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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 9:55 pm    Post subject: Swinger surgery Reply with quote

Today I reverted the Swinger to its original pickup position and pickguard. I added the robroe that someone kindly gave me a few years back.



The original rout and the one I dug out for a bridge position back in 1975 or 76. I didn't have a router.


When I tried it in the shop the pickup was open circuit. It worked with a valve amp (1M input) but not significantly with a transistor amp (50K input). They got it rewound hotter - 11k.


I have no idea what the code on the bottom of the pickup means. The bridge earthing seems to be a bit of guitar string between the bridge and the control plate.


It looks like the control cavity screening plate is soldered to some sort of fixing in the end of the cavity (same the other end).


Et viola!


It is missing two pickguard screws if anyone has any lying around or has any recommendations....
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is just so damn cool.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

gusman2x wrote:
That is just so damn cool.

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I'm just going to smash it in with a hammer and hope it works. Tone is all in the fingers anyway.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 10:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice guitar. I'm thinking the pickup is from 73 and the volume pot 67.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 18, 2020 11:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Has the Swinger featured on the zoom calls yet? I always forget that you own one
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

looks incredible!
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 12:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

BearBoy wrote:
gusman2x wrote:
That is just so damn cool.

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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Fakir Mustache wrote:
Nice guitar. I'm thinking the pickup is from 73 and the volume pot 67.
I thought the last digit on the pickup was an 8 or 9, meaning 68 or 69 from what I've just read on 4-digit codes. I suppose I should get it rewound to vintage specs, 11K iis ridiculous for the era.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

kingkiller wrote:
Has the Swinger featured on the zoom calls yet? I always forget that you own one
once, a while back.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 7:51 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickS wrote:
kingkiller wrote:
Has the Swinger featured on the zoom calls yet? I always forget that you own one
once, a while back.


Swingers are one of my favorite of the weird models, along with the Performer and Katana. Bring it out this weekend!

And that pickup is 11k output?! Jeez
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 8:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

NickS wrote:
Fakir Mustache wrote:
Nice guitar. I'm thinking the pickup is from 73 and the volume pot 67.
I thought the last digit on the pickup was an 8 or 9, meaning 68 or 69 from what I've just read on 4-digit codes. I suppose I should get it rewound to vintage specs, 11K iis ridiculous for the era.
Could be right.

Here's a 68, old style writing.


69 is stamped, like yours.


Lower output neck works better if you use distortion or fuzz. It's too harsh for the bridge unless you play clean.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 6:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought it was a more of a light green color from the zoom appearance not natural.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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I thought it was a more of a light green color from the zoom appearance not natural.
That'll be my crap laptop camera's colour balance, I guess.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 19, 2020 11:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you know what colour it was originally, Nick? I’m no expert on Swingers (vicar), but am guessing it was painted?
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 20, 2020 8:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When I bought it it was CAR but the finish was chipped and flaking off so I stripped and sealed it (fairly sloppily, tbh). You can still see it in the shot of the routs. The finish was also peeling off the neck so I stripped that and refinished it in polyurethane. If I knew then what I know now....
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