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Frankenbass, customization project, whatever you want to call it, show 'em!

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Aaron Saunders, Dec 25, 2003.


  1. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002
    Ontario
    I'll show mine when I finish the modding, but so far it's a Samick 4 string P/J with:
    SPB-2 Seymour Duncan Hot for Precision neck pickup
    SJB-2 Seymour Duncan Hot for Jazz bridge pickup
    OBP-3 Aguilar 3 band onboard preamp with knob config:
    Neck Volume
    Bridge Volume, pull-active, push-passive
    Mid +/-, Mid Sweep
    Bass +/-, Treble +/-
    Leo Quan Badass II bridge
    I'm still toying with strings -- I've got Thomastik Jazz Rounds on right now, but I don't like them much and I'm gonna try DR Marcus Miller Fat Beams next.

    Now that the substance is done, the asthetics are next. I'm going to get a black pearloid pickguard and and see about the possibility of a chrome pickup cover, but that might not look good.

    Tell us about/show us yours!
     
  2. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    IIRC, This is my 1st attempt at building a bass. a friend of mine gave me the body. it has:

    -'78 Fender P bass body (black finished stripped & unfinished)
    -Warmoth neck
    -BassLines 1/4 LB pickups
    -Schaller Tuning keys
    -BadAss II Bridge
    -Mirrored pickguard

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1263454">
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1256847">

    For more info, <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=110096">CLICK HERE</a>
     
  4. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1118643">

    For more info, <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=98066">CLICK HERE</a>
     
  5. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This bass has:
    -Warmoth Ash body with oil Finish
    -Warmoth Late 60's early 70's style neck
    -Schaller tuning keys
    -Gotoh 201 Bridge
    -EMG J's
    -Aguilar OBP-1 preamp

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=552868">
     
  6. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    This bass has:
    -Warmoth Ash body with Quilted maple top
    -Warmoth Maple neck
    -Schaller Roller Bridge
    -Gotoh tuning Keys
    -EMG 40J pickups
    -Aguilar OBP-1 preamp

    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=820571">
     
  7. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1257690">

    For more info, <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=92406&highlight=Warmoth">CLICK HERE</a>
    Currently, Nick Mann owns this bass. To see a thread he started on the bass, <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=100358">CLICK HERE</a>
     
  8. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1002887">


    For more info, <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=44029">CLICK HERE</a>
     
  9. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=910554">

    For more info, <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=80413">CLICK HERE</a>
    Currently MikeN ownes this bass.
     
  10. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=971204">

    For more info, <a href="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/showthread.php?s=&threadid=85429">CLICK HERE</a>
     
  11. Geez. Nino, what a showoff!;) You build some of the prettiest bass I think I've seen! Those beauts are bound to make the rest of the posts on this thread look lke boogers. Neat stuff!

    Anyway, like Govithoy, I'm working on my project now and plan to post pics when I'm done. Unlike govithoy, my project is totally aesthetics.

    Here's what is planned:

    Hamer import cruise bass, stripped and repainted Fender honeyblonde. Rosewood knobs w/pearl dots for detents, a rosewood pg to bring it all together and (maybe) a bridge cover for alittle ol' timey look.

    After some soul searching, I decided I liked the sound of the bass and the feel of the neck, so I left those alone. For now.

    I just finished spraying the last of the clear lacquer last night and now I'm letting it cure awhile before buffing it out. Tomorrow I start cutting the pg and rear control cover.

    Bob
     
  12. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    -Mighty Mite body & neck
    -Chrome hardware (taken from a Schecter Model T w/broken neck)
    -BassLines Hot For Jazz pickups

    I sold this bass to a TBer but I forget his screen name. His real name is John Bigger.
    <img src="http://www.talkbass.com/forum/attachment.php?s=&postid=1263472">
     
  13. Blazer

    Blazer

    Nov 27, 2003
    The Netherlands
    Rogue luthier employed at Knooren Handcrafted bass guitars
    I bought this carcass of a 1976 Rickenbacker copy made by Ibanez and I put it back together installed a Basslines Preamp (with the setting already put down only a volume control) and a Basslines MM humbucker, thus the StingRick was born.
     
  14. washburn xb-100.
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    -defretted it
    -stripped all the finish off, carved in an arm rest, and did a lot of shaping on the lower bout and horn.
    -stained and waxed
    -added a black walnut fingerboard extension
    -added dimarzio humbucker p-pickups
     
  15. rumblethump

    rumblethump Supporting Member

    Mar 25, 2000
    Pioneer CA. 95666
    Vox Acoustic Electric round hole 12 string body with J bass neck. J bass PU installed in the bridge position. Neck went on Xmas eve. I've been tweaking it to playability. I removed the old rosewood 12 string bridge and routed it for a Jazz PU. Found a string retainer on the net and I slotted an old Acoustic bridge for the bass strings. It needs a string tree for the neck and the pu installed which I'm working on today. At first I'm going to try it without a volume or tone knob just to see how it sounds. Pics to follow soon.
     
  16. christoph h.

    christoph h.

    Mar 26, 2001
    Germany
    where did you get a mid sweep control for the OBP-3? i've heard they're almost impossible to find and even then won't work very good.
     
  17. Brooks

    Brooks

    Apr 4, 2000
    Middle East
    My 1st Warmoth Project:

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  18. kutz

    kutz

    Mar 19, 2003
    Orange County CA
    Here's my homemade P-bass.

    http://www.geocities.com/ekutzler/images/P-bass.jpg

    Of course you'll have to copy and paste the link in a new browser window to see it, thanks to Geocities.

    It's got a mighty mite p-bass neck and an old squire body that I sanded down and stained. It's got seymour duncan 1/4 pounders and a baddass II bridge under the covers.

    This thing has a ton of sustain and play really well.
     
  19. Brooks, that finish is beautiful!
     
  20. bmc

    bmc

    Nov 15, 2003
    Switzerland
    I had a 66 Jazz back 20 years ago and missed it the day I sold it. Bought a MIJ fretless jazz from BassNW two years ago. Since that last old Jazz, I had been paying Precisions.

    I just couldn't get used to the narrow neck, so I swapped necks with my 1975 fretless maple neck Precision. That help with the neck feel. I then added Custom Shop 60's, and rewired it V/B/T. The jazz bodied bass is my main working bass.

    I run both basses into an older Sadowsky Outboard Preamp into a Nemesis. The combination sounds very good. I get a very nice growl from that setup. A growl so nice in fact that I just recently sold my SABDDI.

    bmc