Show Us Your Frankenstein!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  1. gpro34

    gpro34 Member

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    Enough with the pretty 8.000 dollar museum guitar pics, show us your Frankenstein guitars. I want to see some crazy S@@@! If you don't have a frankenstein guitar show us your road dog, the instrument that looks like it's been to hell and back but still rocks!
     
  2. ModmanQ6

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    Here's a pic of my '73 Tele. It's definitely the road dog of my collection...

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  3. riverastoasters

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    It's not ugly, but it's definitely different, and it rocks.

    http://www.zen-pharaohs.com/guitars/Fender/Duo_Sonic/duo-soni.htm
     
  4. Jimi D

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    My "Signature" Franken-RG

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    A few (okay, maybe several) years back I played pretty much nothing but Ibanez Jem, RG and Universe guitars for many years. Time went on and my tastes evolved into my current fixation with Ernie Ball Music Man guitars (encouraged in part by my encroaching arthritis), but the past haunts us all, and this Franken-RG was built exclusively from leftover parts I had lying around after years as an Ibanez player, modder and tinkerer...
    The neck is an RG750 neck that my wife touched up to create my own signature model! The body is an old RG550 bod that had been pretty beat up (and the original neck broken due to road abuse), so I took a paint stripper to it and burned it mostly down to the bare wood, and then some... I stripped the finish off the neck and sprayed the body with a half dozen coats of clear coat poly just to seal it up and make it playable, then added some parts I had about - a couple IBZ USA pickups from an old S540, a scratched to hell pickguard from another old 550, a NOS cavity cover that still had the wax paper stuck to it (and I didn't bother to remove), a Lo Pro Edge with very worn blades (so it's blocked for down-bend only) and other leftovers. In all, there's probably scavenged and abandoned bits and pieces from five or six guitars parted into this one instrument...​
     
  5. gpro34

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    This is what I'm talking about! Keep them coming.
     
  6. fyler

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    oooh...i have a frankenstein in the works, but i'm waiting on some hardware. i'll be sure to bump this thread when it's done. here's a preview: it's a cheap seven string i'm converting to six string & changing just about every piece of hardware...also, i sanded all the finish off the neck...
     
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    Lollar Imperial Bucker for the neck, underwound and asymetrical, P90 in the middle, and a hot Tele bridge pup in a Glendale bridge. Sperzels. Suhr BPSSC............It's gonna be transparent orange..........
     
  9. Wakarusa

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    Speaking of Tele's, how about this '71? It's like an old friend now :)

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  10. Pete Galati

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    This is my first, and actually best attempt at building a humbucker Tele:

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    It started out as a Jap built Tele, and then the poor thing kept getting hacked a little at a time, even though it was actually pretty good as a regular unmodified Tele.

    Coincidentally, today I just got this P90 Tele pickguard from GFS that's going on this guitar when I find the time:

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    I checked, and I won't have to move the mini humbucker pickup, but it looks like I need to shift the control plate a bit, and reshape the pickguard to go around the humbucker PU ring.

    It looks like the guitar will look much slicker now.

    Pete
     
  11. The Golden Boy

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    My first bass, my first "real" electric instrument, circa 1984.

    It was a 1971 Gibson EB-0. It had a hard life before it came to me- at least two headstock cracks prior to me owning it. Since I've owned it the headstock has broken off 3 more times. So that's at least 5 headstock breaks- oddly (and honestly) I've never been the one to break off the headstock. As far as the body goes... shortly after I got it, I routed out a cavity for SD Hot P-Bass pickups- with a sharpened screwdriver. Sometime in the early/mid 90s I took possession of a bunch of parts from a smashed G&L L-1000 including the bridge and pickup. I had the bridge installed by someone who had a pretty good idea of what they were doing. I did the G&L pickup with a Dremel tool. After that sounded like crap I got the brilliant idea of moving the big humbucker closer to the bridge. That sounded like a whole lot of poop. After trying a couple of Fender pickups I settled on a single coil P pickup- but of course I had to put down a couple layers of plywood to put the pickup at close to the right height after routing the body so deeply. I also got the brilliant idea of measuring where the pickups were in relation to the scale of the instrument (ie- distance from the 12th fret). It doesn't sound too bad now- but I learned a lot from working on this bass and routing out tons of wood and solving problems... the biggest lesson I learned is that and instrument is what it is- no matter what you do to it, it is what it is.

    It is a short scale mahogany bodied bass. It will never, ever sound like a full scale Jazz or Precision.

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  12. BarryJ

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    Ah yes.....2 of my favorites are pure mutts. First, the 'FakeXis"; a mystery maple/basswood body, OFR, Tom Anderson pickups, Stew-Mac birdseye strat neck, ummm, 'artfully' reshaped (note the offending Ernie Ball sticker has since been removed - I'm proud that it's a mutt)

    From a distance, looks pretty clean:

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    Now, this is what happens when you keep hauling a lacquer finish from a cold car to a warm bar or basement:

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  13. BarryJ

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    Then there's "Big Orange". This one's an early 90's American Std body with a Warmoth neck and Fralin pickups. It was finished in Colortone lacquer; the guy was aiming for a 52 butterscotch vibe, but he missed - badly. This thing is so freaking orange in person it looks like someone dipped it in Tang! Man, it sounds good though:

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  14. GuitarG

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    Silvertone with '63 Musicmaster neck and bridge. Used in G tuning.
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    Tele Partsocaster w/ Fralin Blues. Used in E tuning.
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  16. Pete Galati

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    Just an update. With the new pickguard installed:

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    Now I guess I need to do a few more updates, just to make it a little bit more slick.

    Pete
     
  17. Pete Galati

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    Thanks. It originally came with a white laminated pickguard, which is what I was going to put back on there. But someone else suggested a black pickguard, and I decided that he was right.

    It makes the sunburst look rich. Sort of darkens it.

    The black pickguard really wasn't my idea. I just agreed that the suggestion was good, and went with it.

    Pete
     
  18. gpro34

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    This is turning into an interesting thread! Great pics, I see we have a few tele lovers out there. I love guitars that look rough but have that nice worn in feel to them, and not to mention a few battle scars. Battle scars show character!
     
  19. riverastoasters

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    I like Orange Teles. Here's another:
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    looks like the same color as yours on the back:

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    It's not a Frankenstein though.
     
  20. Grap

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    Here's my modded Strat copy I've had since I was eighteen:

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    Which was a very long time ago!
     

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