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PostSubject: FrankenBlazer Lives   Fri Apr 23, 2010 4:09 am

Well, finally got around to re-birthing the trusty old 82 Jap Blazer...new Dimarzio Will Power pickups and a Kahler Trem....oh yeah and a sand down n repolish.
Hers is a picture of it gutted after I took to it with the router n sander (painted all cut outs with black acrylic paint to seal). affraid


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Then I fitted it up with the new pickups and trem to make sure everything fit.. Very Happy


[url=First Fit Up[/img]


Then I wired it up... scratch

[url=Wiring[/img]


Then I had a beer (or three?)... drunken


[url=Thirsty Work[/img]


Then I strung it up for the first time a set up all the fundamentals, height, intonation etc... Very Happy


[url=First String Up[/img]



Then I went upstairs and plugged it in..FrankenBlazer LIVES!!! Very Happy



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[url=Finished Close Up 1[/img]


Well, this was the first time I took to my bass in such a major way, only changed out pickups before. I thoroughly recomend it to anyone thinking about trying it out for the first time. Just take your time, research the internet and local guitar shops etc for advice and information. Enjoy!!

By the way, the Will Power pickups rock..freakin thunderous!! cheers
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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Fri Apr 23, 2010 7:03 am

Nice! Very Sheehan-esque
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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:16 am

Very nice indeed! Wink

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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Fri Apr 23, 2010 9:27 am

with all these new Kahler toys popping up I better get off my lazy *** and get my gold one installed SOON Smile

I miss mine ever since I traded it for another guitar Sad
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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Fri Apr 23, 2010 3:43 pm

Kugelspot wrote:
Nice! Very Sheehan-esque

Thanks, I'm thinking I wil call it the Elephant Gun from now on Laughing
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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Fri Apr 23, 2010 8:41 pm

its creepy how your work bench looks exacly like mine ... Shocked

this bass is sweet.
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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Fri Apr 23, 2010 11:41 pm

madmike wrote:
its creepy how your work bench looks exacly like mine ... Shocked

this bass is sweet.

Sorry, should have removed the beer from that shot...Laughing

Thanks for the compliments..it was a fun project that's for sure.
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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Tue Apr 27, 2010 5:47 pm

Woah sorry I missed your thread, dude! Welcome and SICK AXE! I appreciate early 80s Ibbys and those Blazers are rad. It must roar with that Sheehan P!
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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Wed Apr 28, 2010 2:11 am

Chowderboots wrote:
Woah sorry I missed your thread, dude! Welcome and SICK AXE! I appreciate early 80s Ibbys and those Blazers are rad. It must roar with that Sheehan P!

I can confirm that the Will Power pickups have a lot more 'presence' than the std Dimarzio Ps i had before. I play with a pretty heavy finger attack on the strings, and there certailny is more 'chime' to the strings, without the excessive noise you can get from active pickups, previously this bass had some SD actives in and it just got too noisey.

I am also toying with installing a Dimarzio Ultra Jazz bridge pickup where a traditional J bass would be? Add another vol pot and see how she rips then? Only trouble is once I route outside of the pickgaurd there ain't no going back!!
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PostSubject: Re: FrankenBlazer Lives   Wed Apr 28, 2010 9:25 pm

Ooh I have to get my hands on one of those some time...I'm already in love with the Model P. I've heard that the Willpower P sounds like vintage (PAF) DiMarzio Ps.
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