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The Frankenthumb - And What To Do With It

Discussion in 'Bass Guitars' started by Toepfer, Jan 21, 2018.

  1. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I looked at their website, and almost fell of my chair laughing. Did you call them? Or is there anything where you can see, whats possible?
     
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    @Toepfer
    I felt the same in the beginning :)
    If you want a nice website and want to pay more for it, go to Häussel.
    If you want a specific customer solution(like my double P-humbucker), go to bassculture. You have to call him or send him an email. It is worth it. My bass teacher is also extremly satisfied with Bassculture, he is very talented, and you get exactly what you want.
     
  3. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I'll send him an e-mail and go from there.
     
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  5. schlobodan

    schlobodan Warwick Streamer Specialist Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I have MEC Golds and Barts lying around

    so ...
     
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  6. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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  7. Gnermo

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    I have a Windmill, they were acquired by Maruszczyk, ramp pickup in my Maruszczykand I love it.
     
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    Im all for one big bubinga ramp pickup! that would look sick and be a one of a kind!
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    But! It's still an '86 Thumb (Serial 015). And I kind of like the way these older Thumbs look and a ramp pickup twould be a radical change to the way it looks.
    That would make the bass look very different (ok - special) but I'm still not shure if thats, what I'm looking for.

    I talked to my boat builder friend last night and the idea at the moment is rout out a rectangle to fill all the holes with one piece of bubinga and reroute the J pub holes.
    The alternative would be to fill the rectange with a wenge/bubinga combo to make it look like the back of the body (or the NT streamers).
    So I ordered two piecec of bubinga and a piece of wenge.
    Depending on what that will look like I'm going to create some photoshop mockups and see where we go from there.

    On a side note - I finaly undid the machine heads yesterday and found two of the bushings broken and superglued to the headstock. Warwick charges 23€ (a piece) for those - bummer.
     
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    Yes it would be radical, but in a nice way in my opinion. Whatever, it is your bass ;)
    Perhaps this offer helps you :)
    warwick Thumb bushings
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Thanks for the info that would help a lot
     
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    I always think this wont look as good as a completely redesigned piece to hide all the blemishes.
    Your Diamond Streamer comes to mind.
     
  13. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    You are right, but a ramp would have to be huge to fill all the gaps (about 12 x 15 cm)

    He had 200 of the bushings made - so I can get 5 metal ones for the price of 2 plastic ones from the Warwick Shop
     
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    Nice :) From the saved you can offer me a beer, when the Thumb is finished ;)
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    Any time
     
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    Who the hell is this useless seller?
    Some professional Luther,
    Broken parts, nails etc
    Have you contacted him since to give him the results of his professional work?
     
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    Im a little annoyed by him, i hope you didn't get screwed over by this guy by all these secret problems.
     
  18. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I'm not that mad at him. He even gave me a week to send it back, if I don't like it.
    That the routing was done badly was obvious on the pictures he had.

    I'm acually quite happy with the bass - and I don't feel screwed. I would't be able to pay for a '86 Thumb in mint (or even good) condition at the moment. I love the playability of the thumb - this is one of the nicest necks I've ever played. The neck is straight and the trus rod seems to work.
    And I like a challenge

    Everything is good.
     
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    Don't see how this could be an issue, do you want me to measure the ramp on my Frog so you have some idea of how big it is?
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I would apreciate that. But the more I think about it, the more I tend to a two J pub sollution.
     

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