The two flaws with my new Tony Franklin sig. fretless Precision

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by johnny_bolt, May 16, 2017.

  1. johnny_bolt


    Mar 28, 2017
    Like most people, I agree that the bass is pretty great. But that doesn't mean it's a 100% flawless package. So, skipping all the good stuff which has been described elsewhere, here are the problems with my brand new bass:

    * The bridge pickup wasn't actually screwed in. Yep, there are two screws in the ends, but they were just 'hanging' free, with the pickup up pretty high (and sounding good). But after changing strings, I needed to lower it a bit, and realized that I couldn't, because the four screws are too short. When I actually screw them in to the body just a tad, the PU is lowered a whole lot, (half centimeter?) and the PU is a lot quieter now. The PU volumes are way out of balance, and I have to adjust the amp volume when changing the selector position. I'm about to give the guitar a full setup, and I'll see how it is afterwards.

    * The case isn't useful for me. It's very cool at first blush — a pretty faithful rendition of a vintage Fender case. Great quality, etc. The problem is that it's heavy AF. Feels like it's about twice as heavy as the bass. Pretty much a real pain in the a** to carry around, especially with the plastic not-soft handle which digs into my hand. It's also so ornate and fine looking that I try not to scratch it, which is kinda dumb. So I'm going to buy a high quality gig bag — looking for something like what my Warwick German Corvette came with. The Roadrunner gig bag feels very high quality and it's super light. $60 or so. Kinda sucks that I need to buy something like that.

    * Fender included an instrument cable which doesn't work well with the bass. This is weird, but for sure: the included instrument cable is an odd thing. What 'pro' purchaser buying a bass like this won't have a cable? Anyhow, the 1/4" plugs on it don't seem to be standard size, like they're a little too small or something. Plugging one end into the bass, it's got a noticeable amount of play, and it makes the bass's jack seem like it's lose. Doesn't feel good like it's not making a good connection. My cables fit nice and snug like they should in a new jack. So I'm thinking they just included a cheap a** cable, and it'd be best to throw it away.

    So that's pretty much it, TBH. These negatives are pretty small potatoes, IMO. But I think it's good to get the info out there.

    Last edited: May 16, 2017
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  2. Dr. Cheese

    Dr. Cheese Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 3, 2004
    Metro St. Louis
    The issues you mentioned with the bridge and the unbalanced pickups sound major to me.
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  3. mdogs

    mdogs Supporting Member

    Well, the case is the case, not sure why there is any complaint there. The cord, did you really expect to get a cord that was usable? Fender has been supplying this same cord for many many years, never felt the need to even try to use it as it is clearly a piece of junk. I don't know what is going on with the pickup.
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  4. johnny_bolt


    Mar 28, 2017
    Huh - you're right. (Hmm, I bought it from Guitar Center; ordered it and delivered to the store.) Maybe I can bring it in to get it fixed: seems like the wrong size screws are on the pickup, since it can't be set at an equivalent height to the P neck PU. (?)
  5. Dave W

    Dave W

    Mar 1, 2007
    Westchester, NY
    Is that bridge pickup stock? I'm not saying it is or isn't, but it looks like a DiMarzio Model J with the black poles.
  6. jd56hawk


    Sep 12, 2011
    The Garden State
    Damn, that looks good!
    You should check out the Gator Pro Go gig bag. $150 but worth every penny. I've seen them on sale from time to time for $100.
    I've owned mine for four years...only gig bag good enough, and spacious enough, for my Thunderbird.
  7. AngelsBassBall

    AngelsBassBall Guest

    Apr 20, 2011
    North Carolina
    I've had several of these basses and never had any issues with pick up volumes being fact I was impressed with how well they were matched. I did find the tone to be too dark, but that is just me. The necks however were amazing, in fact I sold both of them and now have a TF neck on an AS Jazz body....killer combo.

    Enjoy your "none more black" bass!
  8. Yeah, that's the stock pickup. I looked it up on the fender site a while back when I noticed the same thing from somebody's NBD post.
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  9. wintremute

    wintremute mediocrity at its finest

    Oct 16, 2014
    Endorsing Artist: Langstrom Carrot Farms
    Title says 2 flaws. Post lists 3 flaws. OP forgot the 4th's not a glitter bass. Or maybe the 4th flaw is, it doesn't have tort.
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  10. I would pass the cord on to the less forunate,
    find some longer screws (maybe GC could help ya out?)
    and use the heavy case because it's just too nice to risk
    damge to it.
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  11. MMiller28

    MMiller28 Supporting Member

    Apr 27, 2003
    Very whiny post
  12. Flaked Beans

    Flaked Beans

    Sep 9, 2005
    That should be the 4th flaw, sure. And the 5th flaw: it doesn't have flats (not to mention the absence of strings-through body bridge/holes).

    OP. great looking bass! Congrats!
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  13. Sounds like user error.
  14. It seems current examples have the Model J in the bridge and earlier versions had the traditional exposed pole piece j pickups.(stock Fender?) . An improvement IMO .
  15. Actually to clarify-I think they now come stock with Di Marzio Model J with black hex head adjustable pole pieces in the bridge position and a Fender split coil p in the p position.