Swinger surgery

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Swinger surgery

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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.

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The original rout and the one I dug out for a bridge position back in 1975 or 76. I didn't have a router.
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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.
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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.
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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).
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Et viola!
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It is missing two pickguard screws if anyone has any lying around or has any recommendations....
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That is just so damn cool.
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gusman2x wrote:That is just so damn cool.
Fran wrote:I love how this place is basic as fuck.
ekwatts wrote: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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Post by Fakir Mustache »

Nice guitar. I'm thinking the pickup is from 73 and the volume pot 67.
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Has the Swinger featured on the zoom calls yet? I always forget that you own one
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looks incredible!
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BearBoy wrote:
gusman2x wrote:That is just so damn cool.
theshadowofseattle wrote:less being WOKE
more being STOKED
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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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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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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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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.
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69 is stamped, like yours.
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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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I thought it was a more of a light green color from the zoom appearance not natural.
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plopswagon wrote: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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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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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....