show off your frankenbasses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by FiveStringsNme, Jan 14, 2009.

  1. FiveStringsNme

    FiveStringsNme Guest

    Sep 27, 2002
    Suffolk County, NY
    let's see what creations you've conceived, made possible, or want to make possible. What'd you do exactly? what did you start with? after everything, how much did it cost for you to get it all together?
  2. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    1st project
    I cut the body out, had a local guy do the rest- spent about $1500 in vintage parts & labor



    Next was an EBO project bass I added a pickup & varitone and refinnined it. Spent about $400 total.

    Blueshawk bass. I used a donated Ripper neck and built the body & finished it myself. Payed to have it wired & refretted though. Cost about $600 + in the end
    Photochop I did first
    bought plans for the guitar, modified them for a bass
    Made the body and set the ripper neck I removed
    had lots of crazy contours not in the plans, plus a Dummy pickup mounted in the rear
    dyed it
  3. FiveStringsNme

    FiveStringsNme Guest

    Sep 27, 2002
    Suffolk County, NY
    good stuff man... I like what I see.
  4. troyus


    Apr 9, 2008
    San Diego, CA.
    BArkless dog, those are badass!
  5. jhan

    jhan Guest

  6. Definately up a notch from parts-bass assembly, especially the "Blueshawk".
    Awesome body, finish and binding.
  7. TBird1958

    TBird1958 As a matter of fact....I am your Queen! Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 13, 2008
    Seattle Washington
    Endorsing Artist Mike Lull T Bass pickups
    Compared to John's ..........mine's a simple "Fenderbird"
    made from Epiphone and Eden parts....Plus an Allparts 3 point.


    This shows a dent in the pick up cover that happened when it fell off its stand during a show :(
    The new part is already in house tho............
  8. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    A recent one:

    Squender Mustonco: Squier Bronco body, covered Bronco pickguard, EMG Stat pickup, Mustang neck, Hipshot Ultralight tuners, Squier Musicmaster 4 saddle bridge...

  9. lowtide

    lowtide Commercial User

    Oct 14, 2006
    Bradenton, Florida
    Owner: Buzzard's Bass Shop
    Squier Fretless Jazz Neck on a Johnson Jazz Body

    May not seem like much of a stretch but it took quite a bit to make it work and look "normal".

  10. Ric5

    Ric5 Inactive

    Jan 29, 2008
    I like 5, 8, 10, and 12 string basses







  11. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    I wanted a Modulus-necked P bass but couldn't find one. So I picked up VJ and cannibalized the neck. Sold the VJ body on Ebay and bought a MIJ Fender body, Fralins, and miscellaneous other parts and slapped together this Modulus VP (Vintage Precision) :D

  12. Benjamin Strange

    Benjamin Strange Commercial User

    Dec 25, 2002
    New Orleans, LA
    Owner / Tech: Strange Guitarworks
    This has been done before, but what the hell - The Strangeberger™:


    Only original parts left are the body and the bridge.
  13. FiveStringsNme

    FiveStringsNme Guest

    Sep 27, 2002
    Suffolk County, NY
    that strangeberger is sick!
  14. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Funny but my favorite is the Van Halen basses!
    Love your non reverse bird as well
  15. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007

    That is amazing!
  16. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Thanks, the back contours are really complex because the body tapers to the neck heel, then there is a tummy contour that the lowest point is not in the center of the contour. I have a friend who owns the guitar and had him send me shots of it. i had to be careful not to go too low into the chambered body, plus not interfere with the rear Dummy cavity. I used my neighbor's big hand held belt sander, I clamped the body to a bench on our deck and went at it. Worked great


    His guitar

    The hardest part was figuring out the really complicated switch. The switch has two wafers with three positions of nine contacts in each position that overlap with other positions



    From an interview with the designer of the switching system-
    I made pickup rings from ABS to the same size as Soapbar pickups.
    Bought the new/ old stock Bill Lawrence Gibson G-3 pickups from GreatDealz / Ebay, had Lindy Fralin Demagnetize one for the dummy.

    A wonderful friend gave me the Ripper Husk when I went on a family vacation to London. I hand carried it back.

    The Bass is great, it works wonderfully with effects and the Kahler due to the Single coils and the Big D Varitone. Produces a very clean horn like sound with effects.
  17. bass'n it

    bass'n it

    Oct 3, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Heyyyyyyyyy. nice job on that bass !! brought it to life once again...."ITS ALIVE.....ITS ALIVE" !!!:cool:

  18. FiveStringsNme

    FiveStringsNme Guest

    Sep 27, 2002
    Suffolk County, NY
    keep 'em coming, there's some really cool stuff out here!
  19. mjolnir

    mjolnir Thor's Hammer 2.1.3beta

    Jun 15, 2006
    Houston, TX

  20. mongo2


    Feb 17, 2008
    Da Shaw
    Another one of mine:

    Paulownia body, 1 Bartolini pickup, Fender RI Jazz neck, pickguard, bridge, and control plate, Hipshot Ultralight tuners, '70s Fender neckplate.