Frankenbass Rebuild

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by GeneralElectric, Feb 26, 2017.


  1. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Hey everyone,

    I figured I should probably post in this section more often to help motivate me to get some projects off my bench. I'm still learning things so anything you think I can do better, let me know! My goal is to one day make basses from scratch and not from parts.

    This weekend I've taken to tackling a Precision bass that started life out as a Highway One (1?) but has become a testbed for electronics and necks.

    Pardon that the before shot is slightly out of date, since the bass was wearing piccolo strings before I took it apart.

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    So the bass had a buzz due to a busted ground wire. I installed a new wire and a new pickguard. I still need to drill some extra holes since this bass is now wearing a 10-hole Precision guard. The art is old but I also took a pair of scissors to a sticker I got from a local boxing gym for the pickguard.

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    The neck is a Warmoth. I'm at least the second owner. When I got it there marks all over the fretboard from someone bending the E and A strings with rounds. Who bends like this on a fretless? :thumbsup: I lightly wet sanded the whole board with 600 grit sandpaper, taking care to preserve the original radius of the fingerboard. It took a couple of passes but it is silky smooth and mark free! It took some time with a dremel and a diamond file to cut away the pickguard where it was overhanging down onto the neck pocket.

    Tuner bushings were installed by lightly tapping them with a hammer.

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    I went to bed after I "doweled" the old tuner holes with tooth picks. Whatever was on here before had super small screws. Pardon the crooked ones, they were fixed after the photos.

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    Today after work I'm going to drill for the res-o-lites I bought from Gotoh.:bassist:
     
  2. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I'm here for that pickguard sticker. :cool:
     
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  3. GeneralElectric

    GeneralElectric

    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Thanks. One of my bands regularly does benefits for the immigrant rights and education. We're a folky kinda band and this bass was formerly used in a bunch of rock bands.

    Here's the boxing gym's truck that drives around and basically shows what the sticker looked like when it was whole.

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