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Post by Westbone on Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:25 pm

Here's the first. Which was made 'blind' and is slightly thinner than the original looking from above.
It's solid brass and a lot stronger than the alloy on the originals.
The next one will be even thicker and beefed up more so.
The brass could of course be chromed.
A buddy of mine made this  from  measurements I sent. He now has an original to work from.
Still looks fine though and is much tougher.





This is on a Rainbow II so the brass doesn't look out of place with the gold hardware.

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Re: Swiftlock tailpiece

Post by The Chad on Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:29 pm

That looks strong, it'll last.  Great job. 

Is that bridge an "Azusa" brand?

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Post by Sgt. Vimes on Wed Apr 23, 2014 3:37 pm

Good work that man!

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Post by grogg on Wed Apr 23, 2014 4:50 pm

That looks great, the original metals were poor so this is going to be a whole lot better. Was it cast?

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Re: Swiftlock tailpiece

Post by Westbone on Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:32 am

The Chad wrote:That looks strong, it'll last.  Great job. 

Is that bridge an "Azusa" brand?
No Chad it's not an Azusa 'bridge to nowhere' It's a Westone Long Travel. Too where? I don't know.. What a Face


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Post by Westbone on Thu Apr 24, 2014 6:44 am

grogg wrote:That looks great, the original metals were poor so this is going to be a whole lot better. Was it cast?
Not cast. Machined from brass stock.
Considered casting them but you'd still have to machine them anyway.  Way to expensive.

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Re: Swiftlock tailpiece

Post by Westbone on Thu May 08, 2014 9:26 am

Now a playable guitar... Smile



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Re: Swiftlock tailpiece

Post by punkyjam67 on Thu May 08, 2014 11:24 am

Cracking job! Smile

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Re: Swiftlock tailpiece

Post by Westbone on Thu May 08, 2014 2:25 pm

He's has done a great job. Took him 10 months mind.... Laughing

The next will be thicker with more beef to it.
Will just leave the underbelly without the hollow,maybe just a wee bit
Not as much work neither.

You should see the parts he makes for Morgans and Harleys.
I've known him since the age of 10. So 10 months waiting is nothing... Smile

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Re: Swiftlock tailpiece

Post by Barry on Thu May 08, 2014 5:53 pm

Shweet!
Bloody good thing you don't need a whole bunch of 'em though!

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Re: Swiftlock tailpiece

Post by Westbone on Fri May 09, 2014 3:11 am

Laughing 

There is a few on the cards. Might take a few years though.. Cool

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