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cristinelo
02-18-2013, 08:56 AM
Yeah.
Anyone here tried at least to change pickups on a Swee-Tone Jazz`R?
The lack of back plate makes me wonder how is it even possible....

Routing one would be an alternative I guess, but you never know what can you find in there.

I`ve tried to find a blue print or anything that would tell me more about its construction, but no success there.

Any ideas?

sully
02-18-2013, 09:11 AM
Pretty sure those are semi-hollow, so you'd need to do it through the cavities. If you've got to rout an access cavity, don't; take it to a tech.

cristinelo
02-18-2013, 09:20 AM
hahaha...I wouldn`t do it myself. Not a chance.

Sounds like a big pain ,eh!

sully
02-18-2013, 10:06 AM
I have a feeling it'd require a skillset similar to that of a gynecologist. :)

DonP
02-18-2013, 10:52 AM
Similar problem with the Les Paul Supreme. You have to wire it through the output jack hole.

cristinelo
02-18-2013, 12:48 PM
Techs charge like triple fee for that kind of operation I guess....

Cheaper a gynecologist maybe.

VitaminG
02-18-2013, 05:54 PM
I imagine any tech that regularly works on the old-style jazzboxes would be able to help you. All those old Gibson, D'Angelicos, etc would be the same, with all the work happening through the pickup cavities.

Newc
02-21-2013, 04:59 PM
I tried it on mine. Couldn't get the pickups out of the cavities. I think they're hammered in place and the rings are just for show :lol:

cristinelo
02-21-2013, 09:39 PM
I tried it on mine. Couldn't get the pickups out of the cavities. I think they're hammered in place and the rings are just for show :lol:
Can you at least adjust the pickup height?

Newc
02-22-2013, 12:17 AM
Not that I could tell. I mean, they're in an ideal height tonally, so I guess I never really tried. I suppose if you took the height screws out completely it might be easier, but if not, then you're screwed trying to get them back in.

cristinelo
02-22-2013, 02:27 PM
Any other Jazz`R owners can share their experience with the pickups swapping?

cristinelo
02-22-2013, 02:28 PM
Not that I could tell. I mean, they're in an ideal height tonally, so I guess I never really tried. I suppose if you took the height screws out completely it might be easier, but if not, then you're screwed trying to get them back in.

Thanks a lot for your reply. ;-)

Newc
02-22-2013, 07:22 PM
I've never heard of anyone even attempting to swap the pickups, possibly due to the lack of a control plate. When they came out, there was a small pic of whoever was installing the pots doing it with a "specialized tool". Looked like it may have been a modified coat-hanger.

I attempted it a few weeks ago, and ran into the problem mentioned earlier.


You'd have to remove the knobs, jack, and switch to do it, though. I'd suggest tying strings to each component and use those to pull each piece back through their holes once you replaced the pickups.

cristinelo
02-24-2013, 11:30 AM
I've never heard of anyone even attempting to swap the pickups, possibly due to the lack of a control plate. When they came out, there was a small pic of whoever was installing the pots doing it with a "specialized tool". Looked like it may have been a modified coat-hanger.

I attempted it a few weeks ago, and ran into the problem mentioned earlier.


You'd have to remove the knobs, jack, and switch to do it, though. I'd suggest tying strings to each component and use those to pull each piece back through their holes once you replaced the pickups.

Awwww God....
A custom job back cavity would solve that issue, but would perhaps damage it`s value.

Newc
02-25-2013, 08:46 AM
Yup. You could expect to sell it for about $500 tops after that.

What pickups did you have in mind as replacements?

cristinelo
02-26-2013, 07:13 AM
Yup. You could expect to sell it for about $500 tops after that.

What pickups did you have in mind as replacements?

I have a couple of WCR DarkBursts that I really like.

Newc
02-26-2013, 05:25 PM
I'd still recommend the string theory. Assuming, of course, you're able to get the pickups out.

Does yours have the hard v neck profile or the more rounded? I've had 3 Jazz'Rs, and only one had the round profile, which was more comfy for me.

cristinelo
02-27-2013, 10:12 AM
It`s the V type. Fine with me.:D

cristinelo
04-04-2013, 09:23 AM
I tried it on mine. Couldn't get the pickups out of the cavities. I think they're hammered in place and the rings are just for show :lol:

My pickups didn`t give me any troubles.

walshula
04-04-2013, 09:33 AM
Good luck with the pick-up change, keep me posted on how it goes.

cristinelo
04-04-2013, 12:59 PM
Good luck with the pick-up change, keep me posted on how it goes.

Thanks Lee!
And thanks for the Swee, Lee!

walshula
04-04-2013, 01:11 PM
Your welcome bro! Thanks for the Ian, I may be sending it back to Eric though for his Death Angel. Well the Broderick and Ian that is!!! I have been playing them both today and may be backpedaling on the trade.

straycat
04-04-2013, 08:03 PM
I know on a Gibson 335 or any jazz box guitar surgical tubing works pretty good for fishing the pots back in the guitar.Slip the tubing over the shaft of the pot and gingerly put it all back in there.Its a pain in the ass trust me, have a beer before you attempt it.
Everything needs to be wired up first.