Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by FenderBob » Sun Apr 23, 2017 5:58 am

Sent off to DGS in LaCrosse, need to finalize color choice.

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by FenderBob » Fri Apr 28, 2017 7:22 pm

Still planning on LPB. Dave's tech used some kind of stripper that worked fine on the red paint but did nothing on the black. They are moving to a heat gun for the black paint.

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by PJazzmaster » Sat Apr 29, 2017 4:06 am

FenderBob wrote:Still planning on LPB
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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by FenderBob » Sun Sep 10, 2017 5:36 am

UPDATE: Dave's guitar shop worked on the body, the top coats came off for them using stripper and heat. But they had a heck of a time removing the base grey primer layer as it was something along the lines of bondo - nothing they had tried was able to chemically strip it, tried heat too, it had to be sanded off. Has been refinned and looks really good. Found a vintage musicmaster pick guard cheap that got re-shaped into a proper Swinger guard. Bought a Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickup. I am ready to assemble very soon.
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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by mgeek » Tue Sep 12, 2017 3:09 pm

This is really cool, what are you gonna use for a neck?

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by will » Tue Sep 12, 2017 9:42 pm

...if you wanna try something weird, this neck is up on ebay now (though the end of the truss rod is snapped off):

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by rexter » Wed Sep 13, 2017 2:33 am

FenderBob wrote:UPDATE: Dave's guitar shop worked on the body, the top coats came off for them using stripper and heat. But they had a heck of a time removing the base grey primer layer as it was something along the lines of bondo - nothing they had tried was able to chemically strip it, try heat too, it had to be sanded off. Has been refinned and looks really good. Found a vintage musicmaster pick guard cheap that got re-shaped into a proper Swinger guard. Bought a Seymour Duncan Antiquity pickup. I am ready to assemble very soon.
Sounds like it was probably done in a car body shop. Pat's pink Jazzmaster had exactly the same kind of paint which was a killer to shift - his buddy at a VW garage did it for him in Mexico. Be good to see this in LPB!

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by FenderBob » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:39 am

will wrote:...if you wanna try something weird, this neck is up on ebay now (though the end of the truss rod is snapped off):

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Am going for a little more standard, ain't that brave. :D

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by FenderBob » Wed Sep 13, 2017 7:39 am

mgeek wrote:This is really cool, what are you gonna use for a neck?
Thinking a vintage 24" scale musicmaster neck right now.

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by will » Wed Sep 13, 2017 5:58 pm

FenderBob wrote:
will wrote:...if you wanna try something weird, this neck is up on ebay now (though the end of the truss rod is snapped off):

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Am going for a little more standard, ain't that brave.
don't wanna restore stumpy back to a Bass V?
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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by FenderBob » Thu Sep 14, 2017 6:32 am

will wrote:
FenderBob wrote:
will wrote:...if you wanna try something weird, this neck is up on ebay now (though the end of the truss rod is snapped off):

Am going for a little more standard, ain't that brave.
don't wanna restore stumpy back to a Bass V?
In truth, I don't have anything against the Bass V, heck I would love to have a Bass V.

It's just that CBS Fender wanted Stumpy to be so much more than just a Bass V body. I firmly believe in the 1969 Fender Lovin' Care Dream and their quest to make the perfect guitar. I will champion this little guy back into the realm of what Fender R&D envisioned. With this resurrection, I pay tribute to the months and months of blood, sweat, and tears that went into the design of this guitar.

"Am I a hero?........I really can't say, but YES"

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYoQzLVgN84

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by mgeek » Sat Sep 16, 2017 12:30 am

FenderBob wrote:
mgeek wrote:This is really cool, what are you gonna use for a neck?
Thinking a vintage 24" scale musicmaster neck right now.

Just a straight musicmaster neck?

I'd be on the lookout for one that was already non og enough that I wouldn't lose sleep over reshaping the headstock ;) Essential part of the look!

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by FenderBob » Sat Sep 16, 2017 5:35 am

mgeek wrote:
Just a straight musicmaster neck?

I'd be on the lookout for one that was already non og enough that I wouldn't lose sleep over reshaping the headstock Essential part of the look!
Think I am going straight MM neck w/o cutting headstock. I don't have the heart to reshape, it doesn't bother me not to be 100% vintage accurate.

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by FenderBob » Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:42 am

getting closer.....finally

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Re: Fender Swinger Restoration Thread

Post by mbene085 » Mon Oct 23, 2017 10:11 am

FenderBob wrote:
Mon Oct 23, 2017 7:42 am
getting closer.....finally

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That's looking great! Good call on the colour choice.

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