Frankenstein Bass Builders Club.

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

  1. Webtroll

    Webtroll Rolling for initiative

    Apr 23, 2006
    Austin, TX

    MIK Jazz Bass routed for 2 long J pickups, extra routing in rear for future expansion in control area
    Warmoth wenge/wenge Jazz neck, no fingerboard dots
    Hipshot 3/8 Ultralights
    Uncured bone nut
    MEC active pickups
    Passive Vol/Bal/Tone 25k pots
    Squier bridge with saddles from a Fender American Deluxe Bass
    Original knobs drilled out for larger shafts

    May replace bridge plate and install string ferrules. May install a piezo system. May install a MIDI pickup. I bought a used Kahler tremolo but the saddles aren't reversed so it would hang over the rear of the bass, so that idea was a wash. Prolly going to get a 3/8 Hipshot D-tuner. Considering a MM pickup between the MECs, may install a separate control set for it with an separate output. Thinking of getting the TX Rollergirls "Texecutie" image printed onto the pickguard (thus naming the bass as well). I had a decal made "Fender Frankenbass" but it's not really a Fender (tho it does have Fender and Fender licensed parts). Now I'm thinking of getting a Franken Jazz Bass or Squier Frankenbass decal made (not much of the original Squire is left either). It still has a little more work to go before I have it professionally setup, I'm even considering a Plek treatment. Thinking of having the headstock painted to match the body.
  2. Obese Chess

    Obese Chess Spicy Big Dad Supporting Member

    Sep 4, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I realize it's an old post, but what does this tone cap do? Like, what's the appeal?
  3. Scott Roc

    Scott Roc

    Sep 26, 2008
    Brooklyn baby!
    This thing is nasty.
    Had an old tiny Kay, and parts left over from a Squire P.
    Pardon its two strings, didn't have a full set when the pics were taken.

    The materials

    Drilled for Squire bridge

    Begining routing for pups

    Pups and neck pocket routed



    An afternoon well spent
  4. Pups and neck pocket routed

    I know the thread is "Frankenstein basses", but what kind of router did you use - the Wolfman?:eyebrow:
  5. budget bassist

    budget bassist

    Jan 4, 2009


    Musicman SUB bass body, basslines bridge pickup, status neck pickup, OLP neck, tuners and controls, no name bridge off ebay. Musicman bongo preamp soon to go in, total cost? A little over £200. Sound? Awesome! :D
  6. madmachinist


    Dec 28, 2008
    looks like this was done in former soviet union ....
    hammer and sickle style
  7. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Here's a couple of my other Frankies:

    "Squender Mustonco" Squier Bronco body, Fender Mustang RI neck, Squier Musicmaster 4 saddle bridge, EMG Strat pickup, Hipshot Ultralights, flats and Contact Paper covering for the pickguard:


    "The Dano Dano Never Made" using RI Dano components, a Convertible Guitar body wtih a Longhorn neck and bridge, Labella nylon tapes, no controls. I glued 3 small wood blocks to take the mounting screws for the Longhorn Pro bridge:

  8. Fenderblue18


    Jul 21, 2008
    warwick RI
    The body was MIM. Replaced stock pups with Dimarzio 'Will Power' pups. (passive) Recently replaced the neck CIJ.(57 reissue) Also, if you look close the saddles are a bit crooked.One of the stock saddles threads stripped. So I had to swipe these off an old 'piece o crap' bass I had from my younger days. So they dont fit exactly right. But it still sounds pretty good so I never bothered to fix them. Here are some before and after shots.
    Mexican body
    Japanese neck
    British strings (Rotosounds)
    But at least its got an American flag on it!!!

    Attached Files:

  9. MascisMan

    MascisMan Supporting Member

    Nov 21, 2003
    Dallas, Tx
    Not sure if mine counts or not.

    Its a Warmoth mahogany SG body, maple Dolan neck with black blocks, Fralin bassbuckers, RS Electronics vintage wiring kit (for jazz bass), Schaller bridge, and Hipshot tuners.

    I actually got the body raw and finished it myself.

    Attached Files:

  10. i love that PG!

    more importantly, how does this thing sound?

    here's mine:


    neck came from Rondo for about $45, body was one of those $50 chinese basses from ebay. had the dimarzios, ashtray (missing from pic), and tugbar to put on. wasnt sure if a gold PG would fit or if id even like it, so i made one with cardboard and krylon. i dig it. it thumps and zings with the best of 'em!
  11. Scott Roc

    Scott Roc

    Sep 26, 2008
    Brooklyn baby!
    it's got kind of a rubbery low end, very elastic, with rattly punch mids and highs

    routed with this med-evil powerdrill asp, the only 5 bucks I spent on this project.

  12. budget bassist

    budget bassist

    Jan 4, 2009
    FWIW, i hate rotosounds, and i'm british, ernie ball all the way ;)
  13. 51 Kung fu Fretless
    Turser basswood body & pu with most of the yellow tinted poly sanded to a more natural color and satin sheen
    Handcut black pickguard
    SX vintage fretless neck & High mass bridge strung thru body
    DR High beam flats
    Just put together and its a winner.
  14. elvenkind


    Mar 20, 2010
    how did you wire your MEC pickups in your bass.. i want to do the same thing.
  15. Darknut


    Apr 4, 2009
    What is that body made out of???!

    I have a cheap Squire Affinity P bass & the body is some sort of goo that was poured in a mold .... but it doesn't look like that!
  16. ct.colela


    May 7, 2010
    Sorry my english I'm using google translator
    Hello everyone this is a development project that you will allways find five bass sounds in a single instrument
    I'll show you a picture of one I made recently
    This bass is a jazz bass comun, plus can ride on any instrument since it has a good construction
    the project is an instrument with four pickups tops with a five selector positions
    each position corresponds to a sound of an instrument,,,, examples
    pick = 1 jazz bass
    pick two precision tele =
    pick 3 = Sound jaco herd already preset
    pick 4 =Music Man
    Pick 5 = sound found in combinations of caps


    This is the sound of the first sound of jazz bass pick

    This is the sound of precision tele

    This sound style jaco

    This is the sound of music man

    This in my opinion is the coolest of all tones

    This low I did for a musician Victor Colmenero
    all lines are engraved above the low own
    and the guy who recorded the lines was the owner himself victor Colmenero

    This is my bass a Kubicki
    with the same characteristics

  17. Great job, i'm keen on specific pickup set.

    Love these root route. I plan a cheapo precision PH version for 2013 as my good resolution.

    Waiting mine, any frankensteiner in the house ? :hyper:
  18. Lorbass


    Oct 16, 2011
    Cologne, Germany
    Never seen this cool topic before!

    I finished my Frankenprecision yesterday.
    1985 Tokai Precision from alder, with Squier VM Jaguar neck and Seymour Duncan pickups. Vintage-style bridge and tuners and vintage perloid pickguard.
    It's got master volume, bridge volume and master tone.
    Today i'll play it first time in my band. :bassist:

    Attached Files:

  19. Mark4


    Oct 21, 2007

    - Allparts neck, finished in Reranch clear gloss nitro.
    - CTS pots.
    - Custom rosewood tugbar found on eBay.
    - Fender Highway One body, wet sanded and polished to a gloss.
    - Fender vintage reverse-wound tuning machines.
    - Fender Custom Shop '60s pickups.
    - Various other Fender hardware, including a 3-ply parchment pickguard.

    Rather than modding an existing bass, the components for this one were purchased separately.
  20. im2jazzc4you


    Oct 29, 2010


    Bartolini PJ Pickups Custom ex Fodera
    Bartolini NTMB 3 Band preamps
    Badass II Bridge
    Ash Body
    One Piece Maple Neck