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Custom Colour Fender Bass anyone? Super rare (find another!) Ice Blue Metallic Telecaster Bass from 1968…

Introduced in May of 1968 as Fender’s newest bass, this was a reissue of the Precision bass in its first incarnation. Mostly available in blonde, they could also be found on rare occasions in fetching custom colours and the newly introduced paisley…

This bass oozes mojo. Any Fender bass in a custom colour is just screaming to be looked at and this is no different. Yes, there has been a bit of a story under the pickguard but there is no denying this is a great looking bass.

Original factory Ice Blue Metallic over black with a nicely aged clear coat that has yellowed to produce one of the best colour combinations out there we think. So what happened under the pick guard? We believe at one time maybe a leather pick guard was glued to the bass and when it was removed, it took the clear coat and a lot of the top coat with it. There is evidence heat has been applied during its removal so it must have been a devil to get off and someone has tried to touch it up (under the guard only) to make it look a bit better.

The good news is all of this is hidden by the replacement pickguard who's profile perfectly matches what would have been on there from the factory so if you can find an original '68 Tele Bass guard, it will definitely hide what lurks beneath very well.

The neck is a one piece maple construction in good condition. The lacquer has worn nicely on the back and there is still some life left in the original frets. 

The hardware is correct and in good condition. The pickup and bridge covers have been lost but the saddles and bridge are in good shape.

The pickguard isn’t original, it's a very old and accurate repro and seems to have been custom cut for the bass following the original lines.

Electrically things are correct though some soler joints have been disturbed. The grey bottom single coil pickup is in good condition and doesn't seem to have been rewound.

The bass comes with its correct black tolex hardshell case.

This bass is a joy to play. As with early Fender guitars, the neck is chunky without feeling like too much of a handful. The single coil pickup provides a straightforward tone with a nice balance of clarity and growl. This is a no-frills, plug and play machine.

A no nonsense bass in a killer, rare colour. Surely there's an Ice Blue metallic hole in your collection…

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ATB Guitars, UK  

Contact name:
Mike Long
Vintage Gibson, Fender and Martin from 1940's-1970's
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Hello we’re ATB Guitars.

We are one of Europes leading sellers of vintage and rare guitars. We only sell vintage Gibson and Fender electric guitars from 1950 until 1975 and have an extensive inventory to browse in our bricks and mortar store in Cheltenham, UK or in our online web store.

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Should you not be absolutely delighted with your purchase you may return it to Cheltenham, at your own expense, within 7 days from the date of delivery for a full refund. The item must not have been altered or tampered with in any way, and it must arrive in the same condition as it left us.

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We ship within the UK by Royal Mail Recorded (small items under 2Kg), TNT or UPS and Worldwide by Royal Mail Airmail Signed For (small under 2Kg) Parcelforce, UPS or FedEx. All shipping prices include expert packing, cartons and packing materials but not insurance which is typically around 2% of items value. Currently approx shipping rates for a single guitar are as follows:

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Most of mainland Europe £49
U.S.A. £129
Asia £149 - £190
Rest of World including S. America £149 - £275


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