1971 FENDER TELECASTER BASS

1971 Fender Telecaster Bass

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A body pad was at the bottom of the black case with silver plastic "fishtail" logo. 

Other 1971 Telecaster bass characteristics: small logo usually including one patent and ® mark applied under the finish, Fender name imprinted non-reverse clover tuners with an ® mark and no rivet, 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., extra body hole in neck pocket for hanging while painting, white/black/white vinyl pickguard, thumb rest under G string, single coil grey bobbin pickup with date ink stamp and wrapped in string, chrome pickup and bridge covers, metal pots assembly plate, flat top knobs, Stackpole potentiometers, round yellow tone capacitor, plastic wiring, input jack cup, small slightly raised string grommets on body back, two saddle metal bridge, black tolex case with fishtail logo, literature.

Serial numbers ranged from roughly 300000 to 330000 although there are many overlapping exceptions. For more precise dating, cross reference the serial number with the instrument's neck butt stamp, pickup stamp and potentiometer codes.