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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:11 pm    Post subject: Japanese translation pls? - Swinger article Reply with quote

Can anyone translate this article, please? I'm particularly interested in the appearance of the numbers 300 and 500 - possible quantities?
http://www.fender.jp/staff_diary/archives/2006/08/fender_swingervol1_1.html
The Swinger shown looks like a respray as the brass plate in the pickup cavity has turned black.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I bet it just says "made of hacked up bodies and spare parts" again and again and again and again.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

is it routed for a bass split coil pup?! lol that looks like a bad investment
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd guess it's for a XII style split coil.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's backwards though, bass side nearer the bridge. I think that's how Mustang basses are.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought the Swingers were made out of old Bass V's?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ty wrote:
I thought the Swingers were made out of old Bass V's?


yup.


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 7:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cool looking bass.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

http://translate.google.com/translate?prev=hp&hl=lv&js=y&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.fender.jp%2Fstaff_diary%2Farchives%2F2006%2F08%2Ffender_swingervol1_1.html&sl=ja&tl=en&history_state0=

maybe this works? (translate.google.com)

the translation is not perfect..
for the part it didnt understand.. can try ajaxtrans.com
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Quote:
finished in hot deformed body material body


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

My Japanese skills aren´t of the highest level, and it´s a bit rushed and botched (Japanese grammar knows some convoluted grammatical constructions that do not translate well) but here´s my take on the text:

Fender vintage and rare collection Vol. 1

From now on I´ll come to introduce vintage and rare Fender guitars for all you fans of old fenders. For this first time I´ll introduce a guitar which is rare (even) amongst rare guitars, the swinger.
This guitar was produced at the end of the sixties, made by cutting up and altering fender V (5 string bass) bodies, and combining them with mustang necks. At that time fender was under the management of CBS and as a business it came to be so that efficiency was demanded and as a last resort to get rid of the excess stock parts and this was the guitar that was produced by pairing up individual bodies and necks. It is said that the production run was either 300 or 500 but this really isn’t clear and because of the production route (ed: not sure what this exactly refers to) this product even differed in name. (the last part of the sentence is a bit botched, had some grammar problems)
The guitar in the picture is owned by Sony Music Artists’ (SMA) mister Suujii, and has, as a product of that time, a sticker that reads SWINGER on the very unusual headstock. The music shops that stocked from fender (not clear, sorry) and because it is a sticker it is understood that the number of guitars on which this sticker remains is very small. Also, the black colour of the body is unusual, it’s also said that it could be a refined by the music shop it seems improbable that the checking of the finish in its present condition is due to a finishing mistake made by the fender company. Further more, brazilian rosewood was used for the fretboard.
On the year of production of this instrument, parts such as the pots and the neck date to ’66 but it is to be seen that the other methods used are characteristic to ’68-’69, and it’s thought to be assembled around ’69. It can be made out that is a production design of the processing of years of stock materials.

Hope this is interesting to anyone, doesn't really contain any new information or revelations.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Gavin wrote:
Cool looking bass.

it's amazing how when you see a 5 string bass that doesn't look all neu-metal it actually like a cool idea.


with the swinger, what I don't understand is why they hacked the body up. why didn't they just leave it the same shape as the bass v?
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

mage wrote:
Gavin wrote:
Cool looking bass.

it's amazing how when you see a 5 string bass that doesn't look all neu-metal it actually like a cool idea.


Have you played one? It's not.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ROBROE + BASSV


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

James wrote:
mage wrote:
Gavin wrote:
Cool looking bass.

it's amazing how when you see a 5 string bass that doesn't look all neu-metal it actually like a cool idea.

Have you played one? It's not.

well, it seems like cool idea anyway. whether or not it's crap in actual execution is a whole other story.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I THOUGHT THE THING WAS RAD.

IT WAS JUST OLD AND SHITTY CUZ IT HASN'T BEEN TAKEN CARE OF IN 40 YEARS. JUST SITTING THERE AT HOG COLLECTING DUST AND RUSTING OUT
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i still think a swinger would be a fun project
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think they probably cut it up because it would look insanely ginormous with a Mustang neck on it.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

you may be right. they could have done it a bit more tastefully though.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 31, 2009 11:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fucking right they could have. I hate Swingers because a) they are just cobbled together leftovers and b) they are ugly as sin.
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