NBD: Pawn Shop FrankenFender ! LOTS of pics !

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by Dark Horse, May 30, 2017.


  1. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    *****CLEANED UP AND REBUILT BASS
    CAN BE SEEN ON PAGE 5*****


    Just picked this up in a local pawn shop ...I talked them down to $150 out the door, with a 7 day warranty. Obviously a parts bass, and it's been rode hard and put away wet, but let's check out the parts ....

    *Fender MIM Standard Jazz neck
    *Duncan Quarter Pound pickups
    *Unknown body
    *Check out the pickguard...it's busted at the tip, but it looks like a 60s Fender guard, has shrunk like a 60s guard, has the right bevel, and the right pickup cover and thumbrest holes ....hmmm....


    So I'm taking it apart and rehabbing it. Clean up, adjust, see how it sounds. It's nice and lightweight, and looks great. It plays great even without tweaking, so hopefully the truss rod is in good wiring shape . Needs a new nut, a tuner ferrule, I'll replace the bridge and strap buttons, probably new knobs as well. That and a cleanup and setup, should be good !

    Here are some pics ....I'm gonna go take it apart and rebuild it now ! I'll post some "after" pics as well ....

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  2. shawshank72

    shawshank72

    Mar 22, 2009
    Canada
    That is rode hard, wow.
    Neglected more like it.
    Make it worthy!
     
  3. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Clearly the "luthier" that performed the mods was actually an angry beaver !!!


    I have no idea why this was done, since there are clear wiring channels. The only thing I can think of is maybe someone tried to put EMG pickups in here at one time and needed to clear some space for a battery.


    IMG_8330.JPG IMG_8332.JPG



    It had vintage routes originally, and also clearly had a standard fender five screw bridge. IMG_8329.JPG

    The bridge that was on the basS when I got it only had three screws across the back.



    Here is the neck pocket marking ....


    IMG_8328.JPG

    Clearly They saved that when it was refinished. I "think" the stamp is from an 80's fender reissue, but it's unclear, so hard to tell .... thoughts ?



    As far as the pick ups, have not tested them, but they definitely have seen some wear .... IMG_8333.JPG




    As far as the neck, everything looks good. Surprisingly little fretwear, and the truss rod works perfectly. I just need to clean it up, replace the nut, and it should be just fine.
     
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  4. dtripoli

    dtripoli

    Aug 15, 2010
    CA
    I'd say you got deal.
    Curious why the previous owner would put a "Jimmy John's" sticker on the back of the neck?
    Maybe they believed there was no money above the 12th fret so it would never get in the way.
     
  5. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Exactly !!!
    Play too much about the 12th fret and you won't make enough money to buy Jimmy John's! He was probably just trying to inspire himself to make money!
     
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  6. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    good news .. the pickups work !

    That means that the wiring or pots were faulty

    IMG_8335.JPG
     
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  7. Mark76

    Mark76

    Dec 1, 2015
    Leicester
    Had it been stored underwater?
     
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  8. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    A little cleaning, polishing and lemon oil helps.

    Before

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    After

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  9. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Ha !!! Almost seems it !
     
  10. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    Man how can that even happen ? It' s like it was left out in the weather somewhere.
    '
     
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  11. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Probably was played for a long time, not cleaned , and then tucked away and forgotten.
     
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  12. RED J

    RED J Lol

    Jan 23, 2000
    I bought a Peavey one time that looked liked somebody had played it last time eating a melted ice cream sandwich. Then hung on hook in a wood shop. It cleaned up nice, but this takes it. Well , except for maybe the decomposing Mustang a while back. Looks like a fun project.
     
  13. Malak the Mad

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

    Neat project! I'm looking forward to seeing the final outcome. :thumbsup:
     
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  14. KokaKola

    KokaKola

    Jan 21, 2015
    Kalamazoo MI
    Oh man. I love it. I had similar knobs on my Precision at one point. Great find!
     
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  15. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    Cleaned up the pickups ave got some of the rust off the polepieces....nowhere near perfect, but much better and "functional"....


    Before and after ....

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  16. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX
    While I figure out what to do about the badass tort guard that came on it, I'm thinking about rebuilding it with either an aged white guard or a black guard. Both look cool, and I enjoyed both locks. Still figuring out which one I want to go with.

    IMG_8340.JPG IMG_8341.JPG
     
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  17. Rabidhamster

    Rabidhamster

    Jan 15, 2014
    keep that pick guard screwed down to some wood or it'll shrink too much to be used again. maybe drill pilot holes those t things break easy

    Great score man, that pick guard is awesome, and the bass isn't bad either.
     
  18. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    Yep, it's gonna get locked down tonight . I'll graft a piece of guard onto it later.
     
  19. ThinCrappyTone

    ThinCrappyTone Guest

    Oct 1, 2011
    That's period-correct rust. I would leave it! :D
     
  20. Korladis

    Korladis Inactive

    Has Rickenbacker knobs for some reason.
     
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