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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

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    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

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

    knigel Sporting a Member

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    Ha! I actually have a blank t bird pick guard too. Hmmm.....
     
  4. stonehenge

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  6. TheAnalogKid

    TheAnalogKid Yer Doin' GREAT!!!! Supporting Member

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    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!
     
  7. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I love both of your Fenderbirds
     
  8. RaginRog

    RaginRog Last guy you want to see is Employee Relations guy Supporting Member

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    Damn...very nice basses, especially your new one.
     
  9. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I have built 4 fenderbirds ...

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

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  10. knigel

    knigel Sporting a Member

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    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!
     
  11. knigel

    knigel Sporting a Member

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    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!)
     
  12. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    I just love any frankensteined bass ....

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

    TheAnalogKid Yer Doin' GREAT!!!! Supporting Member

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    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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  14. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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  15. sloppy_phil

    sloppy_phil Supporting Member

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    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!
     
  16. knigel

    knigel Sporting a Member

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    I was going for a 70s les Paul look of all things.
     
  17. bassteban

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    Lovely. Can't get enough Fenderbirdness. Vowing to someday have one now...
     
  18. lowphatbass

    lowphatbass ****

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    Sweet! I would consider some white "strat" knobs or maybe some chrome P-bass knobs, although it looks pretty good as it sits.
     
  19. Ric5

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  20. Ric5

    Ric5 Supporting Member

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    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.
     
  21. awilkie84

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    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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