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    Default Ledvedder & Son's 1st Franky build!

    Well, I guess I'm about to drive myself completely insane!

    Thanks to a few awesome folks on the Kramer forums, I have the following on the way.

    Musikraft body, FRT1000 Floyd Rose, single coil, switch in the middle, pickguard, jack, pot, and knob.





    I also have a Fender neck and Kahler tremolo coming.

    I've always wanted to attempt this build, but I could never justify the money or the time. But, when my son began to show an interest, everything changed. I can't wait to go through this journey with him. I'm hoping this is something he'll remember for the rest of his life.

    Still have some parts, and a lot of research to do, but this is a start.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledvedder View Post
    I also have a Fender neck and Kahler tremolo coming.
    Awesome! Be sure to show more pics of your progress once you get going!

    And I have to ask... what in the world are you planning to do with the Kahler when you already have a Floyd for it?

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    Maybe I'll put the Kahler on my partscaster. He said he'd send it with the neck, no cost. So I said sure, I'll take it.

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    A couple other things, off the top of my head, that I can think of that I'll need at some point along the way.

    1971 quarter, which I have the kids keeping an eye out for.
    String retainer
    Reflectors
    Eye hooks for the strap

    I have a few humbuckers sitting around that I'll choose from (JB, EVH Frankie, Sound of Sin PAF, 59).

    Am I missing anything? If anyone knows of a good source to get this stuff, let me know.

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    Niiiiice!

    Did that set you back very much? I've been jonesing to build a B&W Franky with a Floyd (possible heresy, but whatever) and could use some inexpensive quality parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GilmourD View Post
    Niiiiice!

    Did that set you back very much? I've been jonesing to build a B&W Franky with a Floyd (possible heresy, but whatever) and could use some inexpensive quality parts.
    Nope! The guy gave me an awesome deal!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledvedder View Post
    Nope! The guy gave me an awesome deal!
    Well, I can't wait to see what you turn out. That body looks awesome.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledvedder View Post
    A couple other things, off the top of my head, that I can think of that I'll need at some point along the way.

    1971 quarter, which I have the kids keeping an eye out for.
    String retainer
    Reflectors
    Eye hooks for the strap

    I have a few humbuckers sitting around that I'll choose from (JB, EVH Frankie, Sound of Sin PAF, 59).

    Am I missing anything? If anyone knows of a good source to get this stuff, let me know.
    For what it's worth, when I built mine, I found the eye hooks in the "fastener" section @ Home Depot and the reflectors at a store called Princess Auto, which carried all kinds of hardware in addition to auto parts. Good luck and def post pics!!
    "People ask me how far I've come. And I tell them twelve feet: from the audience to the stage." - David Lee Roth

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    Quote Originally Posted by KS 5150 View Post
    For what it's worth, when I built mine, I found the eye hooks in the "fastener" section @ Home Depot and the reflectors at a store called Princess Auto, which carried all kinds of hardware in addition to auto parts. Good luck and def post pics!!
    Thanks for the tips. They're definitely appreciated!

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    good luck Ledvedder!
    Now comes my favorite part of the show. It's my favorite part of the whole evening. We've been on tour since March and I have no better time anytime then right now because I get to go sit down, have myself a nice cold one and listen to the greatest rock n'roll guitar player in the world. Mr. Eddie Van Halen. - Sammy Hagar

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    Thanks for the tips Zaxxon! I also started a build thread there, but that site seems pretty dead now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ledvedder View Post
    A couple other things, off the top of my head, that I can think of that I'll need at some point along the way.

    1971 quarter, which I have the kids keeping an eye out for.
    String retainer
    Reflectors
    Eye hooks for the strap

    I have a few humbuckers sitting around that I'll choose from (JB, EVH Frankie, Sound of Sin PAF, 59).

    Am I missing anything? If anyone knows of a good source to get this stuff, let me know.
    Home Depot or Lowes or probably any hardware store will have the eye hooks. I didn't see it listed but you'll also need a neck plate. There is a guy on ebay selling the right reflectors for I think around $25. I mentioned in the other thread about using a soldering iron to mimic the cigarette burns on the head stock. Good luck and keep us posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sickman View Post
    Home Depot or Lowes or probably any hardware store will have the eye hooks. I didn't see it listed but you'll also need a neck plate. There is a guy on ebay selling the right reflectors for I think around $25. I mentioned in the other thread about using a soldering iron to mimic the cigarette burns on the head stock. Good luck and keep us posted.
    Yeah, I just thought of the neck plate this morning.

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    I'm jealous. I can't wait to start mine, so for now I will live vicariously through you and your son. Please post frequent update pics!!
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    Good luck with the project !
    Hope you and your son have a blast putting it together . Looking to seeing the progress on this .

    Cheers
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