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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbond5150 View Post
    The info in the pic is wrong.... but look at the pickguard...

    Yeah, most certainly Franky's original pick guard.
    But are you saying that is Franky's body, before the black?

    I've been searching feverishly, for the text I read, about it being a '58 (maybe '59) Fender body.
    I think it was on Metro.
    This is the body I was thinking became Franky;


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    Quote Originally Posted by Double Down View Post
    This thread my not be as long as the one you mention but man the first few pages here are worth the price of admission. Jimi did an amazing job laying out the history and details of the Franky. Honestly don't know what more could be said about it.
    Yeah, this thread is terrific. But I remember more details on the halen.com thread, and more debate. And someone on that thread mentioned there being even more to the story about the sunburst theory than what was written, but there was never any follow-up. Just my curiosity, that's all.

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    So the original Franky has a tele flat heel, which was installed in a strat neck pocket.
    How the hell did that thing intonate?
    And from the pictures of the original Franky - the high E is off the fretboard - how was that playable?

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    Completely random question, but after watching the Dweezil Zappa tour of the Rasta guitar and hearing his comments about the neck profile being wider and flatter than the Peavey and EVH guitars... does anyone know what the dimensions were for the CBS-headstock neck that was on the B&W Frankie (radius, width, and back-shape)?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Volumeto11 View Post
    Completely random question, but after watching the Dweezil Zappa tour of the Rasta guitar and hearing his comments about the neck profile being wider and flatter than the Peavey and EVH guitars... does anyone know what the dimensions were for the CBS-headstock neck that was on the B&W Frankie (radius, width, and back-shape)?
    Itís the same as the later models.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Volumeto11 View Post
    Completely random question, but after watching the Dweezil Zappa tour of the Rasta guitar and hearing his comments about the neck profile being wider and flatter than the Peavey and EVH guitars... does anyone know what the dimensions were for the CBS-headstock neck that was on the B&W Frankie (radius, width, and back-shape)?
    The original Frankenstrat neck is probably the most different from what you think of in a typical EVH neck. The typical EVH neck specs are 1-5/8" or 42mm nut width, asymmetrical decently chunky backshape, and most lately a compound radius. The nut width and asymmetrical shape came about on the 5150. The radius started at 10" on the EBMM, went down to 15" on the Peavey, and then switched to compound on the EVH.

    That original Frankenstrat neck was long rumored to have a 1-3/4" nut and a thinner back profile. When I scale a great pic of the front in photoshop the nut comes out to about 1-3/4" as well.

    But, for what it's worth, Chip Ellis found the original '78 neck with the botched Floyd nut install at 5150. On the '78 replicas they used a 1-11/16" nut width, a 12" straight radius and "custom" neck backshape.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tildeslash View Post
    So the original Franky has a tele flat heel, which was installed in a strat neck pocket.
    How the hell did that thing intonate?
    And from the pictures of the original Franky - the high E is off the fretboard - how was that playable?
    I've always said that most of us would find that thing to be unplayable and a piece of shit.

    It was built and designed for and to be played by one man.
    The only genre I really know is Van Halen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Get The Show On The Road View Post
    I've always said that most of us would find that thing to be unplayable and a piece of shit.

    It was built and designed for and to be played by one man.
    You or I could play it. We wouldn't sound anything like Ed, but we could play it.

    It's a guitar, not Thor's hammer.

    Hell, we could plug into Ed's 1978 rig with his guitar and our tone would be nothing like Ed's. Ed could play a Hondo through a Fender Frontline 15 and his tone would be every bit as good as it would be through a Super Lead.
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    Ed remembering his first encounter with Ted Nugent back in 1978:

    "Ted was cool enough to give the band a sound check. He's standing off to the side and he's listening to me, and he comes up and says, 'Hey, you little shit! Where's your little magic black box?'

    I'm going, Who the fuck is that? And it was Ted.

    Hey Ted, it's nice to meet you, thanks for the sound check.

    And he's going, 'Let me play your guitar!' I go, 'Okay, here you go.'

    He starts playing my guitar and it sounds like Ted.

    "He yells, 'You just removed your little black box, didn't you? Where is it? What did you do?'

    I go, 'I didn't do anything!'

    So I play, and it sounds like me.

    He says, 'Here, play my guitar!'

    I play his big old guitar and it sounds just like me.

    He's going, 'You little shit!'

    What I'm trying to say is I am the best at doing me.
    Nobody else can do me better than me."
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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post
    It's a guitar, not Thor's hammer.
    Damn thatís good. Iím stealing this line.

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    Thanks for this, Jedi.

    I wonder if I'd find that original Frankie neck easier to play than the neck on my Special. I tend to prefer thinner back profiles, and while it's not a baseball bat, the Wolfgang neck does feel a little thicker than I like. It's interesting to see how Eddie's preferences have changed over the years.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MF5150 View Post

    It's a guitar, not Thor's hammer.
    I dunno, that list of who can lift Mjolnir seems to grow all the time.
    https://www.cbr.com/characters-pick-up-thors-hammer/

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    Quote Originally Posted by JustDave View Post
    I dunno, that list of who can lift Mjolnir seems to grow all the time.
    https://www.cbr.com/characters-pick-up-thors-hammer/
    My comment was strictly MCU related.
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    So I were to build a franky I am trying to nail down which neck I want to get.
    1 3/4 or 1 11/16.

    Did the 1 3/4 nut width ever have a Floyd Rose on it?

 

 

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