gotoh tuners and better electrics, maybe a traditional 2 saddle bridge (if you like). The Harley Benton is only around 110 euros, so you have lots to spend on making it look exactly how you want, and high quality upgrades.

The neck is the only big difference between the Squier CV and the Harley Benton. The Squier is more modern sized, where as the HB has the original fat neck.

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Having owned a Fender 51 and a couple of Squiers, I had been missing owning one. Just in the last couple of weeks I finished getting some parts together (mostly Squier) and assembled this one. Cheap as chips and plays great. I have been playing it for at least an hour every day and found it quite inspiring.

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Pretty sure that Mark at Classic & Cool Guitars (home of Limelight basses) will also relic client's basses.

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On 02/12/2020 at 09:16, Cat Burrito said:

Having owned a Fender 51 and a couple of Squiers, I had been missing owning one. Just in the last couple of weeks I finished getting some parts together (mostly Squier) and assembled this one. Cheap as chips and plays great. I have been playing it for at least an hour every day and found it quite inspiring.

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that's beautiful

 

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