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My First and probably only P-Bass (FRANKEN)

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by flea claypool, Apr 26, 2009.

  1. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    So, in a nutshell, i never have been one for P-basses... :bag:

    So one day out of the blue, my cousin rings me, offers me a 06 P bass (usa) for free... :bassist: came in the two tone colour sunburst and white pickguard had a badass 2 fitted (which i Loathe) and was generally not my cup of tea.. so i had a few euro's lying spare so i decided id make a small project out of her ;)

    Next i ordered hipshot tuners, thumbrest (not fitted yet) string retainer, Vintage bridge (which is FANTASTIC), copper shielding foil, assorted screws, neck plate and switch craft side jack from www.basspartsresources.com yet again another great crowd to deal with thou forgot my neck plate in the order :scowl: thou sent it out and had it within the week top marks to them :bassist::p one note which fkn psd me off was the allen key that came with the hipshot bridge was not the right size at all had to grind down a small flat head screw driver :spit::spit: FFS

    Next came the the Pickup, i decided to go on Delano as few have them and was always curious to there oversized magnets, ordered this from bestbassgear.com must say big shout out to Brian Ristola, Shipping was A1 :bassist::bassist:

    Ordered an all black no control hole pickguard from warmoth who's international shipping is also great, on a side note i also ordered a Jazz bass Pickguard routed for a P pickup (my next project) and the pickups are exactly the same distance from the neck as the P.. nice to know it retains the P position :bassist::bassist::hyper::hyper:

    Undecided what colour i was going for i was originally set on a bright orange, then i was gonna go for Kawasaki Green but eventually settled on Pastel/Baby Blue.. i rang around getting qoutes for her to be sprayed.. the only guitar worthy crowd were a place in england who i shall not name.. 2 small inperfections in the paint which i must take to him during the week to get sorted :) without any more blabbing this is my new toy :bassist::bassist:

    its plugged directly into the pickup by the way






    I call this pic "THE AFTERMATH" :smug:




    Cheers guys :bassist:
  2. lorenk


    Apr 8, 2008
    Bend, Oregon
    Thats one sweet lookin bass! :)

    How do you like the delano pup? I've been curious about 'em...
  3. christw

    christw Get low!

    May 11, 2008
    Dayton OH
    I want to be Tesla (tinkerer at Dayton Amp Co)
    I like the look! A lot! Any sound clips for those of us who were also curious about the Delanos? :D

    I'd probably try to find a way to hide/integrate a volume knob on it though. I couldn't deal without unless I had a volume pedal or something.

    This is making me rethink trading my MIM J off... there was a lot of potential.
  4. JulienJeff


    Mar 1, 2009
    I want the same ! :hyper:
  5. Dubadays


    Apr 4, 2009
    Yeah, I tried a deluxe p-bass, and even though it had a good tone, I felt WAY too limited in the sounds I could make. I could never justify spending that much money on something that could only work on a couple of the songs I play.
  6. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    Now that is just hawt!
  7. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    Soundclips i will try post in a few days! have no gear here! delano wise im just adjusting to the P's tone atm so its all new to me :) i only decided to put money into it cause i was getting it for free anyway! volume and tone never affected me. i only use volume on the one jazz i use all the time (j retro) so didnt bother me! this is my balls to the walls bass :)
  8. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    i know who to sell it too so ;)
  9. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    And I often pass through your county, so, it'd be easy to sort.;)

    *breaks penny jar*
  10. Rumblefisher


    Aug 22, 2007
    Astoria, NY
    Wow, that Pbass looks great! Delano makes really good pickups, should sound as good as it looks!
  11. Joey3313


    Nov 28, 2003
    If you ever get the wish to sell, I'd imagine finding a buyer wouldn't exactly be difficult here.

    That thing looks amazing.
  12. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    Thanks for the kind words :)

    im actually delighted with how it turned out! still finding it heck of alot harder to play then my jazzes but im getting there! the delano is really really nice too :bassist::bassist::bassist:
  13. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    Er.. pickup height anyone??
  14. Darkstrike

    Darkstrike Return Of The King!

    Sep 14, 2007
    3mm below the strings when fretted on the last fret for the bass coil.

    2mm for the treble coil.

    Adjust to taste from there.

    Thats how I do P pickups.
  15. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Now Fender's lawyers can send them a cease and desist letter.
  16. flea claypool

    flea claypool

    Jun 27, 2004
    id say he has some way out of it :smug:
  17. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Maybe not, he states on his site:

    "Please keep this site private. DO NOT post it on public forums, message boards, newsgroups, etc."

  18. Hi,

    I have seen this bass before but, I was wondering if you could post the pictures back up, this being the sexiest bass I have ever seen and would one day wish to own one exactly like that "Franken"

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