It's alive! Fender releases "Frankenbucket" guitar. moves to Fishman preamps

(Dave Molter | Posted 2010-06-28)

It's alive! Fender releases "Frankenbucket" guitar. moves to Fishman preamps

Fender has upgraded all of its acoustic guitar preamp systems to Fishman, the leading U.S. manufacturer of acoustic pickups and preamps. Among these instruments, the Sonoran SCE models now have preamps with built-in tuners thanks to their new Fender Fishman Isys III™ systems.

But wait --- it's allllliiiivveee!!!!!!

Frankenstein’s monster himself glowers from the custom-pinstriped top of the green-sparkle “Dirty Donny Franken-Bucket” guitar, straight from the twisted but talented psyche of San Francisco hot rod artist extraordinaire “Dirty” Donny Gillies. Fender recently invited Gillies, who is well known for his graphics work with cars and skateboards, to work his monster magic on a single-cutaway dreadnought, and the resulting guitar was dubbed the “Franken-Bucket.”

It’s not only cool looking, but also solidly built. The Dirty Donny Franken-Bucket features a laminated spruce top with scalloped X bracing, laminated mahogany back and sides, ivory neck and body binding, a laminated mahogany neck with a 20-fret rosewood fingerboard and dual-action truss rod, pinstripe inlay motif on headstock and rosette, a Fender Fishman® Presys™ preamp with a built in-tuner, rosewood bridge with compensated saddle, black bridge pins with white dots, chrome hardware, die-cast tuners and a green-sparkle gloss polyurethane finish.

General specs:
Body Shape: Dreadnought
Bridge: Rosewood with Compensated Saddle
Hardware: Chrome
Strap Buttons: Strap Button with Internal Block Reinforcement
String Nut: Synthetic Bone Nut
Fretboard: Rosewood
Neck Material: Mahogany
Number of Frets: 20
Nut Width: 1.69” (43 mm)
Scale Length: 25.2" (641mm)
Truss Rods: Dual Action Truss Rod
Unique Features: Artwork designed exclusively by Dirty Donny, Inlaid Pinstriping Motif on Headstock and Rosette, Dual Action Truss Rod, Scalloped X Bracing, Side Dot Position Inlays, Factory Mounted Forward Strap Button with Internal Block Reinforcement, Ivory Body and Neck Binding, Urea Nut and Saddle, Black with White Dot Bridge Pins, Chrome End Pin
Bracing: Scalloped X Bracing
Strings: D'Addario® EXP-26 Phosphor Bronze (.011-.052 Gauge)

The Dirty Donnie Frankenbucket carries a retail price of $499.99 USD. For more information, go to
br>Compiled from a press release and information on the Fender website.

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