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Another Fenderbird Finished: Introducing ThunderPenguin

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by knigel, Nov 17, 2013.

  1. knigel

    knigel Sporting a Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Somerville, NJ
    Okay, so the name doesn't roll off the tongue, but it took a long time to come together and I'm pretty happy with the results. After doing a non-reverse fenderbird, I wanted to try a different one. The neck is off a Squier VM Jaguar bass, the body is an Epiphone Custom Shop, and the pickups are from that silverburst thunderbird that came out a couple of years ago. The bridge is a Schaller roller bridge, and I'm glad I had it for side-to-side string adjustment. For cheap epiphone pickups, they sound excellent, and I would absolutely use them again. The pickup rings are custom--I had to have them made by the guy at fretsonthenet.com. He is very busy, but communicated well and I highly recommend him.

    [DEL]Pics to come in a second because I'm on my iPad and I forget to upload them somewhere...oops!
    [/DEL] They are crappy ones from my phone.

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    And my original one:

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  2. Andii Syckz

    Andii Syckz

    Jan 2, 2011
    Montreal
    Very nice, you should have another pickguard for it. But with a penguin design of somesort xD
     
  3. knigel

    knigel Sporting a Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Somerville, NJ
    Ha! I actually have a blank t bird pick guard too. Hmmm.....
     
  4. stonehenge

    stonehenge Supporting Member

    Apr 8, 2011
    Duvall WA
  5. TheAnalogKid

    TheAnalogKid Yer Doin' GREAT!!!!

    Dec 7, 2011
    Seattle, WA
    That Squier Jag neck adds a really nice touch! Did that neck fit in the pocket as-is, or did you have to make mods in any form?

    Also, is the body poly or nitro-finish? It looks nitro to me. If I could just buy necks and bodies like what you have in mass quantities, I'd be making Franken-basses and Fenderbirds all day long!
     
  6. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I love both of your Fenderbirds
     
  7. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy

    Nov 29, 2009
    Formerly Staten Island
    Damn...very nice basses, especially your new one.
     
  8. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I have built 4 fenderbirds ...

    This one here is not really a fenderbird. I call it a Thunder-Jag

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  9. knigel

    knigel Sporting a Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Somerville, NJ

    This one was an easy one. The body is poly from the factory--a few years back epiphone had some custom shop t birds that came in black, white, red, Pelham blue...there might be others I'm forgetting. I did have to rout the neck pocket-- I will NOT be showing a close up, because my free hand router skills leave a lot to be desired. The pickup rings were the hard part. Regular epiphone bodies are way too big for those pickups.

    I really like the look of the matching headstock. And to be honest, I generally love squier necks. I mean, I bought the whole bass used for 200 and sold the body loaded for more than 1/2 that. Totally worth it for a blocked neck with black head stock!
     
  10. knigel

    knigel Sporting a Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Somerville, NJ
    Oh and I LOVE that thunder jag Ric--it inspired me to finish this, and POSSIBLY start a similar project. It's why I haven't sold off the custom shop pickups!

    (Custom shop neck and bridge soon for sale!)
     
  11. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    I just love any frankensteined bass ....

    I am considering adding a neck pikup to the Thunder-Jag
     
  12. TheAnalogKid

    TheAnalogKid Yer Doin' GREAT!!!!

    Dec 7, 2011
    Seattle, WA

    Holy ap-cray!! I am definitely saving this and making it my computer's desktop photo. Too much maple and candy-apple-red goodness going on. I'm sure you get a bunch of "Whiskey-Tango-Foxtrot" looks at gigs from certain audience attendees. I would be as mesmerized/dumbstruck as Austin Powers as he meets "The Mole" in "Goldmember."

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  13. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
  14. sloppy_phil

    sloppy_phil Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2011
    Toronto, ON, Canada
    to me, this bass is just asking for some black or white knobs; the brown seems a little out of place to me. And +1 to the custom penguin-design pickguard. but otherwise, i do indeed think it's a beauty!
     
  15. knigel

    knigel Sporting a Member

    Apr 20, 2009
    Somerville, NJ
    I was going for a 70s les Paul look of all things.
     
  16. Lovely. Can't get enough Fenderbirdness. Vowing to someday have one now...
     
  17. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

    Feb 25, 2005
    west coast
    Sweet! I would consider some white "strat" knobs or maybe some chrome P-bass knobs, although it looks pretty good as it sits.
     
  18. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
  19. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

    Jan 29, 2008
    Colorado
    When I build Frankensteined basses I will quite often use parts that are available in my workshop, and then sometimes I change them out later.
     
  20. Great looking bass, but those bridge post holes make me want to stick my fingers in them to plug em up!
     



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