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    Default My Tribute to the Original Franky

    I'm not even going to pretend to compare this one to the painstakingly accurate builds I've seen you guys post here, but I wanted to share regardless.

    This started off as a black/rosewood MIM Strat. All I kept was the body and the tuners. I ordered/bought everything else over the course of a couple of weeks. Spent an afternoon priming, striping and painting then finally assembled and wired everything together. The only thing I didn't do myself was have the nut filed. Plays great!

    Mighty Mite neck with extra jumbo frets and an EVH Frankenstein P/U...


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    I love it bro. Very nice job.

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    Don't sell yourself short ... the guitar looks very cool !
    I like the fact that you went for the jumbo frets .I miss those from my old Charvel and Ibanez guitars . I've played Wolf Specials for several years , and lately , Sterling AX40 guitars . Both of those have tiny frets , as per Ed's tastes for the lat 15 (?) years or so . They look amazing and sound radical , but damn , I miss ripping some Eddie licks with a jumbo fretted axe .

    Sorry for the rant ! Nice guitar , bro
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    Romeo Delight
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    Thanks guys!

    I've wanted one of these for 30 years. Checking it off the bucket list.

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    This looks great, very nice job!


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    It looks great, man! These are all just our grown-up toys anyway, right? If you're happy with it that's all that counts.

    And unless you were a total geek -- like us -- no one is going to go, "Hey man, that stripe is 5 degrees off." Mine have tons of flaws.

    The other element here is that you can always at any point in your life sand the body down and repaint it. Or stripe it off and add red paint or whatever you want.

    No one's here to compare -- I'm just happy to see other people that are not me are so passionate about this hobby. Your guitar looks great -- and if it sounds and plays great -- you won the game, man!

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    The same sentiment as everybody else. The guitar looks awesome. Hope it plays as sweet as it looks.
    "What makes us different from the other bands? We're Van Halen!" - EVH

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    That is an awesome replica....points for jumbo frets, my preference too....


    I gotta ask how does the Franky PUP sound in alder?
    Earn this...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tank2000 View Post
    That is an awesome replica....points for jumbo frets, my preference too....


    I gotta ask how does the Franky PUP sound in alder?
    I'll admit that it doesn't quite have the automatic "brown sound" I was hoping for. But that really could be attributed to many, many things other than the PUP itself (including my fingers!). I play it through a David Bray-modded 50w Plexi I bought off of eBay that had the Mod III instead of Mod I so that might have a lot to do with it as well.

    Taking the PUP on it's own and outside the VH arena, it's a good sounding pickup. Not too hot but noticeably hotter than the other humbuckers I have around the house. I never went for the metal stuff so my other PUPs are relatively mild in comparison.

 

 

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