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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby steveonbass » Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:26 pm

ampig wrote:Check out the difference in opinion over at the FDP site 68 Tele Bass FDP


Some strange assumptions in the thread over there. also some poor advice IMO.
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby nolabass » Sat Oct 15, 2011 3:44 pm

ampig wrote:Check out the difference in opinion over at the FDP site 68 Tele Bass FDP




Ya...well. [smilie=tosser.gif] Somebody loved it enough to continue to gig with it in spite of the neck repair. That says it all for me.
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby felig » Sun Oct 16, 2011 7:25 am

What kills me is the disparity between what people pay premium $$$ for in a new relic & what they will tolerate in the real thing. As I recall there was a really pricey Stevie Ray Vaughn custom shop relic/replica/whatever ltd. ed. that had a simulated repaired headstock break. As long as the repair is stable--who cares--after all, without the break this bass would obviously not going for anything like $1350.
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby Rob Francis » Sun Oct 16, 2011 5:16 pm

Read 'em bled 'em and they atr all over the board aren't they?
I would venture to think that at least a few of those comments are poorly informed. That said, go back and read Harleyyy's comment with Felig's as the second paragraph and it comes down to . . .
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby ampig » Tue Oct 18, 2011 4:01 am

I think I'm gonna pick it up tomorrow evening. The shop owner says that his repair man can rework the headstock repair so that it's almost invisible. I may go that way or maybe try to find another neck.
This leaves two questions:
Would improving the cosmetics of the repair improve the value?
Where on earth can I find a 68 tele bass neck?
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby steveonbass » Tue Oct 18, 2011 5:53 am

ampig wrote:This leaves two questions:
Would improving the cosmetics of the repair improve the value?
Where on earth can I find a 68 tele bass neck?


A: That repair can DEFINITELY be cleaner (it should improve value a little)
B: It already has a neck that will work just fine. You don't need another.
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby ampig » Tue Oct 18, 2011 7:21 am

It already has a neck that will work just fine. You don't need another.


I agree, but truthfully almost all my gigs right now are on URB so I'm also looking at the Tele (besides being just a badass piece of mojo) as somewhat of an investment that will increase in long term value. I realize it will never be a showcase instrument that will draw top dollar. My question is, If I buy this bass for $1350 and find an uncracked 68 neck for let's say $1000, how much will it increase the value?
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby harleyyy » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:21 am

ampig wrote:
It already has a neck that will work just fine. You don't need another.


I agree, but truthfully almost all my gigs right now are on URB so I'm also looking at the Tele (besides being just a badass piece of mojo) as somewhat of an investment that will increase in long term value. I realize it will never be a showcase instrument that will draw top dollar. My question is, If I buy this bass for $1350 and find an uncracked 68 neck for let's say $1000, how much will it increase the value?


Howard, the vintage market is way off where it used to be. Will it come back to where it was? I don't know, Kebo can give us insight on that, but if the repair can be cleaned up with the original neck, it will be worth more that replacing it with a non- original neck. Either way, you will not make a significant amount of money from this bass IMO. The price is right as many have here have stated.
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby harleyyy » Tue Oct 18, 2011 8:37 am

Here is one for more than double, with issues....


http://www.ebay.com/itm/1968-Fender-Tel ... 3f0eb918bd

And here is one that appears to be original...


http://www.gbase.com/gear/fender-teleca ... 8-blonde-2
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby ampig » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:37 am

If those basses go for what they're asking, then my finding a replacement neck would probably bring some returns. That is -If they go for what they're asking and If I found a neck............
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby felig » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:38 am

ampig wrote:
It already has a neck that will work just fine. You don't need another.


I agree, but truthfully almost all my gigs right now are on URB so I'm also looking at the Tele (besides being just a badass piece of mojo) as somewhat of an investment that will increase in long term value. I realize it will never be a showcase instrument that will draw top dollar. My question is, If I buy this bass for $1350 and find an uncracked 68 neck for let's say $1000, how much will it increase the value?

Leave it as it is, sign your name on the back of the headstock, & you've got an Ampig American Signature Edition Relic. Its value will increase exponentially as your fame does.

If you find an untracked 68 neck for $1000, then find yourself an aftermarket '51 P-style body & nice pickups, etc. & you've got yourself a second nice one for about the same $$ as you will have in the broken headstock one.

Maybe someday I can swap the broken headstock one away from you, Howard.
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby felig » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:42 am

In 2001, I bought two (one new/one used) of the Mars Music/Fender American Vintage Jazz RI in Ice Blue Metallic, hidden ground wire, 3 pot control, matching headstock, etc. because they were pretty damn close to my first Fender--'65 IBM Jazz. I dubbed them the "Fred Elig Signature Reissue"--I still have them, but fame has eluded me so far...except in my own mind.
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby harleyyy » Tue Oct 18, 2011 9:58 am

ampig wrote:If those basses go for what they're asking, then my finding a replacement neck would probably bring some returns. That is -If they go for what they're asking and If I found a neck............



SOME yes, but not what an all original would bring obviously.
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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby BigDaveOnBass » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:28 pm

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Re: 68 Tele bass

Postby steveonbass » Wed Oct 19, 2011 1:40 pm

For value - just look at parts on ebay minus the neck (completed auctions are the only useful ones). This definitely seems like more of a player - not really an investment piece. if you buy a 68 neck at market value you will have invested about what it's worth. I would not use retail/vintage shops for pricing estimates -their prices are always well above actual market value.
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