1968 FENDER TELECASTER BASS
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In March Fender introduced the Telecaster Bass, which was very similar to the original 1951 Precision Bass design. Initially it featured a large logo decal with no patent numbers. During the year the logo changed to the common version with one patent number, applied under the finish. Custom color finishes were offered, including Pink Paisley and Blue Floral with clear pickguards.
Other 1968 Telecaster bass characteristics: Small headstock, Fender name imprinted non-reverse oval or clover tuners with no ® mark and no rivet, no strapholder on headstock back, maple laminated fretboard or solid maple neck with skunk stripe, black plastic dot fret markers, medium jumbo fret wire, neck butt date etc. ink stamps, fifth hole on neck butt for hanging while painting, 4 bolt F Series neck plate, non-contoured slab body, neck pocket paint stick etc., single ply white nitrocellulose pickguard, plastic 2 screw thumb rest under G string, single coil grey bobbin pickup (often hand dated) or occasionally black bobbin pickup wrapped in string, chrome pickup cover and bridge cover with foam rubber string mute, metal pots assembly plate, knurled knobs, Stackpole or CTS potentiometers (often with overstocked 1966 codes), green chicklet tone capacitor, cloth wiring, input jack cup, small slightly raised string grommets on body back, two saddle metal bridge, small ground wire route underneath bridge, black tolex case with silver plastic logo.
Serial numbers ranged from roughly 218400 to 252000 although there are many overlapping exceptions. For more precise dating, cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt date, pickup date and potentiometer codes.