Horrible frankenbass body+neck

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by eukatheude, Jan 31, 2013.

  1. Here's the thing:

    A friend gave it to me in exchange for some work i did on his guitar. I'm wondering what i could make out of it. Making an actual bass out of it doesn't look like much of an option (the truss rod doesn't seem to be working, and some idiot put wood filler on the neck/body junction to make it look like a neck through) but i'm thinking of using it as a testbed for pickup positioning. What do you think?
  2. Meddle


    Jul 27, 2009
    I would go for money next time. :bassist:

    I cannot see your pics, but I know that my girlfriend would murder me if I turned up with ropey guitar parts in exchange for guitar work for friends.
  3. ctmullins

    ctmullins Registered Panther Supporting Member

    Apr 18, 2008
    MS Gulf Coast
  4. TheEmptyCell

    TheEmptyCell Dingwall ABZ Player Supporting Member

    Jul 16, 2005
    Syracuse, NY
    That was an awful exchange of goods and services.
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  6. A Scottish term, or typo? I dinna want t'fight, mind ye- joost curious

    Edit: On topic, I'm considering offering a small sum for it, simply to burn it, bury the ashes w/a shovel AND bury the shovel. For the good of all humanity.
  7. Stealth

    Stealth Supporting Member

    Feb 5, 2008
    Zagreb, Croatia
    You thought that was a fair deal?

  8. JoeWPgh


    Dec 21, 2012
    I dunno. Given what they're calling art on eBay, you might want to go that way.
  9. Ewo

    Ewo a/k/a Steve Cooper Supporting Member

    Apr 2, 2008
    Huntington WV
    Gooooooooood one! :p
  10. ejmy


    Nov 30, 2008
    You must of messed up his guitar real bad. LOL
  11. nirvana1410


    Jun 29, 2012
    Smashing guitars is always fun :)
  12. Trying to put a positive spin on this,

    I would strip it, replace the truss rod, and use it as a training aid.

    If you can bring it back to life you can do just about anything.

    I would see what state it is in when all of the evil is removed from it.

    :scowl:I hate it when people smash guitars, what a waste.:rollno::spit::crying:
  13. Plucky The Bassist

    Plucky The Bassist Courageous Fowl Supporting Member

    Jul 30, 2010
    Houston, TX
    Yeah, I was about to say....must be an awful Luthier lol
  14. Personally, I'd try and refurbish it :p

    I guess I'm the odd one out. But with a bit of time and minimal investment, you could probably have a playable instrument. I'm building a bass right now (The thread is called "the cheapskate jazz bass" if you wanna look it up) that I'm building for very cheap.

  15. hailet


    Sep 16, 2012
    Mount Prospect,IL
    Either he isn't/wasn't much of a friend or like was said you did some bad work.
    You might consider it as firewood.
    Honestly though, if you can turn back onto a playable instrument you deserve a lot of credit. Good Luck
  16. Nope, i didn't. But i don't mind helping someone out and wanted to practice soldering more. And he's mentioned my name to a friend of his, who is bringing is guitar in tomorrow - and paying.

    That's the idea basically. I don't even know if i'll have time to work on it, but i can use it to practice stuff i wouldn't dare do on my basses.
  17. So i cut off the neck, re-did the fret slots, sanded everything and put some oil on the fretboard. It looks a lot better now, though i have to figure out how to shape the end in a way that would fit a neck pocket. Pics coming soon.
  18. Here they are:





    Cellphone camera, sorry for the quality. Anyway, it looks a LOT better now.
  19. ev rodriguez

    ev rodriguez

    Jan 18, 2010
    spray paint it, take itto a gig and smash it. rock on!
  20. Made waking up this morning worth it. :D
  21. MegaSwing

    MegaSwing Your Obedient Bassist® Gold Supporting Member

    Nov 26, 2002
    Baltimore, MD USA
    Exactly what I was thinking as I scrolled down the responses.