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Building a Swinger

Discussion in 'Tele Home Depot' started by YALCaster, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. YALCaster

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    I posted this on ST but I thought maybe some folks here might be interested so here it is! :D

    After I discovered the Fender Swinger/Arrow/Musiclander I knew I had to have one. I needed one. So of course I check Reverb, only to have my dreams shattered as I see they go for about $2k-$5k. While that isn’t a lot for a vintage instrument, I couldn’t do it. So I decided I’d build my own, but I didn’t know how. I took a look through some of the options on Warmoths website and low and behold there it was, a Musiclander body! I noticed the option to order a body without the back routing was not available, so I contacted a customer service representative who helped me order one just the way I wanted. Then I waited for 11 long grueling weeks. Finally it arrives!

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    Luckily shopping for parts was very minimal as I already had most of the parts from other projects that I hadn’t used. Alongside the body I had also ordered a pickguard, hoping it would fit, it did not.... no worries because I can always cut my own. Next I cut the headstock of a Jaguar neck I had lying around from a previous project.

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    Next I made the jig I’d use for routing the body

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    (I cleaned it up, and sanded it smooth I just lack a picture)


    After that I made my pickguard and taped up the body to see where my template would sit

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    Next was the big step, routing out the cavities!!

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  2. YALCaster

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    That was scary! Next I removed the tape and installed my pickguard and control plate

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    After that I drilled the holes in between the cavities for the electronics and I put it all together!

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    Super happy with how it turned out! I almost wanna build another in a different color!


    I need to finish sanding the neck and spray some clear on it, but other than that it’s all done!!
     
  3. Amerman

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    This is AWESOME! Great little guitar, and love the concise post!
     
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  4. guitarbuilder

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    That looks nice. I started one and ended up selling the body assembly off, as the neck amber I used was horrible looking. Then I started an alder one and never finished that one either. I like making them...just not completing them.


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  5. Pickin N Grinin

    Pickin N Grinin Tele-Meister

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    That looks fantastic. A Musiclander is definitely on my to do list, except a lefty.
     
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  6. orangeblossom

    orangeblossom Friend of Leo's

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    Well done. Very unique looking axe.
     
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  7. YALCaster

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    Thanks everyone! It was super fun to do! I’ve been playing it acoustically and I can’t put it down. It really reminds me of a mix between a tele and a mustang!
     
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  8. YALCaster

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    I was so happy to finish it, I’m really proud of the outcome, even know it was a pretty simple project for the most part. If you get the chance you should make another!
     
  9. Minimalist518

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    That is awesome! This model was not on my radar until now. What is the purpose of the odd-shaped rout between the pickup and bridge? And what did you do about the headstock decal?
    So cool!
     
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  10. YALCaster

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    I haven’t finished the neck yet but I was too impatient to not string it up, on the headstock I’m going to just put a logo that says F**ker, it looks like it says fender. As far as the odd route in the middle, Swingers were cut from old bass V bodies, so they had that routing. I included mine so the wiring was easier, gave it a canal to the control plate.
     
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    Very cool. I suppose the rout also might change the density of the body overall...maybe, LOL, and make the sound more authentic.
    I know the type decal you mean! Our bass player has a decal like that on a parts Strat he assembled. I thought it was pretty funny [emoji38]
     
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  12. YALCaster

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    I have an extra one lying around from the one I slapped on my Jazz Bass and I was pretty happy with it, so I figure might as well use it :twisted:
     
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  13. WalthamMoosical

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    Is the cutout at the butt deep enough that bridge mount / string-through holes could be drilled on with a 10" drill press?
     
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  14. YALCaster

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    I’ve actually sold this guitar, but I think it would be a tight squeeze. You might need a manual drill guide for a handheld drill
     
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  15. crazydave911

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    Uh yes although I used a hand drill on mine. Check my thread "Sylvester "for my idea of a Swinger. I used a Strat type headstock and a different body approach but hey,that's me :lol:

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    I like this with a single pickup but I would probably use a JM trem on it and a 24" scale but just like Dave my tastes vary.

    I have a body pattern some where and routes are just a mater of measuring. :D

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  17. YALCaster

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    This guitar was a 24”

    I’m actually redoing this project all together, if you guys are interested I’ll do a build thread. I’m about to have the new body finished, and I’m super excited. I also post way more on my Instagram @Fender.fan , feel free to check it out

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    The pickguard on the last one looks really good. On the first one it could have been trimmed a little to look better.
     
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    What bridge is that? I started 2 of these but I don’t like my first attempt at the bass pickup route
     
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    One reason I did own was control of the routes I wanted. The original is in every way a substandard item IMO

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