Fender American Thin Skin Roasted Telecaster Bass
Thor's Favorite Thin SkinDenizens of the Wildwoodiverse, we are proud to present you with one of the coolest basses on planet Earth (and probably all the surrounding solar systems): the Roasted Thin Skin Telecaster Bass. We haven't had any Thin Skin basses grace our shelves in some time, but we promise they’re worth the wait, as they are Thor-worthy thud staffs capable of carrying you all the way to Valhalla with their low-end power. These puppies sport a roasted ash body and a roasted maple neck with a thin, fifties-style nitrocellulose lacquer finish to go with a sixties neck and a P/J pickup configuration, and they look as mean as they sound!
Our friends at Fender have outdone themselves by equipping these thunderous Tele basses with a plethora of player-friendly appointments. As a result, their exquisite tone and buttery handfeel make for an unrivaled playing experience. Whether you're a studio musician looking for a do-it-all bass, a road warrior searching for a dependable four-string that plays and sounds great night in and night out, or simply looking for an awesome bass to inspire you on your low-end journey, the Thin Skin Roasted Telecaster bass has you covered. Let's take a closer look and see why it's the most thunderous of all our Thin Skins!
Roasted Woods and Righteous ToneHere at Wildwood, we love roasted tonewoods the way Kirk Hammett loves wah pedals (which is to say, quite a bit!). Subjecting wood to high temperatures sucks all the moisture out, which makes the wood lighter and more resistant to changes in humidity. So, this is the sort of bass that will remain consistent from gig to gig, and it won't break your back!
Also, the drier the wood, the more vintage flavor in the tone. Instruments with roasted necks and bodies tend to produce a stronger, clearer fundamental and have a warmer, woodier overall tonality. Roasted necks also have a tendency to act like a wooden tuning fork, resulting in more resonance and sustain. These sonic characteristics are perfect for bass guitars. Who doesn't love a four-string with clear, deep lows, punchy mids, and articulate high end? We know we do!
P/J PerfectionWhen we asked the fine folks at Fender what sort of P/J pickup configuration they recommended, they told us to use a Custom Shop '60s Precision Bass pickup and a Custom Shop '60s Jazz bass pickup--a combo that several of the bassists on the Fender staff use in their personal instruments. It's easy to see why this pickup configuration received such a ringing endorsement, because the two single-coils work together better than Starsky and Hutch. The P pickup has broad, throaty midrange to go with muscular low-end and round highs, while the J pup has tight-yet-substantial lows, snappy highs, and horn-like upper-midrange. Both sound great by themselves, but they complement each other perfectly when blended. With both volumes all the way up, the Thin Skin Tele Bass sounds beefy and full across the whole frequency spectrum while maintaining remarkable clarity.
Heavenly FeelThe Thin Skin Roasted Telecaster Bass's neck feels so good that it deserves to have a couple dozen sonnets written in its honor, but that would be beyond the purview of this page, so prose will have to do. First off, the 1963-inspired C-shaped neck profile is just right: big enough to feel substantial up high, but slim enough to facilitate speed and comfort down low (the 1.625" nut width helps in this regard, too). Atop this neck sits a fretboard with a 9.5" radius and 6105 frets, which do wonders for playability. Narrow-tall frets like 6105s are a revelation on bass, because they allow you to get a beefier sound with a lighter touch. Also, you can bend the bejeezus out of the strings with 6105s, so you can finally learn the intro to NIB by Black Sabbath!
The back of the neck deserves to have some ink spilled on its behalf, too, because Fender's decision to use a satin finish rather than gloss one paid incredible dividends to playability. Though gloss finishes may be more historically accurate, they tend to have a tacky feel for a few years until they get broken-in. With a satin finish, there's no break-in time, and you get righteous, smooth feel right out of the box. Ultimately, it all adds up to a neck that feels as comfortable and home-y as your favorite pair of sweatpants!
Pure ThunderAs you can no doubt tell, we are brimming with excitement over the American Thin Skin Roasted Telecaster Bass. Even in the rarefied air of Wildwood, it's not every day that we find a bass that provides exceptional versatility, inspirational sound, supreme playability, and road-ready reliability in one package for such an excellent value. We invite you to check out the most thunderous Thin Skin of them all. We know you'll fall in love after one pluck of the low E.
|Model||American Thin Skin Roasted Telecaster Bass|
|Finish Type||Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Body Wood||Roasted Ash|
|Neck Wood||Roasted Maple|
|Neck Shape||'63 "C"|
|Neck Dimensions||.830 1st - 1.02 12th|
|Neck Finish||Satin Nitrocellulose Lacquer|
|Width at Nut||1.625"|
|Frets||20 6105 Narrow Tall|
|Pickups||1 Custom Shop '60s Precision Bass Split-Coil, 1 Custom Shop '60s Jazz Bass Single-Coil|
|Controls||2 Volume, 1 Tone|
|Bridge||4-Saddle Hi-Mass Vintage|
|Tuners||Fender Lightweight Vintage-Style Keys with Tapered Shafts|
|Pickguard||1-Ply Black Aluminum|
|Case||Tweed Fender Case|
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