NBD: Pawn Shop FrankenFender ! LOTS of pics !

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

  1. Sixty Grit

    Sixty Grit Guest

    Jun 4, 2015
    The volume and tone knobs look like the came from a 1960's radio!
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  2. Ophiothrix


    Aug 4, 2016
    Now that I think about it, assuming that's a legit vintage pickguard as we suspect, I do wonder about the chain of logic that resulted it being mounted on someone's beater parts bass... Those things don't exactly grow on trees.
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  3. Spirit of Ox

    Spirit of Ox Supporting Member

    Feb 2, 2012
    Chelsea Mass
    I use a fine nail file to get rust of pole pieces.
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  4. pudge


    Sep 13, 2008
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  5. danosix


    May 30, 2012
    I agree, I'm not much of a black guitar/bass buy, but something about a black PBass or strat with a white pickguard and years of road wear that just screams "player".
    Probably influenced by blacky, but Eric's certainly not the only one.
  6. I agree with danosix on the white pickguard. I'm not a huge fan of a new white pickguard, but an older, yellowed one on a dinged-up black body looks pretty great.
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  7. nerkoids


    Jan 3, 2014
    Stick with the tort.
  8. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    I used a small file as well. Got it mostly cleaned up.
  9. alack


    Nov 20, 2000
    Blackmore's Strat on the cover of "Made in Japan." Gilmore and Waters before they switched their matching Strat and P Bass with black guards. Stanley Sheldon's fretless P on the inside cover of "Frampton Comes Alive." There are more I'm sure.
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  10. Thwack


    Oct 5, 2010
    fret erasers work great for this.
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  11. AltGrendel

    AltGrendel Squire Jag SS fan.

    May 21, 2009
    Mid-Atlantic USA.
    How about Mother-of-Toilet_Seat white for the pickguard.
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  12. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX

    I like mother of toilet seat on white or silver basses, especially with blocked and bound necks....not so much a fan of them on black though.
  13. Wiegraf


    Aug 27, 2013
    New York, NY
    sweet garbage can bass man

    whats NBD btw, no big deal?
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  14. Gord_oh

    Gord_oh Midtown Guitars: Ulyate Pickups & StringJoy Supporting Member

    Oct 4, 2008
    leave it alone and rock it.
    that is cool AF!
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  15. Dark Horse

    Dark Horse Supporting Member

    Jul 31, 2008
    Austin, TX


    New Bass Day
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  16. HeavyJazz

    HeavyJazz Supporting Member

    Jan 26, 2013
    Ooo nice. P-Grizzler... Buy yourself some flats and have at it. Be sure your tetanus injections are up to date though.
  17. Axstar

    Axstar Inactive

    Jul 8, 2016
    It could have been removed in the '70s, when brass replacement pickguards were in fashion. I've gone into local guitar shops and found they have a cache of weird non-standard parts. 5-way Strat switches that came off something in the '80s, or just weird import parts you've never seen before and never will again. before I discovered the (relative) joy of Ebay I was starting to find I had lots of parts I simply couldn't account for. I had enough Strat tremolo springs for about ten Strats... no idea how I got half of them.

    Before e-commerce it might simply have been a case of some guy going into their local shop and asking about bass pickguards, and the guy behind the counter simply had a ream of random pickguards including this one here.
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  18. LarryG


    Oct 30, 2001
    Malak -- Just fell in love with that blue PJ bass!

  19. troy mcclure

    troy mcclure Supporting Member

    Mar 5, 2007
    Central Florida
    Congrats, looks like you bought yourself a project...lol You are a braver man than I ...
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  20. LarryG


    Oct 30, 2001
    Dark -- Think you're doin' a fab job on this "beaver bass"!

    Whether you use the original or a pre-fab, a tort guard on that black beauty would kill, IMO.

    Thanks for posting all this.

    Sure wish some of you talented crafts-guys were nearby. Got a 1990 Fender Jazz that I'd love to have spiffed up a bit.

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