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    Hey gang, just finished this one up using the correct Walker body made by Locke Custom Guitars.
    Tough since there isn't a lot of pictures and I used mostly recycled parts. Let me know what you think!
    This is known as the Kramer Ad Franky and it's the first official Kramer guitar after Ed's public endorsement. The neck was originally made for Ed on a Destroyer type body that was built and painted by the employees at Kramer. Ed wasn't crazy about the body, so they pulled one off the shelf and painted it and then installed the neck.

    Here's the finished product!




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    Right on the money as usual my friend! Another job really well done! Can you give us a run down on the build...the parts especially! I see you have the original crown head tuners...what else? Pickup choices?

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    Looks spectacular, Nick!!!

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    Awesome job as usual. Looks perfect.
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    Thanks guys! Really appreciated!

    The pickup is a Gibson Burstbucker with a fake "PAF" sticker on the back because why not? Haha. The crowns are not quite accurate but they're crowns none the less!
    Floyd is a genuine 80s floyd with upgraded block and d tuna. Real vintage neck plate and I didn't cut the pickguard, so it isn't as accurate as I would like for this particular project but it serves its purpose! Neck is a MK banana 2 as per the original. It has been used for about a year so it had a great natural wear to it already. The true color was tough to get right. The pictures I linked have a slight filter on them, and so does the original photo. I have a picture of it next to the Franky, so I used that as a benchmark as far as color. I ended up going with Cardinal Red, but in reality I should have used a color in the middle of that and the 5150 color. One of the pitfalls of using cans, unfortunately.

    The hardest part of this build is by far painting the black stripes. There are a lot of different stripes and masking them all off without getting black on the rest of the guitar was pretty tough!

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    Well done as always.

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    Damn Nick, that looks amazing. This guitar is on my list for next year and I'll definitely be using your picture as my main guide.

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    The build look really good . Congrats .
    That's two Kramer Ad Frankie's to appear this week that have been replicated by 2 of our alum. Very cool
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    Looks fantastic! What does it weigh?

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    Quote Originally Posted by mrbond5150 View Post
    Hey gang, just finished this one up using the correct Walker body made by Locke Custom Guitars...

    Here's the finished product!




    Superb, Nick!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jimi11580 View Post
    Superb, Nick!
    The seal of approval from one of the master replica builders!

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    Thank you everyone! This was a quicky! Not sure what to do next...

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    How about a perfect replica of the Dave Petschulat "Little Guitars" mini Les Paul with mini-humbuckers? It would be a challenge and there aren't very many that are accurate...

    I'll bet Chris could have fun making a super accurate build and you could make it look and sound amazing!
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    I'm actually thinking shark! I'm just trying to find a beat up destroyer like you did!

    Here's a summary of the few builds I've done over the course of the year. I should be good for awhile! Very content with these,





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    Wow Mr. Bond you have been busy!

    They all look great, love the detail on the Franky! (Second one to last picture) Mind if I use yours for reference when I start my first one soon?

 

 

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