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Frankenstein Bass Builders Club.

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by KAOSBass, Jul 8, 2008.

  1. KAOSBass


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    :D Haven't posted in a while, and just ordered the finishing touches on my new frankenstein Jazz Bass.


    Warmoth J-Neck Maple/Maple
    Fender MIM J-body
    Fender Noiseless J-set (buying from a forumite)
    Custom HBE 3 band active preamp or Stingray preamp, (undecided which will go into it yet.)
    Black pearloid pickguard, Black control plate. (on order)
    Fender hardware (for now)

    Here is a pic of it from a while back when I first started messing with it, I'll post better pics when she's all finished.


    Now lets see yours.......
  2. GeneralElectric


    Dec 26, 2007
    NY, NY
    Isn't that just a parts bass? I thought a Frankenstein was a bass made from parts of previous basses (Precision bass body, with a neck yanked from a Fender Jazz, and the guts unloaded from a G&L 1000)
  3. KAOSBass


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    More or less....... I had to go with a Warmoth neck, cause I didn't have access to another neck, everything else is bastardized from something else.
  4. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Around here a Frankenbass is made up of sundry collected parts no matter what the source and a "Parter" is specifically made up of a single maker's parts such as all Fender parts.

    Parters also have a somewhat nefarious connotation 'round here when made of "vintage components" in that they are often seen as an attempt to pass off an instrument built up of components from several different basses (or even periods of construction) to give the impression of a factory built instrument.

    However, the terms seem to be very interchangeable.
  5. KAOSBass


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    ok.... "designations" aside.

    Lets' see some bass built with new/used parts.

    hows that? :D
  6. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Fender MIM Body,
    Mighty Mite Neck,
    OBL Bill Lawrence Pickups,
    Kahler Bass Trem,
    StewMac Adjustable Tension Tuners,
    StewMac Pearl Top Black Control Knobs,
    StewMac Roller String Tree,
    Some random electronics(can't remember from where I got them),
  7. KAOSBass


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    COOL!!! I like that. Hows that Kahler? I was thinking about one of those for mine as well. worth it, or just primarily to toy around with?
  8. Lizooki


    Feb 24, 2008


    I bought it as a pile of parts. Someone else's unfinished project.
    It was in 3 pieces and had a ziplock baggie full of smallparts w/ it.

    "Walnut" Body - Probably homemade, walnut veneer on poplar (?).
    32" scale neck - 21 fret, de-fretted - Arrowhead shaped stamp
    where it fit in the pocket
    1 Humbucker - had 2...but only 1 coil in each housing.
    Allparts pots - the original wiring was undecipherable, I started
    over from scratch.
    Chrome knobs - I put black knobs on my black pbass a long time ago.
    bone nut - plastic one was broken
    bridge - ??? , smallest bass bridge I've ever seen

    Still a work in progress.

  9. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    It's great, stays in tune perfectly, take's longer to get into tune if you take all your strings off to put on a new set though.

    As for worth it, it cost me around 100euros, definatly worth it to me, but it is not something thats really gonna be abused, I use it every day when practicin' but in a band situation, I would guess it would get just a little use, depends on what kind of bassist you are really. I like to pitch shift powerchords with it, or bend harmonics.
  10. Herrlster


    Oct 27, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    Its not finished yet, I gotta wait and sort out the mess the post office made with my money order (they lost it). All it needs now are the tuners.



    Squier body refinished
    SX lefty neck
    SD Basslines 1/4er pickups
    Badass bridge
    JD straplocks
    Black knobs, pickguard, string tree, jackplate

    Hopefully in the next month or so I'll get my Hipshot Xtender and Ultralites.
  11. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Will an Xtender work on the other side of the headstock?
  12. Herrlster


    Oct 27, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    Yep, I discussed this with Hipshot already. I just need to get an Xtender with a raised lever.
  13. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Cool, I actually love the look of a lefty neck on a righty bass, and with no loss of function, even better!
  14. My latest ...


    SX SPJ62 FR for the body.

    SX White Pearloid 'guard.

    Mighty Mite neck.

    DiMarzio DP126 pickups.

    Wilkinson Black tuners.

    Black aftermarket bridge ... I call it a FatAss.

    Black 'guard screws.

    Black Tree.

    Black Oversize 'buttons.

    Black HipShot O-Ring knobs.

    Orange Drop 0.1uf Tone Cap ... you know, the one the size of a Chapstik.

    '66 - '68 P-Bass decal.

    Super Slinky's.

    This thing sounds HUGE !!!
    cair26 and Squittolo like this.
  15. KAOSBass


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    That looks good too, did you have any trouble fitting the MM neck to the SX body? just curious, I have an old SX P body here, I may build up next......
  16. eots


    Dec 18, 2004
    Morris, IL.
    SX lefty neck
    p/j body via ebay.plywood verneer and heavy
    carvin j /SD 1/4lb'er P pups
    series/ parallel pull up pot.
    custom paint by me ala. rustoleum
  17. It slid right in.

    The SX corner radii are are smaller than Fender-spec, but not enough to be a problem. Width / depth were fine.
  18. KAOSBass


    Mar 10, 2005
    Amarillo Texas
    Cool, good to know..... time to go shopping. :)
  19. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Here's one of my Frankensteins:


    PV Gbass neck (35" scale)
    Hipshot Ultralight Tuners
    USACG P body
    Fender '62 RI pickguard
    Fender threaded saddle RI bridge
    '72 Fender pickups and controls/knobs

    No neckplate, just a couple of neck bolts...hence it's classification as a "Frankenstein" :) :

  20. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Is that a Burns, or at least the neck?