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Frankenstein Bass Question
« on: September 22, 2020, 02:20:19 pm »
Hey, everyone,

I just ordered some parts to put together a bass from a guitar with a FUBAR body. This is my first ever guitar-related project.
The seller I ordered the guitar from was selling an ESP V-50. I noticed it's a thru body set up. I saw from the pictures the high E occupies most of that empty space in the holes for the strings.
So, I guess my question is: What kind of work would go into making a thru body guitar work as a thru body bass?
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Re: Frankenstein Bass Question
« Reply #1 on: September 23, 2020, 02:34:36 am »
What does FUBAR mean?

EDIT - I googled and found "fouled up beyond all recognition".
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Re: Frankenstein Bass Question
« Reply #2 on: September 23, 2020, 01:34:33 pm »
What does FUBAR mean?
Fucked Up But All Right, Stephan

Hey, everyone,

I just ordered some parts to put together a bass from a guitar with a FUBAR body. This is my first ever guitar-related project.
The seller I ordered the guitar from was selling an ESP V-50. I noticed it's a thru body set up. I saw from the pictures the high E occupies most of that empty space in the holes for the strings.
So, I guess my question is: What kind of work would go into making a thru body guitar work as a thru body bass?

So you want to make a bass from a guitar body? Like a Bass VI-type short-scale deal with 6 strings and guitar spacing, or like a 4-string bass deal? In either case, I'd recommend filling the bridge post and ferrule holes and redrilling for a new bridge much further back, otherwise that neck's gonna dive like a fish. IMO, get a body that'll balance a bit better if you really wanna do that, but if you're really set on that V-50, then:
  • get a short-scale neck, Allen Eden sells some
  • fill the bridge post and ferrule holes
  • redrill for a new bass (or bass VI) bridge as far back on the body as you can for balance reasons
  • fit the new neck after shaping the headstock and drilling tuner holes (make sure you measure for the scale length - you might need to make the neck pocket deeper or have the bridge at a specific location to get it to intonate
  • add your pickups of choice, string up, and set up
  • profit

Pain in the ass, to be honest, but DIY short-scales are really cool and DIY Bass VIs are even cooler IMO. You might genuinely have an easier time with unrouted parts though, just because you don't have to do as much filling to get rid of the pre-existing hardware mounting holes.

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Re: Frankenstein Bass Question
« Reply #3 on: September 23, 2020, 01:37:31 pm »

Fucked Up But All Right, Stephan


You were faster than I was - many thanks nonetheless! And I fully agree to your recommendations to OP.

Cheers Stephan
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