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For Sale Fenderbird Body (fully loaded)

Discussion in 'For Sale: Parts, Strings, and Accessories' started by silky smoove, Nov 19, 2018.

  1. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I’ve decided to sell my FenderBird to fund a different bass. I’m planning to use the neck from it on the new build, so I’m selling the completed body (Lowe Custom Guitars) with all hardware, pickguard, electronics, bridge, ferrules, strap buttons, etc. installed. I’m also including a Ritter Thunderbird gig bag that fits the bass even with the longer Fender headstock perfectly. The buyer can slap on any 34” neck that meets Fender USA spec (Warmoth, USACG, Mighty Mite, etc.) and have a monster bass.

    Body: Lowe Custom Guitars Thunderbird in metallic white pearl (has a very subtle sparkly flake to it) with raised center section, and belly and forearm contours

    Pickups: EMG PX in a dual reverse arrangement for better string-to-string balance (some pictures below are with EMG GZR pickups which were replaced with PXs)

    Pickguard: Pickguards US 3-Ply Red Tort / Black / White

    Bridge: Chrome Babicz FCH4-AM with matching chrome thru-body string ferrules on the back

    Knobs: Knurled black metal knobs with white pearl tops (to match the body)

    Misc: Telecaster style electrosocket output jack on the side

    The bass with both pickups on has a very throaty midrange quality that does a great job of sitting just above the kick drum in a mix. With the neck soloed it’s got a great P-Bass tone. With the bridge soloed it gets into Jaco territory, albeit with a bit more bottom end due to the split coil pickup. The strap buttons are in custom locations that make it much nicer ergonomically than how Gibson does it as far as I’m concerned. The upper button is through the neck joint, and the rear button is located on the back of the bass similar to how De Gier does it on their Lowlander bass. These placements help to eliminate the typical Thunderbird neck dive problem, as well as shifting the bass to the right a bit and thereby shortening the reach down to the first fret. It hangs differently than a Jazz or a Precision, but I find it very comfortable.

    On my bathroom scale as it's currently built this bass weighs 8.2lbs. That's with the Status neck which tend to weigh just slightly more than a comparable Fender neck. If you used a Fender (or similar) neck and ultralite tuners you might be able to get this down to sub-8lbs!

    Full disclosure: I made a few mistakes when building the bass, but they’re purely cosmetic and can be seen in the included photos. Functionally and tonally the bass is top notch. The two dings by the controls are from an initial plan to use a different control layout that didn’t work out how I’d envisioned. There are two small pilot holes through the top that I filled and touched up with white paint. You can see the back of these holes, which are covered with little pieces of painters tape in the control cavity photo. The Les Paul style pickup selector knob is a throwback to that earlier control layout as well. The paint chipped a bit when I was drilling the hole for it, but it’s invisible when the switch is installed so I just left it in place. The switch is currently disconnected, but you could easily hook it back up if you want more than the current VVT arrangement. There's an old strap button hole on the tail of the body which I've filled, but have not yet touched up with white paint. I can do that prior to shipping. Lastly, my template for the knobs bucked on me as I was drilling out the knob for the neck pickup volume, so it's slightly out of alignment with the other two. Again... Full disclosure.

    I’m selling this for the low low price of $660 which is 50% of the cost for all the parts involved and throws out the labor costs entirely, plus $30 to cover my shipping costs. Not looking for any trades at this time. $690 shipped to the lower 48.

    This could be your next bass build project... Get at me!

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    MYLOWFREQ Supporting Member

    May 13, 2011
    New York

    I think you'd have more luck selling this posting under "parts, strings and accessories".
    Bodeanly likes this.
  3. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    I thought about that, but since I’m not parting everything out I thought the basses classified forum seemed more appropriate. If I don’t get much traction I’ll get a mod to move it over.
    MYLOWFREQ likes this.
  4. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2015
    Agree with @MYLOWFREQ

    It’s a beautiful body, but, since it’s in the “basses” section, its also kinda misleading.
  5. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Neither basses nor parts is a fully accurate place for it. Since basses sees a lot more traffic than parts I’ll leave it here until a mod decides it’s out of place or I need to move it to find traction. Everything is fully disclosed, so it’s only misleading if someone chooses not to read my highly detailed OP.
  6. Alan Ace Cooper

    Alan Ace Cooper Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2004
    Northern Virginia, USA - 13 mi
    Endorsing artist: Devon Basses, DR Strings, EMG pickups, Bag End Cabs
    Amen, I second that quote! Reading is fundamental :)

    Awesome!! I wish I had need for such a beast. I would slap my 22 fret, Moses Graphite neck on it QUICK! GLWTS
    pudge likes this.
  7. silky smoove

    silky smoove Supporting Member

    May 19, 2004
    Seattle, WA
    Do the 22-fret necks from Moses do the “overhanging fretboard” thing like Warmoth does on their boards that are long than 21?
  8. Alan Ace Cooper

    Alan Ace Cooper Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2004
    Northern Virginia, USA - 13 mi
    Endorsing artist: Devon Basses, DR Strings, EMG pickups, Bag End Cabs
    It has an extended overhang, like the Warmoth.

    P w:Moses.

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