Craig's First Franky Build (KNE Asuza Body) May 25/12

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Craig's First Franky Build (KNE Asuza Body) May 25/12

Postby craigbeckta » Fri May 25, 2012 12:40 pm

Hey,

My one piece Northern Ash, KNE Azusa Franky body just arrived
along with my Frankenstein EVH Humbucker and the L shaped
42mm big brass block...

The body is much heavier them my Peavey Wolfgang Special.

Very solid piece of wood.

Body: Kne Guitars, Franky Asuza Body
Pickup: EVH Frankenstien (eBay)
Brass Block:Pro Rock Gear

Check it out:

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The rest of the parts for the build are on their way.

I expect the neck to be the longest wait.

Musikraft estimates 4 weeks for their necks, I hope it
arrives sooner.

Craig

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Postby topsportsmanta1 » Fri May 25, 2012 12:55 pm

AWESOME CRAIG HAVE FUN !!!! AND TAKE UR TIME !!!! TAHT IS KEY TO BUILDING THESE THINGS , TRYING TO GET EVERY NICK ,SCRATCH AND GOUGE,AND JOHNNYS REPLICATORS ARE AWESOME, CONTACT ATOMIC PUNK FOR A GREAT RELIC SWITCH, MAKES EVERY THING COME TOGETHER !!! GOOD LUCK BUDDY !!! :wink:

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Postby craigbeckta » Fri May 25, 2012 1:04 pm

Yeah,

The only things I haven't ordered are the Replicator pickup and the
Relic switch.

Thanks for the reminder...

Craig

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Postby craigbeckta » Mon May 28, 2012 6:34 am

Franky update May 28, 2012...

Scorch from the Forum lives in the same city as I do and he generously
offered to trade a spare 1971 American Quarter for a cup of Coffee.

Which I thought was pretty cool of him...

Yesterday, I was going through a change jar and guess what
I discovered?

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I live in Canada but I travel to the USA a couple times a year.

When I get back home, I usually just toss my loose change in a jar.

On my third American quarter I stumbled on to this...

A beat up 1971 American Quarter.

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What are the chances that I would have a 1971 American quarter
in my loose change jar?

It seems like a sign that I was mean't to build a Franky...

I'm still waiting for my Musikraft neck and a few other parts
to arrive.

Stay tuned for another Franky update coming soon.

Craig

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Postby mlannoo » Mon May 28, 2012 10:49 am

craigbeckta wrote:Yeah,

The only things I haven't ordered are the Replicator pickup and the
Relic switch.

Thanks for the reminder...

Craig


Good luck with your build! looks like we're both starting ours at the same time. I too am waiting on the neck. Good to see you're going with a Replicator pickup too. mine shipped very fast!

Now ... if I can just find that '71 quarter i set aside. It seems to have grown legs. It may have ended up in a parking meter thanks to my better half! :shock:

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Postby Sc0rch » Mon May 28, 2012 1:12 pm

Bahahahaha YOU CAN'T HAVE MY PRECIOUS NOW !!!!!!


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Postby craigbeckta » Tue May 29, 2012 3:10 pm

That is pretty funny.

More parts showed up today.

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Postby craigbeckta » Fri Jun 08, 2012 9:33 am

More parts showed up...

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Still waiting for the Musikraft neck and I still have to
order the Replicator pickup and the five way switch.

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Postby Sc0rch » Fri Jun 08, 2012 12:57 pm

I'd start relicing parts while waiting for the neck to get a bit of a jump start dude !!!

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Postby Nix5150 » Fri Jun 08, 2012 1:00 pm

Brent aka, Atomicpunk91 has great switch replica's. The way he ages them is unreal it looks not only old but natural, instead of that too much and unatural look.
He even adds the wire tangle for extra? Maybe i forget. But his tangles are probably better than his older ones.
Hope this helps if you haven't yet decided on a switch
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Postby craigbeckta » Sat Jun 09, 2012 1:31 am

Yeah,

I will contact Atomicpunk91 today.

I just did my first application of Timber Mate
Grain filler on the body yesterday.

Pretty good stuff.

You are right Scorch, I better get started on
some other things.

What is the best way to cut the pick guard?

I have seen a template for the pick guard
on the forum.

I believe Scorch; you used a Dremel tool to
cut your pick guard, correct?

Can anyone recommend a good Dremel tool?

It also looks like I will have to make the Floyd
Rose opening a little larger to make room for
the large L shape Big Brass Block.

Will a Dremel tool work for that?

Two more quick questions I hope someone
can help me out with.

Question one...

Does anyone have a full-scale image of the front
and back of the Franky that I can send to a large
format printing company to print out?

Or is there a way to print out separate images and
piece them together?

I have Photoshop and a regular Brother printer.

Question two...

Does anyone know the proper diameter of
the 4 neck holes?

Maybe it is just me but the predrilled neck
holes seem a little large on the KNE Body.

What diameter and length of screws do I
need?

Thanks,

Craig

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Re: Questions

Postby Nix5150 » Sat Jun 09, 2012 6:45 am

CAnt help you on the templates.
But my kne holes were bigger than the neck screws.
There not supposed to screw through and into the body there just suppose to go through. And then they screw into the neck the only ones that get drilled through if anything are the 2 extra screws under the neck plate but even those can be bigger than the screw holes them selves
hope this help man :D
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Postby craigbeckta » Wed Jun 13, 2012 4:44 pm

Good news,

My Musikraft custom neck is
shipping today.

So I will be able to fit all the
parts in a 10 days or so...

Can't wait to start painting and
taping.

Craig

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Postby mlannoo » Thu Jun 14, 2012 6:06 am

Craig, did you get an email notification about MK shipping your neck or did you call them? Just curious. I don't want to bug them but I'd sure like to have an idea when mine is coming. I believe I ordered not long after you did.

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Postby Sc0rch » Thu Jun 14, 2012 1:55 pm

Craig,

pickguard, I don't know who had it, it's been a couple years, but I did see a template to use as a guide to cutting that guard. To cut it I used a cheap "powerfist" brand rotary tool (works like a dremel) for $25 at Princess Auto in burnside. It came with everything I needed, cutting disks, grinders, polishers, even the extention rotary attachment for using it for finer things, like relicing the paint. ;-) I Had this thing for almsot 5 years now and it's still going strong, and I use it a LOT.

I used a combo of the rotary tool for making more room for the floyd rose bar assembly, and a huge b@stard file to get some of the wood out that sits in front of the brass block. grind it out evenly, check it with your bridge, redo if necessary to get the floyd base plate level to the body and then STOP.

Neck holes are normal like that, I actually prefer it, gives you some room to play with to make the strings perfectly lined up down the fretboard.


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