1989 Custom 24 rotary switch question(s)...

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  1. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Hot guitar! The Wing Police are gonna be after ya, though! :p
     
  2. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    I've got an 89 if you need pics of wiring cavity
     
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  3. steved

    steved New Member

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    I plead guilty, due to "that guy did it". Assuming the Wing Police are what I think they are, this is how I got the guitar; I'm going to assume someone who just didn't know changed out the strings last. When I bought my 85 (remember I was one of the first people to buy one) I got taken aside and got a detailed run down on how to change the strings. That first batch - the wings weren't completely developed yet, I had to take it back in to get replacements as they started breaking. Fun fact: Dickie Betts spent a few hours playing my guitar before he decided to buy one of his own, and I got to show him how to change the strings.
     
  4. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Now that is wicked cool!
     
  5. gush

    gush She said "huge bag of dibs".

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    That is beyond cool!!!
     
  6. AaeCee

    AaeCee New Member

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    Yeah! I was gonna report that to the authorities around here! Serious violation in my book.:eek:
     
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  7. Slowhands

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    Beautiful guitar, from that era the amber tops are my favorites, personally. Iconic.

    I have a '90 with original everything and here are some pix of the switch. I presume the wiring is still the same as an '89 would be.

    I gotta say, wiring that bad boy up looks like a nightmare. I mean, look at that fine red wire running around all the different wafers. Good luck with it!

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  8. steved

    steved New Member

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    Thanks for the pics! And no worries about the wiring - I build and fix modular synth electronics stuff semi-professionally, doing this kind of wiring is a piece of cake. I got the switch, and I've cleaned it up - removed all that red teflon wiring - it was set for a different version than what I want. The original wiring is much simpler - only about 6 little jumper wires.

    Tonight (instead of monkeying with the switch some more) I changed out the strings for the first time (the wing police can stay home!), adjusted the bridge height (the previous owner had the high E side of the bridge down on the deck for some reason), and checked out the pickups. It turns out there are Dragon (I guess the first version) pickups in there.

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  9. Slowhands

    Slowhands New Member

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    That photo of the neck pickup cavity is interesting. Looks like a bunch of people who worked on or inspected the guitar all left their marks. In mine there are no such marks, just a number which I believe is a date (111290, i.e. 11/12/90). I wonder when they started doing that? Sorry, I'm just a nerd about such stupid things.

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  10. Jazzedout

    Jazzedout More Guitars than Time...

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    An early Custom with Dragons!! What's not to like?
     
  11. steved

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    Yes, the neck cavity writing probably reveals a lot. It looks like J.K. crossed out A.B.'s initials, and then S.S. got in the act too. In the bridge cavity it has the serial number and "Vintage Yellow" written in sharpie.
     
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    It looks like they were fighting over who was going to get to keep it. In the end though, you're the one who won the battle!
     
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