NBD: Sandblasted Fretless Frankenfender

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by ariwax, Mar 15, 2016.

  1. ariwax

    ariwax Insonating the acoustic window Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    image.jpeg image.jpeg Here's something you don't see every day.

    Take a Fender sandblasted P in Crimson Red, jettison the neck and electronics, add a new wenge/wenge Warmoth tele neck (looks like it's carved out of chocolate), chrome Schallers, copper foil shielding, a brand new EMG Geezer pup with harness, new pickguard, and a set of TI Jazz Flats... you get something that sounds eerily like an upright bass. (Even more than my Warwick Triumph EUB - wasn't expecting that.)

    Thick warm tone and articulate mids, with blooming mwah for days. My Ampeg PF-50T makes it sound like a living thing. Plays like butter. And surprisingly, it loves pedals! I plugged into a Chunk Brown Dog set to a crunchy synth fuzz, into an EBS Clarke Wah, and it made me lose all sense of time for about twenty minutes... I think. I love this thing. Worth the four-week wait for the neck.

    I may swap out the bent-metal bridge for a Fender HMV, and drop in some Strap-Loks, but otherwise it looks like I've created a monster!
     
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  2. WhoSeyes

    WhoSeyes

    Aug 18, 2008
    Barcelona.
    SO IN LOVE WITH THIS BASS!


    Post picutres of the behinds of this beauty please!!!
     
  3. ariwax

    ariwax Insonating the acoustic window Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    image.jpeg
    Ask and ye shall receive! And a closeup of the grain on the fingerboard, because wenge. image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg image.jpeg
     
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  4. 09wkd

    09wkd

    Jan 13, 2016
    I really wish they had more color options besides red and blue on those. I would love a green one with an ebony neck and black pg :)
     
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  5. Bodeanly

    Bodeanly

    Mar 20, 2015
    Chicago
    I'm not a fretless dude, but she sure is pretty.
     
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  6. Bufalo

    Bufalo Funk in the Trunk Supporting Member

    Jan 6, 2005
    Harrisburg, PA
    That is righteous. :thumbsup:
     
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  7. ariwax

    ariwax Insonating the acoustic window Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Also they only made them with maple fingerboards. Never understood that - both the red and blue look so awesome with a dark board.
     
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  8. Nev375

    Nev375

    Nov 2, 2010
    Missouri
    It's only a Tort guard away from being perfect,
     
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  9. ariwax

    ariwax Insonating the acoustic window Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I am definitely more comfortable on fretted necks, but there's something about a good fretless. I am more groove-oriented on a fretted, more melodic/vocal on a fretless.

    With my separation and impending divorce, I am downsizing my stable drastically, to a good fretted P (my Moollon), a good dual-J type (a golden age Warwick Thumb 4 NT) and this will be my fretless. I figure I may as well make it the way I want it, right?
     
  10. ariwax

    ariwax Insonating the acoustic window Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I hear you. I tried a tort guard, an aged white pearl, a vintage mint, a parchment, and this one. It's a P-bass after all, so I wanted to love the tort, but it was too dark - the white/black/white provided the best contrast to set everything off and show off the grain of the ash and the wenge. Also the tort didn't have holes for the pup cover. The white pearl was my second favorite. My GAS/OCD is strong - that's 13 screws, two pots and an output jack x 5 just to choose my favorite piece of plastic.
     
  11. jakelly

    jakelly

    Nov 8, 2009
    Very beautiful and impressive looking!
     
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  12. EdwardofHuncote

    EdwardofHuncote I Still Dream of Jeannie Supporting Member

    Aug 21, 2013
    That's a nice-looking bass. :thumbsup:
     
  13. Yeah. OH, YEAH. Beautiful! My wish list includes a fretless, natch, so this pic goes in the gallery for reference. Sound clips coming??

    :bassist::bassist:
     
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  14. Eilif

    Eilif Grooving under the MDW runway.

    Oct 1, 2001
    Chicago
    I've not given the sandblasted finishes much attention, but that red is kind of mesmerizing.
    Lovely.
     
  15. ariwax

    ariwax Insonating the acoustic window Supporting Member

    Apr 3, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    I should be able to throw some down tomorrow.
     
  16. Love it. Great looking sandblasted body and that neck is wicked nice.
     
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  17. charlie monroe

    charlie monroe Gold Supporting Member

    Feb 14, 2011
    Buffalo, NY
    +1

    BTW, you might have warned me it was 21 fret drool
     
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  18. Khronic

    Khronic Richard J. Naimish Inactive

    Oct 24, 2006
    Grand Junction, CO.
    I am a fretless guy and I love it. Great looking Bass. :thumbsup:
     
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  19. Five String

    Five String Supporting Member

    Unadulterated bass porn. NSFW. I hate you.
     
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  20. Man, she's a beauty! Nice work! :thumbsup:
     
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