Frankenfenders

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by matty4string, Nov 25, 2016.


  1. matty4string

    matty4string Inactive

    May 11, 2016
    I have owned many fender products over the years. I have come to realize that all the fender products I own are no longer original. I have replaced the necks with maple necks. Some necks have rosewood with block inlays. I upgraded the tuners necks and pickups all with genuine fender products. I get a lot of satisfaction making my basses how I want them to be without custom shop cost. Anyone else have the frankenfender love.
     
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  2. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    Did something similar with a Cabronita. The CS version has a string thru bridge and TV Jones ThunderBlade, both of which I included. I did go beyond OEM Fender parts with Gotoh tuners which helps bring her in at a svelte 8 lbs, 3 oz. As you say the satisfaction of making it your own really appeals to me.
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  3. alack

    alack

    Nov 20, 2000
    Florida
    I used to. But now I've swung in the other direction wishing to keep things as original as possible. I don't even replace strap buttons anymore.
     
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  4. matty4string

    matty4string Inactive

    May 11, 2016
     
  5. matty4string

    matty4string Inactive

    May 11, 2016
    I try to only use genuine fender parts made by fender. A lot of the licensed stuff can be cheap but what is OEM fender parts ?
     
  6. 2saddleslab

    2saddleslab Supporting Member

    May 30, 2003
    Kentucky
    OEM is official equipment manufacture [hope I have that correct], just another term for genuine parts of a particular brand. I have no problem going off brand if the advantages are there.
     
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  7. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    Players better than any Fender I've ever touched (even Custom Shop), and only cost me $550.

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  8. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    5 string Precision-ish.

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  9. The only original parts on my Sq Jag Shorty are body, nut, neck, pickguard, neck plate and neck screws.
    The electronics are all custom as is the control plate. Tuners, bridge, pickups, pickup mounting are all non-OEM.
    Strings of course are not stock.
    Is that enough to call it a Frankensquier?
     

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  10. matty4string

    matty4string Inactive

    May 11, 2016
    What parts did you use ?
     
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  11. matty4string

    matty4string Inactive

    May 11, 2016
    What was used for this build?
     
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  12. mapleglo

    mapleglo Gold Supporting Member

    Sep 7, 2013
    phoenix, az
    I built the body from a couple of pieces of ash with walnut stringers, I used a Squier neck, Hipshot tuners and bridge, and a Lace Alumitone pickup.

    The build thread is here.
     
  13. Lammchop93

    Lammchop93 Supporting Member

    Feb 4, 2007
    Louisville, KY
    All parts body, cheap MIJ neck, emg GZR's, all parts hardware.
     
  14. Rapisme

    Rapisme Supporting Member

    Dec 5, 2007
    RAPISME
    Yep,
    Franken love here that's pretty much my main arsenal..

    Although I just recently got a MIM Jazz that I souped up with pups, tuners and bridge and I can't stop playing it..
     
  15. jaybones

    jaybones Inactive

    Mar 4, 2015
    Kelleys Island, Ohio
    none
    I've always heard that OEM means Original Equipment Manufacture.

    I rolled my own j bass. GFS royal pawlonia sunburst body (looks more like a red burst to me), Mighty Mite jazz neck, Fender WBW PG and misc HW. Now has 18V Bartolini pups.

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  18. Malak the Mad

    Malak the Mad Over the River and through the Looking Glass Supporting Member

    FrankenFenders? You betcha! :woot:

    This was a previous incarnation of my Fender Blacktop Jazz. At that time, it was sporting a neck from a Fender Classic '70s Jazz. Currently, it's wearing a Squier Classic Vibe Jazz neck. (…for the record, CV necks are effin' fabulous!)
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    A Fender-Japan "Foto-Flame" JB62 body, a Fender MIA bridge and yet another CV Jazz neck.
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    And the piece de resistanceProjekt Blue!
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    Among it's bits and pieces are…
    • Mighty Mite Jazz body
    • Aerodyne neck
    • American Standard bridge
    • MIJ Precision & Super 55 Jazz pickups
    • Hipshot Drop-D tuner
    • Allparts control plate
    • Elek-Trix/Santellan Sounds series/parallel wiring harness
    • Jockomo vinyl "inlay" stickers
    • …and a few other odd bits.
    The whole sordid tale of "how I did it" is on it's build-thread.
    Unveiling ~ Part Two: Projekt Blue II
     
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  19. grrg63

    grrg63

    Dec 14, 2005
    Pittsburgh
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  20. Birdbrain

    Birdbrain Supporting Member

    Parts bass: Deluxe Jazz body(MIM), Geddy Lee pups and hardware, BadAss II bridge, Squier VM neck. 20170228_122024.jpg 20170228_121952.jpg
     
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