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The Frankenthumb - And What To Do With It

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

  1. DemBoneZ

    DemBoneZ Supporting Member

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    awesome thread thanks for sharing !! looks perfect imo cant tell at all
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    After the wax treatment - you can tell

    Thumb-wax.jpg

    Very interesting how the wood changes colour depending on the angle you look at it

    Just need the cables for one of the pickups - then it's sound check time.
     
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    It's always amazing how much the contrast changes with the wax. Just natural, it seemed perfect. Make no mistake, it's still a great repair. Nearly impossible to get that size of repair perfect under any circumstance, let alone a wood so unique as this. Great job!!
     
  4. Toepfer

    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    I'm still happy with it.
    Installed the Pickups yesterday (thanks Sascha) - Bartollinis rule!
    The neck pickup sounds awesome - a lot more bass and way smoother than the other thumb. But not that agressive.
    The bridge pickup is a little faint - may have to do with the pickup screws for the bridge pickup beeing to short so the pickup is to far from the strings.

    I blackened the metal bushings - looks good.
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    So it sounds not so much like a "normal" (newer) Thumb 5 string but sounds great nonetheless. I like it a lot. The neck is just perfect.

    More pictures to follow.
     
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    Barts rulez. Sascha, too.
     
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    Toepfer Supporting Member Good Vibe Sponsor

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    A short info on what happened in the meantime.

    I was in contact with HPW, because the Bartolinis did't realy work, the way I expected them to work - the B string was about half as loud as the other 4. So I asked him, if he got an idea.
    He told me that they changed the angle of the pickups because of exactly that problem. The B sting doesn't realy touch the coils enough, so after about a year Warwick changed the pickup angle, to get an equaly loud B string. (why it took them a year to realize this - I don't know, you can hear that immediately) I find this very annoying because you kind of get a 5 sting bass but you can realy just use 4 of the strings.

    So I went back to EMGs because HPW said that the coils could be alitte longer and they should work better than the Barts - which they do, but it's still not as loud (or defined) as the other 4 string. If I would have known that from the start, I would have changed the pickup angle. Now I start to understand why someone changed the pickup layout of the bass in the first place.

    So what to do now? 6 String Soapbars? If possible something that doesn't require too much routing :) At least something that doesn't require to start over.

    In the meantime the bass got a fret job, so it's great to play and has 4 strings that sound great as well. Did I mention that this is by far the best neck I ever held in my hands?
     

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