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    Default AtomicPunk91 Builds a Frankenbass!

    Well, today it snowed 14 inches here, and I'm trapped inside for the time being so what better than to start a build thread! Seriously, it's like it's Canada or something here.

    The plan is for an Ash P-Bass style body with 'Ed' routes and a two-piece Birdseye Maple neck. The body will be an accurate Boogie Bodies shape, just enlarged slightly for the bass dimensions. Same with the neck; Charvel style headstock, rosewood dots etc.

    Hardware will be a Schaller bass bridge, Schaller bass tuners, Seymour Duncan Quarter Pound pickup in the bridge, and the very first Replicator bass pickup in the neck! I'm really excited about the Replicator bass pup! Can't wait to see it! It will be fully functioning and connected via a 3-way switch.

    All the normal Frankenstrat details will be included. So this will be striped up and painted just like Franky, except as a factory clearcoated paint job instead of a reliced version.

    One of the challenges is to make the pickup routes look 'right' as bass sized routes. This is the basic layout so far,



    Ready for final shaping on the router!





    The neck blank is from the forests of northern Maine, it has some extreme figuring and incredibly dense Birdseye!







    Well, that's a start. Looks like I'm going to be making mostly snow Frankenstrat's over the next couple of days :lol:
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    She'll be a beauty! That birdseye is amazing looking.

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    WOW!!! That neck is gonna be sick! I can't wait to see the stages of this build. Rock it bro!
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    Looks awesome.

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    Progress! The body is complete and the neck is halfway there.

    The routes look identical to Ed's Frankenstrat routes but are very slightly modified to accommodate the larger bass sized pups. The neck is based off of Frankentrat's current 21 fret, square Tele heel neck and will be identical in those features.

    Much more progress will come soon. And the reveal of the most awesome bass pickup in the world...

    ... The Annihilator!







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    That neck is nothing short of sexy.


    I want to be friends with it.
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    Beautiful work man!

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    How is this project coming along ?
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    Just about finished! I need to radius and fret the neck, but otherwise it's ready for paint and final assembly.


    This is the layout so far. The neck features two-piece Birdseye Maple, 21 frets, and a square heel. Tried to make it as close to the current Frankenstrat neck just in bass form. The only deviation has been a headstock truss rod adjust instead of heel for ease.



    Fretboard needs to be radiused, but you get the idea.



    The back profile is nice and thick. No super thin profiles here! This is a man's neck!


    The grain will really pop when I oil the neck!


    The back will be spectacular when oiled!
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    I hand made each one of the fret position markers out of rosewood.



    The hardware is a Schaller bridge, Strat output jack, Strat hacked guard, CRL 1452 switch, The Mighty Annihilator bass pup (only one in existence at the moment!) and a volume and tone with a 3-way switch. I think I'll move the volume pot to the Frankenstrat position and leave the Tone in the normal Strat hole.


    This the Annihilator bass pickup. John Marks of JBM Guitars made this just for this build and he knocked it out of the park!
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    Been awhile since I updated the progress on this build.

    The finish will be an Art Series style finish, so no aging or relicing whatsoever (it's a strange feeling these days to not do that)

    It's just about finished and in the B&W stage. Getting the stripes close with the P-Bass body contours was interesting to say the least. There's some fudging on the details I had to do (notably the bottom half of the body is a shorter space to work with and the middle section is thinner and of course the oversized upper horn) but overall I'm happy with the result.





    The stripes need to be taken down and the whole thing wet sanded.




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    Finally a spotlight on just the neck.








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    No other way to put it, Now that is THE SHIT!!! Incredible brother. Wolfie may contact you to snag that sucker. Congrats on a job well done.
    Come on Dave give me a break!

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    That is a beauty, dude!

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    Been awhile, but here it is!











    Went with a brass nut on this one.


    Enjoy!
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