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Granny Gremlin

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Random Project
« on: August 29, 2017, 06:39:21 AM »
Someone on another forum, out of the blue (we had a single PM convro once a few months back) just offered me a free project bass (local so no shipping required).  Of course I accepted, so we'll see what happens.

I know nothing about it, aside from it being routed for a P/J set and having dual truss rods.

Popcorn time.
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Re: Random Project
« Reply #1 on: August 29, 2017, 01:32:30 PM »
PJ with dual trussrods? Alembic?!

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Re: Random Project
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2017, 02:56:11 PM »
Dual truss rods could also mean a Ric copy, despite the P/J routing.

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Re: Random Project
« Reply #3 on: August 29, 2017, 03:39:48 PM »
Like this stunner?  :mrgreen:


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Re: Random Project
« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2017, 10:04:51 PM »
Yikes!

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Re: Random Project
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2017, 02:10:31 PM »
yeowzers.  I dunno.  Dude hasn't got back to me and since it's free I'm not gonna be a pest about it.  Not as if I have a shortage of projects at the moment.
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Re: Random Project
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2017, 12:08:54 PM »
So the dude just showed yup at my door and handed me this thing yesterday. 











Now y'all know  I am not a fan of maple fretboards, long scale and P/J pups, but this thing is neck thru, dual truss rods, mahogany body with a bit of a weird diagonal strip parquet figured top thing going on (looks better in person; it surprised me when I saw it cuz it looked bland in the phone pic dude sent me; rather nice) that is surprisingly thick too; not a thin veneer.  The best part is that it’s already stripped so I can go to town with a refin without the bitch work. So I am actually rather enthused.

So many ideas about how to go with this.  Undecided re pups (would love something like a thunderbird pickup -  but we’ll see what I can get… I’d consider a mudbucker but would then want a second pickup and I’m feeling this as a single), but I am definitely filling that J route (no like Js and no like bridge position on a bass).  Since there’s 3 pot holes thinking of doing vol, treble cut (standard tone control) and bass cut (inductor based - hoping to score a vintage Gibson choke coil for that). Also considering altering the shape a bit - definately will contour the neck joint area a bit more, but also maybe modify the horn shape to be less pointer Strat/P and more Ric cresting wave or LP Jr DC ish.

Also it came with a case (branded ‘baldwin’ like the pianos).  Haggard (no handle and that one corner pictured is messed up) but for the price I am doing well.

It’s a Freebird.
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Re: Random Project
« Reply #7 on: October 20, 2017, 12:20:14 PM »
So anyway I need hardware; whatchall got in yer parts bins? Kinda kicking myself for selling off a bridge I had sitting around, but maybe that's a good thing and I'll get something better, ideally post-mounted.
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Re: Random Project
« Reply #8 on: October 20, 2017, 08:36:50 PM »
Baldwin did own Burns and Gretsch at one time, although this bass doesn't look like any model I can recall.

Only relevant part I have is a Bartolini 8S P pickup but it sounds like you won't be going in that direction.

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Re: Random Project
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2017, 11:32:31 AM »
You don't do fretless but that's the way I'd go... just love my RD and the ringing tones I get from that fully maple beastie and the single neck pup...

As you said...

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Re: Random Project
« Reply #10 on: October 26, 2017, 02:06:40 PM »
Come on, somebody's gotta have something.  Tuners, bridges, even stap pins.
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Re: Random Project
« Reply #11 on: October 26, 2017, 05:20:09 PM »
Might have the electrics from a box of junk on ebay.  At least it could let you test.

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Re: Random Project
« Reply #12 on: October 26, 2017, 10:21:48 PM »
Come on, somebody's gotta have something.  Tuners, bridges, even stap pins.

ebay - guitar parts - china.

Free shipping, too! I mean , just to make it play..

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Re: Random Project
« Reply #13 on: October 27, 2017, 05:47:03 AM »
I've got a bucket of old parts that has some of what you need.   I know that theres a bridge off an old Washburn you can have and maybe some tuners.  Definately a bunch of strap buttons, Not sure about pickups but I'll have a look later today when I get back to the house.

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Re: Random Project
« Reply #14 on: October 27, 2017, 02:14:24 PM »
if any of this interests you let me know.