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Frankenbass

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Copycat, Jun 19, 2001.


  1. Copycat

    Copycat Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    I was gonna call it Frankensteinberger, but I resisted the temptation. Anyway, let's say you had to piece together one bass from parts of all basses currently available. This neck. Those pickups. That body. This onboard preamp. On and on, down to the nut, if you want to be that picayune. Let's say further that you cannot, by rule of law, play a bass that doesn't mix and match components and that it is also decreed that you can only own and play one bass. What would it be made (So you can't respond by saying, "I love my (insert favorite bass here); that's what I'd play. Wouldn't change a thing." Uh-uh. Can't do that. So. What would your creation look like before you zapped it with electricity and brought it to life?
     
  2. Copycat

    Copycat Supporting Member

    Nov 14, 2000
    Pittsburgh, PA, USA
    Sorry. That sentence in the middle should have read, "what would it be made OF." Even confused myself for a sec.
     
  3. Nino Valenti

    Nino Valenti Commercial User

    Feb 2, 2001
    Staten Island NYC
    Builder: Valenti Basses
    I would like to have a Spector/Sadowsky mix. The Spec's would be something like this:

    24 fret Maple neck & fret board w/Abalone crown inlays.
    Spector headstock
    Downsized ash Sadowsky J body w/quilted maple top & the NS countour.
    Sadowsky onboard pre-amp w/EMG 40 J p/u's
    Spector high mass bridge.
     
  4. NJXT

    NJXT

    Jan 9, 2001
    Lyon, FRANCE
    A soundgear shaped body
    A JB style neck
    A MusicMan headstock
    Barts JB style pup + Soapbar
    A great preamp (that I have to meet yet)
     
  5. 20 fret P-bass neck, with matching headstock and those silly elephant tuners

    Jazz + MM humbucker

    Blue or red P bass body

    White pickguard

    Passive electronics. (Is it possible with a MM type humbucker?)

    3 way selector switch

    Vol Vol Tone Tone on a control plate with stratocaster type jack

    One of those Grotoh bridges

    Medium-large frets
     
  6. 5 String
    Ibanez BTB headstock
    Spector US body
    MM 5 string neck
    MM Bridge pup, EMG neck soapbar
    3 way selector switch
    3 band EQ - EMG
    Vol, Balance, Bass, Mid, Treble
    Walnut body
    Birdseye maple top - Emerald Green burst
    Maple/Purpleheart/Wenge/Purpleheart/Maple neck(Purpleheart in 1mm strips)
    Neutrik Locking jack(side mounted)
    Dunlop straplocks

    That's about it.
     
  7. 5 string.. Spector style ash body with quilt maple top.. some sort of green stain

    the body would have a small sort of depression carved out just just between the lower horn and the neck.. I played a yamaha with something like this and it was nice for slap and pop.. this would be sort of a valley, and not a cutaway like on the yamaha

    through-neck made out of Wenge with an ebony board with the same dimensions and frets as a Spector (I guess that is sort've cheating because this is a combination of Spector and Warwick and not an actual existing part.. but it's my bass!)

    2 EMG CS pickups with an Aguilar preamp, Spector piezo bridge

    ultralite tuners, all gold hardware, no inlays on the fretboard, just sidedots

    oh yea... and a Zvex Wooly Mammoth built into it.. for when I really need to go over the top!
     
  8. agyeman

    agyeman Member

    Mar 6, 2001
    Fender Jaguar Body. Transparent Blue, with white pearl pickguard.

    Musicman Humbucker at the bridge. 3 band active eq.

    34" 20 fret rosewood neck with musicman head stock.
     
  9. Well, I like the American Fender Jazz Deluxe a lot, but I'd also want a P pickup on it, maybe it could fit between the others like a Stu Hamm Urge II. Wait, that just leaves me with a Stu Hamm Urge II with a Jazz Bass body and stuff. Hmm. Oh well, there's no way I could do it anyway, I'd need different basses just to have different strings, rounds on one, flats on another.
     
  10. David-Adler

    David-Adler

    Feb 28, 2001
    Bonn, Germany
    5-String
    Tobias Classic (Pre Gibson) Body Shape
    Old Tobias Headstock
    Carved Body (NS Style)
    Spector Piezo Bridge
    Neck P/UP: Sadowsky SingleCoil(exact J-Bass location)
    Middle P/UP: Seymour Duncan MM Style(exact MM Location)
    Bridge P/UO: Sadowsky SingleCoil(exact J-Bass Location)
    JB-Style Neck
    Ash Body
    AAAAAAA Quilt Maple Top with Spector "Tobacco Sunburst Finish)
    Maple Neck with 1 Rosewood Stripe and Rosewood Headstock Overlay.
    Ebony Fingerboard /w Spector Abalone Crown Inlays
    Hipshot Tuners
    Dunlop Straplock
    Neutrik Locking Strap Button


    David
     
  11. cole

    cole

    Sep 14, 2000
    Maryland
    and now, to chime in with the obligatory smart-aleck comment: shouldn't that be Frankenstein's Bass, as Frankenstein was the doctor, not the monster?
     
  12. Luis Fabara

    Luis Fabara

    Aug 13, 2000
    Ecuador (South America)
    Audio Pro - Ecuador
    UHmm..
    I would first think of a body desing that represents my feelings when playing bass.
    Then I would add a "Spector Like" curvature on that design..
    Now.. a bent Hipshot "A" Bridge to contour the body.
    Ohh.. its gotta be neck trough.. something like a Warwick, and then combinate it with something like Mahogany or Zebrawood for a big Lowmidrange sound..
    Oh.. I now I thing of having a set of electronics from Bartolini 18V.. 3 Band.. Active Passive..
    UHm... nice.. Lets make it 6 Stringed.. Now for the body woods I think Zebrawood would be nice and savage.. and the tone would be great.. For the back maybe Mahogany or Swamp Ash..
    Bart Pickups.. and a lot of switches to play with...
    So.. lets add this to that.. a bit of blood there... some brains..

    Upps.. I already have that!!!
    My custom Frakenbass.,.. the Omega Bass 6
    [​IMG]
     
  13. dgce

    dgce

    Jun 17, 2001
    Massachusetts, USA
    Jazz shaped highley figured swamp ash body with see-thru ebony stain.

    Five piece maple/walnut asymmetric neck with graphite reinforcement, bird's eye maple fingerboard. Tung oild finish on back of neck. Simple abolone dots fret markers.

    Five string bass with 3x2 set up simular to G&L head stock with straight string aligment to tunners and tilt back headstock (no string trees). Graphite nut. Hipshot light tunners in black. Headstock capped with stained ash veneer to match body.

    String thru body. Hip shot bridge-black.

    Bartolini pickups - 2 MM humbuckers (mid & bridge positions). 2 mini switches to split the coils, 1 vol, 1 blend, 3 tone controls (treb, mid-sweepable, bass). Vol can pull up for passive. Hardware-black.

    Strap locks (black), input jack on side, pop-up battery compartment on back, cavity is bass fully sheilded.

    Not sure about strings yet. Must be round wound.

    Hmmm....did I forget anything?

    Ron
     
  14. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    Hmn...FrankenBass you say?

    4-5-6 string, whatever I feel like!:)
    Modulus Carbon Fiber Neck
    Hipshot Ultralite Tuners (all in the 2+2 style, not in a row)
    Hanewinckel Fusion Body
    Crimson Red over Flame Maple
    Two Bart Soaps (Type/model depends on the # of strings)
    ABM Bridge
    Aguilar Onboard Pre-Amp
    Bart HR- 5.3 harness
    18v
    Active/Passive
     
  15. Amokoma

    Amokoma

    Feb 4, 2007
    Norway
    I've always wanted to see a Gibson RD Artist body with a Rickenbacker neck. :rolleyes:
     
  16. Brendan

    Brendan

    Jun 18, 2000
    Austin, TX
    A little over six years. Hell of a bump. Also, I apparently used smilies six years ago.

    And, except for the electronics, I can still stand by that choice six years later. Not bad.
     
  17. deathofbalance

    deathofbalance

    Jul 11, 2006
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    I took it a step further and used my meager photoshop skills for this one.

    BC Rich Zombie 5 body

    Ibanez Soundgear neck

    Lefty Gibson Thunderbird 5-in-line headstock

    Bongo 5 Humbucker in bridge position

    Bongo 5 HS Electronics
     
  18. Bo_H

    Bo_H

    Jul 2, 2004
    Mine would be simple. I would take my T40 pickups and put them in my Spector Legend. That is, if I HAD to.

    Bo
     
  19. Hmmm...let's give this a shot

    A fender J-style neck with the T-bass headstock made out of maple with a rosewood fingerboard, Pearl block inlays. Satin finish

    50's p-bass body with belly contour, made out of chambered mahogany, single coil p-bass pickup. Two-tone sunburst

    Time to get warmoth on the phone
     
  20. BassikLee

    BassikLee Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 13, 2004
    Deltona, FL
    Owner: Brevard Sound Systems
    Sound like the 5str I am building..... Moses graphite MM/G&L replacement neck. Swamp Ash J azz type body, rear routed. Spector bridge. G&L Pickups, and prolly hipshot tuners.